Disembodied Spirit, on 17 April 2015 - 10:19 PM, said:
WIDE-ANGLE WATCHER, on 17 April 2015 - 09:55 PM, said:
Van Squalen, on 15 April 2015 - 09:13 PM, said:
Good gawd, you fabulous Rush nerds. Indoor venues are NEVER better than outdoor venues! Acoustics ALWAYS are better outdoors, along with the added bonus of not having 20 thousand sweat-mucked morons' vast array of stenches rolling over you for 3 hours. I specifically am going outta my way to hit the Irvine show (an outdoor amp) instead of hitting the very last show on the tour at the Forum. As much as I love the Forum thanks to my intimate and long history with its ambiance, and as much as I'd like to hit the very last Rush date on what may be their last tour, I opted for the second to last date at Irvine BECAUSE it's outdoor instead of indoor.
Special effects are great and all, don't get me wrong. But gimme premium sound and fresh air every time over a sweaty stanky dungeon arena.
I agree...You may give up a couple light-show songs until it gets dark (although sunset light does have value)... but the out door sound, especially at Irvine Meadows is superior no doubt. I've got the best of both with Irvine and the Forum on my schedule.
Can you guys compare the Forum and Staples Center for us East coast peeps?
If u have been to both for concerts.
I have been to both for many shows.
It's probably best to compare the Forum in two modes...in its old capacity, and its newly furbished one.
Staples Center is your typical basketball arena. It's in the heart of downtown LA, and I've seen the Stones, Black Eyed Peas, Van Halen, and many others there over the years. As you'd expect with sports arenas, it's cozy, but the reverb echo is perpetually existent and noticeable unless you're up front at the speaker level.
In the old days before Staples opened, the Forum was the main indoor joint of all of Los Angeles and environs. Sometimes it'd get some competition musically from the LA Sports Arena, but most acts hit the Forum. It was and remains entrenched in Inglewood, one of the less gentrified and more urbanized districts in central LA.
It too suffered from reverb echo and an atrocious mezzanine, lavatory, and concession setup. But it was the place to go for the hard rock. When Staples came in, acts started touring over there instead, 'cause it was nicer and newer. But since Madison Square Garden bought out and took over the Forum, spent six months refurbishing and improving acoustics and sound, it's returned to its former glory and then some. I hit the grand reopening of the Forum opening night with the Eagles last year, and the change was remarkable. Best indoor sound I've ever heard in a 20k arena setting, and I was in the upper bowl. The artists are paying attention, as everyone is now playing back at the Forum...Fleetwood Mac just finished 3 or 4 dates there, I saw Aerosmith and Slash last July, U2's got 5 or 6 dates there in June, and of course we all know Rush is finishing their tour there this year.
So yeah, if you're hitting SoCal for a show, and you have to hit an indoor arena in LA, you want to hit the Forum over all else. But if you have a choice, hit the outdoor Hollywood Bowl venue instead.
I still maintain the best Rush show I've ever seen was the '07 Snakes and Arrows date at the Hollywood Bowl.