Video, Recordings and more: Relive the night falling rocks injured seven at Red Rocks
Fans at Red Rocks the night after seven people were injured by falling rock in 2011.
Aaron Thackeray. Full slideshow
This week's cover story, "Rocks and Roll," is about four concertgoers who were injured by falling rocks at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in September 2011. They're now suing the city of Denver, which owns Red Rocks. They allege that the city was lax in its efforts to prevent such an incident and that even though engineers repeatedly recommended that the rocks be inspected and maintained every year, city officials didn't follow that advice.
The incident was on the final night of a three-night engagement in Denver by Sound Tribe Sector 9. It's incredibly unlikely that the music had anything to do with dislodging the rocks, but you can still get a feel for the atmosphere at the venue that night thanks to the meticulous documentation of STS9's fans. Here's a video of the entire encore during which the rocks fell (though the video doesn't show it actually happen).
The concert began on 9/10/11 and stretched into the early hours of 9/11/11, which is when the rocks fell. People were hit just before 1 a.m. on 9/11/11. You can see additional footage from the concert here, here and here.
STS9 has a storied history at Red Rocks, including a now yearly stop at the venue. The band will return this year in September. We have covered the band throughout its history in Colorado, including this feature in 2007 and a review from the day before the rocks fell.
You can also see a setlist from the actual night on a STS9 news site -- so meticulous are the people maintaining the site that the notes include the injuries. And finally, here's a recording of the song "Baraka," taken that night: