HOLLYWOOD -- The Hollywood Palladium is ready to welcome guests after closing for more than a year to undergo a massive facelift. The reopening concert tonight will feature hip-hop artist Jay-Z and DJ AM, who was critically injured in a South Carolina plane crash that killed four peaple and injured drummer Travis Barker.
The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra featuring Frank Sinatra first opened the Palladium September 23, 1940. The theatres new operator, Live Nation, made improvements to the 4, 000 seat facilities interior and exterior along with upgrades to the stage.
The renovations also expanded the concession areas and installed upgraded lighting and acoustic equipment, designed to enable the venue to accommodate larger, modern productions.
While Jay-Z is the headliner of tonight's opening event, much attention will be paid to DJ AM -- whose real name is Adam Goldstein -- who suffered second- and third-degree burns in the Sept. 19 plane crash that only he and Barker survived. The performance will mark DJ AM's first public appearance since the crash.
Barker is still recovering at a Los Angeles burn facility.
In 1961, the Palladium became a television studio and has hosted the Emmy Awards, Grammy Awards, NAACP Image Awards and Country Music Awards.
Among the acts that have performed at the venue over the years are the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, The Who, Rod Stewart, the Police, James Brown, Metallica, Jane's Addiction, Red Hot Chili Peppers and No Doubt.
Live Nation owns or operates the House on Blues on Sunset, The Wiltern Theatre, Gibson Amphitheatre, the Verizon Wireless