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1957

  • The Troubadour opens.
September
  • Lenny Bruce is arrested on obscenity charges.

1964

  • After a gig by resident band The Men, Bob Dylan comes onstage for an impromptu “folk-twist” jam session – attended only by Troubadour staff. Shortly afterward, Dylan makes pop music history by switching from folk to folk-rock.

1965

  • The Byrds, who met at a Monday open mic, perform their classic take on Dylan’s “Tambourine Man” for the first time.

1966

  • Buffalo Springfield make their live debut.

1968

June 4
  • Joni Mitchell makes her Los Angeles debut.
September
  • Comedian Richard Pryor records his live debut album.
September
  • Gordon Lightfoot US debut

1969

  • Poco, late from a Denver gig, arrive to find unknown comic Steve Martin doing their songs on banjo to a rapturous crowd.
June
  • Neil Young plays his debut solo show in LA.
July
  • James Taylor makes his solo debut.
September 3
  • Tim Buckley records Live at the Troubadour 1969.

1970

  • Cheech and Chong are discovered by Lou Adler at a Monday Hoot Night.
  • The Eagles’ Don Henley and Glenn Frey meet in the front bar.
  • Elton John makes his U.S. debut, introduced by Neil Diamond.
  • Neil Diamond releases Gold, an album recorded live at the Troubadour.
  • Kris Kristofferson makes his Los Angeles debut opening for Linda Rondstadt.
October 3
  • Janis Joplin parties at the Troubadour and the next day is found dead at the Landmark Hotel from a heroin overdose.
November 24-29
  • James Taylor plays “You’ve got a Friend” for the first time. He heard his piano player (as well as opening act) , Carole King, play it during during soundcheck and they decided to give it a try.

1971

  • Lori Lieberman writes the song “Killing Me Softly with His Song” inspired by a performance by Don McLean at the Troubadour.
  • Waylon Jennings performs in the cult classic film Cisco Pike.
  • Tom Waits is discovered by rock manager Herb Cohen during an amateur night.
April 6
  • Carly Simon, opening for Cat Stevens, meets James Taylor for the first time. They later marry.

1972

  • Billy Joel makes his LA debut as the opening act for Ballin’ Jack
  • Donny Hathaway records his “Live” LP at the Troubadour
May 16-21
  • Randy Newman returns to the Troubadour for a six night run to perform his masterpiece album “Sail Away”.

1973

  • Van Morrison records his live record “It’s Too Late to Stop Now…”
  • The Byrds reunite and launch tour with a Troubadour show.
May
  • Pointer Sisters make their debut performance.

1974

January 30
  • Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band closed the hyped Columbia Records showcase week with a 90 minute set…that starts at 2 in the morning!
March 12
  • John Lennon and Harry Nilsson are escorted out of the club for heckling the Smothers Brothers.
August 25
  • Elton John plays benefit show to raise money for UCLA’s Jules Stein Eye Institute.
September
  • On the last night of a triumphant week of Average White Band shows, drummer Robbie McIntosh dies of a drug overdose.

1975

January 17-19
  • Miles Davis records the album “Live at the Troubadour”.
March
  • Leonard Cohen, performing a five night stand, meets with Phil Spector and Bob Dylan between sets. The next year Leonard and Phil start work on their record “Death of a Ladies Man”.
August 25
  • Elton John returns to play a “5 year anniversary show”
November 6-8
  • Willie Nelson performs his new album “Red Headed Stranger” for a live radio broadcast.

1976

  • Charles Bukowski meets his future wife, Linda Lee Beighle, at a reading at the Troubadour.
January 23
  • Bob Dylan and his Rolling Thunder Revue, en-route to their next gig, pull over and play a short set during a Roger Miller encore.

1978

November
  • The Knack, who were then unsigned, headline with special guests Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, Stephen Stills, and Ray Manzarek.

1979

  • Rickie Lee Jones releases “Chuck E.’s in Love” – a song written about musician and former Troubadour employee, Chuck E. Weiss.
  • The Eagles release “Sad Cafe” – a song written about the Troubadour.

1980

  • Tim Hardin, a long time Troubadour regular, plays his final show.

1982

August 18
  • Metallica make their Los Angeles headline debut.

1984

  • Hair-metal band Warrant play their debut show.

1985

June 6
  • Guns N Roses debut of the classic “Appetite for Destruction” line-up

1986

February 28
  • Guns N Roses play the show that gets them signed to Geffen.

1991

March 10
  • Pearl Jam, formerly Mookie Blaylock, perform for the first time under their new name.

1994

November 9
  • Korn play their first Los Angeles show as the opening act for Corrosion of Conformity.

1995

November 24-26
  • No Doubt perform record release shows for Tragic Kingdom.

1996

  • System of a Down perform their first headline show.
May 16
  • Elvis Costello and longtime collaborator Steve Nieve record “Live at The Troubadour” for a live 4 CD box set.
September 10
  • Fiona Apple performs her first live U.S. gig.

1997

June 13
  • Radiohead make their US live debut of OK Computer.

1998

August 20
  • Shonen Knife make a surprise appearance at a gig by Joey Ramone & the Independents. The band is introduced onstage by Joey as “The Osaka Ramones.”

1999

  • Foo Fighters’ Chris Shiflett plays his debut show.
February 14
  • Troubadour owner and founder, Doug Weston, passes away.
May 22
  • Johnny Cash does one of his last performances with his wife June Carter Cash.

