Neil Young To Perform At The Roxy, 50 Years After Opening It
Neil Young has announced a show at the Roxy, the historic Los Angeles club, on 20 September. Young’s performance will mark 50 years to the day that he played a set to open the venue.
In September 1973, Young became the first artist to play on The Roxy stage, performing for three nights at the 500-capacity nightclub. The shows were immortalised on the 2018 live album Roxy (Tonight’s The Night Live), which collected highlights from the stint. Funds raised by Young’s return will benefit the non-profit children’s camp, The Painted Turtle, and Los Angeles’ Bridge School.
Young’s return is only one of the events to mark the anniversary of the venue. On 15 September, the Grammy Museum will unveil its new exhibit, The Roxy: 50 Years On The Sunset Strip, which highlights the venue’s storied history. Through 7 January 2024, visitors can view rarely-seen photos of performers and familiar figures, along with pieces of memorabilia from important moments through the years. Among the displayed artifacts is a small white piano from the venue’s private club, On the Rox, played by a long list of famed musicians, including Elton John and John Lennon.
From 12 September to May 2024, visitors to the West Hollywood Library can view an exhibition of photographs curated by Jasen Emmons, along with written stories from those who saw the history of The Roxy unfold firsthand. An opening reception will be held, featuring a live conversation with venue owner Lou Adler and his son, Nic, at the West Hollywood Council Chambers. The exhibit is free and open to the public with RSVP, which visitors can submit online beginning August 1.
Additional details about the events and ticketing information for Young’s upcoming performance are available at The Roxy’s official website.