AIR DATE: AUGUST 2016
Hey, it’s Eric Church back for the nineteenth episode of “Outsiders Radio”. It’s August and I just returned from playing two of the most special shows of my life. I got to perform 2 nights (mostly…) by myself at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO, just outside of Denver. What a place. If you don’t know about this place, check it out. It is an incredible natural Amphitheatre carved out of the red rock. It is difficult to explain this place, but if you had the opportunity to be there, you know what I mean. If you haven’t, put it on your list. It is a special place. So, what I thought I would do with this show is dedicate it to this venue and play some songs by artists that have shared this place with their fans. The first show there was in May 1906… a 25-piece brass band… and, well… I couldn’t scrape that performance up, so I‘m going to share a bit more of a modern view, but the point is, this place has had music for over 100 years… pretty cool. Let’s start with a little band that showed up in America in 1964. Red Rocks was on that tour…in fact August 26th, 1964… here’s The Beatles.
“I Saw Her Standing There” 2:54 – The Beatles– Please, Please Me
“Garden Party” 3:49 – Ricky Nelson – Garden Party
That was Ricky Nelson with “Garden Party”. Ricky is credited with the first “Rock Concert” at Red Rocks… that was in 1959. That song is actually a reference to another famous venue. The song is about a show Ricky played at Madison Square Garden, where he was booed off the stage. There are even a couple of references to the band I played before that. “Yoko brought her walrus…” I’ll let you hunt for the other one. I am talking about The Beatles, of course… we heard “I Saw Her Standing There”. Red Rocks is only ONE of FOUR venues still standing from that 1964 US tour. Here’s a lady that played her first gig at Red Rocks this year. Go Dolly…
“Pure and Simple” 2:43 – Dolly Parton – Pure and Simple
“Whiskey River” – LIVE 3:32 – Willie Nelson– The Essential Willie Nelson
“Climb to Safety” 4:41 – Widespread Panic – Til The Medicine Takes
spotify:track:2tKvbXiqQM7aYhbpEWLbTf Widespread Panic with “Climb to Safety”. Widespread has the record for the most shows played at Red Rocks. They will be playing their 49th, 50th and 51st shows there this year. Before that was Willie Nelson with Whiskey River… a song that has kicked off his set EVERY time he has played this amphitheater. Okay, let’s keep this going… how about this… “El Paso” – LIVE 4:25 – The Grateful Dead –Live at Red Rocks Amphitheatre
“Blue Sky” 5:09 – The Allman Brothers – Eat a Peach
“Soulshine” - LIVE 9:09 – Gov’t Mule – Live… With A little Help From Our Friends
Ok, the last three tunes had something in common… they are a shout out to the great guitarist/vocalist Warren Haynes. He played Red Rocks eight times in one year. The year? 2004. Warren played five shows with The Dead, twice with The Allman Brothers and once with his band Gov’t Mule. “El Paso” is a Marty Robbins cover that The Dead did at one of those shows. The version I played was actually live from Red Rocks. After that you heard The Allman Brothers classic, “Blue Sky”, with Dicky Betts taking the lead vocal. Wrapping up that set was Warren himself on vocals and guitar with his band Gov’t Mule… a live version of “Soulshine”… killer. Can I get a “Hallelujah”? “Hallelujah” – LIVE – Eric Church– from Red Rocks (night One) Leonard Cohen Cover
“Below My Feet” – LIVE 4:44 – Mumford & Sons – The Road To Red Rocks (LIVE)
A couple of tunes LIVE from Red Rocks! First up was “Hallelujah”, a Leonard Cohen cover I couldn’t resist playing while I was there. It truly was two of the most special nights of my career, and I look forward to sharing the music from those nights with you as we get it together… After that was “Below My Feet” from Mumford & Sons. Besides great music, there has been some incredible visuals created at Red Rocks too. Most notably, the concert film Under a Blood Red Sky, which produced the music video for “Sunday Bloody Sunday”, which Rolling Stone called “one of the 50 moments that changed the history of rock & roll”. Let’s here it… U2 … live from Red Rocks… “Sunday Bloody Sunday” - LIVE 5:18 – U2 – Under A Blood Red Sky
Wow, what a moment. Ok, I want to leave you with this one. A Colorado hero. Great songwriter and with a song that captures that spirit of those magnificent Red Rocks, here’s John Denver with “Rocky Mountain High”. ‘Til next time… “Rocky Mountain High” – 4:17 – John Denver– Rocky Mountain High
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