Gwen Stefani Stages Final Irvine Meadows Shows

Gwen Stefani is slated for the final two concerts at Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre as the community says goodbye to the 35-year-old venue. Local indie band Young The Giant appears as special guests.

The farewell gigs take place in Irvine, Calif., Oct. 29-30. Stefani is currently on her “This Is What The Truth Feels Like” tour with stops in Mountain View, Calif., at the Shoreline Amphitheatre Oct. 8 and two shows in Inglewood, Calif., at the Forum Oct. 15-16 before wrapping at Irvine Meadows.

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Indie rock group Young The Giant are Irvine natives known as the “thinking man’s band.” The group has released three studio albums. Their self-titled debut (2010) features the RIAA certified gold hits, “My Body” and “Cough Syrup,” and their latest LP, Home Of The Strange, dropped last month.

Irvine Meadows Amphitheatre opened in 1981 and has hosted countless artists from the Grateful Dead to Michael Jackson. Over summer 2016, the venue hosted sold out performances by Luke BryanWiz Khalifa & Snoop Dogg, and Amy Schumer.

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The amphitheatre is being replaced with residential development and a “community facility” that may be used for a park or private school. Plans have been approved but not finalized. Irvine Co., had a 35 year lease with Live Nation that ends next year, the LA Times reported. LN has teamed up with developer FivePoint to propose plans for a new venue that will be presented to the city council in the coming weeks, according to the Orange County Register.

In the meantime, be sure to join Stefani and YTG in making history and saying farewell to the Meadows.

“I have so many memories at Irvine Meadows,” Stefani said. “It has been such an important part of my life both as an artist and as a fan and it will always hold a special place in my heart. I am humbled to perform there once again as it comes to a close. Thank you Irvine Meadows.”

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