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.

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Hi.
What’s up?

It’s been a while.
Yeah, I know. Kinda been doing other things for a change.

Why?
I don’t know. Boredom. Frustration?

Well, everybody seems to have moved to other things lately.
Yeah, seems so.

What’s your plan?
I am not sure if I have one yet. But over the summer, I spent more time in Leadville on the bike than running. It was kind of scary at first. As in, I currently suck at technical stuff. I wasn’t riding really hard or anything. Just cruising around. I really liked the fact that you could still move and not have to work. It’s called coasting. Even tried to prove my existence on Insta with a few shots.

Bikes

I was hiding most of the rides on Strava because they were so lame. But finally I started getting more interested at seeing how bad I was at various segments around town. That is when I wasn’t crashing the bike. I learned a few things about bike maintenance quickly. Like how to fix a bent derailleur hangar on the trail. Oh, and I fixed more flats that I cared to. Googling “tubeless” soon. Here is one of the more scenic breakdowns.

Bikes

Frankly, the ups are funs but the downs are still pretty sketchy. I am sure that will change quick. Once I get comfortable on wheels (like our ATVs) I tend to drive pretty wildly. I think the thing that is killing me right now is the geometry of this bike. My wife says that is just an excuse for a new bike. Probably. But when you go over the handlebars, I can only think bigger wheels would have helped me roll right over that.

But summer is over now. Kids are back to school. It tends to be easier to get on the roads and ride. That seems to be coming along as well. I have a way newer set of wheels there from my triathlon interests of a few years ago. Kind of enjoy it. Although seeing people get hit by cars kind of is a buzzkill. Spending most of my days finding the right routes so I can get highly repeatable and just crank each day. Remember I ran around the same lake daily for a decade.

Bikes

Saw a lot of interesting events that caught my attention over the summer. Their was a bike ride/race from Copper to Leadville to Vail to Copper. That looked like a fun day. Did I just say that? I saw the Leadville Trail 100 stage race finally where the 100 MTB course is broken up into 3 days. That’s a fun intro too. There is another race coming up in Boulder that looks intriguing. I guess my mindset has shifted to wanting to do something else for a while.

But somehow I have this long term vision of getting proficient enough on the bike. Return to the two mile high city. Run a marathon. Bike a bit. Bike a lot. Run for a day. You know. I feel like many have made that transition now successfully. Maybe it is time for me to try and get a square one too. We will see. Not 2017. Do the other ones first then hit that later on. Or not.

Time to get more Specialized…

Slipknot & Marilyn Manson @ Pepsi Center / Denver, CO / 2016

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If this was at Red Rocks like it was supposed to be at before the reschedule, this would have been a perfect show.

I enjoy seeing Manson. I love the music. What can I say.

Slipknot / Manson

Slipknot / Manson

Slipknot / Manson

Slipknot / Manson

Setlist

  • Angel With the Scabbed Wings
  • Disposable Teens
  • No Reflection
  • mOBSCENE
  • Killing Strangers
  • Irresponsible Hate Anthem
  • The Dope Show
  • Sweet Dreams
  • Antichrist Superstar
  • Coma White
  • The Beautiful People

Event with Corey in a neck brace, the nine tore it up. They should just be regular summer visitors. I have been spoiled the last few years seeing them so often.

Slipknot / Manson

Slipknot / Manson

Slipknot / Manson

Slipknot / Manson

Setlist

  • Be Prepared for Hell
  • The Negative One
  • Disasterpiece
  • Eyeless
  • Skeptic
  • Before I Forget
  • Killpop
  • Dead Memories
  • The Heretic Anthem
  • Psychosocial
  • Pulse of the Maggots
  • Left Behind
  • The Devil in I
  • Wait and Bleed
  • (sic)
  • Surfacing
  • Duality
  • Spit It Out
  • ‘Til We Die

Purse Dog

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More like shopping bag dog but you get the idea. Actually, Luna was tearing it up at Copper Mountain all day and got tired. Turns out she was sick and puked up something she ate there later that night. But it was still nice of her mommy to care her around.

Luna