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The Troubadour, located at 9081 Santa Monica Boulevard in Los Angeles, California, is widely considered one of the most famous rock music venues in the world.
The Troubador opened in 1957. It hosted the first live shows of the following artists: Buffalo Springfield, Joni Mitchel, Neil Young, James Taylor, Elton John (first U.S. show), Cheech & Chong, Tom Waits, Billy Joel (first LA show), Pointer Sisters, Metallica (first LA headlining show), Guns N' Roses, Pearl Jam (after their name change), Fiona Apple, and Mumford and Sons.
Many "secret" shows were also played at the Troubador: Coldplay debuted five songs from their album X&Y in 2005, Dave Chapelle did a secret stand up show on Valentine's Day 2011, and Prince played two secret shows in May of 2011.