While Waits’ appearance onstage was a rare occurrence for the 67-year-old singer, Staples has been ramping up her productivity in recent months. Last week, she announced the pending release of a brand new album co-written with Jeff Tweedy of Wilco (out November 17th), and shared the album’s first single, “If All I Was Was Black,” for which Tweedy added the music to Staples’ lyrics. That same day, Mavis also announced a full Fall Tour with the great Bob Dylan. The 20+ date national tour will begin in Southern California on October 13th, and wrap up on November 16th in Boston. For a full list of tour dates, head to Dylan’s website.https://bobdylan.com/on-tour/You can listen to Staples’ new single, “If All I Was Was Black,” below via Staples’ YouTube page:Bob Dylan w/ Mavis Staples 2017 Fall Tour Dates10/13 Harrah’s Resort SoCal – The Events Center @ Valley Center, CA10/14 The Cosmopolitan Hotel – The Chelsea Theatre @ Las Vegas, NV10/17 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/18 Eccles Theater @ Salt Lake City, UT10/21 1st Bank Center @ Denver, CO10/23 Century Link Center @ Omaha, NE10/24 Stephens Auditorium @ Ames, IA10/25 Xcel Energy Center @ St Paul, MN10/27 Wintrust Arena @ Chicago, IL10/28 Van Andel Arena @ Grand Rapids, MI10/29 IU Auditorium @ Bloomington, IN11/1 Fox Theater @ Detroit, MI11/3 EJ Thomas Hall @ Akron, OH11/5 Palace Theater @ Columbus, OH11/6 Peterson Events Center @ Pittsburgh, PA11/8 Nassau Coliseum @ Uniondale, NY11/10 Coliseum @ Richmond, VA11/11 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/12 Tower Theatre @ Philadelphia, PA11/14 The Anthem @ Washington, DC11/16 Agannis Arena @ Boston, MA[h/t – Consequence of Sound] Last night, renowned singer-songwriter Tom Waits marked his first live appearance in over two years when he joined Mavis Staples onstage at a Lagunitas Brewery location in California. The famously gravelly-voiced singer duetted with Mavis on The Staple Singers‘ 1972 Grammy-winning soul classic, “Respect Yourself. Until the sit-in with Staples, Waits had not given a live performance since he visited The Late Show in 2015 ahead of then-host David Letterman‘s departure from the show.You can watch an assortment of crowd-shot videos from Tom Waits’ surprise guest appearance with Mavis Staples below:Crowd-shot video via Facebook user Richard Zeno:
A student was robbed at gunpoint in the early hours of Friday morning on the 1200 block of West Adams Boulevard, approximately a mile off-campus near the north end of Ellendale Place and Ralph’s grocery store.The victim arrived home alone just after 2 a.m. when a man and a woman approached her as she was walking up to the front gate of her house. A USC Uber had dropped the student off just a few houses down on Magnolia and Adams Boulevard.The pair, who were crouching behind a car near the house as the student arrived, drew a gun and demanded any cash on her person.“It looked like they were just waiting for someone to come down the street,” the victim said, who asked to remain anonymous because the robbery was at her personal residence.When she told them she didn’t have any cash, they then made her walk with them to three different ATM machines at gas stations along Vermont Avenue. They went up to Washington Boulevard and Vermont, just under a mile from the initial robbery point. The couple eventually escaped with $400 in cash from the student’s account.The Los Angeles Police Department and the Department of Public Safety are currently investigating the incident, and no one has been detained in relation to the crime, according to DPS. They are in the process of reviewing nearby security footage.The victim described the pair as being in a relationship and wearing all black. Both were in their early 20’s. The 1st suspect was described as a 5’10,” thin black male with braces. The 2nd suspect was 5’3”, black female of average weight with her hair in a bun.DPS said the robbery is not believed to be related to a string of robberies that occurred last weekend on both the 3000th block of Figueroa Street and 28th Street. In those incidents, a group of four men physically assaulted and robbed two students, attempted to rob a third and physical assaulted a fourth.Editor’s Note: A previous version of this article contained the victim’s name. After publication, she decided she no longer wanted her name in the piece because of privacy reasons.