Live Review: Elton John at Moda Center, September 26


Forty years after Yellow Brick Road, Sir Elton John—swollen, heavy, hypertensive—looked a little like a frog who'd been stung by a bee. At Moda Center on Thursday night, he entered the stage in near-total darkness, approaching the piano with a careful, post-menopausal waddle. The Knight of Tin Pan Alley looked distressingly fragile. Meanwhile, his hired guitarist looked like a Die Hard villain, ...   More
Friday, September 26, 2014 by MATTHEW KORFHAGE

Live Review: Katy Perry at Moda Center, Sept. 12


Toward the end of Friday night’s incredible arena spectacle, Katy Perry, emoji princess, compared the concert to a first date. Before I even get to how ridiculous that is—I wish all my OKCupid dates involved glow-in-the-dark gladiators and 3D glasses that made everything seem like an acid trip—let me say that she’s onto something. It was actually more like a third or fourth date: You’re totally ...   More
Sunday, September 14, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: The Eagles at Moda Center, Aug. 27

Not horrible! Well, the video of Joe Walsh as Superman was pretty bad...


It's awfully hard to argue against the combined might of Lester Bangs, Tom Waits and the other respected writers and musicians whose eloquent disses of the Eagles were catalogued in this week's WW. So to rise to the band's defense is a task more daunting than the last time on this blog that I had to argue for a classic rocker against a screed in WW's pages. And the thing is, I think they ...   More
Friday, August 29, 2014 Jeff Rosenberg.

Dr. Know: Signing-Off On Signs

Who paid for the interstate signs pointing to the Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden?

Dr. Know
I noticed all the interstate signs have been changed to direct people to Moda Center instead of the Rose Garden. Who paid for those new signs? Paul Allen or you and me? —A Different Paul ’Ti   More
Wednesday, March 5, 2014 MARTY SMITH

The Fan Who Wasn’t There

The Blazers are scorching. Why are seats empty at the Moda Center?

A seat at the Portland Trail Blazers’ Dec. 12 home game against the Houston Rockets should have been a hot ticket. The matchup at the Moda Center featured the Blazers, the NBA’s hottest team,    More
Wednesday, December 18, 2013 AARON MESH

Live Review For My 13-Year-Old Self: Nine Inch Nails at Moda Center, 11/18


Dear 13-Year-Old Self, Hey, dude. Sorry to bug. I know we corresponded just recently. Well, recently for me. It would’ve been a year ago for you. Time is weird in the future. Anyway, I know you’re probably preoccupied trying to procure your neighbor’s illegal cable box to watch the WWF’s Survivor Series pay-per-view tonight, but I’ve got to tell you something important. Put down that ...   More
Tuesday, November 19, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

Portland Activist Who Collected Trail Blazers Chalupa Coupons For Homeless Says He "McQuits"


Jessie Sponberg, the Portland activist who collected free chalupa vouchers after high-scoring Trail Blazer games to give to the homeless, says he "McQuits."Sponberg says that he and others collected a total of 20,000 "chalupons" to hand out to homeless youth after home games where the Blazers scored more than 100 points. The team ended its association with Taco Bell last month, and announced Monday ...   More
Thursday, October 10, 2013 ANDREA DAMEWOOD and AARON MESH

From the Elbow #17: Changing of the Point Guards (Among Other Things)

August was a month of changes for the Blazers—both large and small.


A wise man once said, "The only thing constant is change" (or there abouts, depending on the translation). This age-old truism is no more obvious than in the NBA. With rosters being small, front offices fairly fluid and marketing initiatives shifting on an almost day-to-day basis, the NBA is in an almost constant state of flux. The next NBA season is a scant few months away. When the Blazers’ ...   More
Thursday, September 12, 2013 MIKE ACKER

Headout: The Thin White Duke Vs. The Thin White Girl

Determining the future mojo of the Moda center.

In 1995, the Rose Garden celebrated its opening with an inaugural concert by David Bowie, with Nine Inch Nails opening. Over the next 18 years, the arena enjoyed many more high-profile concerts,   More
Wednesday, August 28, 2013 MATTHEW SINGER

"Rose Garden Forever" Movement Has a T-Shirt and 4,700 Digital Signatures


A week after the Portland Trail Blazers announced the franchise had sold naming rights to the Rose Garden arena to a dental insurer, a team of signature gatherers is refusing to acknowledge the Moda Center. Instead, they are holding fast to a Portland tradition: protesting. The "Rose Garden Forever" movement has gathered 4,700 digital signatures on a letter to team president Chris McGowan asking him ...   More
Thursday, August 22, 2013 by Aaron Mesh


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