DISPATCH, 6/4-6/6/11


Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Morrison, CO
June 4-6, 2011

In late 2004, DISPATCH bid farewell to over 100,000 fans from across the globe in what was coined "The Final Dispatch" at Boston’s Hatch Memorial Shell. Since then, sightings have been few and far between. It literally took the request of a Prime Minister (Zimbabwe’s Morgan Tsvangirai) to get the acclaimed vocal and multi-instrumental trio consisting of Chad Urmston, Pete Heimbold and Brad Corrigan to look past their differences and play a gig. That is, until now.

After three years, DISPATCH is back. It seems that personal resentments have been put away in order to bring back the sound for their adoring legion of fans on a country crossing tour.

The tour launched with this three day stand at Red Rocks Amphitheatre and as one might suspect, had the sold-out crowd reliving moments that took them back to high school and college.

Even the band was clearly in awe of the beauty of Red Rocks as well as the fact that they were standing on its coveted stage. Braddigan, a Colorado native, mentioned this historic venue as place of inspiration growing up.

Throughout the run, what was perhaps most refreshing was that, even after exploring their own passions for years in solo efforts, all of the DISPATCH flavors are still present.  

It was also clear that no matter how long the trio departs from the public eye, their fans are as loyal as they were in the Napster days. Though now mostly in their mid-late twenties, it did not appear that a single one of them had forgotten a beat or a lyric in spite of the fact that most of them have not seen the outfit live within the better postion of the last decade.

After Red Rocks, the tour continues to big venues in Chicago, LA, New York, Boston and many more. The band seems to be telling the fans that they are back. But the question is "why are they back?" 

Previous reunions have always been accompanied with a greater purpose, such as the aforementioned "final" show in 2004 and the benefit for Zimbabwe in 2007. But this run seems to be for no other reason than simply go out and be successful at playing the music for which their loyal niche is rabid.

Regardless of reasons why, with the break up behind them and a major national tour ahead of them, DISPATCH is back. Can they keep it together for future tours or perhaps even someday come out with a new album (beyond the EP that was released in May)? If one was to forecast based upon the Red Rocks run, he could only surmise that the answer to that question is an emphatic "yes!"

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