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August 8, 2013
Are the boys of One Direction secret classic-rock fans? That's the question raised by the beginning of the British boy band's new single, "Best Song Ever," which appeared on YouTube recently. The lead track from One Direction's upcoming album — its third in three years — "Best Song Ever" starts out more or less exactly like the Who's "Baba O'Riley," with pounding piano and drums revving to life over an arpeggiated synth figure. Staples Center, 1111 S. Figueroa Ave., L.A. 7:30 p.m. Wed.-Sat.
July 3, 2009 | Maria Elena Fernandez, Maura Dolan and David Zahniser
Staples Center will be the site of a public memorial service on Tuesday for Michael Jackson, a publicist for the Jackson family said Thursday, but it is unclear who will pay for the massive law enforcement deployment necessary for the event. Ken Sunshine, a Jackson family representative, said the service will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesday at the downtown arena, site of the singer's final rehearsal.
December 8, 2011
The long-gestating project from Jay-Z and Kanye West, "Watch the Throne" combines the strengths of two of the most acclaimed rappers of the last two decades, who have worked together often but never on a collaborative full-length album. It couples them with some of today's most respected producers, including RZA, DJ Premier, the Neptunes, the Jugganauts, Swizz Beats and Q-Tip. The result is a cocksure, fiery and smart, if problematic, collaboration that showcases the pair's distinct lyrical skills, their way around a metaphor and an ability to execute a grand narrative and the details that turn it into truth.
May 16, 2012 | By Diane Pucin
Imagine tens of thousands of cycling fans gathered in front of Staples Center on Sunday morning for the final leg of the country's largest stage cycling race, the Amgen Tour of California. Now mix in 20,000 hockey fans, nearly all of them giddy in the anticipation of watching their underdog Kings clinch a berth in the Stanley Cup finals, and another 20,000 basketball fans, with the Clippers trying to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time. Those sports worlds will collide on the streets outside the arena Sunday; the Kings are scheduled to take on the Phoenix Coyotes in Game 4 of the NHL Western Conference finals at noon — about the same time some of the world's best cyclists will be barreling toward the finish line.
July 4, 2013 | By Cale Ottens
A sprawling parking lot across the street from Staples Center and L.A. Live is up for sale and drawing bidders eager for a prime piece of downtown Los Angeles real estate. The 4.6-acre site at the southeast corner of 11th and Figueroa streets has been approved for a high-end mixed-use complex called Fig Central. Moinian Group bought the property from Staples owner Anschutz Entertainment Group about seven years ago when L.A. Live was under construction. At the time, New York-based Moinian, one of the country's largest privately held real estate firms, paid $80 million for the lot. "We have a broad range of interest in the property, including Asian, Middle Eastern and U.S.-based developers of major infill mixed-use developments," said broker David Hasbrouck of Cushman & Wakefield, who is representing Moinian in the sale.
April 11, 2014 | By Mike Bresnahan and Eric Pincus
Another sign of a team in decline - empty seats. There have been nine non-sellouts at home for the Lakers, a surprising number for a team that enjoyed 270 consecutive packed crowds at Staples Center until earlier this season. The franchise was startled when the sellout streak ended in mid-November against New Orleans. Now that game is considered the tip of the attendance iceberg. Last month was particularly bad for the Lakers, who failed to sell out five of eight home games, including one against the Clippers.
June 9, 2005
The 2006 Grammy Awards will return to Staples Center in Los Angeles for the third straight year, with the ceremonies scheduled for Feb. 8, the Recording Academy announced Wednesday. It will be the seventh time in eight years the music industry's highest honors will be presented in L.A., the only break having come in 2003, when the event was held in New York. The 2006 show, which will be televised on CBS, is being moved back to Wednesday night after three years as a Sunday event.
January 22, 2003 | Susan Brenneman
Luciano Pavarotti may or may not have retired from the opera stage, but he certainly is still doing his bit for the art form. As a benefit for the Los Angeles Opera, the Italian tenor will perform in concert at Staples Center on March 11. For the one-night-only event, the center will be configured to create a concert hall-type setting, and Pavarotti will be accompanied by the Los Angeles Opera Orchestra, conducted by Leone Magiera.
November 29, 1999 | JIM HODGES
People peering through the glass at Staples Center on Saturday night will get a different view when the Kings play Tampa Bay. Make that a clearer view. The prism will be gone. Complaints about the glass that surrounds the rink were justified, said Lee Zeidman, vice president for building operations, and the glass is being replaced by the Canadian company that made it. "It was distorted," said Zeidman, who blamed the production process, which involved laminating the layers of glass.
April 16, 2012 | By Houston Mitchell
Ever wonder how Staples Center switches from a Lakers basketball court to a Kings hockey rink? If so, wonder no more. You can see it all happen in the above time-lapse video shot by Jason Neubert. Some facts: It takes two to three hours for the conversion to take place. Ever wonder why it's always so cold in Staples Center during Lakers games? As you can see from the video, the basketball court is removed one panel at a time, exposing the ice, which is already in place beneath the court.
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