I've lived here in Colorado since October of 1968. My very first concert was in about 1978, at our own gorgeous Red Rocks Amphitheater. The Moody Blues were performing that evening, under beautiful blue skies and warm weather. It's an incredible place to see a concert, and I was hooked! I've literally been to hundreds of concerts there, and because we go to so many concerts there, we even chose our home within 15 minutes of Red Rocks!
I think that my favorite concert there was seeing Ziggy Marley, son of Bob Marley. There was a full lunar eclipse that night, and it seemed that there were more binoculars trained on the moon then Ziggy! His performance of reggae music was the PERFECT accompaniment to the glory of watching a full lunar eclipse!
Another lovely evening at the Rocks was while watching Tracy Chapman perform! She was singing away, when right behind her a HUGE shooting star blazed across the sky! The audience went berserk, and Tracy was all smiles, thinking the excitement was all for her!
I've gone to hundreds of concerts, all over the world, and have never found a venue that even comes close to the beauty of Red Rocks! I've been completely spoiled by its beauty! The amphitheater sits nestled between 2 huge red rocks, and overlooks Denver's city lights. The massive rocks are not only gorgeous to look at, but they provide wonderful acoustics! It's just amazing to sit at Red Rocks, enjoying great music and inspiring views at the same time! One thing... be SURE to bring rain gear, even if the day is beautiful! Colorado is known as the "climate capitol of the world". Another saying here, is if you don't like the weather, wait a minute! I've been in some HUGE rainstorms at Red Rocks! Several years ago I was at a day-long concert called "Reggae on the Rocks", which lasted from 3pm to about midnight! It rained HARD the whole time! We simply got out our bright orange ponchos we'd previously purchased there. They appropriately state on the back "I was rained on at the Rocks"! As long as you're prepared for rain, even that can't spoil a perfect day at the Rocks!
You'll also want to check it out during the day, if there are no concerts. There are loads of biking / hiking trails, gift shops, etc. Growing up here, it was always known that whenever we had out-of-town guests, we'd be taking them to see Red Rocks! However, getting into the amphitheater itself can be a difficult hike, if you park at the bottom! You'll have to climb hundreds of stairs in our thin air to get there. Plan to drive to the top, where there is also parking, so you can avoid the tough climb!
Red Rocks is a very easy drive from Denver, but when you're there, you feel as though you're deep into the mountains. Red Rocks is about to undergo some major changes, with larger restrooms and concession stands. However, we're told that the inherent beauty of this venue will go untouched. I highly recommend this venue to anyone and everyone!
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