The 70s are alive and well – and living in Los Angeles. The Forum is back and The Eagles have landed!
The Forum in Los Angeles is one of the sports world’s most historic venues, having hosted the LA Lakers during their glorious Showtime years. Recently acquired by the Madison Square Garden Company, it’s undergone a $100 million facelift to turn it into a first-rate concert venue, and to celebrate the completion, it’s having its roof decorated in an unprecedented fashion.
25 tons of material, 15,000 LED lights, 1 mile of aluminum framework, and over 5 acres of printed vinyl are coming together to create an enormous Hotel California vinyl record that will spin atop The Forum’s roof at 17mph. Spanning 407 feet in diameter, this is easily the largest vinyl record ever put together, and will serve as a fitting tribute to The Eagles, who’ll inaugurate the new Forum with a series of six shows starting this Wednesday. The vinyl record is sturdy, able to resist winds of up to 80mph, and imposing, with lettering as large as that of the iconic “Hollywood” sign in the hills nearby.
Such elaborate roof decorations might usually be difficult for passers-by to notice, but The Forum’s location right next to LAX airport means that its musical top hat will be visible to passengers on over 1,700 flights each day.
The only bit of unhappiness intruding here is that, sadly, I do not have tickets to this kickoff of The Eagles tour. Nonetheless, it makes me happy that everything old is new again — even as they span the distance from hip to hip replacement.
The Eagles and their music make me happy.
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