As Umphrey’s McGee prepares to grace the hallowed stage of Red Rocks Amphitheater in Morrison, Colorado once again tonight, we take a moment to look back and reflect on the last time the band played the legendary Colorado venue. The 2011 Red Rocks & Blue was, as expected, an event show for the band and fans. Not only would the band share the stage with The New Mastersounds and Easy All-Stars, but they would also play two headlining sets for the first time in the 14-year history of Umphrey’s McGee.
The show featured some of the band’s best new material, as well as old favorites. With monster versions of “Red Tape,” “Divisions,” and “Hurt Bird Bath” anchoring each set, new material (“Puppet String,” “Deeper,” “Forks,” and “No Comment”) was sprinkled in to take center stage at one of most famous amphitheaters in the world. Noted lighting enthusiast Jefferson Waful also took time to pay his respects to The Rocks during a monster “Red Tape” jam which ended up on the 2011 Hall of Fame release.
This show might also be remembered by some as the night the band announced (officially) their forthcoming album, Death By Stereo, which would be released later that year on September 13th. As we celebrate the one year anniversary of that album, and prepare to celebrate yet another year at Red Rocks, take a look back at some videos of the 2011 run including the Red Rocks and Blue Documentary and two pro-shot videos.