They were missing one of their headliners, but it didn't seem to bother too many people as the Badlands Amphitheatre on Drumheller's west end played host to country musicians Corb Lund and Tim Hus.
"Overall, it was a really good crowd, they really wanted to be there and Corb (Lund) put himself out on a line," recalled Passion Play Executive Director Vance Neudorf. "The show went until 10:30 or beyond and closed with the whole audience singing Four Strong Winds together in honour of Ian (Tyson). I would say people had themselves a very special concert experience."
Country and folk legend Ian Tyson had to cancel a planned performance due to health issues, but co-star Corb Lund stepped up to the plate, along with opening act Tim Hus.
"They did such a stellar job," raved Neudorf. "That amphitheatre has such a nice, intimate feel, it's like you were sitting in Corb's living room with him and he pulled out his guitar and said 'let's sing a couple of songs."
"There was about 2,300 and change there on the site and people just didn't want to go, didn't want the night to end," he continued. "That's the way we like to have it at the amphitheatre. The sound was nice, it was a great, great evening."
The Badlands Amphitheatre has one other production this coming weekend. The Drumbeats laser and water show is scheduled for Friday, August 31, Saturday, September 1 and Sunday, September 2.
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