Is Dave Matthews and his band of merry men, seen here playing last year’s Mile High Music Festival, heading to Red Rocks this summer? The rumors are flying, but that may not be the case, says a prominent local promoter. Photo by Laurie Scavo.
Dave Matthews Band fans are like clockwork. At the beginning of each summer, they start pounding the message boards with the rumors — and hopes — that their beloved group will return to Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison. Eventually those rumored dates make their way to my inbox, or to the email of The Denver Post’s gossip guru Bill Husted, and we’re charged with checking the validity of these claims.
The emails started coming a week ago, and according to these super-fans, the DMB is playing Red Rocks on Aug. 23-25, 2009. And to be honest, it wouldn’t be surprising. DMB loves Red Rocks, and they’ve played there many times and even recorded a live CD there.
But AEG Live Rocky Mountains president Chuck Morris told Reverb this morning that he doesn’t think the Dave Matthews Band will play Red Rocks — or anywhere else in Colorado — this summer.
“As far as I know,” Morris said this morning, “there will be no Dave Matthews Band concerts this year in Colorado. And I would assume that I would be aware of it if it was happening.”
Why would Morris know Dave’s calendar? Morris has booked many, many Matthews shows over the years, including multiple Red Rocks stints and the artist’s mammoth appearance at the Mile High Music Festival last summer. Morris is also buddies with Coran Capshaw, Matthews’ manager.
In the absence of a local date, the closest Matthews will come to Denver on his current tour is a Sept. 1 date at the USANA Amphitheatre just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah — where Boulder’s own Yonder Mountain String Band will open the show.
Ricardo Baca is the founder and co-editor of Reverb and an award-winning critic and journalist at The Denver Post. He is also the executive director of the Underground Music Showcase, Colorado’s premier festival of local music. Follow his whimsies at Twitter, his live music habit at Gigbot and his iTunes addictions at Last.fm.