The Fray at Red Rocks, 5/11/12
Brandon Marshall Joe King of the Fray last night at Red Rocks. Slide show: The Fray at Red Rocks.
THE FRAY @ RED ROCKS | 5/11/12
It was cold last night at Red Rocks. Like balls-into-your-body-cavity cold. Seriously. It was also wet and foggy and miserable. Once the lights went up, though, the Fray's sound cut through the fog and rain and made everyone forget their frostbitten feet. The hometown heroes evoked love from the crowd that no weather issues could quash. The completely-full stands of fans were on their feet from the beginning, as Paul Simon's "Homeward Bound" appropriately welcomed the band home to Red Rocks.
Brandon Marshall Isaac Slade of the Fray last night at Red Rocks. Slide show: The Fray at Red Rocks.
As always -- and this is both good and bad -- the band sounded unmistakably similar to a Gray's Anatomy soundtrack. This is a great thing for a cold and weary crowd who just want to sing along; maybe not so good if you enjoy hearing a different take on old favorites. (There was an attempt at a guitar solo in "Never Say Never," but it lasted all of three seconds.)
Brandon Marshall Dave Welsh of the Fray last night at Red Rocks. Slide show: The Fray at Red Rocks.
The set included a healthy mix of songs from all its albums, from the requisite "How to Save a Life" to "Syndicate" to "Heartbeat." Despite the growing chill, the band showed remarkable energy; Isaac Slade pounded away on the piano, his bald head shining like a wet beacon even into the upper level of Red Rocks.
Brandon Marshall Ben Wysocki of the Fray last night at Red Rocks. Slide show: The Fray at Red Rocks.
The act closed to an appreciative crowd (who were happy not only to have been a part of this homecoming show, but happy too that they were about to walk to their cars where there were heaters). Maybe it doesn't matter that it was freezing. Maybe it doesn't matter that you could have stayed home in front of a fire and listened to the Fray CDs and heard pretty much the same thing. Maybe what's important is the line that Slade called out to the sell-out stands of Red Rocks: That these were his people. And for this night, that was enough.
Brandon Marshall The Fray last night at Red Rocks. Slide show: The Fray at Red Rocks.