Posted in music | venues on August 20, 2010

computer rendering of Best Buy Theater marquee (via NY Times)
Best Buy Theater

For whatever reason, I prefer "Nokia Theater" - it almost doesn't sound like a sponsored name or I just got used to it. "Best Buy Theater" on the other hand - all I can think about is blue and yellow ("Danzig played the Best Buy Theater" doesn't sit well).... Press release below...

GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING BAND
LINKIN PARK TO GIVE INAUGURAL PERFORMANCE at BEST BUY THEATER ON SEPTEMBER 14

Special Performance to mark release of new album, A Thousand Suns

TIMES SQUARE, NY- Grammy Award-winning band Linkin Park will celebrate the release of its eagerly-anticipated new album, A Thousand Suns (Machine Shop Recordings / Warner Bros), and help launch the new Best Buy Theater with an inaugural performance on September 14, 2010. The new name for Manhattan's premiere concert and events showplace (formerly known as Nokia Theatre Times Square) comes after AEG Live and Best Buy announced a multi-year naming rights agreement for the venue which will continue to feature the hottest acts in the entertainment industry.

The special intimate performance at Best Buy Theater will see Linkin Park performing material from the new album for the first time in public along with some of their best-known previous material, promising to be a near-impossible ticket to be had. This will be Linkin Park's only public performance in the US in 2010. The band begins its worldwide arena tour in October, with North American dates expected in early 2011.

Presale for current LPU members (official Linkin Park fan club / www.linkinpark/lpu) as well as fans that pre-order LPUX by August 22nd will be able to purchase tickets first, beginning at 10:00am EST on August 23rd. Non-members that pre-order A Thousand Suns via the (www.linkinpark.com) online store by August 22nd, will also be invited to a presale the same day beginning at 3:00pm. The Best Buy exclusive version of the album including "The Catalyst" featuring NoBrain chosen by Linkin Park and MySpace music can also be pre-ordered on (www.bestbuy.com).

"As Best Buy's biggest selling American band of all time, we are thrilled that Linkin Park will be the first to perform at the new Best Buy Theater, said Drew Panayiotou, chief marketing officer for Best Buy's US-based operations. "The Best Buy Theater underscores our continuing commitment to being a leader in entertainment, and we look forward to a successful launch."

Located at 1515 Broadway (at 44th Street) in world famous Times Square, Best Buy Theater has hosted a variety of performers since its grand opening on September 19, 2005 as Nokia Theatre Times Square. Artists that have played at the venue include Bon Jovi, John Legend, Rihanna, Fall Out Boy, Jay-Z, Sugarland, Prince, The Eagles, Alicia Keys, Sharon Jones & Dap Kings, and Phil Lesh & Friends who had an historic 14-night run in 2008. The 45,000-square foot theater has also hosted special events such as Dick Clark's Rockin' New Year's Eve, Good Morning America concert series performances by Janet Jackson and Usher, Bruce Springsteen's Gateway Schools Benefit, ESPN and Nickelodeon upfronts in addition to being the home of the annual Heisman Trophy presentation since 2005.

The Fall 2010 line-up at the Best Buy Theater continues to bring an eclectic mix of shows to the Times Square stage with acts that include rising R&B star Jason Derulo, Ingrid Michaelson, NBC's 'Last Comic Standing' Live, Gary Numan, Cypress Hill, a five-night run with rock legends The Black Crowes, Paul Weller, Grinderman, and four nights with superstar comedian Jim Gaffigan.

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Comments (60)

I am so f'ing sick of having to do an advertisement for a corporation to tell people where I am going to a show.

If a venue has been around, there should be some history and nostalgia to the name.
Get rid of the WAMU theater name and call it the Felt Forum (or even the Paramount). But I shouldn't have to plug a company, and pay exorbitant ticket prices. If I am advertising for someone, I want to get paid for it.

Posted by The Mighty KC | August 20, 2010 3:55 PM

love how best buy always has the highest prices.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 3:56 PM

"which will continue to feature the hottest acts in the entertainment industry."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 3:56 PM

Can't wait to see the Grinderman in store at Best Buy

Posted by anonymous2 | August 20, 2010 3:58 PM

This country is a fucking cesspool.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:00 PM

speaking of Grinderman, fuckin ticketmaster with an extra $17 or something of charges

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:01 PM

"promising to be a near-impossible ticket to be had"

LOL

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:04 PM

corporate press releases make me want to plead to the aliens to just kill us all

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:06 PM

I'd prefer The Best Buy Presents The Nokia Theater Brought To You By Fedex

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:08 PM

Gross. As if Best Buy comprehends anything about entertainment these days.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:13 PM

rumor is The Circuit City Continental

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:13 PM

If Best Buy sponsored multiple theaters, and you went to the nicest of all of them, would you be seeing a show at the best Best Buy Theater?

Posted by Scott | August 20, 2010 4:13 PM

Also...

MEHst Buy

Posted by Scott | August 20, 2010 4:14 PM

That $17 in service fees will end up leading me straight to a torrent of the new album. $100 for 2 tickets. For Grinderman. Awesome as they are $50 a pop is crazy. Sufjan doesn't even charge that much.

Posted by anonymous2 | August 20, 2010 4:15 PM

^^^ if you were really lucky you would see best coast at the best best buy theater

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:17 PM

theres a concert in my pants

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:20 PM

Who is playing in your pants? A dick and a couple nuts?
Yuck yuck yuck !

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:29 PM

I HATE THIS COUNTRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:34 PM

You know what they say ... in the end, it doesn't even matter ...

