The Hollywood Bowl In California

One of the most famous music venues in the world is The Hollywood Bowl in California.

The amphitheater was first built in 1922 and has been continually renewed and redeveloped over the intervening years. Its permanent residents include the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra and the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra during the summer months.

A little bit out of the way, the Hollywood Bowl is nonetheless accessible by public transport through the Hollywood subway stop or by driving on route 101.

The original shell shape of the Bowl was designed to improve acoustics in the 1920s as the theater evolved into the structure that it is today. Prior to 1929, it was pretty much just a natural depression in the ground, but architects soon twigged onto the fact that they could build a bowl around the natural contours of what nature had provided.

A new outer shell was inaugurated in 2004 to much pomp and fanfare, though there were a number of preservationists that had called for the old shell to be left in place. The Hollywood Bowl’s first modern show featured none less than the Merseyside legends, The Beatles. They gave two great performances at the Bowl, one in 1964 and one in 1965. The shows were so good and the sound so clear that the performances were recorded and released as a live album in the 1970s.

Another band that transcended time and genre were The Doors, fronted by Jim Morrison. The Doors played The Hollywood Bowl in 1968, and again, the sound was so good that the show was recorded and released live in the 1980s.

Other notable artists who performed at the Bowl include Jimi Hendrix, Pink Floyd, Elton John, Genesis, Nine Inch Nails, The Rolling Stones, Depeche Mode. Phish and Kylie Minogue. The venue can normally accommodate 20,000 people, but on occasions the numbers have exceeded capacity as people basically sneaked in.


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