Tom Waits on playing The Troubadour: “That was the big place to play. They'd put a big picture of you in the window. In those days, if you sold out at the Troubadour, that was it. People weren't playing sports facilities. At the Troubadour, they announce your name and picked you up with a spotlight at the cigarette machine, and they'd walk you to the stage with the light. It was the coolest. The owner, Doug Weston, would go out on-stage naked and recite The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock. He'd have guys on acid who wanted to tell stories. It was like Ed Sullivan, without Ed. Anyone could get up. It was very thrilling, though, because you would find people who'd hitchhiked from Kansas to this spot for their 20 minutes.”

• 1973 - Tom Waits On Stage at The Troubadour. Photo by Kim Gottlieb.
• 1976 - Paul Body, Robert Marchese (in Waits' Cadillac) and Chuck E. Weiss in front of the Troubadour, courtesy of Robert Marchese, as printed in “Lowside Of The Road: A Life Of Tom Waits" by Barney Hoskyns.
• 1977 - Tom strangles Chuck outside the Troubadour while. Paul Body watches. Source: "Another Fein Mess/ Other Fein Messes" by Art Fein. March, 2003.
• 2023 - The Troubadour celebrating the 50th anniversary of ‘Closing Time’