Five Finger Death Punch @ Pepsi Center / Denver, CO / 2016

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This show was a pretty big deal. Seeing 5FDP go from small venue to the largest one we have indoors in Colorado seemed like a victory for metal. There are not a lot of shows at the Pepsi Center that I go to.

Five Finger Death Punch @ Denver

Ivan made a big deal about this telling stories about how he went from band to band in Denver before making it with this band. Local boy done good. It was cool to see.

Five Finger Death Punch @ Denver

Otherwise, the set was a little less bling than prior shows I have seen of theirs. But that was OK.

Five Finger Death Punch @ Denver

You can see Ivan showing some emotion in this clip…

  • Lift Me Up
  • Never Enough
  • Wash It All Away
  • Got Your Six
  • Bad Company
  • Jekyll and Hyde
  • Burn MF
  • Wrong Side of Heaven
  • Remember Everything
  • Coming Down
  • Under and Over It
  • The Bleeding

Maroon 5 @ Pepsi Center / Denver, CO / 2016

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I knew this would be a family favorite show. So about a year ago, tickets went on sale and I was there on time to order 5. We are all going.

This is the part where I act cool and say I saw Maroon 5 a long time ago before they went big time with all that publicity from The Voice. They were the openers. Adam was just some dude that sung real high notes. But hey. I still like the old stuff.

The girls were pretty excited to see the show. Sydney rated it as the #1 show she has seen. But then quickly said things like “oh, but Katy Perry’s stage was cooler”. I think the coolest show is the last one you saw in her mind. All good.

Reagan was in there too but she sat during the last few songs. Late night for a middle schooler.

Kayla was sick going into the show. She watched the opener intently. Tov Lo was her name. She had this shirt on that had zippers horizontally across her boobs. And there were big rings as zipper pull things. The shirt was skin color. So I guess if you imagined a bit, they were kinda like nipple piercings. Kayla explained to Kim and I that she didn’t think that shirt was appropriate because there were kids like her there. You can count on Kayla for funny insight. Then she bonked about 3 songs in on Maroon 5. Dead asleep in her chair from the sickness.

The set was OK. Kinda took them a few songs to get going. Like Adam’s voice was cold. Then ended the show with Let’s Go Crazy by Prince. Nice tribute. But they were gone with 10 minutes until curfew there. Weird. Waited a year and only got 90 minutes.

Maroon 5

Maroon 5

Maroon 5

Maroon 5

Trivium @ Summit Music Hall / Denver, CO / 2016

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I love shows at Summit. You aren’t going to see Metallica there but when one of your top bands does come there, it is a pretty awesome thing. I came late and drove straight to the front of the crowd as the openers ended. Oddly, the whole group in front of me turned and bailed to refuel or pee. The entire section of rail was open in front of me. Grab! I was suddenly compressed by everyone going for it. Right place, right time. Front row!

This made for some pretty epic shots and an even better place to watch the show. With no one in front, it felt sort of like a private show to me. I was lost in it. It was pretty sweet. Best concert experience in a while.

  • Strife
  • A Gunshot to the Head of Trepidation
  • Forsake Not the Dream
  • Rise Above the Tides
  • Into the Mouth of Hell We March
  • Silence in the Snow
  • Entrance of the Conflagration
  • Detonation
  • Pillars of Serpents
  • Until the World Goes Cold
  • Down From the Sky
  • Rain
  • Pull Harder on the Strings of Your Martyr
  • Capsizing the Sea
  • In Waves

A few clips so I can feel the magic some day in my old age…

How about a bunch of pictures? I took more. It was fun to have so many to chose from with only a few bad of the whole set.

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

Trivium @ Denver, CO / 2016

High Elevation Festival @ Fiddler’s Green / Denver, CO / 2016

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I have been kinda jealous over the years of places like Ohio and Oklahoma. They have these full weekend rock shows every summer and attract a lot of good bands. We don’t have that. Finally, something we don’t do better here in Colorado. Some folks put on a single day event called High Elevation Festival this year. Let’s see if it continues in the years to come. We had soccer games all day but Sydney and I made it to the main stage in time for the 3 big headliners. All of which happen to be favorites of mine and some of Sydney’s.

Chevelle was up first. Real excited to see these guys again. I have been more into them over the past few years. New album has been on repeat on my bike rides.

High Elevation Festival

  • An Island
  • Take Out the Gunman
  • The Clincher
  • Forfeit
  • Joyride (Omen)
  • Face to the Floor
  • I Get It
  • Door to Door Cannibals
  • Hats Off to the Bull
  • The Red
  • Send the Pain Below

Volbeat has been around a lot in the past few years. So I felt like I had seen this show before. Always a good set but nothing new. Well, some new songs from the new album which is good.

High Elevation Festival

  • The Devil’s Bleeding Crown
  • Heaven nor Hell / A Warrior’s Call
  • Sad Man’s Tongue
  • Lola Montez
  • Slaytan
  • Dead but Rising
  • 16 Dollars
  • For Evigt
  • Doc Holliday
  • Black Rose
  • Seal the Deal
  • Still Counting

Avenged Sevenfold has been MIA the last few years. And here we go again seeing them at a festival show once again. Do they ever play anything but festivals? I get tired of the abbreviated set. They acted like this was the first show back — even though they played that big one with Metallica just a few weeks ago. So they were playing a few different songs out of the catalog. They even went over curfew by about 7 minutes. I wonder how much that cost them?

High Elevation Festival

  • Nightmare
  • Afterlife
  • Shepherd of Fire
  • Hail to the King
  • Buried Alive
  • Gunslinger
  • To End the Rapture
  • Second Heartbeat
  • Planets
  • Acid Rain
  • Bat Country
  • Unholy Confessions

Best part of the day was just getting to take Sydney and enjoy the show with her!

Disturbed & Breaking Benjamin @ Red Rocks / Denver, CO / 2016

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First time at Red Rocks this year. Kind of a bummer. I had crap (row 13) seats too. They didn’t GA the show down low for some reason. And I had a ticket acquisition issue. Whatever. Still a great night to be at the world’s best venue.

Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin

Saw this on Instagram. Kinda true.

Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin


Alter Bridge was up first. Hadn’t seen them before. Saw Tremonti with Trivium last fall. Myles had a cool voice. Decent set. Still mentally going “This is Creed with less douche”.

Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin


Breaking Benjamin seemed like a good new one to see. Set was good. I didn’t polish up but knew most of the songs from Sirius radio play over the years. I enjoyed them.

Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin

  • So Cold
  • Angels Fall
  • Sooner or Later
  • Blow Me Away
  • The Imperial March / Schism / Smells Like Teen Spirit / Walk
  • Polyamorous
  • Ashes of Eden
  • Believe
  • Breath
  • Failure
  • I Will Not Bow
  • Until the End
  • The Diary of Jane

The main event: Disturbed! After a hiatus and then a new album, it had been years (2010!) in the making to see these guys again. David still has it and sings the hell out of those songs with such a solid voice. I knew they were going to do Sound of Silence on the tour — it is all over YouTube. So that was cool to see. Maybe a little late at this point given the album was last year’s hit for me. Otherwise, pretty standard set from them. They seemed jazzed to play Red Rocks and let us know.

Disturbed / Breaking Benjamin

  • Ten Thousand Fists
  • The Game
  • The Vengeful One
  • Prayer
  • Liberate
  • The Animal
  • Stupify
  • The Sound of Silence
  • Inside the Fire
  • The Light
  • Stricken
  • Indestructible
  • Voices
  • Down With the Sickness

Got video for Sydney since she couldn’t come (school night). Fun crowd gimmick during The Light.