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Published: 2012/07/06

Blues Traveler Perform Suzie Cracks The Whip at Red Rocks

Blues Traveler returned to Morrison, CO’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre for their annual Independence Day show on July 4. A tradition dating back to 1992, this year’s Red Rocks show was also part of Blues Traveler’s extended 25th anniversary celebration. Soul/indie group Fitz & the Tantrums opened the show, and Blues Traveler turned in a full two-set show.

During the past few years, Blues Traveler have marked the 20th anniversary of their first few albums by playing those seminal discs in their entirety at Red Rocks. Since Blues Traveler did not release a studio album in 1992, they used the opportunity to perform their new album Suzie Cracks The Whip from front to back as their first set. Onetime American Idol contestant Crystal Bowersox—who appears on the new release—sat in for her song “I Don’t Wanna Go” while Kevin Trainor added electric guitar to “Nobody Fall In Love With Me.”

After opening with “The Star-Spangled Banner,” Blues Traveler used their second set to showcase some of their classic songs and greatest hits. Indian singer Falu contributed to “The Path” and Bowersox emerged at the end of the show for “Sweet Talking Hippie.” In other guest news, Julian Gregory played congas with the band during “But Anyway” and “Mulling It Over” at a July 2 warm-up show held at Aspen, CO’s Belly Up.
Blues Traveler will spend most of the summer on Barenaked Ladies’ Last Summer on Earth tour. The extended run kicks off at Toledo, OH’s Toledo Zoo this evening.

Here’s a look at the setlist via

Wednesday, July 4, Red Rocks Ampitheatre, Morrison, CO

Set 1:
You Don’t Have To Love Me
Recognize My Friend
Devil In The Details
All Things Are Possible
Things Are Looking Up
Love Is Everything (That I Describe)
I Don’t Wanna Go (with Crystal Bowersox)
Nobody Fall In Love With Me (with Kevin Trainor)
Cover Me
Saving Grace
Big City Girls
Cara Let The Moon

Set 2:
The Star-Spangled Banner>
Carolina Blues
What I Got>
Love & Greed>
The Mountains Win Again
Gotta Get Mean
The Path (w/Falu)
But Anyway>

Sweet Talking Hippie> (w/Crystal Bowersox)
The Devil Went Down To Georgia


There are 9 comments associated with this post

Tibor July 6, 2012, 11:34:01

mehhhhh…wont waste my time or money on these never-were jam wannabees

lee July 6, 2012, 12:33:10

you’re an idiot then, Tibor. they’re not jam wannabe’s they’re exactly what they are. you’re a jam scene wannabe with that attitude.

matt July 6, 2012, 14:14:26

“Won’t waste your time”...except for the time you spent saying that you won’t waste your time. Unfortunately for you, I don’t think the multi-platinum “wannabes” will be losing any sleep over your douchbaggery.

BT July 6, 2012, 14:39:41

Blues Traveler is a good band. Props to them for starting HORDE with Phish and Panic and weathering the storm when Bobby Sheehan died- that guy absolutely killed it on bass

SmokinCat July 6, 2012, 15:17:10

I agree with everyone else, Tibor is an idiot.

Tibor is a DBag July 6, 2012, 15:21:03

Never were? Really? They were one of the originals. Say what you wish of them now, they were are some of the founding fathers.

cobuff July 7, 2012, 13:10:35

Tibor,, which rock have you been living under the past 25 years? Or were you born in 2000?

Shred July 9, 2012, 07:53:36

BT was the best thing going in the early 90’s. Sheenan was the heart of the band and their first 4 albums are amazing. They haven’t done a thing since and their new album is unlistenable. I couldn’t make it through. Hard to believe it is the same band. I also think Popper lost a few steps when he slimmed down. His voice is gone.

dan July 27, 2012, 13:41:55

never were??haha once upon a time from 89-95 there was this giant loud locamotive of blues rock jam fury..yeah, theyre old and somewhat lame now but boy in the day there was no one better. No one.

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