personal invitation of Doug Weston.
Doug Weston really wanted to have a party to thank all of those who had supported him through the lean, as well as through the fat years. There were
the publicists and promotion people from the record companies, those who he had dealt with on a day to day level. The managers and the booking agents showed up, as well as the musicians who had backed the headliners that had played the room. It wasn’t the typical Hollywood
party in a lot of ways, although an autograph collector could have had a field day collecting signatures of the stars who were hanging around loosely, going into Dan Tana’s, the watering hole of the movie colony two doors down and then coming back again.
Clubs like the Troubadour, the Bottom Line in New York, the Exit Inn in Nashville and all of the others around the country exist through the day to day haggling between the bookers, the booking agents and the managers. Rarely are these the faces that show up in the music industry trades during the signings. They do not present the gold records to the stars—but without them, and the publishers, the managers—the club and showroom circuit in the music industry would not exist. Wisely, Doug Weston invited these people, not the inner office secluded executives.
The party was indeed something out of Satyricon. In the end, people were shouting at one another, a few fist fights broke out and Blue did an impromptu jam with Warren Zevon as some unidentified woman roared up on the stage, holding a champagne glass in her hand, shouting out something about 20 years of live music.
The next evening, Johnny Rivers showed up to a standing room only crowd. Buddy Miles followed that weekend with a mad dancing party, and John Stewart brought half the state of Arizona along with him for his one night stand.
The Troubadour is an older club. It is Elizabethan in design, with a small stage and long wooden tables, holding several hundred people. A small bar is in the
front room that can house between 50 and 75 people. In it’s heyday, it was the dealmaker bar. David Geffin and Elliot Roberts put together Asylum records there one Monday evening. Herbie Cohen accosted a young Orange County vocalist by the name of Linda Ronstadt there on another Monday night and signed her and her backup hand, the Stone Ponies. Tom Waits, Steve Martin, Bonnie Raitt, The Doors and so many others first performed there on Monday night open stage night. Elton John’s first American performance occurred there, amidst hoopla, as did Cat Stevens!