Aarons Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood, located in Atlanta, Georgia, has been one of the premier concert venues in the Southeast since its debut season in 1989. The venue was built specifically for popular music. It was designed to offer a state-of-the-art musical experience for both music fans and artists. Notable past performers include Britney Spears, Fleetwood Mac, Pearl Jam, Jonas Brothers,The Who, Tina Turner, The Allman Brothers Band, R.E.M., Alice In Chains, Jimmy Buffett, Gwen Stefani, Phish, Weezer, 311, Bon Jovi, Van Halen, Iron Maiden, Rod Stewart, Metallica, Guns N' Roses, Prince, Spice Girls, The Steve Miller Band, Sting, Lenny Kravitz, Dave Matthews Band, Kiss, Scorpions, Aerosmith, Def Leppard, Green Day, Blink-182, Linkin Park, The Cure, Radiohead, Nine Inch Nails, Slipknot, Counting Crows, and Coldplay. The amphitheatre seats 19,000 (7,000 seats under cover; 12,000 on the huge lawn behind the seating area).
The amphitheatre is located approximately 4 miles south of downtown Atlanta. The amphitheatre has been home to many concerts by bands such as Dave Matthews Band, Jimmy Buffett, Linkin Park, ZZ Top and Aerosmith. Both Dave Matthews Band and Linkin Park, among others, have called the amphitheatre one of their favorite venues to play at due to the quality of the acoustics rarely found at lower-level roofed amphitheatres. Linkin Park used their performance of "One Step Closer" from Projekt Revolution 2004 on their LPU 4 CD and also used their performance of "The Little Things Give You Away" from Projekt Revolution 2007 on their LPU 7 CD.
In 2008, the Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre at Encore Park opened in Alpharetta, Georgia, an affluent suburb on the north side of Atlanta. This gave Metro Atlanta another premier outdoor venue along with Lakewood and Chastain Park Amphitheatre in Buckhead/Sandy Springs.
The venue opened as the Lakewood Amphitheatre in 1989. At some point, it became the Coca-Cola Lakewood Amphitheatre and retained that name until 2000, when the name was changed back to Lakewood Amphitheatre. In 2001, the venue became known as HiFi Buys Amphitheatre.
As of the 2008 season, the venue was once again known as Lakewood Amphitheatre, due to HiFi Buys filling for bankruptcy. The facility utilized a logo similar to the one used before the name-change to HiFi Buys Amphitheatre.
In May 2009, a naming-rights agreement was formed with Aaron's, and the venue is now called Aaron's Amphitheatre at Lakewood.