Mile High: WSP, Tool, Mule, Keys

Other Performers Include Incubus, Ben Harper and Relentless7, G.Love & Special Sauce
Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, 3OH!3, Ani DiFranco, Paolo Nutini, The Black Keys, John Butler
Gomez, The Wailers, India Arie and Many Others

Mile High Music Festival 2008 by P. Martinez
Colorado's Mile High Music Festival returns to the Fields at Dick's Sporting Goods Park on July 18 and 19. The 2009 festival expands to two main stages for its second year. Headliners include TOOL (Saturday), Widespread Panic (on both Saturday and Sunday), and The Fray (Sunday).

In addition to the headliners, 2009 performance highlights include Incubus, Ben Harper and Relentless7, G. Love & Special Sauce, Gov't Mule, Buddy Guy, 3OH!3, Ani DiFranco, Paolo Nutini, The Black Keys, John Butler, Gomez, The Wailers, India.Arie many others. The Fray, 3OH!3, India.Arie, Set Forth, and Paper Bird are among the bands on the bill who call Colorado home. A complete list of currently confirmed acts is included below, with additional artists still to be announced. Doors will open at 11:00 a.m. each day.

Mile High Music Festival exploded on to the national festival scene last year as hosts to Colorado's largest music and arts festival, offering concertgoers a tremendous variety of musical talent, food from many of Denver's top restaurants, an artists' village and more. The festival, which attracted more than 90,000 attendees its inaugural year, went off without a hitch and promises again to put the fan experience first. The festival grounds, with its remarkable views of the Denver skyline and Rocky Mountain Front Range, will offer even more shade and misting tents, an increased number of free water stations, and shorter concession lines. The 2009 event also boasts an upgraded VIP experience and expanded festival greening initiatives.

This year's Mile High Music Festival introduces a charity component as a special thank you to the community that is helping make the event a Colorado summer tradition. A portion of the ticket proceeds will benefit Commerce City's Quality Community Foundation (QCF). "This is extremely good news," said Commerce City Mayor Paul Natale. "The city is very excited to again be apart of the Mile High Music Festival and for AEG Live to donate money to the city's Quality Community Foundation is just music to my ears." The Quality Community Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization established by Commerce City in 2006. It grants money to organizations that provide nonprofit services to Commerce City residents.

Tickets for Mile High Music Festival will go on sale Friday, April 3, at 10:00 a.m. MDT online at and, by phone at 866-461-6556 and at Dick's Sporting Goods Park Box Office. They can also be purchased with a credit card at the Ticket Outlet Kiosks in twelve Dick's Sporting Goods stores. The Paramount Theatre Box Office will be open on Friday, April 3 from 10 am - 2 PM to sell MHMF tickets to walk-up customers only. Ticket prices are $162.50 (plus service charges) for a 2-Day Pass. A limited number of Single Day Tickets will be available for $90.00 (plus service charges) while supplies last. Two-day VIP Packages are also available: $400.00 (plus service charges) for the Mile High VIP Pass and $1250.00 for the Mile High Apex experience (plus service charges).

Mile High Music Festival's two-day weekend pass is available this year on a Layaway Program. The Layaway Program offers an opportunity to pay for the price of a two-day pass in two installments, with 50% plus service charges due at time of purchase and the remaining 50% balance due on June 12.

The festival will also offer a Carpool Package for $650.00 and includes four two-day passes and special carpool parking. Carpoolers are encouraged to participate in the Mile High Music Festival Carpool Contest. Participants are asked to decorate their vehicles to draw attention to their green driving efforts. Winners will be randomly chosen on each day of the festival and awarded VIP upgrades for each rider in the vehicle.

The lineup for Mile High Music Festival is currently as follows (not in order of appearance and additional artists still to be announced):

Saturday, July 18
Widespread Panic
Ben Harper & Relentless7
G. Love and Special Sauce
Ani DiFranco
The Black Keys
Paolo Nutini
Greyboy Allstars
Railroad Earth
Lyrics Born
Rocco DeLuca and The Burden
Erin McCarley
Band of Heathens
Davy Knowles and Back Door Slam
Set Forth

Sunday, July 19
Widespread Panic
The Fray
Gov't Mule
Buddy Guy
John Butler
Gogol Bordello
The Wailers
Robert Randolph & The Family Band
Mat Kearney
Dead Confederate
Jerry Joseph & The Jackmormons
Paper Bird
Joe Pug
Electric Touch

Check out coverage of Mile High 2008 here.

