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July 21, 2009 | Randy Lewis
The good news about Keith Urban's two-hour performance Sunday at Staples Center was that the New Zealand-born, Australia-reared Nashville resident is letting loose the kind of raw human emotion that's been all but buffed out of previous tours. Urban delivered an anguished rendition of "You'll Think of Me," in which he riffed on the song's lyric, his voice breaking convincingly as he cried, "Why'd you have to break my heart -- didn't you know how much I loved you?"
October 17, 2012 | By Randy Lewis
Carrie Underwood's choice of a tornado as the central image for her current "Blown Away" album and tour became something of a double-edged sword as her show unfolded Tuesday at Staples Center in Los Angeles. On one hand, it's a powerful symbol of a force of nature analogous to Underwood's titanium pipes, which at times seemed capable of filling the arena with no help from a PA system. On the other, a tornado is a force beyond human control that typically leaves a trail of destruction wherever it touches down, a trait Underwood also shared throughout a show that opened at maximum voltage and operated there for the bulk of the evening.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
June 7, 2009 | Mike Bresnahan
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 | By Mike Bresnahan
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)
September 18, 2012 | By Walter Hamilton
The company that owns the Staples Center and the Los Angeles Kings announced late Tuesday it is being put up for sale, sparking a potential billion-dollar bidding war for some of the sports and entertainment world's glitziest properties. The Anschutz Co., run by Denver billionaire Philip Anschutz, said it is seeking a buyer for its AEG subsidiary, which also has stakes in the L.A. Live entertainment venue in downtown Los Angeles, the Los Angeles Kings professional hockey team and the Los Angeles Galaxy pro soccer team.
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