It's been a few years, but U2 will finally return to Denver on June 12, at the Pepsi Center. If you're impatient, on a budget and/or prone to arena-phobia, however, you have another option: Under a Blood Red Sky. Since 2005, the Denver-based band has paid tribute to Bono and crew by staging faithful and elaborate facsimiles of U2 performances of the past and present including a triumphant Red Rocks concert in 2007 that re-created U2's legendary appearance at the venue 24 years prior (one that's captured on the live album and video Under a Blood Red Sky). Granted, UABRS relies heavily on props, costumes and impeccably chameleon-like musicianship but frontman Billy Bunting plays the role of Bono to the hilt, including all the requisite stage moves and bombastic vocals. Minus, one would assume, the messiah complex.
Under a Blood Red Sky plays at the Boulder Theater, 2032 14th Street, tonight at 9 p.m.; admission to the 21-plus show is $12. For tickets and info, call 303-786-7030 or visit www.bouldertheater.com.
Sat., Jan. 9, 9 p.m., 2010