Hollywood Bowl

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The home of the L. A. Philharmonic, but has seen many famous rock shows, including The Beatles, Elton John, Hendrix, The Doors, Rick Wakeman, Pink Floyd and many others. Its outstanding acoustics, beautiful outdoor setting and comfortable box seating makes it an excellent place to see any performance.

The Beatles performed at the Hollywood Bowl in 1964 and 1965. These concerts resulted in the live album “The Beatles at the Hollywood Bowl” that was released in 1977.

On July 5, 1968 “The Doors” performed here. Recordings from this show were released in 1987 as the live album “Live at the Hollywood Bowl.”

On July 1, 2002, The Who performed their first concert after the death of John Entwistle on June 27 at the Hard Rock Casino in Las Vegas. The Hard Rock was supposed to be the first concert of the new tour with the Hollywood Bowl concert next. It was needless to say a very emotional event with both Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend having a difficult time getting through the show.

Entwistle’s son, Christopher, gave a statement supporting the Who’s decision to continue the tour. Bassist Pino Palladino had the unenviable duty of replacing John for the rest of the tour with only a couple of days notice. Townshend dedicated the show to his long-time friend. The concert ended with a montage of pictures of John.

The last performance of Ron “Pigpen” McKernan as a member of The Grateful Dead was held here on June 17, 1972. On that night, the band played many of their classics including “Sugaree,” “Casey Jones,” “Truckin’,” “Sugar Magnolia” and “Not Fade Away.” Pigpen passed away after a long battle with liver damage on March 8, 1973 at the age of 27. He is buried in the Alta Mesa Cemetery in Palo Alto, CA.

Monty Python’s performance here was recorded on videotape during the show’s four-day run starting September 26, 1980 and was released in 1982 as “Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl.”

The cover of My Morning Jacket’s album “At Dawn” was taken from one of the back rows here.

Hollywood Bowl
2301 N.Highland Ave
Los Angeles CA 90068