Alan Cox

Switchfoot at Summit Music Hall, 10/15/12 (photos)

From the start of the high-energy opener, "The Sound," Switchfoot's Monday evening show at Summit Music Hall was an audience sing-along type of night. As expected, "Dare You to Move" had people belting like it was a camp song, while "Stars," The War Inside" and "Hurricane" had both voices and hands raised high.

Yes at the Paramount Theatre, 8/9/12 (photos and review)

Seeing Yes is kind of like going to a horror movie: you're knowingly subjecting yourself to something that many people can't bear to watch. But you're going because you're not afraid of long songs, odd time signatures, nonsensical lyrics and a triple necked bass guitar -- it's entertainment!

Scorpions, Tesla at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 6/12/12 (photos)

It was a trip back to the late-'80s/early-'90s when Tesla and Scorpions played Red Rocks Tuesday night. Tesla started things off before dark with a hits-oriented set list that began with a rousing rendition of "Comin' Atcha Live." The band moved solidly through a few rockier tracks like "Hang Tough" before shifting down a gear for its popular remake, "Signs," which had the beer-guzzling audience in the sing-along mode halfway through the set.

Creed at the Paramount Theatre, 5/19/12 (photos and review)

On Saturday night, Denver's Paramount Theatre gave concertgoers the rare chance to take in a performance with the polarizing pop/rock group Creed. The band, having reunited in 2009 after a five year break, performed its most successful of four albums, 1999s “Human Clay,” for the mostly occupied and generally enthused room.

Live review: Trans-Siberian Orchestra @ the Pepsi Center

Christmas held on a little longer Monday night at Denver's Pepsi Center. Those in attendance for the holiday concert indulged in a full night of traditional Christmas songs and classical music performed with a unique rock 'n' roll treatment that has become a signature of the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.

Photo essay: Kamelot @ the Bluebird Theater

There is a lot riding on the success of Kamelot's Pandemonium Over North America 2011 tour, as the shocking and abrupt departure of signature vocalist Roy Khan put the band's fate and future in limbo, while igniting a firestorm of heated reactions on the Internet.

Photo essay: Eric Johnson @ the Bluebird Theater

Eric Johnson brought his three-piece "Texas Tone Ranger" tour to the Bluebird Theater Friday night, playing to a well-attended, enthusiastic crowd. Johnson, a gifted player, started the evening with four acoustic songs, before bringing out his bass player and drummer for the rest of the two set show.

Photo essay: Symphony X @ the Bluebird Theater

Symphony X blasted through a heavy set of metal songs spanning numerous albums at the Bluebird Theater last night, including two tracks from the soon to be released, "Iconoclast." Lead singer Russell Allen is a tower of a man and he aggressively belted out lyrics in good form, at times sounding like the ghost of Ronnie James Dio.

Photo essay: Alter Bridge @ the Ogden Theatre

While it's true that three out of four members of Alter Bridge are in Creed, the band effectively carved out its own identity at the Ogden Theatre on Saturday night, due in large part to the stage presence and unique voice of frontman Myles Kennedy.

Photo essay: Lee Ritenour @ the Soiled Dove Underground

Guitarist Lee Ritenour sojourned through the blues, fusion, rock, reggae and both smooth and traditional jazz at the Soiled Dove Underground Wednesday night. Sonny Emory (drums), Melvin Davis (bass) and Jesse Milliner (keys) flashed their chops in support of Ritenour's versatile playing to the enthusiastic, packed house.