Big Head Todd & the Monsters at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6-8-13 (photos, review)By Evan Semon | June 10th, 2013 | 3 comments
February 2013 marked a Colorado music milestone that many people likely missed. Twenty years ago, Colorado’s Big Head Todd & the Monsters released the album “Sister Sweetly,” which went on to sell more than a million copies. Many of our cassette tapes of this album have long been worn out through repeated listens of Billboard top 25 singles such as “Bittersweet,” “Broken Hearted Savior” and “Circle.”
On Saturday night at Red Rocks, Big Head Todd & the Monsters celebrated this milestone by playing the entire “Sister Sweetly” in a swirl of ’90s nostalgia and picking up where those old cassette tapes left off.
Todd Park Mohr is 47. He’s the Colorado native who drew the blueprint for music success in our local scene. And on Saturday, he stood as tall as the two Red Rocks that cradled his audience for the night. This crowd had gathered for a performance that was special in a uniquely Colorado way — like the feeling you get after you climb your first 14er, or eat a Palisade peach.
Park Mohr and his Monsters warmed the crowd up in familiar fashion with non-”Sister Sweetly” songs such as “Rock Steady” (2010), “Midnight Radio” (1990) and new song “Black Bee hive” about the demise of Amy Winehouse.
It was with no announcement that the familiar three note walk up to “Broken Hearted Savior” rang out and the album began.
To add to the Colorado flavor of the evening BHTM invited local Denver diva Hazel Miller to sing, most notably on tracks “Sister Sweetly” and “It’s Alright.” This is music that is certainly trapped in a early 1990s sound. Tinges of grunge and early alt-rock stirred up old memories as the band delivered songs like “Ellis Island,” “Circle” and of course “Bittersweet.”
Many fans left after the completion of the full album, but those who didn’t leave were treated to “Please Don’t Tell Her” and “Resignation Superman,” both off the album “Beautiful World” (1997).
Evan Semón is a Denver freelance writer and photographer and regular contributor to Reverb. See more of his work.
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