When you're near the top of the grassy slope at Fiddler's Green, the massive stage below dominates the foreground. It has hosted Bob Dylan, John Denver, Lollapalooza (back when it was still a touring event), Wiz Khalifa and plenty more, but in 1982 that stage was just an asphalt thumbprint next to t ... More >>
For the past 25 years, Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre in Englewood has been owned by the Museum of Outdoor Arts and operated under a single lease, most recently controlled by Live Nation. Last year, that lease expired, and AEG Live signed on to operate the venue for the next fifteen years. Check bac ... More >>
Yesterday, a Los Angeles jury determined that AEG Live, owned by local gazillionaire Phil Anschutz, was not responsible for singer Michael Jackson's June 2009 death despite having hired Dr. Conrad Murray, currently serving time for his role in the tragedy. The result is another win for Anschutz, wh ... More >>
After ongoing discussions for the past few months, AEG Live Rocky Mountains has finalized a fifteen-year deal with the Museum of Outdoor Arts to take over Fiddler's Green, the 18,000-seat Greenwood Village amphitheatre that opened in 1989 and recently reverted back to its original name after stints ... More >>
If you were living in Denver thirty-four years ago this week, the Rainbow Music Hall would've been the talk of the town. After a grand opening gala featuring Jerry Jeff Walker, who performed three sets on two back-to-back nights at the venue, suddenly, the humble movie theater multiplex at the corne ... More >>
The Lumineers are virtually inescapable these days, both in the world of music, obviously, but also in the realm of pop culture: From being in constant radio rotation across the nation to being name dropped as a part of incidental plot lines on TV shows like Nashville, the Denver-based, Grammy nomin ... More >>
On Tuesday, January 1, when most of us are still sleeping off the last good times of 2012 or steeling ourselves to tackle resolutions for the new year, our city's live-music scene will mark a major development: This is the day that the iconic Gothic Theatre will be put in the capable hands of the fo ... More >>
Phil Anschutz didn't get to the top of the moguldom heap by thinking small. The billionaire Quest founder has built his sprawling empire on audacity as well as savvy, and his latest venture -- which involves wooing the NFL back to Los Angeles -- may be the most ambitious of all his schemes.
Update 3/14/12: The polls are officially open. Please feel free to make your way to the 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot and register your vote! The 2012 Westword Music Showcase ballot is here -- no more waiting. Well, that's not entirely true: You will have to wait another day or so before the ... More >>
Several nationally renowned artists and musicians are Denver natives: Philip Bailey of Earth, Wind and Fire graduated from East Denver High School; The Fray's Isaac Slade and Joe King were schoolmates at Faith Christian Academy. Now Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee wants to promote Denver's notab ... More >>
Several prominent artists and musicians are Denver natives -- Philip Bailey from Earth Wind and Fire went to East. Isaac Slade and Joe King of the Fray were schoolmates at Faith Christian Academy. Denver's First Lady Mary Louise Lee is aiming to continue Denver's notable legacy with "Bringing Back t ... More >>
This year, 4/20 is going to be even doper than usual. The folks at AEG have teamed up with Elm & Oak to present the second edition of Levitate Festival at the 1STBANK Center with DJ Shadow, Rusko, Paper Diamond and Pictureplane.
FacebookDon Strasburg (center) with the members of Furthur this past summer at Red Rocks.Massive props are due this morning to Don Strasburg of AEG Live Rocky Mountain, who was named Talent Buyer of the Year at the annual Pollstar awards this past Friday in Los Angeles at Club Nokia. The reco ... More >>
Chuck Morris has been a roller derby fan since he was ten years old, and in 2010, he made news by bringing the Denver Roller Dolls to the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield and then attracting the 2011 Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA) Championships to that venue for this weekend's thre ... More >>
If you haven't yet heard the recording of a doped-up Michael Jackson played in the Dr. Conrad Murray trial (check it out below), you'll be shocked. But while Murray's the man in the hot seat, will the case's revelations splash back on Denver's Phil Anschutz, who stood to profit handsomely had Jackso ... More >>
Looks like Christmas has come early for John Kinsner. This afternoon, the Walnut Room's former talent buyer, who moved to Los Angeles this past fall, accepted a position with AEG Live at its LA Live Campus as the new production manager for the Nokia Theatre.
