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The Red Rocks Amphitheater: 5 Historical Facts You Didn’t Know

June 10, 2017

There is no better place to see the stars and listen to great music than in Red Rocks Amphitheater. This world famous, natural rock structure has been an outdoor venue for hundreds of concerts in Denver, Colorado. Behind its stage is a massive red sandstone disc-shaped rock formation. Not only has it been a sort of home for music fans everywhere, it has also become a unique and beautiful attraction to many due to its one-of-a-kind formation. Famous musicians have held their concerts in this amphitheater, such as U2, Bruce Springsteen, Tim McGraw and many more.

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If you want to know more, here are five historical events you might not have heard about yet about the Red Rocks Amphitheater.

  1. The Red Rocks Amphitheater was originally known as the Garden of the Angels. It was christened by Judge Martin Van Buren Luther on the fourth of July of 1870 while he delivered a patriotic address. It was said that he placed a curse on anyone attempting to change the name, but apparently, it had no effect. It was then called the Park of the Red Rocks and then eventually, Red Rocks Amphitheater. There are three massive rock structures inside the amphitheater and they are called Creation Rock, Ship Rock, and Stage Rock.
  2. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame holds an exhibit which is the Red Rocks Amphitheatre Exhibit, to provide thousands of visitors a dynamic environment. Presented through displays in the Red Rocks Amphitheater Exhibit are some historical facts. You can also find a statue of John Denver just right outside the park’s museum, and some exhibits about John Denver inside.Red Rocks Exhibit
  3. Rock music was banned at the Red Rocks Amphitheater for five years. It started in 1971 when a riot happened at a Jethro Tull show. It was a sold-out show and nearly a thousand fans showed up at Red Rocks with no tickets in hand. The Denver Police had to direct the crowd to a nearby area where they could still hear the music, but not see the band. Unfortunately, it got out of hand as some fans forced themselves in by breaking the police line. The crowd went crazy and the police was left with no choice but use tear gas. After that incident, the then Mayor William McNichols banned rock music at the amphitheater. Eventually, it was lifted five years later by American rock concert promoter, Barry Fey.
  4. In 1936, workers were called to finish the construction of the Red Rocks Amphitheater using only mostly of picks and shovels. It was difficult to get trucks and other machines up the winding and dangerous roads. These workers worked for $1 a day with room and board.
  5. On September 1, 1968, 9,000 people joined the Jimi Hendrix experience at the Red Rocks Amphitheater. Some of these people had to wait 12 hours for the show. It was the guitar god’s only Red Rocks concert. What makes this concert pretty significant in history is it is the only modern Red Rocks concert with no recordings or photographs.

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