The local boys came back home last night. Yes, a band from Denver has finally made it to the bigtime. With a little help from Grey’s Anatomy, of course. And Denver is finally giving The Fray their due – with 3 nights at Red Rocks. It’s rare for bands to have 2 nights, so my jaw dropped when they had to add a 3rd. Can you even imagine? Growing up here, playing around dinky clubs, struggling, and then hitting it big and playing three nights at the best place on earth to see a concert?
And then the sky opens up and typhoons on you.
Here is a photo of Danielle and me before the show started. I don’t have an after photo because we looked like drowned rats. Literally.
But, here’s the scene before Mother Nature’s electrical light show added to the light show on stage, and the light show of Denver. Yes, those are the lights of Denver in the background. I told you it’s the best place on earth to see a concert.
Now back to the water. Buckets and buckets of water. Even our puny umbrella couldn’t keep back the water. I finally gave up on it and just stood there in the pouring rain, dancing and singing my head off.
My hair was plastered to my face and my jeans stuck to my thighs.
My glasses were so wet, they had a funky light show of their own going on.
When I clapped, I splashed my face with water.
But who the hells cares, it was a BLAST. Lightening everywhere, thunder rumbling across the plains, and the Fray just kept playing.
Isaac Slade gave us a rain medley, just him and a guitar, including the ever popular “You Are My Sunshine.” The group came out and played a slow and hilarious version of Shakira’s “My Hips Don’t Lie” with drummer Ben Wysocki doing the part of Wyclef Jean with a bongo drum. (P.S. Um, I am pretty sure they were all a little buzzed by this point.)
But my very favorite part was when they came out to encore with “Over My Head,” which remains my favorite Fray song, and they threw frisbees out to the crowd to randomly select about 40 people to come up on stage to sing with them. Seriously – it was like Live Aid up there, albeit the soaked to the bone version. The entire crowd pogoed and sang every word along with them. Loudly.
Way. Fun…. In. The. Pouring. Rain.
The only negative is that I am still fighting that cold, the one I hacked my way through jury duty with last week, and all that rain did not do me any favors. So I think I am heading into the doctor today for some help of the antibiotic variety.
Oh well. Totally worth it.