A small girl sarcastically sang “JOE BIDEN TOOK OUR JOBS!” into a microphone while South Park co-creator Matt Stone laughed uproariously, Dean and Gene Ween provided backup vocals, Primus’ Les Claypool played bass and Geddy Lee and Alex Lifeson of Rush sat silently smiling. The plumes of smoke emanating from the 9,545 fans jammed into Red Rocks Amphitheatre were especially thick at this moment on Wednesday night (August 10th).
It was the second of two sold-out South Park 25th-anniversary shows, starring Stone and his partner, Trey Parker, as ringleaders of a circus in which Ween performed on stage left, Primus manned stage right and “Blame Canada,” “Uncle Fucka,” “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” and other profane “South Park” classics wafted from the middle.
If the satire didn’t always come across in this setting — the crowd seemed a bit too enthusiastic fist-pumping to “Kyle’s Mom’s a Bitch” and the finale “America, Fuck Yeah” — Stone and Parker didn’t seem to mind.
The two-and-a-half-hour show, recorded for a Comedy Central special airing Saturday (August 13th), was a homecoming for Stone and Parker, who met at nearby University of Colorado and debuted South Park in 1997. Under the full moon, they undercut their gleefully potty-mouthed South Park satire with “gee, I can’t believe we’re here!” sentimentality.