I know lots of people will have lots to say about the infamous May 10, 2015 Red Rocks concert that was actually at the Denver
Cow Palace Coliseum. It was the best of times and the worst of times. A vicious spring snow storm made for hazardous traveling conditions, and eventually caused the promoters to move the show on May 9 from gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheater to the site of the National Western Stock Show and Rodeo: the aged Denver Coliseum. Not ideal, but at least it wasn't cancelled! Obviously, the whole different seating configuration would cause headaches. Square pegs and round holes and all that. Yes, my 4th row center $$ ticket was at risk, but I vowed to get as Zen as I could and just go with the flow.
I had a wonderful time. I'm sorry for those that didn't.
Yes, the venue could have been more forthcoming with updates and information, because rumors were rampant, but the workers themselves did their best. I was in line for will call by 3:30. Box office opened at 5, doors at 6. What a relief to sit down and get a rest before the concert, because we pretty much stood through the entire show. I was in almost the same seat I would have had at RR, except actually closer because there was a smaller space between the seats and the stage.
The show was as good as any of the dozen or so I've attended. The band was upbeat and rockin'. They thanked the audience for their patience; Graeme made some funny comments about their "Spring" tour with the frozen Niagara Falls, lousy Buffalo weather and then, for the finale: snow at Red Rocks. Spring indeed. And Justin said they would have done the gig someplace anyway. I have a few pics here to share of this memorable weekend:
First up, fan dinner Saturday night at the Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown Denver. It was snowin' and blowin' outside, but warm inside with Moody spirit:
I missed the various fan luncheons which also had to be relocated or created on the spot. Spent most of the afternoon in a queue:
What joy when the Moody Blues take the stage:
Ok, NOT complaining in the least, but I was too close to get the whole stage in one picture. First, stage left, with Gordy and Alan just blurs as usual:
And stage right: (Hardly saw Julie and Norda all evening thanks to the tall gentleman in the row in front of me.) Julie looked cute and kick *ss all at the same time. Norda was elegant and spunky as usual.
Go Johnny GO!
Over too soon. This photo is kind of washed out, but John and Graeme were having a good laugh about something:
Back to harsh reality as the roadies start packing up to head home. *sigh*
It was so good to see friends from past concerts (apologies to those I missed) and make new ones. Not crying because it's over; smiling because it happened.