Posted by Mark | August 20, 2010 4:35 PM

Darn, I was hoping they'd call it The Fillmore at Nokia Theatre now that Irving Plaza isn't using that stupid name anymore.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 4:52 PM

I would like to suggest the following venue sponsorships:

-Radio Shack City Music Hall
-Madison Square Olive Garden
-Boston Market Hotel

Posted by greed is good | August 20, 2010 5:06 PM

"One Step Closer"

I cannot take this anymore
Saying everything I've said before
All these words they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Less I hear the less you'll say
You'll find that out anyway

Just like before...

[Chorus:]
Everything you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge
I'm about to break

I find the answers aren't so clear
Wish I could find a way to disappear
All these thoughts they make no sense
I find bliss in ignorance
Nothing seems to go away
Over and over again

Just like before...

[Chorus]

Everything you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break

Shut up when I'm talking to you
Shut up, shut up, shut up
Shut up when I'm talking to you
Shut up, shut up, shut up, shut up

I'm about to BREAK

[Chorus]

Everything you say to me
Takes me one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break
I need a little room to breathe
Cause I'm one step closer to the edge
And I'm about to break

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 5:11 PM

Nokia Theater sounds better because it was the initial name of the concert venue and you got used to it. Nokia or Best Buy hardly makes a difference. They are both big corporations. I might actually prefer Best Buy name because it is unfortunately one of the last places left in the city where I can buy CDs (the ones that I can find there).

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 5:27 PM

CRAWWWWWWWWWLING IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN MY SKIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIN

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 5:30 PM

ada Worst Buy Theatre.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 5:33 PM

Nokia Theater at least sounds decent, and there are other Nokia Theaters in the country. Best Buy theater makes me want to gag. Good thing I've never once been to this place before.

Its like the Dunkin Donuts Arena in rhode island. some companies just can't be attached to music venues. i'm sorry.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 6:12 PM

@612 nokia theater has a nice ring to it? obviously you've thought this through

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 6:32 PM

The Pacific Bell House
CocoaPuffs 66
Cake Boss Shop

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 6:47 PM

The irony is that Best Buy is one of the only corporate stores that actually sells music.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 6:55 PM

I wish Sabras had a venue.
I would support every show there!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 7:07 PM

Terminal 5 Guys Burgers

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 7:41 PM

6:55 Well, true. In fact, in the '90s, Best Buy actually had some really good music buyers. I remember one readers' poll in the Austin Chronicle that named Best Buy in the Top 5 Record Stores one year--can you imagine that now! Now, all you see is greatest-hits compilations, a billion copies of Staind or whatever other garbage band some exec thinks will appeal to kids, and a zillion gimmick things like CD+t-shirt packs, usually in size S. The Best Buy music departments these days are terrible.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 7:55 PM

Oh man I'd rather see Linkin Park at the Best Buy Theater than wait on line at Cake Boss Shop.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 8:37 PM

Could be worse, like the amphitheater named Jiffy Lube Live in Virginia near DC.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 8:40 PM

I bought Chinese Democracy at Best Buy for $7.99, so they're ok in my book!!!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 9:30 PM

United Airlines Palace Theater

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 10:09 PM

Halls Music of Williamsburg

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 10:35 PM

Beacon's Closet Theater

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 10:39 PM

worst. buy. ever. theater.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 10:55 PM

Hey bv, new york magazine called, they want their website back.

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 10:56 PM

Brooklyn Vegan Lager

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:00 PM

Jackie Masonic Temple...come for the high holidays!

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:02 PM

Damn Yankees Stadium

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:04 PM

Shitty Field

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:04 PM

Madison Circle Garden

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:06 PM

Green Giant Stadium

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:07 PM

jetBlue Stadium

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:15 PM

1-800-ASK-GARY Amphitheatre...oh wait, that name's already taken :-(

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:19 PM

Sex and the Citi Field

Posted by Anonymous | August 20, 2010 11:52 PM

Nice one, 11:52.

Posted by najork | August 21, 2010 12:06 AM

yo, Say Anything, Saves The Day, and Motion City Soundtrack are playing there in November.

I don't care, it's a fucking awesome tour.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010 12:41 AM

Apocalyptica and Dir En Grey are playing Tuesday. guess it will still be nokia then.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010 10:51 AM

pitchfork didn't even review Chinese Democracy

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010 2:30 PM

Silent Al's Toy Barn

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010 3:07 PM

"pitchfork didn't even review Chinese Democracy"

because they are hipster faggots

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010 6:15 PM

love the linkin park "appropriately playing! even though at this point brooklyn vegan is not a music fan blog anymore but a corporate thing that organizes and promotes its own shows.

Posted by Anonymous | August 21, 2010 8:12 PM

"love the linkin park "appropriately playing! even though at this point brooklyn vegan is not a music fan blog anymore but a corporate thing that organizes and promotes its own shows"

BUSHWICK!!!!

Posted by Anonymous | August 22, 2010 12:55 AM

The Dumbledick Theater & Haberdashery.

Posted by corduroy | August 22, 2010 3:15 AM

SHUTUPWHENIMTALKINGTOYOU

Posted by Anonymous | August 23, 2010 12:47 AM

I was hoping to see Ingrid Michaelson there in October, but I think I'll boycott the concert because of the ridiculous service fees ($8.50 pp). I'll just see her at a better venue. Also, not fond of standing for 2 hours. What's with 'general admission, standing'?

Posted by David | September 14, 2010 10:32 AM

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