SORT BY:  DATE  |   EVENT TYPE

December 9

2021

Ye with special guest Drake

Kanye West, along with special guest Drake, hosted the “Save Larry Hoover” Benefit at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in December, 2021.  The concert was in hopes of freeing Larry Hoover, a former Gangster Disciples leader who was serving time in a federal supermax prison. Money raised from the concert was donated to nonprofits focused on prison reform.Hoover was serving 200 years for murder, and the nature of his case was complex as a result of his scale of influence and previous attempts to appeal. Kanye West appealed to former president Donald Trump to help Hoover.

The concert, which took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, drew fans from far and wide to see two of the biggest names in music performing together. West performed many of his old hits, while Drake performed newer music from Certified Lover Boy. The show was ultimately a huge hit, with fans screaming and cheering throughout the show.

Ye with special guest Drake

June 1

1991

The Grateful Dead

On June 1st, 1991 The Grateful Dead hosted a concert at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The event was opened by Johnny Clegg and Savuka, starting at 1 p.m. The crowd in the Coliseum ended up being about half capacity, with nearly 50,000 tickets sold. Still, it was one of the top 5 highest grossing shows of 1991.

Sound technician Dan Healy spent weeks studying the Coliseum before The Grateful Dead performed in order to figure out the best location for the band’s speaker towers in order to make sure there were “no bad seats.” Some fans were apprehensive about the reserved seating style of the Coliseum, in contrast with the usual festival seating for The Grateful Dead. However, much thought went into the show, including nude torso sculptures by Robert Graham to assure the authenticity of the show.

The Grateful Dead

October 18-22

1989

The Rolling Stones ‘Steel Wheels’ Tour with Guns N Roses and Living Colour

The Rolling Stones “Steel Wheels” Tour launched across North America in 1989, promoting the “Steel Wheels” album. It later went to Japan and Europe. This was the band’s last live tour with their original member Bill Wyman, who played on the bass guitar.

The opening acts on the tour consisted of Living Colour, Dan reed Network, Guns N Roses and Guns. In interviews with the L.A. Times, Guns N Roses credited much of their inspiration and learning to The Rolling Stones. The tour was a giant success, making lots of money and filling arenas across the world. It was a return to glory for The Rolling Stones, who had previously been on a seven year hiatus. For four shows in October, The Rolling Stones performed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The crowd was an estimated 95,000, raging from teens to older groupies of The Rolling Stones.

The Rolling Stones ‘Steel Wheels’ Tour with Guns N Roses and Living Colour

July 23

1988

‘Monsters of Rock’ Tour featuring: Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come

Van Halen’s “Monsters of Rock” Tour took place in 1988, visiting 23 cities from May to July. The shows consisted of 9 hours of performances from the top rock bands of the era, including Metallica, the Scorpions, Dokken and Kingdom Come. Writers from the L.A. Times called the lineup “one of the most ambitious concert packages ever mounted.” The hard rock and heavy metal music festival originally took place annually in Castle Donington, England for 16 years. The performances spread to other locations across Europe, North America, South America and the Soviet Union.

1988 was the only year that the “Monsters of Rock” tour took place in the United States. Nearly 77,000 concert goers attended the Monsters of Rock tour at the Los Angeles Coliseum. However, during Metallica’s performance a riot nearly broke out as people tried to crush towards the front, ending in a dozen arrests and a “handful” of injuries.

‘Monsters of Rock’ Tour featuring: Van Halen, Scorpions, Dokken, Metallica and Kingdom Come

April 15

1988

Pink Floyd ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ Tour

“A Momentary Lapse of Reason Tour,” performed by Pink Floyd, consisted of two back to back tours spanning from September 1987 to August 1988, followed by a shorter tour from May to July of 1989. This was their first tour since 1981, as well as the first tour without original bassist Roger Waters.

There was originally lots of doubt about whether or not the tour would continue, particularly because of Waters’ departure. Upon initial announcement of the tour, Waters threatened legal action against marketing any promoters promoting the show as “Pink Floyd.” The band ended up reaching a settlement with Waters, and made over 135 million dollars worldwide. The tour became the highest grossing of the 80s. On April 15th, Pink Floyd performed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum, drawing in an audience of over 56,000 concert-goers.

Pink Floyd ‘A Momentary Lapse of Reason’ Tour

November 17-18

1987

U2 ‘Joshua Tree’ Tour

The Joshua Tree Tour took place during 1987 by the Irish rock band U2. The night before the tour began, Bono, the lead vocalist of U2, fell on a spotlight and cut open his chin. He asked the audience to help him sing his set during the initial performance.

The Joshua Tree tour sold out stadiums and arenas across the world. The first leg of the tour happened during April and May, during which all of the performances took place at indoor arenas. The second leg lasted until around August, taking place in European arenas and outdoor stadiums. Finally, the third leg returned to America, which included the two shows at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. Before the show, U2 pranked the audience by dressing in disguise as their opening act and playing a set.

U2 ‘Joshua Tree’ Tour

September 27

1985

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – “Born in the USA” Tour

The “Born in the USA” Tour was Bruce Springsteen’s most successful tour to date, supporting his Born in the USA album. Right before the tour, Springsteen had just stopped two years of bodybuilding, debuting a very different physical appearance than his last tour in 1974. The tour included performances in the United States, Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia. It was also the first to feature the future wife of Springsteen — Patti Scialfa.

