After years of silence, John Denver’s name was in the news twice this week. Of course, Denver himself died in 1997 when he crashed his experimental aircraft. But he grabbed headlines briefly earlier in the week when a star in honor of the singer was unveiled on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Then came the Saints and Sinners Halloween Ball concert Tuesday night at the FirstBank Center in Broomfield, Colorado. The Colorado Music Hall of Fame used be be headquartered at the FirstBank Center, and there is still a display of material there, including a bust of John Denver.
Well, until Tuesday night, that is. A concertgoer alerted police that the John Denver bust was missing. People attending concerts at the center often pose for pictures with the bust or pat it on the head as they walk by. But someone pried the bust off its stand and made off with it.
KBPI-FM, the station that held the Halloween Ball that night are asking that the person who took the bust return it undamaged, no questions asked. The bust was donated by Denver’s family in 2011 when he was the first artist inducted into the then-new Music Hall of Fame.
The Halloween Ball concert featured Five Finger Death Punch, HellYeah, Texas Hippie Coalition and Lola Black. Somewhere out there, a heavy metal fan in Colorado is joking with his buddies about getting “Rocky Mountain High” with John Denver while listening to “Wrong Side of Heaven” on repeat.
Or maybe it was this chick.
my music choice is so wide. I just rocked out to five finger death punch then just chilled to some John Denver #weird
— bri (@brianalee2014) December 30, 2012