Gone were the dangling sparking stars that hung in the ball room hall. Now there were eight huge Viennese leaded crystal chandeliers. The main ballroom now is known as the Room of the Presidents, since Presidents Truman, Eisenhower, Kennedy, Johnson and Nixon have all been entertained there.Now the dominant colors are lacquer red and old in the main ballroom also got new curtains in metallic gold, bright red and shell pink for a three dimensional effect on the stage. Draperies encircling the room are in soft gold with wallpaper in the ballroom and entry foyer repeating the same colors.The adjoining room know as the VIP Room, where cocktails or smaller dinners and receptions are held, are now quipped with special facilities for press, television and radio interviews for the many celebrities who come to the Palladium. Here there is antique gold and pale green, gold leafed mirrors and crystal basket chandeliers for added elegance. Recessed areas in the walls hold original oil paintings of the US Presidents for whom the ballroom is named. (source: L.A. Times article)The ladies lounge is newly decorated with shell pink, apple green and hand painted hydrangea.The Palladium is able to handle banquets for some 2,700 diners and can accommodate almost double that just for dancing. However, smaller groups of several hundred can be comfortably arranged.
In the 1970's the Palladium became the perennial home of the Emmy Awards, the Grammy Awards and the Country and Western Music Awards. Every US President from Harry Truman to Richard Nixon has enjoyed the hospitality of the Hollywood Palladium. 1971 the Grammy Awards were televised for the first time. (source: L.A. Times article)
In the early 1970's - the Hollywood Palladium was used more and more for rock 'n' roll concerts.
Quicksilver, Jo Jo Gunn, Moby Grape MAY 24Teen-Age fair APRIL 2 - 11Grad-Night w/ The Staple Singers JUNE 18Grateful Dead June AUGUST 6The Doors (w/out Jim Morrison) NOVEMBER 26
Black Oak Arkansas, Chuck Berry, Elvin Bishop (Mick Jagger & Keith Richards joined in.) JANUARY 21Alice Cooper, Howlin Wolf, Commander Cody FEBRUARY 4T. REX, Ballin' Jack, Stone Ground FEBRUARY 15Savoy Brown, Fleetwood Mac FEBRUARY 27The Kinks MARCH 9*Wilson Pickett, Curtis Mayfield, War MARCH 20
*After a concert on MARCH 20th - a 16 year old boy was stomped and beaten to death by a gang of youths across the street from the Palladium. The youth had refused to surrender a leather jacket he was wearing. Four of the assailants got life sentences.
1972 was the year that Los Angeles became aware that it had a gang problem.
Teen-Age Fair (11th annual)J. Geils Band APRIL 11Humble Pie APRIL 15Hot Tuna, Copperhead APRIL 28Steve Miller Band, Youngbloods MAY 19Spirit, Elvin Bishop MAY 26Rolling Stones JUNE 9Electric Light Orchestra JUNEJeff Beck, Foghat, Argent AUGUST 13Rod Stewart AugustGrateful Dead Dance SEPTEMBER 9 & 10Bobby Womack SEPTEMBER 2John Mayall, Poco SEPTEMBER 24Savoy Brown, Uriah Heep OCTOBER 1Hot Tuna, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Wishbone Ash NOVEMBER 8Steve Miller Band, Buddy Miles, Commander Cody NOVEMBER 17Mott the Hoople, Flash Cadillac, West, Bruce & Lang NOVEMBER 24J. Geils Band DECEMBER 2Ten Years After, Roxy Music DECEMBER 13
Mary Robbins FEBRUARY 23David Bowie MARCH 12Beach Boys MARCH 16Sammy Davis Jr. MARCH 19Frank Zappa, Rubin and the Jets MARCH 23Black Oak Arkansas, Steely Dan, Focus MARCH 30The Kinks, Rory Gallager APRIL 11Beach Boys APRIL 20Jeff Beck, Tim Bogert, Tower of Power MAY 3Tennessee Ernie Ford MAY 18Stevie Wonder, Taj Mahal May 19Savoy Brown MAY 20Johnny Winter, Foghat MAY 25Jo Jo Gunne, Wishbone Ash JUNE 2Hot Tuna, Electric Light Orchestra, Joe Walsh JUNE 9Doobie Brothers, Mike Bloomfield, Z.Z. Top JULY 8Lee Michaels Band, Freddie King, Bonnie Bramlett AUGUST 11Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley , Sons of Champlin AUGUST 17Quicksilver, Marshall Tucker Band AUGUST 25Dick Dell and his Del Tones, The Surfaris, The Challengers AUGUST 26Mott the Hoople, Joe Walsh, Blue Oyster Cult SEPTEMBER 14Rare Earth, Fleetwood Mac, Nazareth SEPTEMBER 30Tower of Power OCTOBER 6Rod Stewart OCTOBER 18 1973Sly and the Family Stone OCTOBER 26 & 27Wishbone Ash, ZZ Top, Robin Trower NOVEMBER 8ELO & Blue Oyster Cult NOVEMBER 14The Kinks NOVEMBER 3Black Oak Arkansas, Canned Heat, Lynyrd Skynyrd DECEMBER 16
Slade, The James Gang, Lynyrd Skynyrd JANUARY 27Uriah Heep, Paul Butterfield's Better Days, Manfred Mann FEBRUARY 1Earth, Wind & Fire, Herbie Hanock AUGUST 16New York Dolls w/ Iggy Pop, GTO's and Flo and Eddie and Zolor X, Hollywood Stars OCTOBER 11
Average White Band OCTOBER 17Joni Mitchell DECEMBER 8
Roxy Music FEBRUARY 20Marshal Tucker Band APRIL 9Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws MARCH 13The Platters, The Drifters APRIL 23Joe Cocker MAY 25Bob Marley MAY 27Lynyrd Skynrd, Nazareth OCTOBER 1Average White Band OCTOBER 31Gino Vannelli NOVEMBER 5
Count Basie JANUARY 22Tower of Power SEPTEMBER 8
The Hollywood Palladium was sold several times. It was under legal investigation regarding bingo and mismanagement.Manhattan Transfer FEBRUARY 14The Palladium weny disco, but was still available for occasional rock 'n' roll concerts.
The Patti Smith Show JULY 29The Clash OCTOBER 11Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Gary Myrick OCTOBER 17Van Morrison OCTOBER 19Police, Steel Pulse NOVEMBER 22----------------------------