Last night, the spouse and I went to see Incubus at Red Rocks in Denver, CO. Red Rocks, if you’ve never been there, is by far the coolest venue to see a show at in the state of Colorado (or any state for that matter). It’s an amphitheatre cut into the red mountainside in the foothills of the Rockies surrounded by huge boulders jutting out from the earth into the sky. As you watch a concert at Red Rocks, you take in a panoramic view of the city of Denver. If you’re lucky (like we were last night), you’ll watch the moon rise up over the city behind the stage – perfecting the already-breathtaking views. It’s truly a special place.
Not only am I stoked that we went to Red Rocks, but I adored the show as well. Tom Morello (formerly of Rage Against the Machine) opened for Incubus and put on a pretty fantastic set. Closing his act with The Ghost of Tom Joad, he really set the tone for the evening. Incubus came on shortly after with their incredible light show, amazing sound, and uplifting energy. We were on our feet from the first song to the last; belting out the well-known lyrics of their top hits and swaying along to the slower, softer songs.
The lead singer of Incubus, Brandon Boyd, is truly one of the most talented vocalists I’ve ever heard. I’m not joking when I say they sound better live than they do on a recorded album (the sad truth is so many bands sound so much worse). In fact, I wasn’t a huge fan of Incubus until I first saw them in concert. Between the vocals, the instrumentals, the light show, and the familiarity of so many songs – I’ve truly fallen for them (in a band-love kinda way).
So, this Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for concerts! I’ll see just about anyone live because not only is it an awesome night out but you can learn so much about a band when you see them in person vs. hear a song on the radio or watch a video. You get to hear how they speak, see the way they carry themselves, and watch how the react when they make a mistake or say something accidentally. It’s remarkable (depending on their star-status) to realize that your favorite guitar legend or idolized lead singer is just a regular person doing what they love in the best way that they can. Truly inspiring.
So thank you, universe, for concerts! Hope you all have great Thursday full of lots of things to be thankful for!
So, tell me , do you like going to concerts? What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to?