Rock concerts will continue to be held at the Hollywood Palladium, its owners announced Thursday, ending speculation that the historic venue would be shuttered due to complaints from surrounding homeowner groups about violence and noise.
The new booking policy will focus on family-oriented and black-tie events with rap and heavy metal shows barred.
New security procedures and restrictions on alcohol sales during youth-oriented events were among the changes detailed at the press briefing led by Hollywood Palladium president Alan Shuman.
“Our policies are stricter than the (ones the) L.A. City Council forced on us ,” Shuman said, referring to the council’s decision to establish a curfew for events (Daily Variety, Feb. 10) at the Sunset Boulevard venue and to place security requirements on particular shows.
Shuman said everyone at what he termed “young people’s events” would be searched twice and limited to one alcoholic drink. In addition, the building will be “ringed with security guards” from private firms and by off-duty LAPD officers.
Palladium managers came under fire last year following a series of police confrontations with unruly concertgoers that resulted in local homeowner groups lobbying the council for changes at the hall. A Dec. 23, 1992, shooting following a concert there led to the council’s decision, and sparked a debate over whether the venue should remain open.
Joe Shea, leader of the Ivar Hill Homeowners Assn., who vigorously lobbied local leaders praised the new policy. But in an unusual twist, Shea defended the rights of rap and heavy metal acts to perform at the venue.
“It is not the feeling of this community that rap, heavy metal and hip hop ought to be banned from any venue,” Shea said, surprising Shuman. The new Palladium chief said he would consider booking rap shows if “the homeowners didn’t hold us responsible for things that happen two or three blocks away.”
Shea added that his group is satisfied with the new policies. “If Israel and the PLO can come to terms, certainly the community and the Palladium can,” Shea said. He the new rules will “show other venues how to give us all a good time without risking our lives.” Weekend shows by Bad Religion (tonight and Saturday) and the upcoming shows by Smashing Pumpkins (Oct. 21-22) will test some of the new policies.