Vintage footage of John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” concert to be aired in full for 50th anniversary

The John Denver Estate is set to air in its entirety a 1974 concert at Red Rocks in honour of “Rocky Mountain High” 50th anniversary.

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of his beloved song “Rocky Mountain High” this week, which was the iconic title track from his 1972 album, the John Denver Estate is releasing vintage footage never-before-seen, to play live on television for free via PBS.

Officially recognized as a state song of Colorado as of 2007, Denver’s iconic song is one of his most popular and signature songs. It was actually written while he was camping in the Rocky Mountains during the Perseid Meteor Shower, as a way of expressing his love and wonder for his adopted state.

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And in honour of the big anniversary, his estate has teamed up with Sony Legacy to digitize the archives of a concert special filmed in 1974 at Colorado’s famous Red Rocks Amphitheater, which will air on PBS in early 2023.

The set list features his biggest hits from the 70’s, and of course, many from his Rocky Mountain High album, which was his sixth studio album at the time and his first Top 10 album in the U.S., peaking at #4 on the country charts.