Portland Greets the Westboro Baptist Church at Moda Center

Video and photos from the Kansas hate group's protest (and the much larger counter-protest) on Saturday night.

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Last week, the Westboro Baptist Church—the small Kansas-based ministry infamous for protesting the funerals of anyone they believe has defied the rule of God, which, to them, seems to be basically everyone—announced its intent to picket outside Moda Center in opposition of the Trail Blazer organization's vocal support of gay marriage. Bad idea. Because if there's anything Portland loves more than ...   More
 
Saturday, January 10, 2015 LUCAS CHEMOTTI

"God Hates Portland Trail Blazers," According to Westboro Baptist Church

Kansas-based hate group plans to protest outside Moda Center this Saturday.

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Everyone's (least) favorite extremist Christian trolls, the Westboro Baptist Church, are coming to Portland this weekend, and have announced their intent to take in a Blazers game. Excuse me, that should read take on a Blazers game. According to a press release faxed to the WW office, the Topeka-based ministry—known for picketing everything from the Holocaust Museum to the funeral of Ronnie ...   More
 
Monday, January 5, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: Fleetwood Mac at Moda Center, 11/22

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Growing up, I hated Fleetwood Mac. Maybe part of the problem was I usually lumped them in with the Eagles, a band that is truly terrible, or with my general distaste for classic rock dinosaurs, borne from a childhood spent listening to Phil Collins and Sting greatest hit tapes on every single family roadtrip. Nirvana and Pearl Jam and Hole hit right when I got my first Discman, and soon after, my older ...   More
 
Sunday, November 23, 2014 MICHAEL MANNHEIMER

Live Review: Justin Timberlake at Moda Center, 11/20

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It’s easy to forget how long Justin Timberlake has been famous. Even though I’m well aware that he shed the boy-band image more than a decade ago, until last night part of me imagined his shows were still filled with a sea of teenage girls screaming themselves hoarse. There was plenty of screaming happening at the Moda Center, but the sources were varied. There was the scrawny 16-year-old ...   More
 
Friday, November 21, 2014 MATTHEW SINGER

Live Review: The Black Keys at Moda Center, Oct. 31

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The Black Keys new album, Turn Blue, is big.It's not the sort of exponential up-scaling from Magic Potion, the band's last record as a legit two-piece, to the Danger-Mousified Attack & Release. But from frontman Dan Auerbach's sticky jam on the opener, "Weight of Love," it's a deeper, lower, louder album than its immediate predecessor, El Camino.The Moda Center is also big. A little bigger than ...   More
 
Sunday, November 2, 2014 MARTIN CIZMAR

Live Review: Elton John at Moda Center, September 26

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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

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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...

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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?


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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?


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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

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