Thursday, August 28, 2008

Show calendar for reopened Hollywood Palladium

Coming on the heels of the blockbuster announcement that superstar Hip Hop icon JAY-Z will reopen the historic Hollywood Palladium, now Live Nation (NYSE: LYV) revealed today the opening slate of shows at the newly renovated concert hall:

JAY-Z (Special Opening Night Event) 10/15 9/5/08 @10 AM
GYM CLASS HEROES / THE ROOTS 10/17 9/13/08 @ 12 noon
FLOGGING MOLLY 10/25 9/13/08 @ 12 noon
THE KOOKS 10/28 9/13/08 @ 12 noon
RISE AGAINST 10/31, 11/1 & 11/2 8/28/08 @ 10 AM DRAGONFORCE 11/7 9/13/08 @12 noon
LA FABRIKA DEL REGGAETON 11/8 9/13/08 @ 12 noon
MUDVAYNE 11/11 9/13/08 @ 12noon
ONEREPUBLIC 11/15 9/13/08 @ 12 noon
ALEJANDRA GUZMAN 11/21 9/13/08 @ 12 noon
OF MONTREAL 11/22 9/13/08 @ 12 noon
SLIGHTLY STOOPID 12/06 9/13/08 @ 12 noon

Tickets for all concerts will be available at

The Hollywood Palladium is currently undergoing a total renovation of all interior and exterior areas including a new dance floor, expanded concessions and upgraded restrooms. Sound experts are revamping the acoustic treatments on the inside of the building, which is expected to give concertgoers a much-improved listening experience. In-house event staff will provide for security with a decidedly more guest-friendly approach.

Please see the following for more details on this diverse lineup of shows:

GYM CLASS HEROES & THE ROOTS: Gym Class Heroes combine rap, alternative and funk into one bracingly original package. Their breakthrough 2006 debut, As Cruel As School Children, hit the Top 50 on the Billboard 200 and its eagerly-awaited follow-up, The Quilt, is set for release next month. This quartet also knows how to rock a stage with their mix of live instrumentation and looped beats. The Roots, renowned for their intelligent rhymes, tight musicianship and independent stance, are one of Hip-Hop’s most adventurous collectives, consistently raising the bar with each new release. They are currently supporting their latest acclaimed album, Rising Down, which hit Top 10 on the Billboard 200 as well as the Top 5 of the Top R&B/Hip Hop charts earlier this year.

FLOGGING MOLLY: This septet recalls the brash insolence of The Clash and Stiff Little Fingers dashed with a touch of The Pogues’ closing-time bluster. Their latest full-length, Float, opens another chapter in Flogging Molly’s sonic evolution. With hard-charging tunes such as, “Requiem For A Dying Song,” "Paddy's Lament" and "You Won't Make a Fool Out of Me," it promises to give the group their biggest chart impact yet. A killer live band, Flogging Molly have paid their dues on stage, and anthemic sing-alongs like, "Selfish Man,” "Drunken Lullabies," and "The Worst Day Since Yesterday" remain fan favorites.

THE KOOKS: The latest British Invasion contender is back. After 2006's Inside In/Inside Out drew a huge following worldwide thanks to the massive singles “She Moves In Her Own Way,” “You Don't Love Me,” and ”Naïve,” the Brighton quartet returns with their latest release Konk. It has already cracked the Top 50 of the Billboard Top 200 and features the new smash, “Shine On.” The group’s hook-laden alchemy has also led to sold-out shows around the world, including a packed Wiltern date earlier this summer.

RISE AGAINST: This Chicago-based melodic hardcore band refuses to follow any established music industry norm, yet their reach has grown organically from underground punk roots into a true alt-rock phenomenon. They broke through to a wider audience with 2004’s Siren Song of the Counter Culture, then their 2006 follow-up, The Sufferer and the Witness, hit the Top 10 on the Billboard 200, thanks to the singles “Prayer Of The Refugee” and “Good Left Undone.” This October, Rise Against will release their newest creation, the eagerly-awaited Appeal to Reason.

