I caught the Friday and Saturday shows at Red Rocks. It was my first time seeing Furthur and my first time at Red Rocks. Here is a brief review of my experience.
1. Red Rocks is an awesome venue. Thank you, Colorado, for making it a great trip. Everyone was very cool, including all the RR employees. I saw no hassling (except for a few cops), and the spirit there was excellent. It almost felt like Heads were running the venue, but I think it was just the cool Colorado culture.
2. Great sound, as you would expect. I was in front of the keys 3rd row Friday and about 20th row Saturday. Not too loud, not too quiet. My only complaint was Bobby was a little hard to hear, but Phil was super loud, and I'm down with that.
3. I love the transition the band does between songs. It seems their formula for transitioning is for Phil to start in with the new tempo and rhythm until they all lock in, and then Phil would give directions through the stage monitors alerting the band to when the key change was coming. Once the key change came they were pretty much in the new song.
4. Awesome drummer! Joe is a monster. He was totally into his toms. Jeff's keyboard style didn't quite click with me. Too many blue notes maybe.
5. No stage monitors for Bobby. Was he doing everything in-ear? Also, Friday he played the Pepto guitar (or one that looked a lot like it), and Saturday it was a sunburst strat.
6. I love how the set list seemed to have every possible song as an option. The new songs are catchy and it was great hearing things like Sittin' on Top of the World that GD wouldn't have done during the years I was seeing them ('83-'95).
7. John K - YES, YES, YES!
Anyway, very good time. Hope you all enjoyed it as much as I did.
...things we've never seen will seem familiar...