By Kelli Skye Fadroski
After 36 years of hosting legendary tours, one-of-a-kind performances and numerous multi-stage and artist festivals, Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre will close for good following two evenings with Gwen Stefani on Oct. 29-30. The singer announced the shows this morning during an appearance on KIIS-FM.
The former Anaheim resident, No Doubt frontwoman and Grammy award-winning solo artist will be bringing the final dates of her This is What the Truth Feels Like Tour to her home county and Irvine’s own indie rock outfit Young the Giant will serve as support for one last hurrah at the iconic outdoor concert venue.
“I’m devastated,” Stefani said of the closing during an interview earlier this week. “I don’t remember my first time going there because I have a really bad memory, but I remember the first time playing there and it was opening for Ziggy Marley and I remember thinking ‘How on God’s great Earth are we playing here?’”
That show was back in 1990, five years before No Doubt would hit big with its third record, “Tragic Kingdom.” No Doubt performed at Irvine Meadows numerous times throughout the years including a main stage slot at KROQ’s annual Weenie Roast in 1996. It stopped by for one night during the Return of Saturn tour in 2000 and the band played four sold-out nights there in 2009. Stefani even brought her second solo tour, The Sweet Escape Tour, to the venue for two sold-out nights in 2007. She hadn’t talked to the other members of No Doubt about performing during these final shows, but said “You know what? You never say never. You never know what can happen.”