Archive for the ‘Concerts’ Category
Sorry for the hiatus. I have been busy seeing some really good music this year.
The more bands I see live the less I want to see live.
When I was in high school I would shell out money for virtually any band, regardless of if I had heard of them or not.
Some shows were good, most were not. Regardless, as I have aged my appetite for live music has narrowed.
Today the number of band’s I am willing to pay top billing for I can count on one hand. They are Beck and Radiohead.
For my birthday my wife managed to score two floor tickets to Radiohead’s Broomfield date at the First Bank Center. Needless to say I was thrilled.
We showed up for the show about an hour in advance in hopes of getting a good spot on the floor. It was clear I was not alone. The line was already wrapping around the building.
We hopped in line and enjoyed the sunny evening. By the time the doors opened an hour later the line have tripled in size looping around the facility and stretching back towards the parking lot.
As soon as we got in I booked it towards the floor and secured a spot about 20 feet back from the stage on right side of the auditorium. The First Bank Center is a smaller facility as it is and tickets for the event had sold out in minutes.
Other Lives opened and were really good. I had not heard of them before the show, but am a fan now. They are out of Oklahoma and are on par with Radiohead’s laid back melodic style of music.
Then came the main event.
Radiohead took what turned out to be a highly elaborate stage complete with rotating giant video monitors that hovered above our heads. I was actually too close to fully appreciate the stage presentation because some of the projectors were above or even slightly behind us.
Thom Yorke took center stage belting out a varied mix of hits. They started off with “Bloom” and “Little By Little” off of King of Limbs before getting into a rendition of “The National Anthem.”
The show was heavy on the new material between King of Limbs and In Rainbows. While to be expected they mixed in some classics such as “Karma Police,” “True Love Waits,” and “Everything in it’s Right Place.”
I was disappointed they didn’t play “Videotape,” but an encore that included a fantastic version of “True Love Waits/Everything In It’s Right Place” was great.
The truth is you can’t really be picky with Radiohead because every song is a hit and delivered with meticulous precision. You could see the effort the group put into the 23-song set that included two encores. All while making it look truly effortless.
Even while watching it, I knew it was one of my top five shows of all time.
Radiohead’s Broomfield’s setlist for March 13, 2012
The show started at 11:01pm EST.
- Little by Little
- The National Anthem
- The Gloaming
- Morning Mr. Magpie
- Karma Police
- The Amazing Sounds Of Orgy
- Lotus Flower
- Street Spirit (Fade Out)
- Weird Fishes/Arpeggi (Encore #1)
- There There
- True Love Waits/Everything In It’s Right Place
- Give Up The Ghost (Encore #2)
The show ended around 1:00am EST
Straight out of the 90’s, I will always have a soft spot for all three of these bands, but Bush especially.
It was 17 years ago when I went first saw Bush in Denver at Fiddler’s Green as part of their “Sixteen Stone” tour.
It was my first concert, and when we showed up to buy tickets the day of they were sold out. However as we were standing at the ticket window they opened up five more rows of seats that just happened to be in the front. I got first row tickets and experienced the show of a lifetime.
A lot of time and shows have passed since then. To give you some perspective Veruca Salt opened for them. So when I scored some free tickets to this show I thought it would be fun to come full circle and see Bush again.
The show was in Broomfield at the First Bank Center. Filter, the only one of these three bands I had not seen before, and they were one of the most enthusiastic opening opening bands I have seen. They played all their hits such as “Take a Picture.”
Gavin Rossdale has improved his stage presence and his voice is still as powerful as ever. They opened with the new song “Mirror of signs” before jumping straight into the classic “Little Things.”
While the new material is good, the older hits were still the crowd favorites. Highlights included “Everything Zen,” “The Chemicals between us,” “Machinehead,” and “The Afterlife” where Rossdale ran around the entire stadium though the crowd.
Nearly three hours long, the highlight of the show was a three-song encore that included a cover of “Come Together” by the Beatles and “Glycerine”
A lot has changed since Bush first burst onto the scene. When I first saw them there weren’t iPhones everywhere recording the show from hundreds of angles. But one thing that hasn’t changed is the fantastic force that Bush brings to the stage with each song.
