Pikes Peak Center
190 South Cascade Avenue, Colorado Springs, CO 80903
September 3, – 7:30 p.m.
AEG Live is excited to announce MERLE HAGGARD live at Pikes Peak Center on Thursday, September 3, 2015. Doors 6:30pm || Show 7:30pm
The word “legend” usually makes an appearance at some point when discussing Merle Haggard. It’s an acknowledgement of his artistry and his standing as “the poet of the common man.” It’s a tribute to his incredible commercial success and to the lasting mark he has made, not just on country music, but on American music as a whole. It’s apt in every way but one.
The term imposes an aura of loftiness that’s totally at odds with the grit and heart of Haggard’s songs. “I’d be more comfortable with something like “professor,” he once told a reporter, and the description suits him. Studying, analyzing and observing the details of life around him, Haggard relays what he sees, hears and feels through his songs. The lyrics are deceptively simple, the music exceptionally listenable. Others who have lived through those same situations recognize the truth in the stories he tells. But Haggard’s real gift is that anyone who hears his songs recognizes the truth in them. When a Merle Haggard song plays, it can make an innocent-as-apple-pie grandma understand the stark loneliness and self-loathing of a prisoner on death row; a rich kid who never wanted for any material possession get a feel for the pain of wondering where the next meal will come from; a tee-totaling pillar of the community sympathize with the poor heartbroken guy downing shots at the local bar.
As a result, Haggard found his songs at the top of the charts on a regular basis. Immediately embraced by country fans, he also earned the respect of his peers. In addition to the 40 #1 hits, Haggard charted scores of Top Ten songs. He won just about every music award imaginable, both as a performer and as a songwriter, and in 1994 was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame. His body of work easily places him beside Hank Williams as one of the most influential artists in country music.
TICKETS GO ON SALE FRIDAY, JULY 31 at 10 A.M.
TICKETS AVAILABLE AT the World Arena or Pikes Peak Center box offices, ON LINE at www.ticketswest.com at all front-range King Soopers, the Citadel Mall guest services desk, or charge by phone at 719-520-SHOW, 1-866-464-2626. Contact outlet to confirm hours of operation.
Reserved tickets are $45.00 – $65.00 plus applicable service charges. All ages welcome.