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Dispatch reunion tour at Red Rocks

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When Dispatch announced they would be playing their first show together in nine years at Red Rocks it didn’t take too long for tickets to sell out.

The band, which has a tremendous underground following, sold-out two shows and had to add a third date at the legendary amphitheatre in Morrison.

Thanks to a membership to a Dispatch fan club, we got first crack at the tickets and picked up five for the Friday night show. I missed the Saturday night show, but was able to go again Sunday when one of my buddies had an extra ticket.

Both shows were spectacular and having not played together since their 2002 breakup, they sounded great.

Both nights the Flobots from Denver opened, and both nights I missed them because we were in the parking lot enjoying some tailgate action. I’ve seen the Flobots before and wasn’t all that impressed so missing them was no big loss.

Both nights, Dispatch came on around 8 p.m. while it was still light. Sunday they had some sound and equipment problems and had to take a few entrances to get things going. But once they did it was a nonstop three hour barrage of hits.

Both Friday and Saturday they played pretty much the same songs, but mixed up the order a little bit and threw in some different guests and dancers.

Highlights from both nights included: The General, Steeples, Two Coins, Bats in the Belfry, Bang Bang, Time Served, Bullet Holes, Prince of Spades, Broken American and Beto.

In all, Friday they played for about three hours with and encore and Sunday a little less. Each night following the intermission, the trio would venture into the middle of the audience and Braddigan and Chad freestyled on “Cut it Ya Match it” while Pete played the guitar. Each night they threw in a little cover of Simon and Garfunkel’s “Mr. Robinson” and Buffalo Springfield’s “For What it’s Worth.”

One highlight from Sunday was a nice acoustic set of “Carry You” that was absent Friday.

They also played some of their new songs off the Dispatch EP recently released. Songs like Valentine and Broken American were a welcome change and featured a banjo jam session.

A testament to the band’s popularity, Friday a group from Brazil made the trip just to see their first show in nearly a decade.

The trio seemed to really enjoy themselves and be back together playing. Multiple times they commented how amazing it was to be playing Red Rocks, and it was a homecoming of sorts for Braddigan who is from Denver. It was an awesome sight to see Red Rocks sold out filled to the brim with a sea of bobbing heads.

The tour is promoting education and teachers and the group is encouraging fans to bring books to shows to donate.

While both shows were great, I would have to say Friday’s was better. There were fewer technical issues, better playlist and they played longer and more intensely.

That being said, if you are fortunate enough to be on the list of cities they are hitting for this limited tour – go. It may be the last time to see Dispatch for another decade.

DISPATCH @ RED ROCKS, MORRISON, CO – JUNE 3, 2011

SETLIST

Melon Bend

Here We Go

Open Up

Cover This

Time Served

Con Man

Bullet Holes

Bang Bang

Beto

Passerby

Steeples

Valentine

Spades

Flying Horses

Past The Falls

Turn This Ship Around

Two Coins

Broken American

General

Elias

—–

Cut It Ya Match It

Outloud

Bats

DISPATCH @ RED ROCKS, MORRISON, CO – JUNE 5, 2011

SETLIST

Flying Horses

Melon Bend

Time Served

Con Man

Outloud

Past The Falls

Bulletholes

Turn This Ship Around

Two Coins

Beto

Carry You

Spades

Steeples

Valentine

Bang Bang

Passerby

Bats

Broken American

General

—–

Cut It Ya Match It

Elias

Setlists courtesy of Dispatch

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Written by David Young

June 6, 2011 at 10:07 am

Posted in Concerts

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  1. I was ushered to your blog by my friend Matt and wanted to thank you for the write-up. I only attended the Sunday show but had an awesome time and was so impressed with their enthusiasm as well as that of the fans.

  2. Glad to hear you found my blog and enjoyed the write-up. Was it Matt Noltemeyer that told you about it?

    David Young

    June 7, 2011 at 6:06 pm


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