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John Denver: A Rocky Mountain High Tribute

Tributes to John Denver run the gamut. Take the singer-songwriter's chart-topping hit song "Leaving on a Jet Plane" for example. It's been reborn as a rock song, reggae song, and even a punk song, covered by Liza Minnelli, Chantal Kreviazuk, Slightly Stoopid, Sister Hazel, Me First and the Gimmie Gimmies, and Eve 6 — just to name a few. "Leaving on a Jet Plane" will come to life in an interesting fashion this weekend with an array of musicians. Singer Jim Curry, three of Denver's former bandmates, and the Phoenix Symphony will pay homage to the late country-folk star's body of work at Phoenix Symphony Hall Friday and Saturday. Denver's legacy will be ignited in a grand symphonic fashion with selections such as "Rocky Mountain High," "Back Home Again," "Sunshine on My Shoulders" and "Thank God I'm a Country Boy." Somewhere, Denver is sure to be smiling down on this colorful tribute show.

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Kelly Wilson