Due to a scheduling conflict, Serj Tankian's show with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra originally scheduled for July 11 at the Denver Botanic Gardens-Chatfield has been canceled. Refunds are available at the point of purchase. Tickets purchased online or by phone will receive a refund within ... More >>
Jay VollmarDenver's two roller derby leagues, profiled in the Westword's feature "Denver's Roller Derby Rivalry Could Start the Sport Rolling Across the Country," are stepping up their games this year -- both on the track and off. Exhibit A: The Rocky Mountain Rollergirls have been kicking a ... More >>
Jay VollmarThe Denver Roller Dolls (blue) battle the Rocky Mountain Rollergirls at the national derby association's Western regional tournament, hosted in Denver last October. The Denver Roller Dolls -- the fourth-best roller derby league in the country, according to the Derby News Network -- ... More >>
More breaking news from the AEG Live camp. The Denver Post is reporting that Odeum Colorado, the venue formerly known as the Broomfield Event Center, will be renamed again this March, just in time for the venue's grand opening. Denver Post Those who bristle at the mere notion of corporate branding ... More >>
Matt Fecher (left) and Josh Baker with Wayne Coyne of the Flaming Lips, whose band headlined the inaugural editon of Monolith Yesterday's news that the Monolith Festival is in financial straits and in need of a rather large infusion of cash just to continue wasn't completely shocking, especially ... More >>
Just received word from Josh Baker, co-curator of Monolith, that the future of the indie-centric festival is uncertain. (Read Baker's full statement after the jump.) Although the turnout for this year's festival seemed to increase slightly from year's past and the lineup itself seemed more solid ... More >>
"This Is It" -- another opportunity for Phil Anschutz to make bank.In a June blog," I described Mile High gazillionaire Phil Anschutz as "among the sharpest businessmen to ever call Colorado home" -- and he's proven it again by the way he's turned a possible financial bath into what looks lik ... More >>
A lot of people stand to make a lot of money from Michael Jackson's death -- record labels, iTunes, memorabilia manufacturers and more. But don't count Phil Anschutz among their number. The Denver-based billionaire is among the sharpest businessmen ever to call Colorado home, yet he's all but guar ... More >>
The Broomfield Event Center has been twisting since at least earlier this year, when Tim Wiens announced that he wanted out of his contract to manage the venue -- a lack-of-success story almost from its opening in 2006. And while the willingness of Anschutz Entertainment Group/Kroenke Sports Enter ... More >>
Update (Thursday): Just received word from AEG Live that some great seats to the show tonight, which was rescheduled from Tuesday due to inclement weather, have just been released. Tickets are available at all TicketMaster outlets.(Posted Tuesday): Due to the inclement weather we're experiencing rig ... More >>
The roads must be pretty nasty west of Denver. We just received word from AEG Live that the sold out Blue October/Ours show slated for tonight at the Ogden Theatre has been postponed until tomorrow due to inclement weather and driving conditions. Tickets for tonight's show will be honored tomorrow o ... More >>
Celine Dion's November 19 show at the Pepsi Center has been rescheduled for February 24, 2009. Dion's physician has instructed her to refrain from singing in order for her to completely recover from a recurrent naso-pharyngeal infection that was further complicated by inflamed vocal chords, accordin ... More >>
A panel discussion looks at how rock
Occasional Backbeat contributor and band manger/consultant with BandGuru, Mark Bliesener, has organized a panel discussion at the Tivoli Center titled Evolution of the Rock Concert. Fittingly, the discussion -- which is free and open to the public and slated to take place on Wednesday, November 12, ... More >>
In hindsight, "Mustang" is a real welcome to Denver.
Update: Click here and here for live blog coverage of the entire event. Tom Petty and Dave Matthews will be bookending AEG's inaugural Mile High Music and Arts Festival, on Saturday, July 19 and Sunday, July 20, respectively. The rest of the bill will be filled out by top shelf acts like John Mayer ... More >>
The ongoing concert promotions battle in Denver just became a little more heated. Just received word from Live Nation that Eric Pirritt has been named Vice President of Booking. Pirritt joins fellow VP of Booking, Peter Ore, and will now go head-to-head with his former associates at AEG Live, vying ... More >>
Update: Click here and here for live blog coverage of the entire event. As reported in this space last month, AEG Live, led by Chuck Morris, who heads up the company's Rocky Mountain division, announced plans to produce a multi-day, inner city concert series next summer. On Tuesday, the concert pro ... More >>
The techtonic plates continue to shift along Denver's increasingly competitive concert scene. Although no official statement has been released, Chuck Morris will be vacating his current post at Live Nation to join his proteges, Don Strasburg and Brent Fedrizzi, at the new Denver outpost of Anschutz ... More >>
Denver's concert scene is suddenly much livelier.
The concert business in Denver just got a hell of a lot more interesting. After last month's announcement that Live Nation planned to acquire House of Blues, things had calmed down — but now a tidal wave looks to be forming on the horizon, one that could have epochal implications for the local ... More >>
Anshutz's domain stretches from kids' theater to pro sports.