2001

October 22-26
  • Joe Strummer plays his final LA shows.
May 16-17
  • Record release shows for White Stripes’ White Blood Cells.

2002

March 7
  • David Grohl, playing as a drummer, makes his first live appearance with Queens of the Stone Age.

2003

November
  • Phantom Planet releases “Live at the Troubadour”

2004

March 19
  • Franz Ferdinand performs their first LA show.

2005

March 11
  • Coldplay perform a secret show, debuting five songs from their third album, X&Y.
June 18
  • The Go-Betweens play their final US show before the death of co-founding member Grant McLennan in 2006.

2006

January 6
  • The Strokes debut material from their new record “First Impressions of Earth”
May 13
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers record release fan show for their new record “Stadium Arcadium”
May 16-20
  • Rise Against play five sold out nights previewing their new record “The Sufferer & The Witness”.
August 25
  • The Killers debut tracks from their new album “Sam’s Town”.
October 14
  • Lilly Allen makes her US debut.
December 13
  • Comedians of Comedy featuring Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifinakas, Sarah Silverman, & David Cross film their DVD “Live at the Troubadour”.

2007

November 28-30
  • Troubadour celebrates it’s 50th anniversary with a series of shows with James and Carole King. They recreate their original Troubadour debut together along with their original band (Russ Kunkel, Danny Kortchmar and Lee Sklar).

2008

February 29
  • Fleet Foxes first LA show.
April 25-29
  • Tom Petty and fellow Heartbreakers Mike Campbell & Benmont Tench reform their original band Mudcrutch and play their belated LA debut.
May 22-23
  • Hall and Oates return to The Troubadour, where they made their LA debut 35 years earlier as the opening act for Harry Chapin.
December 13
  • The Cure perform their first US club show in over 20 years

2009

May 18
  • NBC awards Troubadour as “Best Venue in LA” by way of their Golden Local debate.
April 17 & 18
  • It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia cast perform their first live stage show.

2010

August 17
  • Brandon Flowers of the Killers makes his LA solo debut of his album ‘Flamingo’.
August 20
  • John Legend and the Roots make their live LA debut of their first collaboration record together entitled, ‘Wake Up’.
October 19
  • The legendary Manu Chao plays his first ever US club show.

2011

  • LA Weekly votes Troubadour best booked club in Los Angeles.
January 13
  • Elton John returns to the Troubadour to watch a sold out performance by Plan B.
January 20-22
  • Dashboard Confessional plays three sold out shows for the 10th anniversary of Swiss Army Romance.
February 12
  • Dierks Bentley plays a special pre-grammy show with special guests Lady Antebellum, Miranda Lambert, Zac Brown and Blake Shelton, as well as the Black Keys guitarist Dan Auerbach, Paramore’s Hayley Williams and ‘Country Strong’ actor Garrett Hedlund.
February 14
  • Comedian David Chappelle stops by for a secret Valentine’s Day set.
May 11
  • Prince plays 2 surprise shows in one night a midst his ’21 night stand’ in LA.
May 23
  • Joni Mitchell returns to the Troubadour to watch a sold out performance by James Blake.
July 31
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers play their first LA show with new guitarist Josh Klinghoffer. Debut several new songs, including “Meet Me at the Corner”.
August 6
  • Cypress Hill first show with Muggs in 9 years- Joined by Slash and members of System of a Down.
November 16
  • Vince Gill returns to the Troubadour 35 years after being discovered here by Emmylou Harris and Rodney Crowell.

2012

January 25
  • Alabama Shakes Play their LA debut show.
January 30
  • Ringo Starr is joined on stage by Joe walsh and Don Was for his record release show of “Ringo 2012”.
November 13-15
  • Gary Clark Jr. plays a 3 night stand for his Blk and Blu album.
December 21
  • Bob Weir, Jackson Browne and Jeff Lynne join Heartbreaker Mike Campbell and Jonathan Wilson’s Holiday Jam session which included the Dead’s “West L.A. Fadeaway” and “Truckin.”

2013

  • Rolling Stone magazine names Troubadour the second best rock club in America.
February 9
  • Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell play a special pre-Grammy’s show with special guests Joan Baez, Bonnie Raitt, the Zac Brown Band, J.D. Souther, Damien Rice, Joan Osborne, Shannon McNally, John Fullbright and Shawn Camp.

April 25

  • Rod Stewart makes his Troubadour debut performing songs off his new album “Time” as well as classic favorites like “Forever Young” and “Have I Told You Lately” in a ten song set.

April 26

  • Depeche Mode make their Troubadour debut performing a 10 song set including their song “But Not Tonight” which hadn’t been played live since 1986.

May 11-12

  • Tom Jones makes his Troubadour debut playing two nights to promote his new album “Spirit in the Room.” Both Morrissey and Mel Gibson are in attendance for the first of two shows.
September 3
  • Nine Inch Nails make their Troubadour debut performing a 21 song set to celebrate the release of their new album “Hesitation Marks.”
November 24
  • Jackson Browne performs as the special guest at Rock School Scholarship Fund’s benefit show.
December 2-3
  • Sam Smith makes his Los Angeles debut with two sold out shows.

2014

  • Billboard names Troubadour one of the top 5 “must play” venues in the US.
January 28
  • Elton John returns to Troubadour to watch a sold out show by The Strypes.
April 13, 14, 15, 17, 18
  • After having to reschedule his prior shows due to emergency heart surgery, David Crosby plays 5 sold out shows.