Born as a coffeehouse in the fifties and later boomed with folk music in the early sixties. Through the late sixties and into the seventies, the “Troub” was where everybody who was anybody played.
The Troubadour played an important role in the careers of Neil Diamond and other performers, who played engagements there establishing their fame. On August 25, 1970, Diamond introduced Elton John, who performed his first show in the United States at the Troubadour. In that same year, John Lennon and his friend, Harry Nilsson, were ejected from the club for heckling the Smothers Brothers. Randy Newman started out at the club and comics Cheech & Chong were discovered there. In 1975, Elton John returned to do a series of special anniversary concerts.
Other alumni include Lenny Bruce, James Taylor, Bette Midler, Bruce Springsteen, The Pointer Sisters, Sheryl Crow, George Carlin and Rickie Lee Jones.
The Troubadour would also feature New Wave and punk in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and became virtually synonymous with heavy metal bands like Mötley Crüe, Guns N’ Roses and W.A.S.P. in the 1980s and 1990s. There are a variety of styles of music played at the Troubadour to the present day.
Notable Albums Recorded or Partially Recorded at The Troubadour
It’s Too Late To Stop Now by Van Morrison
Yours Truly, Anonymous by Gram Parsons & The Fallen Angels
Get Some Go Again by Rollins Band
Being There by Wilco
Live At The Troubadour by Daryl Hall & John Oates
Live At The Troubadour by Carole King & James Taylor
Live At The Troubadour by Linda Ronstadt
…And Justice For All by Metallica
Dave Mason Is Alive by Dave Mason
The Troubadour Concerts, 1969 by Tim Buckley
Analog Man by Joe Walsh
1969 West Coast Conquest by Procol Harum
Havin’ A Rave-Up! Live In Los Angeles, 1978 by The Knack
The Live EP by The Black Keys
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