Macklemore at the Ogden Theatre, 12/6/12

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Eric Grueisen
Macklemore at the Ogden Theatre last night. Slide show: Macklemore and fans at the Ogden

Macklemore also gave us a strikingly candid look into his experience with addiction. He talked about being on the road, tired, but fueled by the energy of his fans, then going home and not having that support and losing his three and a half years of sobriety. In the wake of this failure, he wrote "Starting Over," in which he says, powerfully, "If I could be an example of being sober, I could be an example of starting over." Macklemore also captured the audience with the cautionary drug tale, "Otherside," which, by its end, had the audience promising, "It won't be us," which was pretty sad and beautiful at the same time.

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Eric Gruneisen
Macklemore at the Ogden Theatre last night. Slide show: Macklemore and fans at the Ogden

Not only does Macklemore connect to the audience with his lyrics, he seems like a legitimately affable and humorous guy. Macklemore calls Colorado his second hip-hop home for many reasons, but most memorably he complimented our women for their beauty and our men for their mustaches (the type that icicles hang from) and strong forearms (from masturbation). He relayed to us the fact that he put on a weird wig and a coat and literally scooted by the early arrivals in line outside to "judge the shit out of them" and was pleasantly surprised by the fur coats they wore.

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Eric Gruneisen
Macklemore at the Ogden Theatre last night. Slide show: Macklemore and fans at the Ogden

Before "Thrift Shop," a song that Macklemore was dressed for the entire show, the rapper asked to borrow one from an audience member and marveled at its Colorado Brown Bear material. He justified his wearing of fur in three compelling points: One, the fact that animal has been dead for 45 years. Two, it was bought from a thrift shop. And three, by wearing the coats, he is giving these animals a second chance to do it bigger in the afterlife than they ever could in their first. Hard to argue with that.

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Eric Gruneisen
Ryan Lewis at the Ogden Theatre last night. Slide show: Macklemore and fans at the Ogden

And of course we would be remiss if we didn't mention the extraordinary contribution to the show of producer Ryan Lewis. Macklemore is a great MC, but he wouldn't have close to the instant appeal he has without the insanely danceable beats that Lewis provides. This night, the producer doubled as a hype man. He climbed on the set, sang his heart out and dived into the eager crowd. Macklemore has a sturdy career, but Lewis is the foundation.

As the show closed, after two invigorating encores, "And We Danced" and "Irish Celebration", one which could not have been followed by anything but the other, Macklemore in a sparkling purple cape and glam-metal blonde wig -- a character he called Raven Bowie -- thanked the audience for what truly must have been one of the most hyped stops on his fifty city tour.

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Eric Gruneisen
Macklemore at the Ogden Theatre last night. Slide show: Macklemore and fans at the Ogden

Hanging on his every word, refusing to leave or stop screaming, the crowd cheered relentlessly as Macklemore directed the attention to everybody but himself: the performers, the tour manager, the lights guy, everybody. It was the perfect end to a performance bursting with love and punctuated with humble sincerity.

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Ogden Theatre

935 E. Colfax Ave., Denver, CO

Category: Music

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Dan_Hargrove

@NoahHubbell @westword_music great article man!

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