The tour grossed between 80 and 90 million dollars and was inside the top ten of the Billboard 200 for the entirety of the tour. The final four shows of the tour were held in Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum in front of 83,000 fans, where they performed crowd-tested classics and new premieres of songs like Edwin Starr’s “War.”

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band – “Born in the USA” Tour

October 29

1982

The Who ‘Tour 1982’ Concert

The Who Tour 1982 took place to support their “It’s Hard” album. Although the band had two warm up shows in Birmingham, the tour was otherwise entirely in the United States and Canada. This was their last tour with their drummer, Kenney Jones. The band also announced it as their final tour, however they ended up reuniting and going on tour again several years later.

On Friday, October 29th The Who performed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The opener was The Clash, touring off their most successful album. The crowd amassed roughly 95,000 concert goers and people who attended remember the concert going particularly wild over songs like “Love Reign O’er Me” and “Behind Blue Eyes.”

The Who ‘Tour 1982’ Concert

July 26

1980

Summer Blowout with Journey, Black Sabbath and Cheap Trick

On July 26th, 1980, the Summer Blowout festival was held at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The performers included Black Sabbath, Journey, Cheap Trick, Molly Hatchet, Babys and Russia. Over 75,000 concert goers packed the Coliseum, as temperatures reached 100 degrees. Tickets sold for just over twelve dollars.

The event was published by Billboard that week for being the top box office stadium/festival concert, making nearly one million dollars in gross receipts. The Coliseum has been known for hosting big names concerts, and this Summer Blowout Festival is another example of the Coliseum hosting some of the biggest names in music, with the festival featuring some of the biggest rock stars of the 70s and 80s.

Summer Blowout with Journey, Black Sabbath and Cheap Trick

October 9-11

1981

Rolling Stones “America” Tour

The Rolling Stones “America” Tour was a tour that took place across America in 1981, where the Rolling Stones performed at stadiums and venues across the country. The band was promoting “Tattoo You” and was the highest grossing tour of the year. The band received over 51 million dollars in ticket sales and had roughly two million attendees over the span of their concerts.

On October 9th and 11th, the band performed in Los Angeles at the Memorial Coliseum. The shows were opened by Prince. At the time, Prince wasn’t well known but Mick Jagger had liked his music and invited him to open the show. The crowd immediately booed Prince off stage, likely because his music and fashion was much different than the macho rock audience typical of the Rolling Stones. Nonetheless, many fans flocked to the Coliseum to see the performance, which  was loaded with nearly 94,000 fans.

Rolling Stones “America” Tour

May 19

2012

5th Anniversary of Roger Waters’ “The Wall” Concert

Today marks the 5th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s Roger Waters performing “The Wall” in its entirety for the first time since 1990 in front of a crowd of nearly 42,000 at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum. The band had also rocked the former Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena back in 1980.

5th Anniversary of Roger Waters’ “The Wall” Concert

September 27

1992

Guns N’ Roses/Metallica

Metallica kicked off the first show of their World Wired Tour yesterday in South Korea, and it got us to thinking about all the times they performed at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum over their incredible career.

In fact, 2017 marks the Coliseum’s 25th Anniversary of hosting both Metallica & Guns N’ Roses on a co-headlining tour, on September 27, 1992.

Other performances by Metallica at the Coliseum:

July 24, 1988: Van Halen’s Monsters of Rock Tour, which also included Scorpions, Dokken, and Kingdom Come.

Attendance: 76,985

July 15, 2000: Summer Sanitarium Tour, also featuring Korn, Kid Rock, Powerman 5000, and System of a Down.

Attendance: 78,994

August 9, 2003: Summer Sanitarium Tour, with supporting acts Linkin Park, Mudvayne, Deftones and Limp Bizkit.

Attendance: 65,210

Guns N’ Roses/Metallica

April 7

1979

CaliFFornia World Music Festival

The CaliFFornia World Music Festival took place at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum on April 7th and 8th, 1979. The lineup was jam packed with an impressive amount of rock stars from the 70s, including performers such as Aerosmith, AC/DC, Van Halen, and Ted Nugent. The night was emceed by Cheech & Chong, a popular comedy duo of the time.

The event was filled with all sorts of other entertainment, including food, rides, games, a record shop,  a movie theater and skateboarding exhibitions. The weekend was an impressive lineup in the history of rock music festivals. Tickets were sold for either $15 or $25, and over 45,000 people attended the festival.

CaliFFornia World Music Festival

June 4

1977

Music Sound Funk Festival

Today marks the 40th anniversary of the Music Sound Funk Festival at the Coliseum. With an attendance of 42,771, the festival lasted 11 hours, with a line-up consisting of some of the all- time greats, including: Parliament Funkadelic, Bootsy’s Rubber Band, Rick James, The Isley Brothers, Rufus with Chaka Khan, The Brothers Johnson, and Rose Royce.

Music Sound Funk Festival

August 20

1972

Wattstax ’72 Benefit Concert

Today marks the 45th anniversary of Wattstax that was held at the Coliseum. Touted as the “Black Woodstock”, this event brought in over 100,000 attendees- most local residents of South L.A.- and celebrated African American culture, unity and pride within the local community, which at the time was still recovering from the violent Watts riots that had taken place six years earlier. Wattstax featured not only important civil rights leaders within the community, including Jesse Jackson, but performances by top recording artists at that time, such as Isaac Hayes, The Staple Singers, Kim Weston, Rufus Thomas and The Soul Children.

Wattstax ’72 Benefit Concert