1) Mirror of Signs
2) Little Things
3) I Believe in You
4) Greedy Fly
5) Everything Zen
6) The Chemicals between us
7) Sound of winter
8 ) Speed kills
9) The heart of the matter
10) All night doctors
14) Come together (Beatles cover)
*Setlist courtesy of Eric Young
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
Here We Go
Past The Falls
Turn This Ship Around
Cut It Ya Match It
DISPATCH @ RED ROCKS, MORRISON, CO – JUNE 5, 2011
Past The Falls
Turn This Ship Around
Cut It Ya Match It
Last week my brother called and said he had won two tickets to the Arctic Monkeys show Monday at the Ogden Theatre in Denver.
He won the tickets by calling in and naming the frontman for the group – Alex Turner. He asked if I wanted to go and having been anticipating their new album coming out Tuesday called “Suck it and See,” I was stoked.
I’ve been a fan of the Arctic Monkeys since the release of their 2006 debut “Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What ‘m Not.” With recent releases and the influence of Josh Homme of Kyuss, Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures producing and even playing on their new release, the group has received a lot of criticism, but I have really enjoyed their new darker direction.
The Vaccines, which released their debut album “What Did You Expect from the Vaccines?” today, opened. The band out of London has made a splash in England.
They sound like a mix of The Clash and Morrissey with a little Kings of Leon mixed in. They were a little stiff regarding their stage presence, but were pretty good.
For a new band they have a lot of potential. Their single “Wreckin’ Bar (Ra Ra Ra)” and “If You Wanna” were the highlights.
After about a 45 minute set it was time for the main event.
After a pretty quick intermission, The Arctic Monkeys took the stage ironically enough to “American Woman” playing on the sound system, before jumping right into a ridiculously loud set.
From the first powerchord, Turner unleashed a blistering set that included such highlights as “I bet you look good on the Dance Floor,” “Teddy Picker,” “When the Sun Goes Down” and new songs such as “Don’t Sit Down ‘Cause I’ve Moved Your Chair.”
The show was airtight with a natural flow mixing older classics and new songs. There was one encore and perhaps the only flaw is the fact that the group has their routine down almost too well. Bassist Nick O’Malley appeared to just be going through the motions.
All in all though, the Arctic Monkeys put on a solid show. It was well worth the money.
Phish will return to Denver this fall to play three shows at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park.
The official announcement was made this morning on 97.3 FM KBCO by the “Sage.” The famous jam band will perform Sept. 2, 3 and 4th at the stadium at Dick’s Sporting Goods Park in Commerce City.
Tickets go on sale Saturday June 4th at 10 a.m. and run $60 for general admission or $47.50 for general admission stands. There will be camping available for $70 on the grounds, which covers three days and parking.
For more information visit: http://www.kbco.com or http://phish.com/#/tours/dates/sun-2011-09-04-dicks-sporting-goods-park
I got my tickets for the Dispatch show this week.
I know what you’re thinking, didn’t those guys break up years ago? Yes, yes they did, but lucky for anyone who likes good music they have decided to do a reunion tour this year that includes three dates at Red Rocks.
Fort those of you not familiar with Dispatch, which is majority of the world, they are pretty much the best band to ever (partially) come out of Colorado.
Their underground following is only eclipsed by the fond memories that accompany these tunes. Check out this interview the Post published this week. And make sure to get to what is going to be one of the best shows of the year.
Sometimes there is a concert, no- a spectacle, which is so good it is just head and shoulders above anything else out there.
That show belonged to the Gorillaz on Sunday, as the collaborative hyper dub hip-hop group took center stage at Denver’s Wells Fargo Theatre as part of their new world tour.
This is the Gorillaz first proper tour where they have shelved the animated band – Murdoc, 2D, Noodles and Russel – in turn placing frontman Damon Albarn, of Blur, and his army of musicians up front and displaying Gorillaz co-creator Jamie Hewlett’s, creator of Tank Girl, animation on big screens above the stage.
The evening began promptly with N.E.R.D taking the stage to warm up the crowd.
Pharrell and company did a standout job of getting the crowd on their feet with a mix of the group’s dance-friendly beats.
The highlight of the set would have to be when they dove into some of the new material off their “Nothing” album that came out this week.
Hypnotize U, their latest single produced by Daft Punk was spectacular live, and the inspiring God Bless Us All, was a mellow interlude to some of their classics that really got the crowd jumping.
The stalwart Rock Star-Poser provided the group a little room to improvise and a scalding bass solo. The two drummers also played off each other well to create a cacophony of beats. In all, most nights N.E.R.D. would be a suitable main course, but this was not most nights.
By the time the lights dropped and the screens lit up revealing a HD animated Murdoc the anticipation was palpable.
Following the skit with Murdoc cursing 2D and his banjo and the “warm-up band” about to take the stage, which were in fact Albarn and company.
