Skrillex at Red Rocks Amphitheatre, 8/9/12

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Britt Chester
Skrillex last night at Red Rocks. Slideshow: Skrillex at Red Rocks


SKRILLEX @ RED ROCKS AMPHITHEATRE | 8.9.12

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To put Skrillex's show last night at Red Rocks in historical perspective: If this were the venue equivalent of the Titanic, blissfully floating along, enjoying the scenery and the people aboard her deck, then Skrillex was the motherfucking iceberg that took that epic ship down. Say what you will about our Americanized mainstream dubstep, but Skrillex is the new face of rock and roll, and we're barely seeing the tip of that iceberg above the water.

Just before the stroke of midnight, the stage spanning LED screen blasted a five-minute countdown, emitting a hint of light on the agro-stage setup that had, up to that point, remained covered. Through the haze, an X-Wing fighter-style transformer laid dormant in the darkness as a lullaby version of "Scary Monsters and Nice Sprites" -- a track that has since gone down in infamy as "the one with the signature Skrillex noise" -- played over the speakers. The anticipation was thick in the air, and the excitement kept steadily building as folks geared up for the insanity that is Skrillex.

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Britt Chester
Skrillex last night at Red Rocks. Slideshow: Skrillex at Red Rocks.

Following the "Scary Monsters" intro, we were teased with a sample from "Welcome to Jamrock," while Michael Jackson's zombie dance scene from "Thriller" played on the screen. It was at this point that it became abundantly clear to anyone paying attention that Skrillex had not come all the way to Morrison, Colorado to simply push buttons and twist knobs. He came to show us all why he's worthy of the hype that precedes him -- but more importantly, he came to dazzle. Sure, lights and lasers aren't everything, but when they are complemented with flash pots on stage, cryo cannons lining the front of the stage, fireworks from turrets stationed halfway up both sides of the venue and -- later, as we'd discover -- fireworks from the roof of the stage, they conspire to create quite an amazing spectacle.

The inevitable drop into the Skrillex version of Nero's "Promises" generated the first wave of complete and utter dub-psychosis -- and had us thinking that Skrillex would be offering up a near carbon copy of his famed Ultra Music Festival set with the rising "Mothership." Only, he didn't. Instead, the X-Wing fighter that housed the young producer rose up from the ground, reaching up about thirty feet in the air or so, with lasers blasting on full, spraying the crowd with beat-matching patterns of purples, greens, blues and reds.

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Britt Chester
Skrillex last night at Red Rocks. Slideshow: Skrillex at Red Rocks.

This lead into "Ruffneck Bass," which splattered pixelated images of the matching creepy music video, which features a pill-popping Santa Claus getting attacked by kids and elves. From here, it was pretty much a drum and bass party into "Tarantula," which not only slowed the crowd down a bit, but showed that Skrillex can tame even the most savage beast with subtle beat changes from raging dubstep into mellow reggae cuts.

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Red Rocks Amphitheatre

18300 W. Alameda Parkway, Morrison, CO

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16 comments
Ben56
Ben56

"The new face of rock and roll"?  This is going to be a real classic in about ten years. 

Luke Bochmann
Luke Bochmann

obviously you fucking ignorant haters were not at the show last night or you would be singing a different tune...i have been going to shows ever since i can remember, and been to over 40 shows at Red Rocks and that was the best all around performance i have ever seen...so hate all you want it aint going to change shit skrillex is just going to keep getting bigger and better

Drew Fuelling
Drew Fuelling

Worst use of comparison Ive ever read, but in an odd way very fitting for the subject matter.

none
none

I don't care how great the band may be, it was irresponsible to start a concert that late after kids and been drinking and drugging for hours.  I had 2 friends that were severely beaten up for no reason right after the concert started because the guys in front of them were so high.  Shame on you Skrillex and Red Rocks.

Steve Dibs
Steve Dibs

Is this a joke? Britt, you should be a fucking comedian!

Krystabell Barrera
Krystabell Barrera

nice to see the hate out of a skrillex post for once. very nice.

Jeremy Ashcraft
Jeremy Ashcraft

so if he is the iceberg then he causes horrible disasters!!

Jeremy Coss
Jeremy Coss

So basically it sucked so bad people would crash ships to not hear any more of it

Josh Moore
Josh Moore

I don't get it. Gettin old I guess but it sounds to me like paying a bunch of money for tickets and overpriced beer to see a well produced fireworks show backed by beats. To each their own I guess.

brianafrederick
brianafrederick

 @none Why is that Skrillex and Red Rocks' fault? Hell, I tackled someone down the stairs one time there at a Good Charlotte show. It has nothing to do with the artists or venue. I was an asshole back then that's why I did it. It has everything to do with personal responsibility. 

 

But seriously, the guy deserved it.

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