The Fray at Red Rocks, soaking free of charge

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.

This article has 16 comments

  1. laurie

    “When I clapped, I splashed my face with water.”

    Holy cow!!!

    Glad you had fun!

  2. Tree

    What a complete blast!!!

    I love that it was three nights at Red Rocks! I am psyched for them.

  3. Anonymous

    I bet it was still totally fun even with the rain. What a story, LOL!

  4. diana

    oh my! i can’t even imagine. i’m way over on the east side of town and boy, did we have a lightning and rain. i’m surprised though… the fray stayed on stage through it all? i’ve never been to red rocks. is that the policy; the show goes on no matter the weather?

    i’m sure it was a great show, rain and all.

  5. aimee / greeblemonkey

    Diana, they almost never cancel because of weather, since – as you know – in Colorado wait 15 minutes and the weather will change! I am guessing it depends on the band though.


  6. Sizzle

    that sounds awesome- minus the cold. hope you feel better soon.

  7. Builder Mama

    Holy cow, that sounds incredible! Brings back some memories of like my 3rd date with Joey and we went to see Hootie and the Blowfish in an ampitheater and looked like a bunch of drowned rats once the monsoon stopped! Great stuff! (Well, except for the band but oh well.)

    • Lynne Brostuen

      I was at that concert too. With my bestest girlfriend Debi Book Cass. What year was that? I was so disappointed that Hootie and the Blowfish canceled. It was dangerous for them to come out. We were soaked.

  8. Catherine

    oh my gawwwd but I’m jealous! “Over My Head” remains my favorite, too. But mostly because it’s my two-year-old’s favorite. That song works wonders on a tantrum.

    Get well soon!

  9. Nadine

    Oh sounds like a lot of rain and a lot of fun!!

  10. samantha jo campen

    What a fabu experience! Glad you had fun and wouldn’t let a little rain ruin your time!

  11. aimee / greeblemonkey

    Guess what! I was at that Dave Matthews Red Rocks show!!! It was fabulous!

  12. carrie

    When I listen to my Dave Matthews Band cd Live at Red Rocks, I get goosebumps. I can imagine what a beautiful spot it is! And The Fray!!!! I love them. And yes, totally worth being rained on. That is the best way to hear a concert and not even care about the rest of the world, huh?

    I do hope you are feeling better though!


  13. sue

    I love them… how fun!

    I always worry when storms break out at outdoor concerts that some poor musician will get electrocuted or something… just me being paranoid, I guess.

  14. aimee / greeblemonkey

    Sue, we were worried about that too… but figured the Rocks and the trees on the rocks would get hit first. I hope!

  15. mel from freak parade

    Hey! My husband and I were at the DMB show at Red Rocks that weekend too! Small world. Red Rocks is absolutely the most beautiful place in the whole world to see any band. The view is amazing.

    It sounds like you had a great time. I’m such a weenie when it comes to being wet. I probably would’ve whined the whole time.

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