Friday, August 29, 2014

Top Concert Facilities: Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Red Rocks Park (overlooking Denver, Colorado) is an amazing place--868 acres of deer, dinosaurs, geological wonders and spectacular vistas.  At 6,450 feet, the Amphitheatre is the only naturally-occurring, acoustically perfect Amphitheatre in the world.

The Amphitheatre consists of two 300-foot sandstone monoliths (Ship Rock and Creation Rock). 

In the early 1900's, John Brisben Walker had a dream of artists performing on a stage built into the surroundings of Red Rocks.  Walker produced several concerts between 1906 and 1910 on a temporary platform, and thus Red Rocks was born.

In 1927, the City of Denver purchased Red Rocks from Walker.  Denver architect Burnham Hoyt designed the Amphitheatre, completing his work in 1936, and the Amphitheatre was dedicated on June 15, 1941 (although construction continued over the next 12 years).  In 1947, the first annual Easter Sunrise Service took place, an awesome event that still takes place every year.

Within the walls of the Amphitheatre are dinosaur tracks and fossil fragments of a giant 40-foot sea serpent and a flying reptile.

These are just some of the artists that have performed at the pristine setting.  Basically, anybody who is anybody has played at Red Rocks:

Sting, Josh Groban, Barry Manilow, John Mayer, Steve Miller, Bruno Mars, Steely Dan, Fun, Earth, Wind & Fire, Nat King Cole, Beatles, Peter, Paul & Mary, Simon & Garfunkel, Jimi Hendrix, Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross & the Supremes, Dionne Warwick, Three Dog Night, Neil Diamond, the Carpenters, John Denver, Sonny & Cher, Helen Reddy, Seals & Crofts, Roberta Flack, 5th Dimension, Carole King, Joni Mitchell, Gordon Lightfoot, Eagles, America, Linda Ronstadt, Olivia Newton-John, James Taylor, Gladys Knight & the Pips, Dan Fogelberg, Neil Sedaka, George Benson, Kenny Loggins, Jackson Browne, Chicago, Santana, Little River Band, Beach Boys, Bonnie Raitt, Doobie Brothers, Journey, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Christopher Cross, Air Supply, Bruce Springsteen, Pat Benatar, Jefferson Starship, Moody Blues, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Anne Murray, Police, Rick Springfield, Clash, Grateful Dead, Heart, Kool & the Gang, Elton John, Loverboy, Commodores, Bette Midler, Aerosmith, Eric Clapton, Alabama, U2, ZZ Top, Men At Work, Pretenders, Eurythmics, Toto, Amy Grant, Dire Straits, REO Speedwagon, Huey Lewis & the News, Bryan Adams, Don Henley, Diana Ross, Whitney Houston, Monkees, INXS, Stevie Nicks, B.B. King, Billy Ocean, Bob Dylan, Bangles, Kinks, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Def Leppard, Metallica, Kiss, Melissa Etheridge, Bruce Hornsby, Fleetwood Mac, Tracy Chapman, Paul Simon, Scorpions, Bon Jovi, Stone Temple Pilots, Yes, Soundgarden, Sheryl Crow, Dave Matthews Band, Sarah McLachlan, Megadeth, Iron Maiden, Allman Brothers Band, Blues Traveler, Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Celine Dion, Alanis Morissette, Boston, Queensyrche, No Doubt, Matchbox 20, Tool, Savage Garden, R.E.M., Willie Nelson, Motley Crue, Jewel, John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Guess Who, Godsmack, Radiohead, Deep Purple, Goo Goo Dolls, Weezer, Norah Jones, Mariah Carey, Coldplay, Incubus, Rush, Oasis, Michael McDonald, Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young, Nine Inch Nails, Smashing Pumpkins, Diana Krall, Cyndi Lauper, Foo Fighters, 3 Doors Down, Jethro Tull, Styx, Judas Priest, Boz Scaggs, Offspring, Alice In Chains, Train, Lionel Richie, John Legend

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