Goose Makes Red Rocks Debut: Recap & Videos

The band premiered two new covers and infused the closer of their Colorado run with plenty of impactful improvisation.

By Ryan Storm Aug 19, 2022 7:42 am PDT

Last night, Goose closed out their summer Colorado run with a bang, making their debut at the historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison with an incredible sold-out show.

While reporting from couch tour, excitement was palpable across social media, and when the lights went down, one could feel the joy radiating from the capacity crowd. This summer, Goose built on the already sky-high achievements of the past couple of years, delivering new jamming styles that continue to build on their already-incredible music. From the new innovation of “drone jamming” through the encore break (first done on April 29 in Asheville) to the machine-metal jam in the “Madhuvan” on June 15 and the Trey Anastasio sit-in on June 25, Goose finds new ways to push the envelope at nearly every show and is on a clear mission to create new and outstanding music every time they walk on stage.

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Taking the stage just before 8 p.m. local time, the quintet dug into “Hungersite,” one of the most popular tracks from recent release Dripfield. A blazing and energetic jam fell away into “Silver Rising,” a top-tier slower tune for early in the show.

Goose went with “Tumble” next and really set the song on fire, opening up the jam with Peter Anspach hurtling into the jagged churn motif on Cory Wong-like rhythm guitar. Bassist Trevor Weekz shined especially during this jam with some driving, dirty playing.

The dual parts of “Seekers On The Ridge” followed with an explosive guitar solo from Rick Mitarotonda before the crowd seriously danced through the catchy “Animal.”

Many fans, both at the show and webcasting, knew that “Arcadia” was due at some point during the band’s Red Rocks debut. Goose played their quintessential song with considerable glee, riding it through a series of bliss-filled jam segments before landing smoothly in the explosive ending.

During setbreak, a QR code on postcards spread throughout the venue before the show became active, making it official that Goosemas this December would be held outside the band’s home state of Connecticut for the first time ever – and that it would take place at the 1stBank Center in nearby Broomfield. Colorado has been like a second home for the band, with attendance levels nearly eclipsing those of their home state. Goose has now rewarded fans up in the mountains with an incredible gift and we all wait with great anticipation to see how Goosemas will unfold in four months’ time.

Full of buzz for the second set and grinning ear-to-ear, the band leapt into an energetic “Arrow,” diving into some hard-charging groove jamming before segueing smoothly into the first cover debut of the night, “Bloodbuzz Ohio” by The National. A run of Fat Freddy’s Drop cover “Fish In The Sea” and “Red Bird” (#StraightBirdn) came next before another cover debut — “Milestone 2 (Skux Life)” by Moniker. Goose catalog classics “Slow Ready” and “The Empress of Organos” rounded out the second set, keeping the energy high.

Peter greeted the crowd once more before the encore, thanking both the audience and shouting out Goose’s incredible crew before softly laying in to the emotional “Elmeg The Wise” to end the show. Reaching several soaring and joy-filled peaks, Goose finished their Red Rocks debut on an incredibly high note.

This fall, Goose will play a headlining tour of their own followed by an eight-show run with the Trey Anastasio Band, a touring schedule that is sure to push them in even more new directions musically.

2022 is the year of the Goose – they certainly aren’t going anywhere and their trajectory just keeps going up. The Dripfield Summer Tour continues Saturday at Brooklyn Bowl Las Vegas.

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Setlist (via Always Almost There)

Set One: Hungersite, Silver Rising, Tumble, Seekers On The Ridge Pt. 1, Seekers On The Ridge Pt. 2, Animal, Arcadia

Set Two: Arrow, Bloodbuzz Ohio, Fish In The Sea, Red Bird, Milestone 2 (Skux Life), Slow Ready, Empress Of Organos

Encore: Elmeg The Wise


  • – Bloodbuzz Ohio – The National (FTP)
  • – Fish in the Sea – Fat Freddy’s Drop
  • – Milestone 2 (Skux Life) – Moniker (FTP)
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