The marketing and promotion company Pop2Life has created what they’re calling the “world’s largest record,” a recreation of the Eagles‘ 16-times platinum 1977 album Hotel California, to accompany the reopening of the Los Angeles venue the Forum and the SoCal rockers’ six-concert residency. The band will be playing the venue on January 15th, 17th, 18th, 22nd, 24th and 25th.
The record, which is indeed made of vinyl, covers a staggering 5.7 acres. The record is 407 feet in diameter and spins at 17 miles per hour or roughly 70 r.p.m — but sadly, will not play any music. It is held up by what Pop2Life claims is the only 120-foot truss circle in the U.S and is visible from over a mile high, with planes flying into LAX able to spot the classic album from above. The Forum hired 75 people to contruct the album over Christmastime.
Historically, the Eagles recorded performances at the Forum on their 1976 tour that ended up on 1980’s Eagles Live. Over the years, it hosted 16 Led Zeppelin performances in the Seventies, Amnesty International’s “Conspiracy of Hope” tour with U2 and Sting in 1986 and a string of 21 Prince performances in 2011. It was also once home to the Los Angeles Lakers. Most recently, though, the Forum was slated to be torn down for a new housing development until the Madison Square Garden Company stepped in and bought it.
The Hotel California installation coincides with the reopening of the venue, which has undergone a $100 million “re-invention.” It now claims to be the “largest indoor performance venue” that has a focus on music and entertainment and seats 18,000 people. Following the Eagles’ residency, it will host performances by Justin Timberlake, Alejandra Guzmán, Imagine Dragons and Paul Simon and Sting’s tour, among others.
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The Eagles’ Joe Walsh spoke to Rolling Stone about their residency last year. “Most of southern California has great memories here, be it sports or concerts, and I’m so happy they saved the building because it was almost too late,” he said. “And we just tear everything down and build condos, and it’s nice to have a little bit of heritage. It’s not for sports, it’s for music and it’s gonna be state of the art.”