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Ever since the Beatles played the Bowl in August 1964, the Hollywood Bowl has become the ultimate venue for rock bands all over the world to play.
Sampling Rock/Pop presented Under the Stars at the Hollywood Bowl (1970-1982)
In 1970 the Hollywood Bowl underwent a visual and sonic overhaul. The acoustics were redesigned with the help of Frank Gehry. The amplification system was replaced by a highly sophisticated sound reinforcement network. The playing area was moved forward. New sound system and acoustical stage enclosure.The Band, Miles Davis JULY 10Blood Sweat & Tears, John Hartford filled in for Gordon Lightfoot JULY 17Tom Jones JULY 25Judy Collins, Arlo Guthrie JULY 31Peter Paul & Mary with Poco AUGUST 14Frank Sinatra, Ricardo Montalban, Jose Ferrer, Jack Webb, Glenn Ford, Eddie Cano AUGUST 16Deep Purple w/ L. A. Philharmonic AUGUST 25Committee to Combat Huntington's Disease Musical Tribute to Woody Guthriew/ Joan Baez, Odetta, Richie Havens, Arlo Guthrie, Country Joe McDonald, Pete Seeger, Will Geer - SEPTEMBER 12Chicago SEPTEMBER 18Sweet Water, Canned Heat, Iron Butterfly (benefit for So. Cal. Free Clinic) NOVEMBER 22
Joan Baez, Everly Brothers, Country Joe McDonald, The Association, Earth, Wind & Fire (benefit the Free Clinic of So. Cal.) MAY 1Canned Heat, John Lee Hooker, War, Sugerloaf Nitty Gritty Dirt JUNE 30The Carpenters JULY 16Emerson, Lake and Palmer, Humble Pie, Edgar Winter JULY 19The 5th Dimension AUGUST 6Jackson 5, The Commodores AUGUST 22Evening of Stars Benefit for Nosotros w/ Lennon Sisters, Sergio Mendes, Ricardo Montalban, Lucille Ball, Anthony Quinn, Rudy Vallee AUGUST 27Chicago SEPTEMBER 10James Taylor SEPTEMBER 27Festival of Stars w/ Frankie Avalon, Connie Stevens, Four Freshmen, Rudy Vallee OCTOBER 24
The famed Hollywood Bowl pool was eliminated to make room for additional boxes.
The Bowl developed a more flexible seating program that no longer requires the full 17,200 seating capacity for all shows - by blocking off rear seats.
Grateful Dead, New Riders of Purple Sage JUNE 17
Legends of Rock & Roll w/ Bill Haley & Comets, The Coasters, Sherrills, Chubby Checker, Del Shannon, Freddie Cannon, Danny & Juniors, Bobby Rydell The Penguins JUNE 30Steve Stills Manassas JULY 16Burt Bacharach JULY 21Alice Cooper (on a camel, a helicopter dropped thousands of paper souvenirs onto the crowd), Jo Jo Gunne JULY 23Isaac Hayes JULY 28Allman Brothers Band, Loggins & Messina AUGUST 6Nosotros w/ Bob Hope, Henry Fonda, Desi Arnaz and Desi Arnaz, Jr, Vikki Carr, Eddie Cano AUGUST 11Pete Seeger, Arlo Guthrie AUGUST 18Rod Stewart & Faces AUGUST 25Tony Bennett w/ L.A. Philharmonic AUGUST 30Jefferson Airplane, Poco SEPTEMBER 3The Doors, Frank Zappa SEPTEMBER 10Black Sabbath, Gentle Giant SEPTEMBER 15Pink Floyd SEPTEMBER 22Joe Cocker, Mark Almond Band SEPTEMBER 28
Stevie Wonder, Staple Singers JUNE 23Gladys Knights and Pips, B. B. King, Dizzy Gillespie, Herbie Mann, Charles Mingus JUNE 24Tony Bennett JULY 20Seals & Crofts JULY 22Sid & Marty Krofft H 'n' R Pufinstuf Show JULY 29
Merle Haggard, Marty Robbins AUGUST 3Ella Fitzgerald, Count Basie, Stan Kenton AUGUST 17America, Jackson Browne AUGUST 26Elton John SEPTEMBER 7Procol Harum SEPTEMBER 21So - where's the pool?
