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August 15, 1993|STEVE HOCHMAN

SMOKE OUT: The smoke bomb lobbed at the Troubadour last week, apparently by a member of the band DFL, a side-project group fronted by Adam Horowitz (Ad-Rock of the Beastie Boys), didn't cause any injuries beyond watering eyes. But it raised questions about safety and responsibility, especially after the recent incident in which Vince Coleman of the New York Mets allegedly injured several fans with an explosive device outside of Dodger Stadium.

Mike Diamond, another Beastie Boy who was on hand, said that the device was just meant as a "special effect" and dismissed it as nothing more than a prank, as the Dodgers' Eric Davis, who had been with Coleman, did after that incident.

Diamond faxed Pop Eye a list of jokey "official comments" about the smoke bomb, including one reading, "It was rumored that Vince Coleman and Eric Davis were at the show."

But Troubadour manager Lance Hubp takes a more serious tone. "Had anyone been hurt it could have closed us down for a while," he says. "I had one bartender who had a serious reaction to the smoke and the room still reeks of it. I'll never book that band again."

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