Starting the night off with a torrential down pour was ideal, as it gave most of the audience members a much needed and long awaited bath. There was abnormally large amount of riffraff at Red Rocks and you could tell that smoking was not only a hobby, but a way of life, man. With such a “sober” and dedicated crowd, you knew the night was going to call for some amazing people watching. Listening to two of our favorite bands in the meantime, well that, that was just a luxury that comes along with the job title.
We were a little surprised to learn that Pepper was opening for The Dirty Heads. Because if you’re like us, you grew up in a time where Furbies would turn on randomly in the middle of the night, Pokemon cards were a viable form of money and Pepper was akin to royalty. Don’t get us wrong. We love both of the bands equally, but growing up it was always Pepper that closed.
The only thing missing when Pepper went on, was sand on the stage to go along with their aloha attitudes. Hailing from Hawaii and California, they had that sexy beach bum look going for them and the audience was eating it up. The Highlight of the night was when Bret gave his bass an OTPHJ, it was glorious yet slightly objectophilia-esq. They ended their set with ACDC’s “You Shook Me All Night Long” and wandered into the crowds to mingle with the audience. Making it a point to go to the disabled section and hang with their fans in wheelchairs.
The Dirty Heads went on with a type of urgency and grace. They were excited to play and it was evident in their performance. Starting off with some of their newer songs but still sprinkling in a few classics like, “Stand Tall” called for a great evening. When they started playing “My Sweet Summer” a few of the adolescent girls standing next to us simultaneously went into heat.
We love you Red Rocks. Until next time.