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John Fogerty Live at Red Rocks

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  1. Electgumbo

    Electgumbo Lost Planet Airman Strat-Talk Supporter

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    Last week I was visiting my old USAF BFF in Colorado Springs. My Daughter Daisy aka Sarah rode shot gun with me. While we were up there Sarah suggested we catch a show at Red Rocks. I told her to see who was playing. She rattle off a list of names but she got all excited when she got to John Fogerty! I said “Dats our Huckleberry!” We bought our tickets on line and it was a date.

    So we drove up there the night of the show. I noted that the community around Red Rocks is Morrison Colorado complete with a Morrison Hotel. The trek from the parking lot to our seat was quite a journey. All up hill all the way. Once thru the gate the long ramp leading up was no picnic either for my couch potato behind. The guy next to me huffing oxygen from a hand held bottle must have done this before. We gave each other the thumbs up and we made our way up and up and up.

    Finally got to our seats on the row 41. The show started promptly at 8:30. No opening act no BS. First song out the box was “Born on the Bayou”. I told Sarah “He knew we was here!” The it was hit after hit! A relentless onslaught of those tunes we all have in our head! The black tuck and rolled Kustom amp and the 69’ Rickenbacker from the original recording were featured. He stopped and told stories about the guitar and amp. He told stories about playing Woodstock at 2:30 in the morning while the crowd was asleep.

    He did a odd thing by covering a few tunes from other Woodstock acts.

    Help From My Friends Joe Cocker style
    My Generation The Who
    Everyday People and Sing a Simple Song Sly & Family Stone

    And his son Shane (who is his guitarist on the tour) did a real good Star Spangled Banner Jimi style

    While doing the covers I noticed the girl back ground singers and horn section sort of creep up on stage to augment the band on the covers. I was impressed by the attention to detail that was given those tunes.... they sounded like the real deal and wasn’t some sloppy put together thing.

    Then it was back to CCR and the 80’s solo hits.... on and on for 2 hours! He ran around the stage like a 3 year old. He sang his ass off! I was pleased!

    Honorable Mention to the drummer. The Legendary Kenny Aronoff! What a Total Beast of a drummer! How a guy can play with such power but also be so in the pocket and perfect! He was incredible the entire evening.

    Oh the sound at this place is no joke. Perfect! Like your standing on the stage. I don’t know if I’ll get to go back but I’m glad I experienced it at least once myself.

    Getting out was a little easier cause it was downhill all the way. Chalk up another concert for Pops and Daisy!!!


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  2. chrimturn

    chrimturn Fire in the Wire Strat-Talk Supporter

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    That’s a sweet venue. First time I ever heard of it was when I was in Jr High or something. I used to draw a lot. My art teacher gave me a CD to listen to for inspiration. It was John Tesh live at Red Rocks.

    I was like...who? What? Where? Wait....is that the guy from Entertainment Tonight? Lol.

    But hey, I was enlightened. The guy could play. And it was relaxing and peaceful. I thanked her later for the newfound direction. She tried to push me further down the path. Broadened my musical palette but I didn't quite make it to Yanni though. Lol.
     
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    Awesome story and sounds like a nice vacation to match. :)
     
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    Awesome, thanks for sharing the experience! I would love to see John Fogerty!! He has an amazing catalog of music to share.

    I also share in the experience of climbing up to the seats at Red Rocks, it's quite the hike but it's an amazing venue!!! My wife and I saw Joe Bonamassa there a few years ago. Seeing a show at Red Rocks was a bucket list item.

    I'm glad you enjoyed and made great use of your time in CO by seeing a fantastic artist at a beautiful venue!! :thumb:
     
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  5. StratSounds

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    Saaahhh-weeet Gumbo! Legendary venue and a legendary musician, perfect! Red Rocks is something else ain’t it?
     
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    Just read it again. Awesome man. What a moment. Just as @CigBurn said...great story! Could picture each and every step vividly. I hope I can experience that someday. It’s on the bucket list.
     
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    How cool. That place is awesome.
     
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    Very nice...
    Thank you...
     
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    Great run down.. thank you very much.. oh to go to an open air gig to see the one and only John Fogerty. Its just so great to do something that'll be such a precious memory.. :thumb:
     
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    Looks like a very cool place, especially with such an artist playing.
     
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    A great story. John Fogerty is one of the best in the business.
     
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    John Fogerty/CCR were extremely popular during the "Viet Nam" years, and he and CCR were THE talent to listen to at that time (plus some other band called the Rolling Stones?). But I have followed John through the years and thought he had lost it all during his "bad years". So to see him come back like this is amazing and inspirational....that concert would have been my dream event! There is a video out of him at Sound Stage in Chicago that I really like. "Who'll stop the rain" is quite mellow but probably one of my all time favorites, and he wrote it during Woodstock and the heavy rain storms!
     
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    neato
     
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    Looks like a great time..
     
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