A legendary venue currently closed, will soon re-open, and an iconic band is helping ring in the occasion.
Along with owners of Madison Square Garden, the Eagles are performing a three-concert stint, in hopes to re-open the Forum in Los Angeles. They will stage back-to-back “History of the Eagles” shows at the famous venue, now undergoing a $75 million renovation. It was the former home of the Los Angeles Lakers, and was purchased by officials at Madison Square Garden. They later teamed up with Eagles’ Glenn Frey, Joe Walsh, and Timothy B. Schmit for a press conference concerning the plans for the Forum’s re-launch.
The Eagles defiantly have history when it comes to the Forum, as they have performed there in 1975, 1976, and 1979, and rehearsed there for their Long Road Out of Eden tour. The venue has also hosted shows from Led Zeppelin, Prince, Elvis Presley, the Rolling Stones, and Janet Jackson.
In other music news, despite the fact blues isn’t quite popular with today’s youth, guitar legend Buddy Guy hopes to show directors at radio stations and rising musicians, that the classic sound is still alive and well. And he’s doing it with his new album Rhythm & Blues. Guy has stated that a few fresh acts (such as Gary Clark Jr.) are keeping the genre alive, and also resemble the late 1960s, when blues were given a lift thanks to rock acts including Cream, Janis Joplin, and Jimi Hendrix.
Guy, who released the album on his 77th birthday, is hoping to make a hit in infusing his down-home country blues with top acts from both rock and country. The new album features guest appearances from artists including Kid Rock, Gary Clark Jr., Keith Urban, and Aerosmith’s Steven Tyler and Joe Perry.