Severe weather threat forces Phoenix rock concert from Red Rocks to indoor at 1STBANK Center

Some fans upset; promoter cites safety concerns

MORRISON, Colo. - The threat of severe weather has forced promoters to move tonight's concert for the alternative rock band Phoenix from Red Rocks Amphitheatre to indoors at 1STBANK Center in Broomfield.

The change from the spectacular outdoor venue has disappointed fans, but promoter AEG Live said after consulting with paid weather services, both AEG and the band agreed the safety risk for Phoenix and their fans was too great.

"Based on the best information we had, we all felt that in the interest of everybody's safety -- obviously if there's significant lightning in the area -- we are unable to have people in an outdoor venue," AEG Vice President Don Strasburg told 7NEWS.

The members of Phoenix "are extremely disappointed that they cannot play Red Rocks tonight," Strasberg said. However, "They felt very strongly that in the interest of the safety and the comfort of their fans, this was the best decision," he added.  

"The reality is that if we go ahead with it (at Red Rocks) and the rains coming in sideways, where the band can't perform because the rains blowing on their equipment… or if there's a lightning in the area, then we can't have a concert at all," Strasburg said.

The National Weather Service has issued a hazardous weather alert for much of the Front Range Wednesday. Forecasters said there is a 60 percent chance of rain this evening in the Red Rocks area and a 50 percent chance of possible thunderstorms.

Strasberg said AEG's and Phoenix's weather experts predicted "very severe weather" with one storm front moving through between about 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and a second wave hitting between 7 p.m. to 10 p.m.

So, the 8 p.m. concert will be held at the 1STBANK Center at 11450 Broomfield Lane, in Broomfield. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.

For those who cannot attend, refunds are available where they purchased tickets until 8 p.m. Tickets for the show are still available at Ticketmaster and the 1STBANK Center box office starting at 5 p.m. 

Yet, some Phoenix fans are unhappy to lose the Red Rocks experience.

"Wussies, all of them! Years ago, DIO played in a thunderstorm and kicked ass!" one fan vented on the Red Rocks Facebook page.

Another fan wrote, "That's like telling the kids that instead of going to the beach like planned, we are now going to the YMCA to swim..."

Strasberg said taking the concert indoors is a rare move.

"I can't remember the last time this has happened," he said, "although we did lose a concert this summer with Barry Manilow. We attempted to wait out the rain, yet the weather just would not subside to the point of it being safe for the artist to perform and for the fans."

"This is a very unusual weather situation for our area," Strasburg added. "I can't remember the last time we've been socked in with weather like this."