Why Shawn Patrick Was Crying At Red Rocks [VIDEO]
First off, if you haven't been to a Dierks Bentley show, you need to go. He and his band put 150% into all of their live shows, but they may have kicked in a little extra last night (8/16/12) at Red Rocks. Dierks constantly reminded the sellout crowd how proud he was to play at his favorite outdoor venue, and it showed. There was one special moment, only the second time Dierks had ever done it as a matter of fact, that made both Dierks and myself tear up.
The band had left the stage and Dierks sat down on a stool at the front of the stage with an old acoustic guitar in hand. He told a story of him and the band running up the steps of Red Rocks earlier in the day when his band-mate got tired and stopped about three quarters of the way up the amphitheater. Dierks decided to sit down in row 63 took in the scenery and worked on the set-list for the night. That is when he decided to do something special. Spending a lot of time on the road can take its toll on a performer Dierks explained, but there is always a buzz in the back of his head that keeps him going. He said this song won't ever be a hit on the radio, but it is his personal favorite because it is about that buzz that keeps him going. He began to strum the guitar and sang the first verse before little Evie made her way onstage to sing with her daddy...
Having a daughter who means more to me than anything else in the world, the tears were flowing (and turning into icicles) for both Dierks and I. He went on to say it was only the second time he had ever done such a thing (the other time being at his favorite indoor venue, the Ryman Auditorium) and he debated whether or not he want to cry in front of 10,000 people, but was glad he did.
I am glad he did as well. It was the highlight of an absolutely wonderful show!