You Guys Wanna See the World's Weirdest John Denver Concert?
"I'll be playing the flute and the sax and the recorder, just like I did with John, and we're gonna try to re-create it so that it's just like when we were on stage with him," Horn explains, saying that he misses playing with one of the most generous musicians he's ever worked for.
"It's going to be kinda hard at times, but I think I'm gonna enjoy playing along with it because he used to give me all the freedom I wanted out there to ad-lib. He used to say, 'Just emulate the sounds of the ocean or birds, or whatever it is you hear in your head.' He'd turn around and look at me when I'd play some of these sounds for him, and he'd wink at me and put his one thumb up, and I knew he was happy with everything. He treated all of us great. If we had a night off, he always took us out to a nice restaurant for dinner somewhere, and we'd just have a great time with him. He was as good a guy as you can imagine."
Horn's heard about the Tupac hologram at last year's Coachella. At the time, more than a few people commented that resurrecting the rapper was cool but kind of morbid, and while this is not that, bringing Denver back to life onstage in this way might be viewed by some as a bit unsettling. But Horn doesn't see it that way. "You'll have this big screen and this person that you idolized and whose music you loved over the years up there, and it's a way of keeping his music alive in the best way that I can think of," he says. "It's sad yet it's happy, and I think people will really enjoy it."
The "Rocky Mountain High Concert" comes to the NYCB Theatre at Westbury on tonight, Feb. 1 (8 p.m./$39.50) and Best Buy Theater on Feb. 12 (8 p.m./$35-$45).