Fans of radio-station round-tables, norteño titans and pop stars on the make will have to find a new venue to see their favorites. The Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City will close in September as part of a massive overhaul of Universal Studios.
“We, like music lovers across Los Angeles, will miss Gibson Amphitheatre,” said Bret Gallagher, president of North American Concerts, Southern California/Las Vegas for Live Nation, in a statement today. “It is a tremendous venue with a uniquely intimate setting that has made it a very special place for fans and artists alike. The list of musicians that have played here is simply staggering... While a change like this is difficult, we look forward to putting together a series of great shows that will celebrate everything about this marvelous building.”
The venue's lease expires in September, and it will be torn down to make room for a thorough revamp and expansion of Universal Studios, with the new "Wizarding World of Harry Potter" ride expected to take its place in the complex. The news confirms long-held rumors first voiced by L.A. County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavsky.
The venue first opened as the open-air Universal Amphitheatre in 1972 on the Universal lot. Though located in the maw of Universal CityWalk -- and perhaps lacking the historic charm of venues such as the Greek Theatre or the Hollywood Palladium -- the venue has hosted many of the biggest acts in rock, folk, Latin and pop music.