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"TIWTTFL" Tour Final Shows

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Posted on 18:37, Saturday, October 29

The "This is What the Truth Feels Like" Tour ends in Irvine today and tommorow. The shows are the final shows to be held at the Meadows Ampthitheatre.

Save Ferris were added to open the show. Beside the Yound the Giant. During the tour was Eve present to open the shows.

Gwen Stefani took the kids along the tour. Due summer break. Also Gwen Stefani was able to help a victim of Bullying. The tour was ment to the personal. It was made for the fans. Videos at the backdrop were showed during performances.

October 2016
29 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Irvine, CA
30 Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre
Irvine, CA

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OC Register - Gwen Stefani closes Irvine Meadows, Orange County first big venue

IRVINE Gwen Stefani took the Irvine Meadows stage Sunday night as the concert venues final performer, 26 years after her band, No Doubt, first played there as an opening act for reggae artist Ziggy Marley.

Can you imagine? Tonight is one of the most special nights for all of us, she said. We, together, will be closing down Irvine Meadows. This is it, right here ... Im so honored to be from Orange County, and Im so honored to be with you here tonight to celebrate music. Lets have some fun tonight. Do you want to?

And with that, Orange Countys first large-scale concert venue began its swan song. The 16,000-capacity amphitheater, which opened in 1981, will be razed soon to make way for the second phase of the Irvine Co.s Los Olivos apartment community. The amphitheater, which opened in 1981, sits on land leased by the Irvine Co., with the last of those leases expiring this year.

Annette Galindo of Huntington Beach has worked at Irvine Meadows for eight years, first at the front podium and then at the backstage entrance. She has spent those years saying hello and goodbye to a slew of artists, employees and stagehands. Sunday night she said goodbye for a final time as the venue hosted its last concert.

Its heartbreaking that were closing, she said. Ive been saying goodbye all year and realizing that it is literally goodbye. Im looking at the trees and looking around here and knowing its going to be torn down. When I worked out front, I watched Wild Rivers go down, so I know the reality of whats going to happen here, and its breaking my heart.

Fans turned out early Sunday for the final show.

We just happened to stumble upon tickets to the last show at Irvine Meadows, Marty Reichman of Fullerton said.

He was tailgating out in the bed of his truck in the parking lot with his wife, Keely. Reichman added that he usually attended multiple shows each season and that his first show at the venue was Rush in 1982.

Its quite the dichotomy between Rush and Gwen, but were also just happy to be at the last show.

Others in attendance Sunday also said that being part of the final show was the big draw.

Were here because this is history, Erin Koury of Dove Canyon said. She showed up with a handful of girlfriends who agreed they would have come to the venue to support keeping live music in Irvine, no matter who was performing.

Young the Giant, a band originally from Irvine, served as the support act on Saturday and Sunday, and fellow Orange County act Save Ferris was later added to round out the local-centric lineup.

Julian Lujan of Anaheim and Adrian Lee of Irvine bought tickets to the final show to see one of their favorite bands, Young the Giant.

Wed love to have another amphitheater here, Lujan said. Ive seen so many shows here. It would be nice to keep a venue here like this.

During a recent interview, Stefani, who grew up in Anaheim, said she was devastated by the venues closure and recalled the first time No Doubt played there, in 1990. The band went on to play the main stage at KROQs Weenie Roast in 1996 and headlined Irvine Meadows numerous times.

She also brought her second solo tour venture, the Sweet Escape tour, to the venue for two sold-out nights in 2007.

Fans have been closely following the Save Live Music Irvine campaign, which is headed by concert-promoting giant Live Nation, the company that has been booking Irvine Meadows.

Live Nation collected more than 30,000 signatures from concertgoers asking for a new music venue in Irvine and the company, along with developer FivePoint, recently revealed its plan for a 12,000-seat temporary amphitheater to be built adjacent to the Great Park in Irvine in time for next years concert season. The plan is still pending approval by the city. Long-term plans call for a permanent outdoor music venue in the Great Park itself.

Galindo says she loved and talked about her job at Irvine Meadows so much at home that her two daughters, Miranda and Delaney, also ended up working at the venue. Theyre all hoping, she said, that a new venue opens in Irvine.

I brought my daughters here to see their first concerts, she said.

Ive worked a lot with the symphony as well, and I realize that people just want to be here under the stars for that, or any genre, really. They like to picnic out on the lawn. Being inside, its just not the same. We need that outdoor concert experience in Orange County.

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