Tom Waits goes gold, stars in film with Denzel Washington

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Tom Waits' much-lauded b-sides compilation Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards was recently certified gold (500k sales) by the RIAA. In celebration of the gravel-voiced songster's achievement (that many sales is no mean feat for a 3-CD compilation,) Orphans will be getting a triple-LP rerelease.

Aside from his musical endeavors, Waits is dipping his feet into the world of cinema once again for The Book of Eli, a post-apocalyptic flick done in Spaghetti Western-style (awesome) where he'll star (alongside Denzel Washington and Gary Oldman, no less) in a small, bit part of "Engineer." Waits also played the role of Satan in Terry Gilliam's yet-to-see-a-U.S.-release The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus.

Waits has been keeping himself busy with an upcoming musical collaboration with his wife Kathleen Brennan that'll be recorded and released over the Summer, as well as a planned 7" single with Lucinda Williams due out April 18 in celebration of Record Store Day. The Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards reissue will hit the streets in the near-future, courtesy of Anti- Records.

Related links:
Feature: Tom Waits - All Stripped Down
News: New Tom Waits biography coming in May

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