On Tuesday, May 19, I was lucky enough to snag a press pass for the Kamelot and DragonForce concert at The Ogden in Denver, Colorado. Wow, what a show. Both bands came out swinging with epic power metal riffs and amazing vocals. I’ve loved and listened to both bands for years. If you have a chance to see this show when they come back to the states in November, I highly recommend that you see it. I want to give a shout out to Freeman Promotions for being kind enough to get eciov a press pass.
In typical Colorado fashion, weed was all over the venue. That’s something I’m used to smelling at Red Rocks but not at The Ogden. Honestly, at times, it got a little overwhelming. I’m not anti-weed, but this was an “all-ages” show; it shouldn’t be hazed over with mary jane. I don’t know if I’d blame the fans for bringing it or the venue for letting it slide. Maybe this is just the new face of music in Colorado. I certainly hope not. If you want to get high at a concert, please show some respect for the people around you and eat an edible. If I catch you smoking weed next to children… I’ll throw you out myself.
I’ll hop off my soapbox and get to the real reason you’re all here: the review. You probably just want to see the photos, but I always write a little something to go along with the shots.
DragonForce at the Ogden in Denver
It’s cliché to mention Guitar Hero, right? That’s where I first heard DragonForce. I spent hours trying to master their riffs (on a plastic controller). It gave me a deep appreciation for Herman Li and Sam Totman. They are the founding guitarists… and they shred like crazy. They’ve been the foundation of DragonForce since the beginning. Over the years, the band’s made a few notable changes. Vadim Pruzhanov took over the keys early in their history. Frédéric Leclercq took over as the bassist almost 10 years ago. Marc Hudson tagged in for lead vocals in 2011. Most recently, Gee Anzalone took over as their drummer in 2014.
Let’s talk about Marc and Gee since they’re the most recent additions to the band. You’re hopefully familiar with everyone else at this point. I’m not sure where Marc Hudson got his chops, but that man makes me want to pick up a microphone. Unfortunately, I’ll never sing as well as he does. DragonForce did almost an hour-long set during this show, and I never heard his voice waver once. He’s been fronting the band for about four years now. From what I saw, it seemed like he’s been doing it for decades. It must be the skinny jeans.