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Aaron’s Amphitheatre retains naming rights; improvements made to venue

Luke Bryan opened for Jason Aldean at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood last weekend. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen

Luke Bryan opened for Jason Aldean at Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood last weekend. Photo credit: Robb D. Cohen

At least we don’t have to worry about Atlanta’s largest amphitheater being saddled with a ridiculous name like the 1-800-Ask-Gary Amphitheatre in Tampa.

 Aaron’s, Inc., renewed its partnership with Live Nation this week, which means it will retain the naming rights to Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood through 2014 with an option to extend to 2016.

 It’s one of several tidbits surrounding the new season at the 19,000-capacity venue, which just wrapped a four-shows-in-five-days run with Jason Aldean, Drake and the Dave Matthews Band (Jimmy Buffett rolls in June 9, Iron Maiden and Alice Cooper June 23 and Def Leppard and Poison June 29).

 Two new VIP decks – with private access and a dedicated bar – were unveiled at the pair of sold-out Aldean shows last weekend.

 The venue is also proudly touting its $4 12-ounce domestic draft beer – a price slash rolled out for most Live Nation amphitheaters nationwide – and the return of the 32-ounce souvenir fountain soda with a free refill. Food truck fare has also made its debut on premises.

 Those more interested in the superficial – albeit much-needed – improvements to the property might notice new signage throughout the venue to give the space a “modern, music-focused” theme.

 Check out the full summer slate of shows at Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood here.

Are you planning to attend any?

14 comments Add your comment

Justin

May 25th, 2012
3:25 pm

Now if they could only clean up the neighborhood its in.

Soapbox

May 25th, 2012
3:39 pm

That entire place is a dump situated in the middle of a dump.. Unless you can pay for all the crack addicts and knock off T-Shirt vendors around a 5 mile radius of Lakewood, there is no amount of money that can be poured into that place to make it a good venue.

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Alpharetta has ran laps around Lakewood. Decent neighborhood surrounding it with tons of decent places to eat nearby.

Up the Irons

May 25th, 2012
5:21 pm

The Maiden show Saturday 6/23 is gonna be old school 80’s metal day at Lakewood, can’t wait!!! I’m glad this show is not in ALP. I want some grit with my metal. The Priest show at ALP was not quite the rock & roll crowd and activity that Lakewood will be.

Andy

May 25th, 2012
6:03 pm

Concert tickets are for rich people these days. Fixing up the venue (and adding new ‘VIP suites’) isn’t going to make it any cheaper either, that’s for sure.

You might as well be talking about space travel.

lisa lisa

May 26th, 2012
2:42 am

MAN WTH?? LAKEWOOD Amphitheatre is a fine ass venue to see sweet unforgettable shows for more than 30 years.. u flakes wouldn’t know a good venue if it hit u in the balls.. but “it” does not do that – hence the problem…… us on the southside are very lucky, and satisified to have a great , historical place to rock out to our favorite artists… thank you promoters and of course ROCKERS!!!!
Have been over 20 years and shall continue for MANY MORE XOXOXOX

Rock and Roll

May 26th, 2012
2:23 pm

The Mayhem Fest will also be there with Slayer,Slipknot,Motorhead,Anthrax, and many more! Somebody scream SLAYER and LEMMY! BTW Maiden Rules!

david c

May 26th, 2012
11:51 pm

Always liked Lakewood, even though I haven’t been in years. Verizon Wireless seems like an overblown Chastain, which is the worst venue in Atlanta.

Jason

May 27th, 2012
2:53 pm

Verizon is the white zinfandel of concert venues. If you love beigh walls, Dockers, and Old Navy tshirts, head on up to Alpharetta for your venue nirvana.

brock

May 28th, 2012
6:09 pm

The only thing wrong w/ Lakewood is its location, and that does not mean the neighborhood. Verizon is closer to me, as is Chastain. Have not been to Lakewood in years, only because the shows there don’t interest me.

Up The Irons

May 29th, 2012
6:02 am

The Iron Maiden show will be epic. Last year’s Mayhem Fest was pretty good there until the main stage acts started. The thing that needs the most attention is the sound and how it appears when you sit towards the back. I cannot imagine how bad it is on the lawn.

sandy

May 29th, 2012
9:13 am

This venue is awful. The seats are not sloped correctly so you can’t see the stage or video screens properly in some locations. The bathrooms are like a steambath! The fans are really the worst part of this place. My first concert there two guys who sat next to me were drinking scotch they brought out of the bottle. Apparently when one guy had to urinate he was too drunk or lazy to go to the men’s room so he just whipped it out and pissed in his seat but the urine stream carried further than he intended and it hit the girl in the seat in front of him who jumped up and screamed. Two large bouncers came over and physically escorted these two idiots out of their seats and into who knows where. I never saw them again and the girl had to sit through the rest of the concert soaked in urine. Did I mention that the bathrooms were awful, really awful. Also, the parking situation ain’t too good either. Plus all the sketchy locals hanging around outside the venue. Compare this place to Verizon at Encore Park in Alphretta and it’s a real big joke and the joke is on the people who buy tickets for this venue and end up getting shafted.

stormwatch

May 29th, 2012
9:37 am

@david: you think Chastain is worst venue in atlanta???? What fact possibly supports that ridiculous claim?? Chastain has hosted some of the most epic shows this city has ever witnessed!

PMC

May 29th, 2012
10:05 am

I don’t have anything against the venue. Big Concert fees are a joke. I may go to one or two shows in a year from now on.

It’s not worth half the ticket cost to pay the junk fees. I’d rather see local bands live in bars than pay the ridiculous money to see national acts these days

stormwatch

May 29th, 2012
11:39 am

Chastain is the best venue in this city. Some of the most epic shows this city has ever seen have been at Chastain. No fact can support the assertion that it is anything but the best venue we have. Period.