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.
April 16, 2012 |
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.
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.
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July 3, 2009 |
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.
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 |
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 |
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.
June 7, 2009 |
The NBA is expected to announce today that the 2011 All-Star game will be held at Staples Center. The event was also held in Los Angeles in 2004. A news conference has been scheduled for this afternoon at Staples Center. Expected to attend are NBA Commissioner David Stern, AEG President Tim Leiweke and Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa. The 58th All-Star game was held in Phoenix this year, with Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal sharing most-valuable-player honors.
March 11, 2012 |
Legendary outfielder Frank Robinson left the Lakers-Boston Celtics game after experiencing dizziness and feeling faint Sunday at Staples Center. Robinson, 76, received unspecified medical attention at the game but did not go to a hospital and was resting comfortably in his Los Angeles-area home after leaving the game, according to a Staples Center spokesman. Robinson played most of his baseball career with Cincinnati and Baltimore. He also played for the Dodgers (1972) and California Angels (1973-74)
May 16, 2012 |
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.