[Published on: 3/26/09]

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MoeString starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 09:50AM
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fucking TOOL


now what are there other dates?

MoeString Thu 3/26/2009 09:52AM
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"Participants are asked to decorate their vehicles to draw attention to their green driving efforts. Winners will be randomly chosen on each day of the festival and awarded VIP upgrades for each rider in the vehicle. "

Decorate your vehicle, Go to jail.. hah. All the cars i see popped on the way to festies have a. wookies. or b. decorated cars

BRabbit Thu 3/26/2009 09:57AM
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MoeString Thu 3/26/2009 10:02AM
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a Tool show is amazing, amazing sound, amazing visual.

linsbee314 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 10:06AM
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Whoever said WSP isn't doing many festivals this summer is full of shit! They're just not doing festivals near us - or a big spring tour for that matter. Hooray! Another win for Colorado! What a shocker!!

(This does sound pretty fucking awesome though! Please go and tell me about it.)

COLOSKIER Thu 3/26/2009 10:15AM
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i was at this last year. everything was great except for the heat/no re-entry or camping. you would show up at noon and be in the 100 degree heat all day. other than that it twas fun. looks like a good and diverse lineup.

TransdermalCelebration starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 10:17AM
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what an awesome lineup...wish i could be there

zeus283 Thu 3/26/2009 10:20AM
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chidodger Thu 3/26/2009 10:20AM
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TOOL is all over the place this summer, I know they are headlining Lolla as well. As far as this being "better than Rothbury", dream on.

crazynate Thu 3/26/2009 10:21AM
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I hope this does not mean WSP is not playing Red Rocks this year. But it looks that will be the case. I would much rather see three nites of Panic at Red Rocks than at the mile high festivle. Oh well.

hobojo Thu 3/26/2009 10:24AM
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I'm not a tool, incubus, or wsp fan and I would still have to agree that this looks better than roth.

shaka1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 10:28AM
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Hey zeus283- you are LAME WITH A CAPITAL LAME-you have never seen Tool u Douche Bag with a capital Douche!

kandrokitis Thu 3/26/2009 10:35AM
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This is a good lineup. Would definitely check this out if I lived closer. Panic. Mule. Tool. Ben Harper. Buddy Guy. The Wailers. have fun to anybody able to go to this.

Mark Price former NBA star Thu 3/26/2009 10:43AM
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Mark Price former NBA star

How can anyone say this is better than Rothbury. THE DEAD, and CHEESE come on! MileHigh has a great line-up but no Yonder. IF you got Yonder, then you got the better festival. Mile High has The Fray. That is weak, I hate the fray. Anyway, cool I get to see TOOL

crazyleggedelbow Thu 3/26/2009 10:47AM
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I'm a TOOL fan and i still think this can't even fuck with Rothbury.

hayden4 Thu 3/26/2009 10:56AM
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hobojo, your kidding yourself!,ROTHBURY SETS THE BAR FOR ALL FESTIES!!!!!!!!!!hands down

dwestenberg Thu 3/26/2009 10:58AM
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WSP will be playing Red Rocks over Labor Day weekend instead of their usual June dates this year. Possibly with the Allmans.

shaka1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 11:01AM
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It doesnt get any better than this in festy world!

lovemusical Thu 3/26/2009 11:01AM
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What a sick lineup. This is one of the best years for fests ever. Seriously, I can't think of a better year. You really can't go wrong at any of them. I respect the hell out of Tool. Just not really my cup of tea. But even without them, this is a fantastic lineup. Panic could absolutely still play Red Rocks. It's become an annual gig for them, and it's their favorite venue to play. Can't blame them. Lucky ass Colorado people always get the goods. Having been there several times, I know why. One of my favorite states.

Brooklynn Thu 3/26/2009 11:09AM
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i am so happy!!!!!!!!!! loving the CO

jerZ Thu 3/26/2009 11:18AM
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This will ease the wound of getting shut out for Phish tickets

geyser starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 11:19AM
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we won't have to argue when they add TOOL to ROTHBURY.....

a boy can dream....

