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


  • 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.


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


  • Buffalo Springfield make their live debut.


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


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


  • 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.
September 4
  • After playing the LA Forum, Led Zeppelin appear with Fairport Convention at the Troubadour and play an almost three hour jam session. Set list includes songs like “Hey Joe” and “Mystery Train.”
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.


  • 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.


  • 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”.


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


  • During a set by jazzman Larry Coryell, Brian Wilson jumps on stage wearing a bathrobe and slippers and sings “Be-bop-a-lula”
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.
  • On the last night of a triumphant week of Average White Band shows, drummer Robbie McIntosh dies of a drug overdose.


January 17-19
  • Miles Davis records the album “Live at the Troubadour”.
  • 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.


  • 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.


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


  • 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.


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


August 18
  • Metallica make their Los Angeles headline debut.


  • Hair-metal band Warrant play their debut show.


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


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


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


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


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


  • 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.


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


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.”


  • 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.


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


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


  • Phantom Planet releases “Live at the Troubadour”


March 19
  • Franz Ferdinand performs their first LA show.


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.


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”.


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


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


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.


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.


  • 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.
December 7
  • Lana Del Rey performs to a sold out crowd.


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.”


  • 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.
July 23
  • Bastille plays their Los Angeles debut show.
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.


  • Billboard names Troubadour one of the top 5 “must play” venues in the US.
January 24
  • Robert Glasper Experiment performs with special guests Javier Starks, Algebra Blessett, Wayne Brady, PJ Morton, B. Slade, Keyon Harrold, Malcolm Jamal Warner and Lalah Hathaway.
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.
September 23
  • Slash feat. Myles Kennedy & the Conspirators kicks off their “Live From the Sunset Strip” tour of historic Hollywood venues celebrating the 50th anniversary of Guitar Center.

December 13

  • John Fogerty makes his Troubadour debut at the 3rd annual Merry Minstrel Circus performing classics like “Bad Moon Rising,” “Fortunate Son,” and “Proud Mary.”


  • LA Times gives Troubadour an A+ rating.
January 29
  • Sam Hunt plays his first headlining show in Los Angeles
February 20
  • Imagine Dragons returns to Troubadour on their first stop of their Destination Dragons tour.
March 9
  • Dwight Yoakam joins Billy Joe Shaver on stage.
April 2
  • HAIM plays Sam-Jam, benefiting Our House Grief Support Center, with special guests including Jenny Lewis, Kesha, Laura Marling, and Grizzly Bear. Audience members included Taylor Swift, Calvin Harris, Jaime King and Kyle Newman.
April 14
  • Brandon Flowers returns to Troubadour in support of his new album “The Desired Effect.”
May 19
  • Ryan Adams joins Natalie Prass on stage.
August 19
  • Mumford and Sons return for a midnight show and bring specials guests Tom Morello, Mark Hoppus and T Bone Burnett on stage to perform with them.

September 3

  • Faith No More play a surprise midnight show in support of their new album Sol Invictus.
December 19
  • Tom Petty surprises the audience at the 4th annual Merry Minstrel Circus by performing a 10 song set. Other performers that night include Jeff Lynne, Jackson Browne and Dawes.


February 13
  • Bonnie Raitt, Eagles/Frey collaborator Jack Tempchin, Lee Ann Womack, the Civil Wars’ John Paul White, Brandi Carlile and Jack Ingram all perform at Americana’s Pre-Grammy Salute to Glenn Frey, who passed away January 18.
February 17
  • Beyonce, Jay-Z and Kelly Rowland attend a show by The Dream.
April 1
    Guns N’ Roses “classic” lineup reunites for a surprise show marking the first time since 1993 that Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagen have performed together on stage.
April 25
  • Weezer returns to the Troubadour in support of their “White Album.”
July 20
  • Alicia Keys plays an intimate show unveiling tracks from her new album and playing favorites like “Fallin'” and “No One.”
October 8
  • OneRepublic return to the Troubadour in support of their new album “Oh My My.”