LA’s storied Gibson Amphitheatre closing in Sept.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Live Nation announced Wednesday that a landmark Los Angeles music venue where Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra performed will close its doors this fall.
The Gibson Amphitheatre’s lease is ending in September and the venue will close its doors.
“It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike,” said Bret Gallagher, President of North American Concerts, Southern California/Las Vegas.
Gallagher said details will be announced for a series of farewell shows soon. Fans who were planning to attend shows there after September are advised to hold on to their tickets as Live Nation makes arrangements for performances at new venues.
The 6,100-seat space opened as the Universal Amphitheatre in 1972, an outdoor venue at Universal Studios.
The mid-sized space with was loved by performers and fans alike for the intimacy setting with superior sound. Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Madonna, Kanye West, the Grateful Dead and many other major artists performed there.
From headbangers to heads of state, the venue was also headlined by Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush, among others.
The amphitheater also hosted comedians like Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy and Louis C.K.
The closure makes way for a Harry Potter attraction, part of a major theme park and studio expansion by property owner NBCUniversal.