This is not a report, per se, but an attempt to briefly convey the mystical sensory experience at Red Rocks on June 4th.
It is dedicated to the original owner of Seat #28, Row 2 – the person who planned their life around seeing Leonard on June 2nd but, tragically, couldn’t stay for the show on the 4th. I hadn’t planned to go to Red Rocks & didn’t buy a ticket until noon on the 3rd, when Seat 28 in Row 2 became available. Due to the circumstances, snagging this ticket was bittersweet, and even though I don’t know who you are, I was thinking of you at the concert.
During the 2nd half, a magically surreal mist swept in, charging the performance with an otherworldly urgency. The mist, amplified by the stage lighting, swirled wildly around Leonard in tornado-speed spirals before shooting straight up & disappearing out of the lights’ grasp. It happened time & time again. The effect was powerful to the point of being mesmerizing, as though Leonard, himself, were a temporary loan from the heavens, destined to disappear with the swirling mist at any moment.
Comparing this show with the performance at the Beacon in February, I'd say Leonard was much looser at Red Rocks. I'm not saying that made it a better concert; it's just an observation. His rendition of I'm Your Man was more animated than I've ever seen before. He got jiggy with it.
I met a number of Forum members out there: Lizzytysh & Ladydi were staying at my hotel & were also in the 2nd row, as was Chicano. I had the good fortune of running into Jackson Melnik, (and his mom) having previously met him at the Beacon, as he scored his Beacon tickets from the same person who sold me mine - Don - from Ottawa.
It was the pleasure & priviledge of my life to be able to watch Leonard start & finish the North American Tour.
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May 4 1985 Berklee Boston / Feb 19 2009 Beacon NYC / May 29 2009 Wang Boston / June 4 2009 Red Rocks / Dec 15 2012 Wang Boston