From the moment Albarn hit the stage to the backdrop of a giant neon Gorillaz sign, the crowd lost it.
An orchestra outfitted in sailor suits to coincide with the band’s recent release “Plastic Beach” gave way to Snoop Dogg’s video on the big screen for Welcome to the World of the Plastic Beach.
Albarn immediately jumped onstage front and center as Snoop Dogg faded and dove into the “Demon Days” Last living Souls with video of zombies wandering the desert on the screens.
Not having his animated persona between him and the audience was no hindrance for Albarn who can play the part of a rock star to a T. From start to finish, in a red and black striped shirt, leather jacket and jeans, he bounced around the stage playing a variety of instruments and singing.
After a nice rendition of the classic 19-2000 with Rosie Wilson, Bobby Womack made his first appearance on their new single Stylo. With the song’s video featuring Bruce Willis as an assassin hunting down Murdoc with a giant six-shooter playing, Womack’s airy voice was spot on. Albarn stepped in with a distorted mic to fill in the bridge. It was amazing to see the song come together live.
Following a beautiful version of Rhinestone Eyes, it was De La Soul’s turn to get down with the funky Superfast Jellyfish. Hewlett’s animation flashed across the screens overloading the senses making it hard to watch the performance and art.
De La’s intensity on the quirky disjointed song was not to be outmatched. The group stuck to the new material with Empire Ants featuring Yukimi Nagano, a soulful song that led to the introduction of Bootie Brown on Dirty Harry.
Brown, sporting a blue wind breaker suit, brought fresh intensity to the stage unleashing his signature rhythm while Albarn bounced around the stage with him.
Bashy and Kano made their first appearance on White Flag following an extensive intro by the National Orchestra for Arabic Music that is touring with the group.
Two British rappers sounding off against and Arabic orchestra may appear odd, and it is, but the Gorillaz make it work. Albarn waved a giant white flag on stage before handing it off to an audience member who ran around the theatre with it.
For the mega-hit Dare Rosie Wilson came out, and the theater exploded with bass. Glitter Freeze brought the intensity to another level with the pulsating beat that increases and is only punctuated by the “glitter freeze” chorus. Albarn threw in the raucous Punk from their debut album, which was a nice treat.
Then, because the Gorillaz must just have their own jet to transport their traveling troupe, the Clash’s Mick Jones came out for Plastic Beach. The funky electro track saw Albarn jumping up on the speakers reaching out to the crowd, while Jones sat back and strummed away.
The evening wrapped up in grand fashion; with a one-two punch with the smash hits Feel Good Inc. featuring De La Soul followed by Clint Eastwood featuring Bashy and Kano.
Feel Good devolved into a frenetic mix of raps bouncing of each other and Maseo’s crazy signature laugh that required his entire body to unleash over and over.
On Clint Eastwood Bashy and Kano ran out into the crowd. In the third row, we found ourselves in the middle of the show. As the duo bounced the beat back and forth to Albarn on stage, a random guy in an orange pimp suit climbed on Kano, who appeared more than a bit concerned.
The two were good sports through snapping photos with fans as they spit out the lyrics to what is most likely the band’s most popular song.
The night came to a close with Womack signing Don’t get lost in heaven as Albarn played the piano.
I had held off on seeing the Gorillaz until I could actually see the band members, rather than animation, and it was well worth it. Albarn and his crew of talented musicians are creating some of the most progressive music out there.
Notable tracks I would have liked to have heard include the new single Doncamatic, Bill Murray, Kids with Guns and White Light.
The animation and films on the screen was compelling, and abundant. Hewlett created enough original art to fill the entire two plus hour show.
Hands down it was the best show of the year.
1. Welcome to the world of the plastic beach
2 Last living souls
3 19-2000 (with Rosie Wilson)
4 Stylo (with Bobby Womack)
5 On melancholy hill
6 Rhinestone eyes
7 Superfast jellyfish (with de la soul)
8 Tomorrow comes today
9 Empire ants (with Yukimi Nagano)
11 Dirty harry (with Bootie Brown)
12 el manana
13 White flag (with Bashy and Kano)
14 To binge (with yukimi nagano)
15 Dare (with Rosie Wilson)
16 Glitter freeze
18 Plastic beach
19 Cloud of unknowing (with Womack)
20 Feel good inc ( with de la soul)
21 Clint Eastwood (remix with bashy and kano)
22 Don’t get lost in heaven (with Womack)
*Playlist courtesy of Eric Young