Back in the late 80's and early 90's myself and a few friends would make the occasional trip out from KC to Denver. It may be a trip to the mountains, a ball game, or a show at Red Rock Amphitheater. Saturday was my first trip back since that last trip many years ago.I'm trying to remember those shows. I do recall seeing my first U2 show there in the early 80's. I know there's a Rush show or two in there. My last was a Dave Matthews concert in 1995. Finally, 22 years later, I made it back.

Ray Michaels

The first thing that jogged my memory, and my calf muscles, was the long hike to the venue. I don't recall that being quite as challenging as it was on Saturday. The line was long waiting to make their way to the top. Once you made it to the gate is was the nearly vertical steps to the seats.

Ray Michaels

Once I made it to my spot I took a moment to take it in. There is something truly magical about this place. There have been concerts here for over 100 years. "No pain, no gain," they say and yes I was sore, and my heart rate elevated, but all i could think about was how forchnate I was to be among the nearly 10,000 in attendance at this sold out Big Head Todd show.

Ray Michaels

Collective Soul was the opening act. They're one of those "oh I forgot about that song" bands. Everyone remembers "Shine" and "The World I Know", but what about "Where The River Flows" and "Heavy"?

Ray Michaels

Aside from the history, it's the way music seems to sound there. Yes, wind can be an issue, and the thinner air makes sound waves act differently, but even in the back everything is heard clearly and when there's a quality act on stage, there seems to be no better place to take in a concert.

Ray Michaels

The season's just getting underway and there are several great shows on the schedule. Make this the year you make it back to Red Rocks. No need to wait over 20 years like I did. If I could, I'd be back this evening. One of my favorites, The Doobie Brothers are playing tonight.

 

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