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LA Booker Interview: Brian Smith of The Troubadour

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If you go as far west as you can in West Hollywood on Santa Monica Blvd., right before you wind up in Beverly Hills you will see the Troubadour - one of the most famous rock clubs in the world - established in 1957.

Home of the Eagles, Jackson Browne, Elton John, and Linda Ronstadt in the '60s and '70s, the warm, rich club also saw the likes of Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, and Randy Newman among others. Lenny Bruce had even been arrested there for obscenity in the late '50s.

Many don't realize but despite the Troub's love for folk acts, it also opened its arms to metal and hard rock in the late '70s and early '80s with acts from KISS to Guns n Roses to Motley Crue gracing its small stage.

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There are many places to hang out and hide at the Troubadour. There's the front bar, there's the back bar where you can even order food, there's the Attic, there's the seats in the balcony. There's so much history and so many rock n roll ghosts.

But the best part is the club is as vital as ever. This year alone has provided great shows from Dinosaur Jr., The Mars Volta, Crowded House and The Meat Puppets, among others.

As we continue our series on the men and women who bring the bands to you, we have Brian Smith of the Troubadour who answered our hard-hitting questions after the jump.