Last November when Zach Bryan played the legendary Red Rocks amphitheater in Colorado, it was a show for the ages in a blinding snowstorm making for some wild photos and moments, and eventually, a live album called All My Homies Hate Ticketmaster. When Zach returned June 26th and 27th for two sold-out shows, the weather was pushing 90 degrees when folks started arriving. Ski gear was replaced by tank tops and cutoffs, and toboggans were switched with cowboy hats.
Opening the show on June 27th was Levi Turner, who is Zach Bryan’s first official signee to his Belting Bronco record label as part of Zach’s deal with Columbia. Last week Turner released his debut album called Allergy Season, and featured songs from the release during his 25-minute opening set.
Then it was an opportunity for Zach Bryan to make good to Jonathan Peyton, who had his performance last November at Red Rocks postponed entirely due to the snowstorm. Peyton and wife Abigail made the best of a bad opportunity at the time though, playing a show in the snow out in the parking lot. This time the couple celebrated their 10th Wedding Anniversary on the actual Red Rocks stage, finally playing their promised Red Rocks set.
Performing at Red Rocks is only second to stages like The Ryman when it comes to prestige. When singing his song “Highway Boys” that makes reference to the Country Music Mother Church, Bryan replaced “The Ryman” with “Red Rocks.” When performing the song “Snow,” Zach referenced how in November they tried to shut the show down. “We wouldn’t let ‘em!” Zach said. This was slightly bad timing since just six days before, Red Rocks received strong criticism for not shutting down, and 100 people were injured and seven sent to the hospital due to a hail storm during a Louis Tomlinson concert.
Zach Bryan was also recently in the MilkBoy Studio in Philadelphia self-producing his new upcoming album. “I have a new album coming out and I told the guys this morning that we’re gonna have to do one,” Zach said from the stage. “It’s called ‘El Dorado.’ If I mess it up, it’s the band’s fault.”
Zach ended up missing a few lines, but it otherwise sounded great. “It went better than I thought it would.”
Bryan has also alluded that the new album won’t be a 30+ track treatise like his last one. He’s alluded that it will only be 11 songs long. “I’m in my quality over quantity era,” hr recently said on Twitter. Zach has also said he made this album for himself, and doesn’t care if the fans like it. No word on a release date as of yet.
Zach Bryan is now off to make multiple festival appearances over the next few weeks, including Summerfest in Wisconsin, Festival Quebec, The Windy City Smokeout in Chicago, Under The Big Sky Fest in Montana, Rock The South in Alabama, and FairWell Fest in Oregon.
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Thanks to Kevin Martinico of iListenCO for the on-the-ground reporting from Red Rocks, and for the photos. To see more photos from the show, CLICK HERE.
June 27th Red Rocks Set List:
Open the Gate
Fifth of May
Sun to Me
The Good I’ll Do
Something in the Orange
All the Time
El Dorado (first time played?)
Burn, Burn, Burn