Today is about music. For anyone who doesn’t know, my favorite band is the Red Hot Chili Peppers. It shouldn’t be a surprise seeing that I grew up in southern California. Before my parents had cable I would watch MTV at my aunt’s house and I distinctly remember their early videos, like Under the Bridge. I didn’t understand half the lyrics at that age but I loved them immediately. I’ll never forget when my parents came back from a Rolling Stones concert and complained about some “pepper people…hot peppers” who opened for the Stones. I was SO jealous and they just thought the guys made a ton of noise.
I’ve seen the band live twice. The first time Snoop Dogg opened for them here in Denver. The show was outside and it poured rain. That night is easily one of my favorite memories. It was the summer before senior year of college, my most carefree summer ever. The second time was at a crappy venue in San Diego. It was still awesome to see them but the acoustics were horrible and the experience could never live up to the outdoor Denver show.
This brings me to my next topic today…our complete and utter lack of live music-going tendencies. Denver is a pretty musical town and almost all of my coworkers see shows on a weekly or at least monthly basis. In the summer Red Rocks hosts dozens of amazing acts and the Denver Botanic Gardens is another popular outdoor music venue. I’ve been to ZERO shows since moving to Denver in 2010. It’s pathetic really.
Yet we love music. Mike plays the drums and has thousands of songs on his computer. But concert tickets isn’t something we budget for and I actually never even research who is playing. My lack of concert-going is now a fun joke among a few friends, all in good fun of course. I make fun of myself!
“Next summer we’ll go to more shows” is the excuse I give ourselves. But in reality, I think we just need to be dragged to a couple of show so we remember how amazing live music can be.
Any suggestions of bands or artists we should try and see if they come to Denver? We like bluesy rock and I personally am a huge fan of country. I am determined to change our ways!