Thursday, September 11, 2014

Denver Adventure 2014 Pt. 1 - Arctic Monkeys at Red Rocks

Arctic Monkeys is one of several bands I immediately think of when I hear people talk (out of their asses) about how music "now a days" sucks. I latched on to them the minute I heard "I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor" when their first album came out. I've now seen them live 4 times, and will likely see them again at some point, but seeing them at Red Rocks, in the rain, is pretty damn memorable. There's not much to say about the music because I'd already seen them once before this tour, when they came down to Miami. Still, this show, maybe because it was Red Rocks, maybe because of the rain, was a much better show. Not that the Miami show was bad, but the energy of this show was just up several notches,

Rock n Roll!
At one point, after the opener, Mini Mansions (who were very good) finished, we tried to get to the front row. We actually did get there and did our best to look invisible/like we were supposed to be there. It was going to work. It really was. Until the Man With The Flashlight asked to see our wrist bands. Somehow, though, we were able to get back to still good spots somewhere up in row fortysomething. The people of Denver would never survive in South Florida with that level of courtesy.

It was misery being 41 years old, in the rain and cold for over 4 hours, but damn it if it wasn't awesome at the same time. Great friends. Great music. Great crowd. The light show was awesome. I'm not big on larger venues, but Red Rocks is different. It's just special. And this was a special night. Now, some highlights.

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