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New Forum? Time to drop that cellphone and rethink concert-going

New Forum? Time to drop that cellphone and rethink concert-going

A stage, a sound system, musicians and a crowd. That's all you really need to put on a concert. Everything else — $12 beer, nachos, jumbo video screens, light show, 3-D glasses, VIP meet-and-greets, merch, vapor pen for your "medical marijuana" — is gravy. Even the $75-million renovation of the Los Angeles Forum isn't going to guarantee a good show. As a rule in watching musicians at work, a smaller space is usually preferable. This is creative expression, and at its best it's the most intimate nonsexual exchange you can have with a stranger. It's not a game like the Olympics or spectacle like Cirque du Soleil. These are songs, and we're...

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