Posted Wed Jul 1st by J. Kenneth K.
I’m still coming down from my third annual trip to Bonnaroo festival. A four day music extravaganza in Manchester, Tennessee that included Bruce Springsteen, Beastie Boys, Nine Inch Nails, David Byrne, Wilco, Erykah Badu, TV on the Radio, The Mars Volta, Girl Talk, two Phish shows and too many others to name. Coincidentally Phish will be playing a four-show stint at Red Rocks Amphitheatre later this summer. Coincidentally, a group of Broncos traveled to Red Rocks a few weeks back to participate in some alternative conditioning. The concept of the Denver Broncos working out at one of the most heralded concert venues in the United States was too much for me. What a perfect opportunity to write that live music post I’ve been wanting to. The post that Kyle told me was a stretch, but if I could find a way to connect music and the Broncos, to go for it. Thank you strength & conditioning coach Rich Tuten, you have given me inspiration. And an easy in.
I know the Red Rocks work out is a weak link, but these next few weeks are part of the dead zone for football news. I suggest we share stories of the other connections we may have.
I can’t track many loves as far back as fifteen years. Two have held true.
1. My love for the Denver Broncos.
2. My love for live music.
Both provide a rush like no other, producing feelings in me that come from unknown places, releasing an unsafe amount of adrenaline to my brain. Both have grown from my childhood/teenage years, evolving into something completely new. I now follow the Broncos with elevated evaluation and desire to understand the inner workings. I now watch concerts from a safe distance of the pit, realizing that seeing the show is more important to me than being punched in the face and thrown into other bodies. Closer/Further.
My first show (without parental supervision)/Best Opening Band Discovery
Beck*The Roots*Atari Teenage Riot
Ah Junior High. Of course seeing Beck was amazing, especially when he was still making music that moved. I believe he is an artist from my generation that will be around for a long time. However! The best part of this show was none other than Jimmy Fallon’s house band. That still sounds weird. The Legendary Roots Crew. I was a little white boy from small town Ohio going to see a weird funky white guy from California. Having no prior knowledge of Questlove, Black Thought, Hub, Rahzel (still touring w/them at the time) and the rest of the crew, I was completely floored, my mind was blown, and they changed my perspective on music. I have seen them nine times since, and while these road dogs are taking a break from touring, they continue to be one of the best live acts around. Well worth your $.
Live in NYC or visiting and love The Roots? They have a residency at Highline Ballroom called The Jam. Tickets are only $10 in advance, $12 at the door. Pretty amazing. Tonight they play at midnight. I will be attending, I have a feeling they will be playing a lot of Michael Jackson.
Broncos Comparison: Like a lot of Denver fans around my age, The Drive was the moment that hooked us. Being from Ohio, my parents being Browns fans, dog biscuits and all, this was my rebellion, a rebellion that grew into an obsession.
Two thoughts on my Ma & Pa:
1. They always supported my Broncos/Elway fandom, how hard it must have been for a son to admire that which caused them so much torment. Thanks parents.
2. I’m sure it could have been worse. I could have become a Steelers fan. You’re welcome parents.
Best Show (Consistently)
8/8/2001 & 8/21/2003
Blossom Music Center-Cuyahoga, Falls Ohio
All Points West-Liberty State Park, New Jersey
I know everyone has different tastes in music, and Radiohead may not come anywhere close to being delicious on your palette. Let me say this though, I would have paid the $100 APW fee for their light show alone. They literally played inside a three dimensional cube of LED’s.
I hate playing favorites, I can never get away from listing 2-3 bands at a time, but Radiohead has been at the top of the conversation since hearing OK Computer back in ’97. Please do yourself a favor, when Radiohead comes back to the states, get your tickets and get them early.
Broncos Comparison: If it was Elway and The Drive that pulled me in, it was the addition of Terrell Davis that settled me into a groove. Much can be said of his short stint in the NFL, but little can be argued about what he did with that time. Consistently great from his rookie season through his fourth season, Terrell Davis left me scratchy throated Sunday after Sunday. What a great feeling it was to finally have a player to ground the Broncos, literally. While Radiohead is enjoying a much longer career than TD, both will enjoy inductions into their respective HOF’s.
Thee Best Show/The Ultimate
My Morning Jacket
A true convergence of every element. The band, the crowd and Mother Nature were in complete unison with each other. Half way through the 4 hour set, the clouds opened up and drenched our sun-dried bodies. It was a complete and utter down pour, accepted by the masses as something spiritual. MMJ seemed as if they were controlling the weather, the swells of rain coming to a crescendo while Kirk Hammit made a guest appearance to solo on One Big Holliday.
Four hours, 35 songs, with a couple interspersed body-moving covers, a thousand soaked to the bone free spirits. Something I will never forget.
Bronco Comparison: While the Ultimate would have to be one of the Superbowls, a more recent game that had equal euphoria and earthly elements was the Broncos/Jets game at the Meadowlands last season. Set up by the talking heads as a game that Denver had no chance of winning. (Didn’t someone say our players shouldn’t even get off the plane?) Freezing rain and wind gusts would have been a lot worse if not for the enjoyment from the misery Gang Green was feeling.
Show I wish I saw but will sadly never see- The Band or Talking Heads
Most Beautiful Show- Sigur Ros
First Show (with parental supervision)- The Beach Boys
Show I got the most beat up at- Metallica
Show(s) I want to see before I die-
This year was my third consecutive Bonnaroo, an adventure that has been undeniably wonderful to me; I have vowed to make every year baring a super serious job/family holding me back. I was walking around my campsite early morning of the third day, having retrieved my necessary caffeine, when I saw a dude in a Dharma Initiative jumpsuit. He was selling t-shirts that brought together Phish and Lost. It’s obscure, an idea carved out for a very specific niche of people. It’s also genius because that niche was 100% appreciative to a group of friends who thought to bring together two things they truly love. Ask my friend Jeff, a crazy Browns/Phish/Lost fan, he bought four shirts.
Like the Broncos conditioning at Red Rocks it is truly beautiful.
A convergence of passions.
So how about you guys? Any experiences where worlds collide?