Four Tops, B. B. King, Bobby Bland JUNE 15War, Rare Earth JUNE 29Sly & the Family Stone JULY 12Grateful Dead, Maria Muldaur, Commander Cody JULY 21Earth, Wind and Fire, Graham Central Station, Staple Singers JULY 24Henry Mancini JULY 26 & 27Aretha Franklin AUGUST 2The Guess Who, Flash Cadillac AUGUST 9Ray Charles, Quincy Jones AUGUST 25The Carpenters SEPTEMBER 6Olivia Newton John SEPTEMBER 151975
Yes JUNE 21Stephen Stills JULY 25Earth, Wind & Fire JUNE 29Gordon Lightfoot JULY 11, 13 & 14Bob Hope, Vikki Carr, Glen Campbell, Danny Thomas, Freddy Fender JULY 20Stephen Stills, Elvin Bishop JULY 25America, George Martin conducting Hlywd Bowl Symphony AUGUST 3Joan Baez, Hoyt Axton AUGUST 6
1976 - 1981
From 1976 to 1981 few rock concert were staged at the bowl. There were complaints from area residents about the noise and traffic. Under new restrictions, artist who appeared at the Bowl now had to use the house sound system. This, in effect, eliminated most rock bands since almost brought in more sound equipment.
Willie Nelson and Waylon Jennings AUGUST 29
No pop/rock concerts noted
Survival Sunday Festival For a Future benefit show w/ Harry Chapin, Richie Havens, Tom Paxton, Peter, Paul & Mary MAY 21Chuck Mangione JULY 16Henry Mancini, Jose Feliciano AUGUST 25 & 26
1st Playboy Jazz Festival at the Bowl w/ Dizzy Gillespie, Carmen McRae, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Brecker Brothers Shelly Manne JUNE 15 & 16Survival Sunday II, Nuclear Free Future Rally benefit show w/Peter, Paul & Mary Jackson Browne, Lily Tomlin, Graham Nash, Melissa Manchester JUNE 10Donna Summer OCTOBER 13
Architect Frank Gehry made designed fiberglass spheres that hung from the Bowl's shell to enhance acoustics.
2nd Playboy Jazz Festival w/ Dizzy Gissespie, Carmen McRae, Chick Corea, Herbie Hancock, Shelly Mann, Roby Braff JUNE 21 & 22Fleetwood Mac, Christopher Cross AUGUST 31 & SEPTEMBER 1Monty Python at the Bowl SEPTEMBER 26 - 29Henry Mancini w/ Philharmonic SEPTEMBER 5 & 6B. B. King, Muddy Waters, Big Mama Thornton, Big Joe Turner SEPTEMBER 10
3rd annual Survival Sunday Anti Nukes benefit w/ Jackson Browne, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Bonnie Raitt, Chambers Brothers, Gary Bonds, Bruce Springsteen JUNE 143rd annual Playboy Jazz Festival w/ Herbie Hancock, Wody Herman, Count Basie Wilton Marsalis, Stan Getz, Rickie Cole, Crusaders, Dennis Rowland JUNE 19 & 20Miles Davis SEPTEMBER 25
Playboy Jazz Festival w/ Sarah Vaughan Dave Brubeck Quartet, Woody Shaw, Milt Jackson, Weather Report JUNE 19 Lionel Hampton, Nancy Wilson, Wynton Marsalis Quintet JUNE 20
Elton John JUNE 25, 26 & 27
Oscar Peterson, Herbie Hancock JULY 7Benny Goodman, Stan Getz AUGUST 4The GoGo's AUGUST 29
The Hollywood Bowl is also very photogenic.