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July 23, 2013 |
I enjoyed your tender, sweet, funny show at Red Rocks on July 18th and wanted to know what you and your colleagues thought of the venue?
(I just read Pilgrims and it was laugh-out-loud funny!)
The Radio Romance tour has hit some great outdoor venues like Red Butte Garden in Salt Lake City and Mountain Winery in Saratoga, California, and the fabulous McMenamins winery in Portland, and some not so great. What matters isn't the backstage stuff so much as how the venue treats its customers. At the Idaho Botanical Garden, for example, the place is laid out so that the audience sits looking directly into the setting sun and it's painful to see thousands of people trying to shield their eyes. Red Rocks is huge and the people sit on stone, surrounded by towering stone walls -- warm it is not -- and it's quite a hike from the parking to the venue. But the sound is good and Denverites seem to like it, so there it is. A show like ours feels rather small in that big canyon. Led Zeppelin would probably be a better act for the venue.