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Tom Waits’ big surprise? A music video for ‘Hell Broke Luce’

Tom Waits posted three separate, equally cryptic photos on his website over the past week hinting that something would be coming out of his camp on August 7. The photos were tantalizing enough for Waits fans that they quickly circulated throughout the web, leading to much speculation over what the date might bring — a new tour? And album announcement? A broadcast from Mars?

Today, we get a statement from Waits:

“As most of you guessed, it’s a tour…a tour de force!

“Matt Mahurin has created an apocalyptic war dream to accompany the song HELL BROKE LUCE. Kathleen and I envisioned it as an enlightened drill sergeant yelling the hard truths of war to a brand new batch of recruits. The video grew from the gnawing image of a soldier pulling his home, through a battlefield, at the end of a rope.

“I think you will agree, it’s uplifting and fun.”

“Hell Broke Luce,” featuring Marc Ribot and Keith Richards on guitar, with Flea on bass and Casey Waits on drums, is from Waits’ most recent release, BAD AS ME.

Watch the video here:

Some fans are letting out some heavy sighs on Twitter, saying they were wishing for something bigger from Waits. 

What do you think — was it worth the suspense?