Rave out, Snoop Dogg, Rage Against the Machine in at L.A. Coliseum
With the cancellation of the controversial Electric Daisy Carnival rave in Los Angeles this summer, the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is expected to bring in a pair of high-profile performers in July: rapper Snoop Dogg and rock group Rage Against the Machine, The Times has learned.
The performances scheduled for July 30 would generate badly needed revenue from an expected crowd of more than 50,000 people. The event would be the largest concert at the Coliseum since 2003.
Discussions to bring the concert to the Coliseum are nearly complete, but the Coliseum Commission has not yet received a signed contract from the event producer, GoldenVoice, a subsidiary of AEG, said John Sandbrook, the Coliseum's interim general manager.
Sandbrook referred questions about the expected performers to the event producer, which did not return calls for comment late Tuesday evening. However, two people with knowledge of the Coliseum's concert line-up confirmed it to The Times.
The Coliseum is also scheduled to host a soccer match July 16 between Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy, which is also expected to draw more than 50,000, according to Coliseum Commission documents.
Rage Against the Machine, known for its anti-authoritarian bent, performed in a designated protest zone during the 2000 Democratic National Convention in Los Angeles. Shortly after the band got off stage, people in the crowd, including anarchists, began throwing bottles, rocks and pieces of concrete at police. LAPD officers moved in with their batons, and several concert fans were struck by rubber pellets.
The group played more recently in 2010 at the Hollywood Palladium, an indoor venue that holds 4,000 people, without incident.
Sandbrook said he's working with the Los Angeles police and fire departments to make sure they are prepared for potential security problems.
“We are being very diligent with our planning,” Sandbrook said.
LAPD Deputy Chief Pat Gannon said there are ongoing discussions with the Coliseum. "This will be a team effort to address issues in this type of event," Gannon said.
The July game and concert will be the largest events to date under Sandbrook's tenure. He was hired last month after longtime General Manager Patrick Lynch abruptly quit following reports in The Times that he gave permission to his events manager, Todd DeStefano, to also be employed by a rave company.
The commission was criticized after the company, Insomniac, held the two-day Electric Daisy Festival last summer at the venue, which resulted in 120 people being taken to hospitals, 118 arrests and the fatal Ecstasy overdose of a 15-year-old girl.
Police officials have previously said raves require an extraordinary amount of police resources compared to traditional rock 'n' roll concerts. Raves tend to attract a large number of attendees using or possessing Ecstasy.
"I’ve been told the traditional rock 'n' roll concert is a far different animal than raves," Sandbrook said.
Earlier this month, Coliseum Commission officials said the commission expects to lose $297,000 for the fiscal year that ends June 30. The projected loss was largely blamed on the cancellation of Electric Daisy, which is moving to Las Vegas this year.
-- Rong-Gong Lin II and Andrew Blankstein
Photo: Snoop Dogg performs on stage in Sydney, Australia. Credit: Mark Metcalfe / Getty Images