SMG to Sponsor Kings of Chaos Concert!
SMG, the company that manages the Long Beach Convention and Entertainment Center, has signed on to sponsor the Saturday, April 8 concert at the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach. The concert will be titled SMG Presents the Kings of Chaos Starring Billy Idol, Billy Gibbons of ZZ Top and Chester Bennington of Linkin Park and Stone Temple Pilots.
The concert, held on the Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center outdoor stage, follows racing activities on Saturday, April 8 (approx. 6 p.m.) and is free to race ticket holders. Space at the outdoor stage is limited and will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
SMG is considered the “gold standard” in public facility management. Since SMG was founded in 1977, more than 250 facilities have been brought under its management worldwide.
Not only will SMG present the concert, but the company will join the impressive family of Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach sponsors, receiving signage around the racetrack and other considerations.
“SMG has enjoyed an excellent long-standing relationship with the Grand Prix and the City of Long Beach,” said SMG President and CEO Wes Westley. “It’s a terrific event, in a great city, and we are proud to be a sponsor.”
Kings of Chaos, the brainchild of Guns-N-Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum, is an international all-star band with a revolving lineup of top rock-and-roll talent. In addition to Idol, Gibbons and Bennington, the lineup for Long Beach is scheduled to include Sorum on drums, Robert and Dean DeLeo of Stone Temple Pilots on bass and guitar, respectively, and Billy Duffy of The Cult on guitar.
“We have had a long and very productive partnership with SMG here at Long Beach and are delighted to enhance that relationship at our event,” said Jim Michaelian, president and CEO of the Grand Prix Association of Long Beach. “Many of the attractive elements that our guests enjoy at the Grand Prix are assets that SMG deploys during the weekend.”
Featuring a wide variety of on- and off-track activities for the entire family, the Grand Prix’s on-track action on Saturday will be headlined by the BUBBA burger Sports Car Grand Prix, featuring the IMSA WeatherTech SportsCar Championship as well as the inaugural running of the historic Can-Am Challenge. The rest of the weekend will feature the Verizon IndyCar Series on Sunday, as well as the Motegi Racing Super Drift Challenge under the lights on Friday and Saturday nights; SPEED Energy Stadium Super Trucks on Saturday and Sunday and the powerful sports cars of the Pirelli World Challenge on Sunday.
Ticket prices for Saturday’s racing events and concert start at $58 for a General Admission ticket, with Saturday-only reserved seating costing $67. Three-day tickets, pre-paid parking packages, handicapped seating, Verizon IndyCar Series Paddock access passes, Super Photo tickets and an array of VIP Club packages are also available.
Fans can select and pay for their 2017 Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach tickets, parking and paddock passes online at gplb.com. Ticket orders can also be placed by calling the toll-free ticket hotline, (888) 827-7333. A printed ticket brochure that includes a circuit map, ticket prices, order form and other information is also available.
Fans can also follow the Toyota Grand Prix of Long Beach on Facebook at GrandPrixLB, Twitter @ToyotaGPLB, Instagram at ToyotaGPLB and Snapchat at ToyotaGPLB.