AHH Stray News: Jay-Z Headlines Renovated Palladium

Rapper/mogul Jay-Z will be the opening act when the legendary Palladium performance venue reopens in Los Angeles on October 15. In April of 2007, Live Nation signed a long-term lease to operate, manage and book the venue.

The company invested “millions” into renovating the historic building that opened in September of 1940 with a performance by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, which featured a rising singer named Frank Sinatra.

Major improvements include an overhaul of the interior and exterior of the venue, a doubling of the size of the rest room facilities and other structural improvements.

“I’m honored to play such an iconic venue,” Jay-Z said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times. “Just as Frank ushered in a golden era, I hope this opening will mark the beginning of a resurgence in generation-defining live music.”