Seventies music fans may enjoy a delicious nostalgia hit from a new series that charts the troubles of fictional rock band, Daisy Jones and The Six, based on a novel by Taylor Jenkins Reid. Among the band’s members lurk tricky relationships of the kind that troubled Fleetwood Mac.

The Prime Video show airs from 3 March and counts Reese Witherspoon as its executive producer. It features filming locations in Greece and US, including vintage versions of bars along West Hollywood’s Sunset Strip in Los Angeles – the city was the book’s main setting.

Fittingly, the show stars Riley Keough, who’s the granddaughter of Elvis Presley, as Daisy Jones. Sam Claflin (as Billy Claflin) and Suki Waterhouse (playing Karen Sirko) are also among the cast.

Both real life and studio locations were used for the scenes in LA, but the 70s makeover of the Strip may offer a memory jog for viewers who visited the area in that decade – and a time warp treat for missed the era.

Los Angeles

A Paul Anka billboard looks like a wrapped parcel sitting on top of the Whiskey A Go Go night clup on the Sunset Strip. (Photo by Robert Landau/Corbis via Getty Images)
Whiskey A Go Go on the Sunset Strip in 1975 (Photo: Getty)

Storied bars along the Sunset Strip were given new signs and billboards for filming of 70s music scenes.

The Viper Room, Whisky a Go Go, The Sunset Strip Liquor Store and some of the nearby hotels and The Troubadour provided a backdrop. Photos taken during the shoot and shared on social media reveal the banner outside Whisky a Go Go filled in with billings for The Byrds and The Doors and vintage cars parked up along the street.

If music fans should wish to carve further into the area’s rock and roll heritage, they could join a walking tour with local expert Jon D’Amico. The 1.89 square-mile area of West Hollywood or “WeHo” is a tiny city filled with tales from the film and music industry.

Barney’s Beanery, as Richard Franks found on a recent visit to WeHo was a retreat for Quentin Tarantino as he wrote Pulp Fiction and Jim Morrison of The Doors was thrown out after urinating on the bar.

The Troubadour is also woven into D’Amico’s patter and it may briefly feature in Daisy Jones and the Six. It was a potent venue for 70s stars: Elton John was discovered on its stage.

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New Orleans

Much of the filming of US scenes took place in New Orleans and other parts of Louisiana, including Baton Route, Hammond and Port Allen.

The Tad Gormley Stadium in the City Park of New Orleans was a stand in for Chicago’s Soldier Field in episode nine of the series.

City Park at 1 Palm drive features at other points in the story as does one of the city’s gas stations.

Skyline of New Orleans and the iconic Superdome.
Locations around New Orleans served as stand-in for other parts of the US (Photo: Getty)

Keep a watch for other parts of New Orleans, including Joy Theatre (an art deco building that first opened in 1947 as one of the city’s first “modern music houses”, The Roosevelt Hotel (which dates from 1893 and is one block from the French quarter) and Saenger Theatre (a building that cost $2.5m was first built in 1927 and underwent a $53m reconstruction after it was destroyed by Hurricane Katrina).

Viewers who are interested in music history will find much appeal in a New Orleans city break. The French quarter has streets full of venues hosting live jazz while local bands thrive in Uptown. From plates of icing-sugar coated beignets to bowls of Crawfish étouffée paired with glasses of Sazerac, there are weeks’ worth of meals to try in the city’s cafes and restaurants.

Greece

Greek beaches also feature in the series. The cast travelled to Athens and the island of Hydra to film key sequences.

Daisy heads to the car-free isle that first attracted a bohemian cohort, including Leonard Cohen and Joni Mitchell, in the 60s.

This image was taken in Hydra, Greece in September 2019 and its the token postcard shot. It sums up the beauty and way of life in Hydra and is a must visit location on any Greek isalnd holiday.
The Greek island of Hydra is car-free and was a refuge for song writers (Photo: Getty)

Hydra offers up sandy beaches, the harbour of Hydra Town that has a glut of small boats and is overlooked by a hill covered in pastel-coloured homes, and a collection of churches and monasteries.

Those tempted on a trip to Greece by these scenes could combine the capital and the island. Ferries run between the port of Piraeus in Athens run to Hydra year-round.

Daisy Jones and The Six is streaming on Prime Video from Friday 3 March

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