Marcsmall Thu 3/26/2009 11:28AM
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Looks better than the first year, which was a bunch of Frat Boy Rock and Frat Boys......Hopefully Panic and Mule bring out a chiller crowd than DMB and Franti did last year.

SmashySmashy Thu 3/26/2009 11:44AM
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Awesome minus the fray and incubus. Tool puts on an amazing live show. One of the best light shows I have ever seen. Better than radioheads. I was expecting their crowd to be... well.. way too metal. They weren't. I had a better time at their show then I did in various "lots" last summer. So give them a chance. This festival beats anything around the northeast right now, but I still think Roth has more to offer. Just hope this guy doesn't show up:

nsafay Thu 3/26/2009 11:45AM
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WOW! Greyboy Allstars! Galactic! Mule! Randolph! And YES more Widespread Muthafucking Panic for all you haters out there! This looks like a great time.

dankb23 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 11:47AM
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man, im hoping this means TOOL will go on tour, supposedly they are gonna headline lollapoluza which will be sick cuase im so close,

anyway so can u camp at this 2day "festival" ??

chidodger Thu 3/26/2009 11:56AM
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DANK23- Jim Derogotis from the suntimes leaked it yesterday. here's the line up..

Beastie Boys

Depeche Mode

Jane's Addiction

Kings of Leon

The Killers


...And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead

A.C. Newman

Andrew Bird

Animal Collective


Band of Horses

Bat for Lashes

Ben Folds

Ben Harper & Relentless7

Bon Iver



Delta Spirit

Dirty Projectors

Eagles of Death Metal


Ezra Furman and the Harpoons

Fleet Foxes

Franz Ferdinand

Friendly Fires


Heartless Bastards

Kaiser Chiefs

Langhorne Slim

Lily Allen

Lou Reed

Matt & Kim



Neko Case


Passion Pit

Paul Green's School of Rock All Stars

Peter Bjorn and John

Ra Ra Riot



Regina Spektor

Rise Against

Rodrigo y Gabriela

Sam Roberts Band


School of Seven Bells

Silversun Pickups

Tenacious D

The Airborne Toxic Event

The Decemberists

The Gaslight Anthem

The Hold Steady

The Raveonettes


TV on the Radio

Vampire Weekend

Yeah Yeah Yeahs

I think MILE HIGH looks better than Lolla so far. Anyhow, did you end up going to Claypool last weekend? How was it?

jerZ Thu 3/26/2009 12:00PM
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Railroad Earth is becoming my favorite live show. It will be a treat to see them at a festie in my own back yard

johnnyblaze36 Thu 3/26/2009 12:06PM
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dankb23 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 12:15PM
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Claypool was the shit !! he only played for like 1:45 tho... the show ended at midnight on the dot. But damn you shoulda seen the way he commanded that stage while he was up there. They have gotten alot tighter since the vids i saw from jamcruise.

ya the lolla line-up wasnt that good last year, i just went for RATM, NIN, saul williams, blues traveler and john butler trio, (paid 40 bucks for 2 days of music)

this year looks like ill either be hopping the fence or paying some1 to let me in like last year. Im looking forward to TOOL, beastie boys, atmosphere, RyG, fleet foxes, and maybe the new ben harper shit

Im also hoping tom morellos new project "streetsweeper" will show up so tom can jam with tool again like back at bonnaroo 07

thx for the info ! and fuck ticketmaster !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

dankb23 Thu 3/26/2009 12:19PM
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and any1 who thinks this 2day fest that doesnt have camping (i assume cause it says doors open at 11am each day) comes anywhere close to the life changing experience that is called ROTHBURY, is a straight dumbass.


dankb23 starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 12:25PM
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now that im thinking about it streetsweeper should totally be there, cause janes addiction is already on the line-up and they are all touring together with NIN.. u can hear some streetsweeper tracks at the ninja2009(.)com site... and i got tix for the NIN only show at charter1 pav that is gonna be the sickest show of the tour..

evandw starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 12:28PM
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Tool at a festival again? hell yea!

newtongimmick Thu 3/26/2009 12:51PM
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^^Chidodger - - I saw claypool @ the agora in cleveland on sunday and he slammed out a sweet highball with the devil...

i was kind of hoping to get incubus on board for Roo..

technopagan Thu 3/26/2009 01:00PM
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Life changing experience that is rothbury? HahAhahahaHAHahaHA

Come on dudes, it was good, but really?!?!??

