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LA's storied Gibson Amphitheatre closing in September

LOS ANGELES (AP) Concert promoter Live Nation announced Wednesday that a landmark Los Angeles music venue where Bob Marley, Johnny Cash and Frank Sinatra performed will close its doors this fall.

The Gibson Amphitheatre's lease is ending in September and the venue will close its doors.

"It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike," said Bret Gallagher, Live Nation's president of North American concerts for Southern California and Las Vegas.

Gallagher said details soon will be announced for a series of summer farewell shows before the closure. Fans who were planning to attend concerts scheduled after September are advised to hold on to their tickets as Live Nation makes arrangements for performances at different venues.

The 6,100-seat space opened as the Universal Amphitheatre in 1972, an outdoor venue at Universal Studios.

The midsized space was loved by everyone from head bangers to heads of state for its intimate setting with superior sound. Bob Dylan, David Bowie, Madonna, Kanye West, the Grateful Dead and many other major artists performed there.

Other headliners included Presidents Barack Obama, Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush.

And the amphitheater also hosted comedians like Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy and Louis C.K.

The closure makes way for the "Wizarding World of Harry Potter," an attraction that's part of a major theme park and studio expansion by property owner NBCUniversal.

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Apr 26, 2013 6:30AM

Harry Potter v live performances?  What is NBCUniversal (Oops...Comcast) thinking? 

Apr 26, 2013 5:57AM
YUP...there goes another landmark to make way for a projected profit maker that will probably not last, in popularity, as long as amphitheater.  Nor will it be as publicly pleasing.
Apr 26, 2013 5:54AM
I guess Uninversal decided that with the Hollywood Bowl and Greek Theatre still around, Metro L.A. can afford to lose this one.  Entertainment venues are slightly less disposible than sports venues, but it seems a waste when places like this and Kingsway Hall either make way for a questionable project or end up deserted.
Apr 26, 2013 5:13AM
The acoustics in there were so good, you could record an concert from the audience there and have it sound really good. I know because I have some bootlegs from there and they sound really good!
Apr 26, 2013 4:18AM
Looks like I won't ever set foot in Universal Studios or Universal City Walk again...NBC asshats, you suck!
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