It’s time. I hope you’re ready for two incredible nights back-to-back at the legendary Hollywood Bowl.
I know that some of our longest-serving blog (Ir)regulars are ready; there’s quite a gathering, by all accounts, and I’m sure they’re having a right old knees-up. Have fun, everyone.
What a place to start the North American tour. Set against the backdrop of the famous Hollywood hills, talk about an iconic venue! Instantly recognisable with its white circular shell, the concentric, segmental arches, first introduced in 1929, were the inspiration for Pink Floyd’s Division Bell stage.
The largest natural amphitheatre in the USA, it just won the title of Best Major Outdoor Venue for the twelfth year running. That said, there can be no finer tribute than a 47,000-piece replica at Legoland California.
Best known as a symphonic venue, the Hollywood Bowl has been the summer home of the Los Angeles Philharmonic ever since its official opening in 1922, back in the days when the audience sat on makeshift wooden benches with a simple awning over the temporary stage.
Too many stars have since shone here to list them all, so many giants from rock, pop, ballet, opera and other fields. If you are going to either of these concerts, a visit to the museum is a must. Admission is free.
Once a popular picnic spot in Bolton Canyon known as Daisy Dell – hosting community events such as graduation ceremonies and both political and religious gatherings (the tradition of Easter Sunrise services, where Christians enjoy songs of praise in celebration of Christ’s resurrection, continues to this day) – you are still allowed to take a picnic along to performances. How good is that?
Give us a shout if you will soon be sitting on that hillside, enjoying the scenery, the open air and, we hope, an unforgettable show. How very fortunate you are to be there. We look forward to hearing all about it.