This lineup looks pretty badass, lots of names I don't care for, but tons that I would love to go see.

And yeah, Tool shows kick ass, they bring the heavy vibe.

allthink Thu 3/26/2009 01:04PM
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People always try to tear down the giant - Bonnaroo, Lolla, Rothbury

This looks like an awesome time for sure but comparing this to Rothbury is like comparing many of you idiots to Einstein, Bach, Lennon, Dali, or Me - makes you guys look like a one inch dink...

irtimed Thu 3/26/2009 01:19PM
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Panic is doing Red Rocks. Sunny said so.

cUB_nAsTY starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 01:35PM
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Any fest with Tool, Greyboy,Panic, Randolph(Amazing),black keyes, gogol bordello is up there with the great festies. However, there are so weak lame bands you cant pay me to watch a whole set. The FRay ?they could have gotten someone way better for the money that they probably gotta pay them.

technopagan Thu 3/26/2009 02:17PM
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^^ Certainly, but the same is true with every festival.

I'm not a fan of day festivals though, they can be good, but the camping element is part of the fun.

hedtrip Thu 3/26/2009 02:31PM
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incubus is great and both days look pretty damn good. i would love to see incubus at rothbury or any other festivals. some may not agree (or not even know) but they definitely jam. check out "sick sad little world" or "vitamin" off of their "alive at red rocks" on youtube sometime.

johnnyroad Thu 3/26/2009 02:49PM
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i'm amazed at the difference in tix prices here and for the forecastle fest. 162.50 here for 2-day and 100.00 at forecastle for 3-day. is it strictly based on the quality of the bands & one in being in CO & the other in KY???? someone help me out here

gmoo Thu 3/26/2009 03:25PM
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It's nice to see Tool playing shows. I haven't seen them since 2002 but I'd love to see them again. Hope they do a tour.

Muffinman1 Thu 3/26/2009 03:34PM
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TOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm calling Virgin Fest. NIN tore that place up last year. TOOL live shows are untouchable by any other band right now. And that includes radiohead who are also one of my faves. TOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

hedtrip Thu 3/26/2009 03:40PM
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^^totally just based on the "quality of the band" but only its not really the quality, its how much money other people can make off the band. a couple "mainstream acts" have you.

hedtrip Thu 3/26/2009 03:47PM
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TOOL shows are awesome. but you throw the mars volta inside a small tent in the night and its gonna gonna be a sick fuckin time. it has it's arms around tool.

Wild Turkey starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 04:02PM
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Wild Turkey

great line up this year, still terrible planning. I hope i can report a much better experience than last year. they could and should have camping, that place is fucking enormous. Sunny did say panic would play red rocks this summer (see jambase article few months ago). hope its NOT with the Allman's, needs to be three full nights undiluted by other fan bases. im sure that will be the case. please dont screw with my red rocks, phish already did.

twophargone Thu 3/26/2009 04:07PM
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I have an idea! How about Widespread takes back the annual red rocks show and Phish takes there slot. Its bullshit that out of 50 people in line this afternoon about three or four pholks had there orders filled while the rest of us went home empty handed. This could solve everyone looking for Phish tickets problems. BULLSHIT!

PhishBohl128 star Thu 3/26/2009 04:14PM
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i just threw up a little bit

bwh100 Thu 3/26/2009 05:29PM
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Festival Footprints starstarstarstarstar Thu 3/26/2009 06:49PM
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Festival Footprints

Looks good.

