Built underneath the Hollywood hills in the early 20th century, the Hollywood Bowl boomed along with the movie business, beginning with orchestras and Porgy and Bess-type productions before Frank Sinatra showed up in 1943. After the Beatles played here in 1964, the starlight-soaked amphitheater became a major rock destination, hosting the Rolling Stones, the Beach Boys, Simon and Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix and Janis Joplin – and that was just the Sixties. Today, the run of superstar shows continues. "Stars marvel about the experience of playing the Bowl," says Michael Rapino, chief executive of Live Nation, the world’s biggest promoter.
Fun Fact: After mobs of screaming girls invaded backstage at the height of Beatlemania in 1964, Hollywood Bowl officials provided Brinks trucks so the Fab Four could escape after their two shows here in '65.