John Denver tribute: John Hickenlooper, Bill Vidal politely don't say his songs suck (PHOTOS)

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I'm a Colorado native, so I feel I have the right to say this: John Denver's music sucks. It blows. It sucks and blows at the same time, which should be impossible but somehow isn't. Even covers of his music suck, unless it's Toots and the Maytals' version of "Take Me Home, Country Roads." But that says more about the Maytals than it does about the late Henry John Deutschendorf, Jr.

Given my teensy bias, it's a good thing Dave Herrera covered last night's John Denver Tribute Concert and Colorado Hall of Fame induction at 1STBANK Center instead of moi. There, Governor John Hickenlooper, Mayor Bill Vidal, Representative Jared Polis and celebs ranging from Olivia Newton-John and Lee Ann Womack to John Oates and Michael Martin Murphey sang JD's praises.

For the complete review, click the link above. Below, check out a photo gallery by Jim J. Narcy featuring the aforementioned noteworthies plus Denver's first and second wives, his three surviving children and assorted displays of memorabilia, the sight of which caused the melody of "Rocky Mountain High" to start bouncing around the inside of my brain pan. And not in a pleasant way.

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Photo by Jim J. Narcy

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Photo by Jim J. Narcy

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Photo by Jim J. Narcy

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Hsmiley
Hsmiley

"Suck and blows." Good to know that your writing skills have not been encumbered by an adult vocabulary. You have the right to your opinion and to express it like a 13-year-old, but I have to wonder: who will mourn YOUR passing? My guess is that your parents will be happy to free up the basement space you obviously occupy.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

It's true, Hsmiley: My room used to be in the basement of my parents' house -- about thirty years ago. Thanks for posting.

Hsmiley
Hsmiley

My pleasure. And thanks for insulting--at least by implication--those of us who enjoy Denver's music. Pity we can't all be as blase and tragically hip as you, but that's our cross to bear. :)

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CO fan
CO fan

Mr. Roberts, your writeup "sucks", as you say. I guess you are trying to be cute and controversial, at the expense of a great tribute to a great songwriter and conservationist who left a lasting legacy. It is too bad you post your small-minded opinion as fact, but luckily, readers can go to the Westword to read a decent story covering this momentous event.

Michael Roberts
Michael Roberts

CO fan, thanks for the post, which we're going to make an upcoming Comment of the Day. Congrats.

Denboy 49
Denboy 49

Who was the girl that san with Riitchie Furay? She was awesomeQ

Keri
Keri

The blond? Holly something.

Nick Werle
Nick Werle

was his friend who lives in denver even there? would he even know any of the people there?

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