LOS ANGELES (CelebrityAccess MediaWire) — On October 15th, Jay-Z re-opened the Hollywood Palladium after a year-long, $18-million renovation of the 68-year-old historic venue.
"The last person to open the Palladium was Frank Sinatra," Jay-Z said during his set, "and I consider myself….Ol' Brown Eyes, baby!"
According to Billboard, Jay-Z performed for more than an hour and a half, accompanied by an 8-piece band and DJ AM, who played his first gig since being involved in a plane crash last month.
Upgrades to the 4,000-capacity venue include a new dance floor, a rehab of both the exterior and interior of the venue, a new sound system, expanded concessions and more restrooms. Live Nation holds a long-term lease on the venue and are the exclusive booker for the Palladium.
"An artist of Jay-Z's caliber is the perfect way to open a new chapter for such a classic and legendary venue," Live Nation' Rick Mueller told Billboard "Fans got a taste of the unique atmosphere and great vibe that is the Hollywood Palladium, and it is something we think bands will want to be a part of." – CelebrityAccess Staff Writers