Depeche Mode - Concert Photos - Denver Pepsi Center 2017
Aug 2017

Depeche Mode Concert Photos from Denver’s Pepsi Center

In the week prior to Depeche Mode‘s return to Denver, I got very sentimental on Facebook. This was the band I had seen more often in my lifetime and still listen to at least once a week.

“I worked at the mall record store in high school, mainly to fund cassette tapes and concert tickets. In 1987, I bought Music For The Masses on release day and listened to it all the way home from Annapolis. There was a huge electrical storm in the air that night, with lots of lightning, but it was still warm enough to have all the windows of the car open.

I think about that moment often. I know it sounds silly, but it was perfect freedom. Driving at night, with nature raging all around, my music playing, that I chose and earned myself…

Whenever I get a sense of abandon, I am right back there in my little yellow car with “Never Let Me Down Again” blasting as loud as that little radio would go.”

Depeche Mode Concert Photos - Denver, Colorado 2017 - Pepsi Center

I wasn’t the only one feeling nostalgic as the group splashed into the Pepsi Center. This is one of Denver’s biggest venues and not only was the place packed, but every person was singing every word. The setlist (below) was a nice mix of old and new, but I’m sure they’ll never please everyone with such an immense catalog for the band to chose from. Personally, I missed “People Are People” and “Strangelove,” but I’ll admit that I held my friend Jenny’s hand and we both shed a tear during “Question of Lust.” Continue reading…

Goo Goo Dolls Concert Photos - Denver with Phillip Phillips 2017
Aug 2017

Goo Goo Dolls + Phillip Phillips Concert Photos Denver

I love when you attend a concert and are completely surprised by how much you like the band. Such is the case for the recent Goo Goo Dolls show at Fiddler’s Green in Denver. Sure, I know all their hits and like them. Who doesn’t?

But I *loved* watching GGD live. John Rzeznik and Robby Takac were having the time of their lives up on stage and bringing us all with them. How can you not enjoy a band who is clearly enjoying themselves as well? Continue reading…

Denver Comic Con 2017 Photos
Aug 2017

Tons of Photos from Denver Comic Con 2017

Every year, when I attend Denver Comic Con, I try to lurk in the shadows. Mainly because I like catching people in candid moments rather than setting them up all posey-posey. Not that there is anything wrong with smiling straight into the camera for photos – I just love observing the wide variety of people at DCC and how they interact with each other.

2017 brought the geek out for 115,000 attendees and again makes Denver the third largest Comic Con in the country (behind San Diego and New York). There were some rule changes and lots of space reorganization that bewildered folks at first (including me) – but once we got the hang of it, all was well. Continue reading…

Aug 2017

No “Both Sides” to Charlottesville

Let’s be clear. There is no “both sides” to Charlottesville.

Yes, we have free speech in this country and while it’s specifically to stop the government from stopping us from saying whatever we want, let’s not get in the weeds on that one like we always do.

Let’s look at it like this: A group of people whose main tenet is that whites are superior and the earth should be “cleansed” of everyone who isn’t white were marching around chanting “Jews will not replace us” as well as “blood and soil” (yes, a Nazi thing, just FYI) all while rallying around a statue of a confederate general.

Many things the president said about Charlottesville were incorrect, from who had permits, to the implication that you need them to protest to begin with. He even lied about the winery, which his son owns and isn’t anywhere near the largest in the country.

But “both sides” were at fault?

Just think it through from a moral perspective. Continue reading…

Westword Music Showcase Concert Photos 2017
Aug 2017

Photos from Westword Music Showcase 2017

Your may notice that it’s August and Westword Music Showcase happened in June. I hate it when people make excuses for late posts, but hopefully I can get a pass after the year I have had? Pretty please?

Either way, my lateness is no reflection on the awesomeness of WMS. The style of headliners shifted a bit this year – whereas the end of the night has usually been full of pumping beats and lights… and for 2017, Shakey Graves torn down the house (err, parking lot) with just his voice and a guitar.

Personally, I welcome the change – particularly with The Revivalists romping around just as the sun was setting on a gorgeous Denver day. Continue reading…