From the 1960s until the end of the century, Los Angeles venue the Forum was a major location for concerts and sporting events. Nearly all of the most popular bands - Van Halen, Led Zeppelin, AC/DC, Bruce Springsteen, Queen, the Rolling Stones, David Bowie - played in this iconic venue.
In 2012, the Madison Square Garden Company bought the Forum, and plan to spend $100 million in both the acquisition of the venue and remodeling it for its 2014 reopening. The remodel will include refurbished seats as well as VIP and artist lounges. Nick Spampanato, the general manager, stated, "I'm really thrilled and I think that the history that rolls through these walls is still gonna roll through these walls and we're gonna add to it." The company has already begun booking artists to perform in the Forum up through summer 2014. Madison Square Garden Entertainment president Melissa Ormand told Rolling Stone, "I think the artists who played here want to come back and experience it again and the artists that never had the opportunity to play here are psyched to come for the first time. We've got a ton of acts that want to play, we've got a lot of shows that are already committed through as long as September."
Among those bands are the Eagles, who are set to play three dates with the Forum's reopening in January. The veterans, who have previously performed in the venue as far back as the 1970s, will play on January 15, 17, and 18. They are no strangers to performing at newly opened buildings, having made appearances at the Nokia Theater in LA and American Airlines Center in Dallas. Guitarist Joe Walsh told Billboard, "Southern California has a bad habit of tearing down historic things and building silly things of concrete. As a musician, to everybody involved, thank you for providing a real place to play in L.A."
The Eagles are already beginning to plan how to make the concerts memorable. Glenn Frey told Rolling Stone, "We're thinking already of what's gonna happen that night and we might want to spice up our show with a few things. We haven't really talked about it seriously because we literally just stepped off the road."
The Forum will now hold 17,500 fans, and will be the largest US venue for only music and live entertainment.