Santa Monica Boulevard is, like Sunset, an iconic road through Los Angeles and Hollywood. What was Route 66 is now California Route 2 – you follow it through the heart of Hollywood and into West Hollywood, which formed in 1984.
The West Hollywood section of Route 66, like some of the small towns we've driven through across the country, has traditionally featured businesses heavy on the neon signs. A display of this, known as the "On Route – 66 Lights" was developed in collaboration with the nearby Museum of Neon Art.
While many of the famous clubs are to the north on Sunset Boulevard, along the Sunset Strip, you'll find The Troubadour. Opened by Doug Weston in 1957, the Troubadour has played quite a role in music and entertainment history.
Lenny Bruce was arrested there on obscenity charges shortly after the place opened; it's where Bob Dylan, Elton John, James Taylor, Neil Young, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Billy Joel, the Pointer Sisters, Metallica, Warrant, Pearl Jam, Fiona Apple, Lily Allen, Franz Ferdinand and Hall & Oates all made their U.S., or at least L.A. performance debuts, and where Johnny Cash played one of his last.
The Byrds met at the Troubadour, as did Glenn Frey and Don Henley, who of course would later form The Eagles; Carly Simon met James Taylor there and they later married; Miles Davis, Neil Diamond, Richard Pryor, Tim Buckley, Van Morrison, Elvis Costello, Phantom Planet, and the "Comedians of Comedy" (Patton Oswalt, Zach Galifianakis, Sarah Silverman among them) all recorded albums there.
It's where Cheech & Chong and Tom Waits were discovered, and where Guns 'N Roses secured a record deal that would lead to the multi-platinum album "Appetite for Destruction." And this is only a partial list of notables. The Troubadour still hosts both famous and up-and-coming artists…all on Route 66.
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