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Greg Proops, Jon Brion, Tony Visconti, Russell Brand & John C. Reilly @ Largo at the Coronet, 6/14/08

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Saturday night’s inaugural Greg Proops Chat Show at the new Largo at the Coronet Theater was a fun three-hour ride featuring music, storytelling and, of course, comedy.

The venue was close to being sold out, and the show began with one-man band Jon Brion, who threw a few Largo newbies for a loop. Some giggling people unfamiliar with his work must have figured that his sitting behind the drums was some sort of set up for physical comedy, but as he began layering some live tracks, their amusement turned to awe.

Greg Proops [LAist interview] soon took the stage and riffed on everything from politics to LA traffic to the new Largo location (with a strip club and fine dining establishments across the street, there’s something for everyone!) One highlight was his rant on people who try to pass on the right as you’re driving up steep and sinuous Los Angeles roads, and he expressed his desire to go all “Ben Hur chariot” on them.

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Next up was an unannounced guest, legendary record producer Tony Visconti, who is best known for his work with T. Rex, David Bowie, Morrissey and others. In addition to some rather funny moments, his behind-the-scenes music industry stories were fascinating—such as the time he got to hang out with Bowie and John Lennon when the two of them first met. [More stories can be found in his new book, Bowie, Bolan and the Brooklyn Boy, which he’ll be signing during an appearance at Book Soup next Saturday, 6/21/08, at 7 p.m.]