Quoted from gonzo73:
Yep... we lost Irvine Meadows Amphitheater.... just to build more condos... I think it was the best outdoor venue in SoCal.. . The Greek and Hollywood Bowl are great but the Parking and traffic is absolutely shit.
one great thing that happened here is someone bought the Los Angeles Forum and Dumped Millions into it ten years ago, it was a wreck after the Lakers bailed to Downtown.
Now it's a Gorgeous concert venue, all the walls have giant live photos from the history of concerts over the years.
Completely rebuilt Bathrooms.... they used to be a stinking swamp.
All new shiny Concession stands and carpet in the concourses.
Since the renovation I've seen David Gilmour, Heart, Cheap Trick, Joan Jett, the very last RUSH show, Slayer, Scorpions, ELO, Iron Maiden at the refurbished Forum.
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I haven’t hit the redone Forum yet, but I have heard that it is nice. The last concert I went to in Irvine was Jack FMs 3rd show. It was pretty good. 2008.
War. This was an unannounced act that started the show. Excellent, Low Rider, Cisco Kid, etc.
Psychedelic Furs. Eh, OK.
Twisted Sister. They were pretty good. Must have played We’re Not Gonna Take It about 4 times. Crowd loved it.
REO Speedwagon. I was never a particular fan of their music. But wow the instrumental prowess of this band was 10/10. Just an amazing live performance. Those dudes can play their shit.
Blondie. She came out in a leather jacket and opened it up to reveal a nightie underneath. I’m glad I was sitting far away. It was good, I like Blondie songs and her singing was decent. The band was very good and I always remember the drummer ended a song with the most amazing drum solo I ever heard.
Billy Idol. Or, as he shouted about two dozen times (at the family friendly show benefiting kids with autism) “I’m Billy Fucking Idol!!”. Very good for a geezer, and band was top notch with Steve Stevens on guitar.
And finally: DEVO! This made the night for me. Always have been one of my top favorite bands ever. And they did not disappoint live. They were tight. The performance was awesome, the songs were awesome, and DEVO was awesome. I’m very grateful to have been able to see the original band perform, it was great. Definitely right up there with my most favorite concerts.
EDIT - I also remember, obviously this concert had a variety of band genres, and there were fans there to see their favorites. I like all sorts of music, but maybe Psychedelic Furs fans don't care to see Twisted Sister, or whatever. At any rate, Devo was last up, and quite of lot of the crowd had left, I presume after seeing their favorite and not being Devo fans. Dumbshits. All the better for me to enjoy it!