Tom Waits plays Columbus, interviews himself

One of our all-time faves, Tom Waits, has a tour starting in about a month. Unfortunately, you’re gonna have to trek south if you want to see him. There’s no local show on the itinerary, but Waits will be playing Columbus’ Ohio Theatre on June 28. We shouldn’t be too disappointed. After all, he performed in both Cleveland and Akron two years ago. Waits also recently sat down for a chat with . . . Tom Waits. The amusing interview, called “True Confessions,” can be found on his website. In it, he talks about his influences (Dylan, Bukowski), favorite songs (“Louie, Louie,” “Who’ll Stop the Rain?”), and beloved movie scenes (De Niro in Raging Bull, James Dean in East of Eden). He also tackles the question, What’s wrong with the world? He sums it up with the profound and totally Waitsian “We are monkeys with money and guns.” -- Michael Gallucci