DRAGONFORCE: DragonForce have single-handedly revitalized power metal, awakening a long dormant genre thanks to their technical virtuosity, compositional skill and incendiary live shows. Their breakthrough full-length, Inhuman Rampage, gave listeners a taste of what they were capable of. Now, with a brand new album, Ultra Beatdown, they have pushed their music further than ever before. It takes listeners to new heights and reveals a band experimenting, taking risks, being bold – precisely what you’d expect of any masters of their art.

LA FABRIKA DEL REGGAETON: This special event will feature the smooth reggae, hip-hop and house sounds of La Factoria and Eddy Lover, plus special guests Mach & Daddy (“Pasame la Botella"), Makano, Aldo Ranks and JR. Ranks and much more. La Factoria’s club-friendly sound has earned them heavy international airplay. Their breakthrough single, "Perdóname," featured then-budding Reggaeton artist Eddy Lover and went on to spend over 40 weeks on Billboard's Hot Latin Tracks. Lover’s current single, “Luna,” has reached the Top 50 on the same listing.

MUDVAYNE: The hard crushing metal quartet Mudvayne has sold more than 4.5 million units worldwide and each of their studio albums is certified gold. They are Grammy nominees, have garnered extensive radio and video airplay, were honored with the first-ever MTV2 Award and play hundreds of sold-out shows each year around the world. Their 2005 CD, Lost And Found, debuted at #2 on the Billboard Top 200 and their most recent release, By The People, For The People, created history by offering their fans the opportunity to vote on the tracks chosen for the collection. They are expected to have a new studio album out later this year.

ONEREPUBLIC: OneRepublic released their debut album, Dreaming Out Loud, in 2007, quickly selling over 1 million copies worldwide and cracking the Top 20 on the Billboard 200. They broke sales records and genre boundaries with the Timbaland remix of their hit single "Apologize," which has sold in excess of 7 million singles worldwide. It was the biggest radio airplay smash in the history of Top 40 radio in North America and held the #1 position for five months. The band's follow up single, "Stop and Stare," has also crossed the 2 million mark in worldwide sales.

ALEJANDRA GUZMAN: Known as the “Queen of Rock En Espanol,” Latin Grammy Award winning singer/actress Alejandra Guzman is the daughter of superstar royalty— Mexican actress Silvia Pinal and rock star Enrique Guzman. She made her first TV appearance when she was just two months old. Guzman released her chart-topping debut album Bye Mama in 1988. Nearly two decades later, her 2006 release Indeleble hit Top 20 on the Top Latin Charts, illustrating her longevity and wide-ranging appeal. Alejandra’s latest recording, 2007’s Fuerza, includes the single "Soy Solo Un Secreto."

OF MONTREAL: A product of the Athens, Georgia alternative scene, fertile ground that has spawned groundbreaking acts like R.E.M. and the B52’s, of Montreal is the brainchild of Elephant Six veteran Kevin Barnes. While it began as a one-man studio operation, of Montreal now is a sprawling, neo-psychedelic cavalcade on stage. Its latest release, Hissing Fauna, swings widely from swaggering guitar to moody synths. It is also the most personal of Montreal album to date, with Barnes pouring tremendous amounts of emotion, heartbreak, frustration and elation into its twelve tracks.

SLIGHTLY STOOPID: With their latest release, the retrospective collection Slightly Not Stoned Enough To Eat Breakfast Yet Stoopid, San Diego’s Slightly Stoopid have distilled their infectious rock/reggae/rap mix to the core. The group has spent more than a decade treading the boards, both opening for the likes of Dave Matthews Band and Sublime plus headlining major venues in their own right. They have evolved into one of America’s most successful independent touring groups. Slightly Stoopid’s hypnotic “stealth groove” has also been featured in major TV shows such as “The OC,” and “North Shore.”

In addition to its legendary status as a prime live music destination, The Hollywood Palladium is also a versatile location for special events of all kinds. For information on venue rentals, contact Live Nation/So-Cal VP of Special Events Jill Przelenski at 310-598-4076. For VIP Table information, please call Live Nation’s Premium Seat Sales Department at 323-769-4340 and for sponsorship opportunities, please call Lauren Silver at 323-769-4680.

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