When Michael Jackson passed away in 2009, a massive memorial for the King of Pop was held at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Lee Zeidman, President of the Staples Center, was responsible for helping to create the two hour tribute in just a moment’s notice. HollywoodLife.com spoke with Zeidman about the sad passing of the legendary Prince.
If anyone knows about performers, it’s Lee Zeidman who has been working with some of the biggest entertainers in music since 1988. Zeidman had the privilege of meeting Prince, 57, in person and watching him in action from behind-the-scenes. Read here for HollywoodLife.com‘s EXCLUSIVE details.
Lee Zeidman, has worked with the biggest names in music from Michael Jackson to Taylor Swift, who have all performed at the world famous Staples Center in Los Angeles. We can’t help but wonder if a special tribute in honor of Prince will happen at the Staples Center? Lee Zeidman, President of the Staples Center, Microsoft Theater and L.A Live tells HollywoodLife.com EXCLUSIVELY, “We would be honored to host a tribute show for Prince at the Staples Center or the Microsoft Theater. They are most likely going to do something in Minneapolis, but if we were approached by a promoter to host a tribute show, we would most certainly do so.”
“With everyone I have seen in my 28 year career, Prince is in the top five when it comes to being a phenomenal performer and how much he puts into a show.” Zeidman tells us. “I had the pleasure of watching him during sound checks, and he was a perfectionist. He wanted to put on the best performance that he could. He made sure the sound was amazing. He cared so much about what the the audience saw and heard.”
“In 2004, Prince performed four shows at the Staples Center”, Zeidman says. “In 2008, Prince performed at the Grammy Awards, where he opened the show and it was phenomenal. It was the best opening performance at a Grammy show in the 16 years that we have held them here at the Staples Center. Then in 2009, Prince performed at three of our venues at LA Live in one night. No artist had ever done that before, and to date no one else other than Prince has ever accomplished this. He first performed at the Nokia Theater, then the Congo Room and then Club Nokia (now called the Microsoft Theater).” Only Prince could do this…Amazing!
What do YOU think HollywoodLifers, should there be a tribute for Prince in Los Angeles similar to the one that was held for Michael Jackson? Tell us what YOU think?