Wish ROTHBURY would add some Incubus and Ben Harper!!!

ptkeela Thu 3/26/2009 07:33PM
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i hopped a fence easy at last years lollapalooza. hopefully it works out again for whatever night tool plays.

snausages Thu 3/26/2009 08:02PM
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how did you hop a fence a lolla? i'm interested.

tool will be there???

triad1 Thu 3/26/2009 08:06PM
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I like diversity. This has it, Roo has it...Roth seems like a Geritol Fest.

tnspreadhead89 Thu 3/26/2009 08:25PM
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nice... tool and incubus should surprise alot of the dumbass stubborn hippies hopefully. to any Incubus nay-sayers, check out the new "Look Alive" DVD and say no more....

futhepharmer Fri 3/27/2009 07:23AM
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and why are they headlining?

never heard of them

Wild Turkey Fri 3/27/2009 07:35AM
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Wild Turkey

The fray is a denver band made good. if i didnt live here i wouldnt know. i am concerned about their possible weak dilution factor during panic. im sure mile high saves some money with that one.

zeus283 Fri 3/27/2009 08:23AM
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Well Shaka1 that just proves that even their fans are TOOLS.

You attack my comments saying "you've never seen Tool"

My buddy dragged me to a show and guess what? They suck donkey balls!

Although I will say that one member is extremely talented and awesome.

The lighting guy.

Also, saw them at bonnaroo. Have you ever seen 45,000 people just leave a show after like 20 minutes? Well I have and it was sad.

So don't think that just cause you are a TOOL it means that a band with the same name would be any good.

Douche with a capital uche!

moonnug Fri 3/27/2009 10:54AM
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Mile High Music Fest obviously has its issues. The lack of camping and shade certainly detracts from the fun of a festival and hopefully they move this to a prettier part of Colorado next year. It's about time they stated having festivals in a part of the country that people actually want to visit so hopefully this one does well and continues to grow.

On the strength of the lineup alone and considering it's only a two day fest vs. four I'd say that it easily rivals Rothbury. I'd love to see Dylan and the Dead hopefully play together but otherwise the Rothbury headliners look pretty weak. Willie and Dylan are great but probably a little slow for a festival and I hear that the Crowes suck live. Also, far to much string cheesyness and hippy techno at Rothbury for me. Railroad Earth and Mule are playing both so it's a wash there but I'd pesonally take Tool, Panic, Black Keys and the Greyboys over just about everything at Rothbury. Besides, the Mile High Music schedule isn't even complete yet. Add a few more of the bands doing the festival circuit (especially Femi Kuti, Zappa plays Zappa and Les Claypool) and this will be a truly great second year festival.

moonnug Fri 3/27/2009 11:04AM
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I forgot to mention Robert Randolph, Buddy Guy and Galactic. Really a great lineup this year. Besides now I get to see Phish, Tool and WSP within two weeks with minimal driving and lodging costs. Yay Colorado!

shaka1 starstarstarstarstar Fri 3/27/2009 12:16PM
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Zeus283- The only donkey balls being sucked there were by you and this buddy you speak of-Next time you get dragged to a Tool show- stop and give the ticket to someone who cares- we dont want you there or at this festival

Chicomang Sun 3/29/2009 03:25PM
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Zeus283 - I have to disagree as well. I was at the Tool show at the Roo and you are just flat out lying saying 45,000 walked out. Maybe at the Police show but for most, that was the most outstanding show of the weekend. I have seen them three other times over the years and they never let you down. There are also very few "heavy" bands that have such a mixture of fans as Tool does.

ssamkram Tue 3/31/2009 02:50PM
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Sounds like Mile High is taking the place of Red Rocks for the Panic's Colorado mid-summer show...too bad...mostly for the dilution of fans...pretty sure the fray fans won't know what to do with the Panic...hopefully they will leave.

Mittens Wed 4/1/2009 05:31AM
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Man, why did TOOL and The Fray have to headline...........thats all they got

Captain_America starstarstarstar Wed 4/1/2009 10:02PM
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i can't deny that this festival IS completely awesome...

~but i feel all the attention here has been focused on TOOL...

i've seen TOOL TONS OF TIMES since about 96, and they're fucking awesome... musically, maynard is a genius... however, the sad truth is (and i know it hurts) everyone DID walk out on them during the ROO show... you can actually hear maynard comment on it if you listen to the live set.

anyway, with that said, maybe all the un-divirsified music listeners will walk out on this one.. leaving more room up front for those not afraid to stray outside of the "jamming" box


schoolsIZmyboy Mon 5/4/2009 04:57PM
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any festie that has panic 2 nights is a good festie for sure brosephs!