Eagles to re-open fabled Los Angeles Forum with triple treat

Rockers the Eagles are to help Madison Square Garden owners re-open Los Angeles’ fabled Forum with a three-concert stint. The Hotel California icons will stage back-to-back The History of the Eagles shows at the world-renowned venue, which is undergoing a major $75 million (£50 million) renovation, in January (14).
Officials at The Madison Square Garden Co. purchased the run-down former home of the Los Angeles Lakers in June, 2012, for $23.5 million (£15.6 million) and they teamed up with Eagles stars Glenn Frey, Timothy B. Schmit and Joe Walsh for a press conference at the venue on Tuesday (30Jul13) to reveal their plans for next year’s (14) big relaunch.
The group played back-to-back shows at the Forum in 1975, 1976 and 1979, and the bandmates returned to the venue in 2009 to rehearse for their Long Road Out of Eden tour.
Frey tells Billboard.com, “The building is a grand dame of all these (arenas), the first of its kind. It sounded great when we were rehearsing there. There’s something about it… When we first played there, it looked cavernous… I remember how good the Forum sounded.”
Walsh adds, “It’s been in such a state of disrepair and that makes me sad. 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 Forum, formerly the Great Western Forum, opened for business in 1967, and has hosted gigs by Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, Prince and Led Zeppelin.
Janet Jackson and Kiss have also staged back-to-back gigs there.