Skip the Eagles for a Rocky Mountain High

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There is no denying that tonight's Eagles concert at the St. Pete Times Forum is the "Best of the Day," as far as "big" events go. But the truth is I've always been a hater. Oh sure, I'll grant you that "Take it Easy" is generally non-offensive, but that's where my ability to "praise" the Eagles ends. I find the whole thing cloying — even Henley's politics, with which I mostly agree! Of all the incredible classic rock bands of the 1970s and '80s, why is this one still on the road? And don't the members hate each other? So it's all just one big cash-in. Sounds like fun.

But it's a Wednesday night, which means alternatives are limited. One solid choice: Rocky Mountain High: A John Denver Tribute, which pays homage to the late/great singer-songwriter by showcasing many of his mellow hits (“Leaving on a Jet Plane, “Country Roads,” “Rocky Mountain High,” etc.) in live instrumentals performed by former members of his band accompanied by a string section, with John Denver joining them all in spirit (and via archival film projections). The musicians also share stories of life on the road with Denver. Classy and cool. Fuck the Eagles.

Rocky Mountain High: A John Denver Tribute, Wed., Nov. 20, 7:30 p.m., Palladium Theater, St. Petersburg. Tickets are $55/$75. Buy tickets or get more info here.

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