Southern California -- this just in

« Previous Post | L.A. NOW Home | Next Post »

Rage Against the Machine to headline Coliseum's largest concert since 2003

May 20, 2011 |  6:00 am

Jmnk2ykn The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum will host its largest rock concert in nearly a decade this July, providing revenue to the financially troubled venue.

Coliseum officials said that Rage Against the Machine would be performing July 30, along with Muse, Rise Against, Lauryn Hill, Immortal Technique and El Gran Silencio. The concert is expected to attract 65,000 to 80,000 people, which would make it the largest such rock concert at the Coliseum since 2003.
“Ticket sales were quite robust last week when they began,” John Sandbrook, interim general manager of the Coliseum, told Coliseum commissioners Thursday.
The Coliseum will also be holding another large event on July 16, featuring a soccer game between Real Madrid and the Los Angeles Galaxy.
The Coliseum commission, a nine-member board of state, county and city representatives, expects a loss of about $326,000 for the fiscal year that ends in June 30, largely due to the cancellation of the Electric Daisy Carnival rave at the Coliseum.

Last year’s Electric Daisy Carnival rave ended in controversy after a teenage girl’s fatal drug overdose, numerous arrests and concertgoers being transported to hospitals.

The Times subsequently reported that the events manager at the time, Todd DeStefano, was also employed as a consultant by the rave producer, Insomniac Inc. DeStefano has resigned, as has his former supervisor, longtime general manager Patrick Lynch, who approved the arrangement.

Sandbrook said he expected financial results to improve for the next fiscal year because of the July soccer match and concert, as well as UCLA basketball games being held at the Coliseum’s adjacent facility, the Sports Arena, because its primary home will be under renovation.


Coliseum Commission expects to lose almost $300,000 after canceling rave

L.A. Coliseum Commission submits salary information to state controller

Approvals for L.A.'s downtown football stadium could take a year, report says

-- Rong-Gong Lin II at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum

Photo: Vocalist Zack de la Rocha and guitarist Tom Morello perform with their band Rage Against The Machine during the Rock The Bells music fest at the Hyundai Pavilion in Devore in 2007. Credit: Gina Ferrazi / Los Angeles Times