Tom Waits - currently on tour under the banner 'Glitter and Doom', playing venues stateside before coming to Europe - has been presented with a key to the city of El Paso, Texas.
Waits - born in California - was approached by an officer in uniform while on stage at the city's Plaza Theatre on the evening of June 25 (reports NME.com). Not expecting the award, Waits commented: "I paid all those tickets... She was dead when I got there".
A representative of the city's council then handed him a plaque containing a key. Moved, Waits remarked: "This is a first for me, a real first".
Waits' European dates are as follows:
14-15 Barcelona Auditorium Forum
17-19 Milan Teatro Degli Arcimboldi
21-22 Prague KCP
24-25 Paris Grand Rex
27-28 Edinburgh Playhouse
30-31 Dublin The Ratcellar at Phoenix Park
1 Dublin The Ratcellar at Phoenix Park