Los Angeles: Forum

It’s already the third night of the tour in the USA and this time David and the band will be performing at the “Fabulous Forum” – in Inglewood, Los Angeles.

Another round building, this one – listed on the National Register of Historic Places, no less – with its 80 iconic and I expect illuminated columns, is a modern interpretation of the majestic Roman Colosseum.

First opened in 1968, known previously as the L.A. Forum and the Great Western Forum, it has been home at some time or another for many of the city’s beloved sports teams, including the Lakers, Sparks and Kings, all of whom now play their basketball and ice hockey downtown at the Staples Center, leaving the Forum to be used primarily as a hub for concerts and other community events.

Indeed, the Forum has recently reinvented itself as the country’s only arena-sized venue dedicated to music and entertainment, with a $100 million refurbishment, yet has managed to retain its 1960s charm. Able to seat up to 17,500 people on four levels and versatile enough to switch to multiple seating configurations, since its reopening in January 2014 this classic venue, with state-of-the-art technology and amenities, has hosted the 2014 MTV Video Music Awards and concerts galore.

But then, it always did know how to throw a good party. Cream, Deep Purple, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Fleetwood Mac, The Eagles, U2, Elvis, Prince… I could go on, there are many more, but you get the idea: they’ve all been here (and some even have the live album to prove it).

Let us know if you’ll be at the “Fabulous Forum” tonight. Do be sure, once settled comfortably in your cushioned seat that apparently allows a virtually unobstructed view of the stage from any angle due to the seating being made up of one continuous bowl, to glance up at the many LEDs on the ceiling; these give the illusion that you are sitting beneath the stars.

It really sounds magical. You will be pampered, I’m sure.