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The Forum Club is a bustle of activity as the Eagles are set to perform to a sold-out crowd at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Eagles perform at the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Eagles, from left, Bernie Leadon, Don Henley and Glenn Frey perform their opening song at the newly renovated Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Eagles guitars are lined up backstage before the band performs at the newly renovated Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Eagles sing music from their "Desperado" album to a sold-out crowd at the newly renovated Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Audience members search for their seats for the sold-out Eagles concert at the newly renovated Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Eagles' Timothy Schmit plays the harmonica at the newly renovated Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

The Forum Club is a bustle of activity as the Eagles are set to perform to a sold-out crowd at the newly renovated Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

Sparkling street lights on Prairie Avenue highlight the renovated Forum.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Gina Ferazzi / Los Angeles Times

A worker paints the names of major musical acts that have performed at the Forum in Inglewood over the years.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A visitor walks through the entryway of the Forum Club at the Forum in Inglewood. Purchased by the Madison Square Garden Co. for $23.5 million, the historic venue has undergone a major renovation and officially reopened with six concerts by the legendary Southern California rock group the Eagles.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

A plane making an approach to LAX is seen between the columns on the exterior of the Forum in Inglewood.

PHOTOGRAPH BY: Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times

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The Forum — version 2.0

By Randy Lewis

Powerful spotlights illuminated a fresh coat of red paint, stately Roman-style columns and a renewed sense of possibility as concertgoers filed into the grand opening of the newly renovated Forum in Inglewood.

“It’s awesome,” Leslie Yamamoto, 30, and sister Kristy, 23, said almost in unison. They’d come from Lomita with their parents Wednesday night to see the Eagles open a six-night run. “We used to come here as kids,” Leslie said. “A lot of memories are coming back.”

Home of the Southland’s top concerts and sporting events for more than three decades, the Forum lost its luster, its resident teams and most of its revenue when Staples Center opened downtown in 1999.

But despite Staples’ modern accoutrements, many fans have knocked it as being too cavernous for live music, and the luxury boxes around the perimeter push people in the cheap seats far away from the action onstage.

Now Madison Square Garden Co. is putting a refurbished Forum back in the Southland concert business, marketing it as a more music-friendly alternative to the multi-purpose Staples.

How would it sound? That was the big question on concertgoers’ minds Wednesday night, and their verdicts came in early.

“The sound is perfect — you can hear everything,” said Sandy Ochoa, 46, of La Habra Heights.

Full story: Inglewood’s renovated Forum is mostly fabulous

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