Tom Waits In Legal Battle With French Circus Performer
Mon, 10 Oct 2016 12:13:40
Tom Waits is currently involved in a legal battle with French circus performer Bartabas The Furious. The Guardian reports, "The standoff between the two maverick entertainers centres on Bartabas's right to use a series of Waits songs in his highly praised "equestrian operatic ballet", On Achève Bien les Anges (They Shoot Angels, Don't They?) and it now looks likely to delay plans to bring the production to Britain."
The outlet explains, "Waits claims that 16 songs written with his wife Kathleen Brennan are used in the show to the extent that they serve as "the narrative heart and soul" of the musical drama, and that Bartabas (real name Clément Marty) impersonates him onstage. He and Brennan have asked for €500,000 compensation."
The Guardian goes onto tell us, "The issue came to court in France for the first time last month when Waits called for the show to be stopped. But a judge found in favour of the French performer, who claims he has made approaches to Waits's agent for permission to use the songs, which feature alongside the music of Bach and Messiaen.
"It is clear that I would not have created this show in the same way if he had said he did not agree with the use of his songs," Bartabas said, insisting a fee of €400,000 had already been paid."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff