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Live Tom Waits' L.A. on a tour this saturday

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Esotouric visits the Tom Waits In The Neighborhood video location
Once a year, the Los Angeles tour company Esotouric makes a very special excursion - CRAWLING DOWN CAHUENGA; TOM WAITS' L.A. In this brief clip from the 2011 tour, host David Smay shows off the unassuming Echo Park alley where legendary cinematographer Haskell Wexler shot Waits' "In The Neighborhood" video, and talks about his favorite things about being an Esotouric tour guide for the day. More tour info http://www.esotouric.com/waits Buy David Smay's "Swordfishtrombones" book here http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/0826427820/ref=nosim/bubblegumbook esotouric (via YouTube)

No one captures L.A. quite like musician Tom Waits.

The gravelly voiced singer has long crooned about the grittier side of the city of angels, inspired by late nights at dingy diners and seedy motels. And for those who'd like to relive the early creative life of Waits, they'll have an opportunity to do so on Saturday, May 21, alongside author David Smay, who wrote a book on the life of Waits titled "Tom Waits' Swordfishtrombones."

"If you think back on that time, Tom was writing about a Los Angeles that nobody else was writing about," Smay recently told Take Two host Alex Cohen. "And he's very specific about where he places his lyrics in his songs... he's talking about specific street corners, particular bars that he would go to. And that's something that we can include on the tour. You can see exactly where he was. Where he was drinking. Where he was recording. Where he was getting into all kinds of shenanigans."

The tour will visit downtown L.A. to check out Waits' favorite dive bars, old recording studios on the Sunset strip, the former spot of the Tropicana Inn Motel, of which Waits used to call home, and the famous Canter's Deli, said Smay, "We stop at Canter's because there was a huge food fight there between Tom fans and his entourage and a bunch of punk rockers... a very legendary food fight after a Troubadour gig." 

To hear the entire interview, which details more information about the tour, click on the link embedded at the top of this post. 

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