John Denver was an American folk singer and songwriter who became one of the most popular singers of the 1970s. By 1969, he had released his first album, Rhymes and Reasons, which included the hit song “Leaving on a Jet Plane.” His breakthrough album, Poems, Prayers and Promises, came out in 1971 and contained the single “Take Me Home, Country Roads.” The string of hits became virtually ceaseless after that, including “Rocky Mountain High,” “Sunshine on My Shoulders,” “Annie’s Song,” “Back Home Again,” “Thank God I’m a Country Boy,” and “I’m Sorry/Calypso.”
John Denver passed away in October of 1997. In the years since, there have been a number of tribute acts that have kept his music alive, but never before has there been a production of this caliber, presented by his estate. For the first time in fifteen years, audiences are experiencing John Denver in concert, performing hit songs from throughout his career.
The concert features projected video of Denver performing, backed live by former members of his touring band and an accompanying string section, which includes legendary saxophonist, Jim Horn. “We’re playing the songs along with him, note for note, to his video,” said Horn, who was with Denver on and off from 1978 to 1995. “I think people will really enjoy seeing some old footage of John… it will bring back a lot of memories.”
The tour kicked off February 1, and fans of all ages have been raving about the experience, saying:
– “Feels like John is here with us and brings back clear joyful memories of the two actual times I saw him live at the Garden and Nassau Coliseum in the mid 70s!”
– “For one night, he was with us again!!! What a wonderful show!”
– “Loved, loved the show tonight. For a while John was alive again up there for me”
A two time Grammy Award winner and member of the Songwriters Hall of Fame, John Denver recorded and released around 300 songs, 200 of which he composed. He had four #1 hits, was the first American to perform in the People’s Republic of China, and was honored by the State of Colorado when his hit “Rocky Mountain High” was selected as their state song.