Encyclopedia Infernoca: A History of Bisco Inferno
With the return of Bisco Inferno looming in our near future, we at Sensible Reason decided to recap the Inferno’s past and catch up with some of the OG Bisconauts and reminisce about some of their most memorable Inferno moments.
It all began in 2009 with a 2-show inferno for beginners: May 29th at the Ogden Theater and May 30th with The Disco Biscuits‘ very first performance on the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater stage. The Ogden show was a mini heater preparing the mile high city for the epic night to follow.
The Red Rocks show was two sets JAM-packed with ooey-gooey goodness and the debut of two songs – the Biscuits’ original Park Ave. and a fondly-remembered Billy Reid cover, White Chicks and Gang Signs. Caterpillar consisted of some wild, neon psychedelic surprises. Thank the jam gods that this show, along with 2010’s Red Rocks Performance exist forever on DVD.
Bisco Inferno 2010: To Inferno! And beyond! The Disco Biscuits seriously upped the ante in 2010 with 3 incredible shows and a surprise, free acoustic jam at the Pearl Street Mall in Boulder, CO.
The shows to follow at the Boulder and Ogden Theaters were nothing short of classic, mind blowing Biscuits. These shows include some of my personal favorites and the band performed as if they were one pure sound.
Bisco Buzz Lightyear was one of the most discussed highlights of this inferno, aside from the amazing presence of Booka Shade and Aeroplane. Everyone seems to remember Paco, the Floridian Buzz Lightyear, hence the unforgettable tagline of 2010. But 2010 Inferno was more than just epic costumes and a magical gathering of fans, it was an incredible show all around. The Disco Biscuits seemed like they had been playing Red Rocks for years as they owned the stage with truly beautiful segues and transcending jams.
Bisco Inferno 2011 solidified The Disco Biscuits‘ status as MVPs of the decade. Not only were the shows lively and passionate, but you could feel the band really uber glueing themselves to each other’s sounds after three years of nonstop, solid, quintessential jambanding. The band played 2 solid shows at The Ogden Theater and absolutely slayed the evening on the rocks.
2012 was a dark and quiet year for Bisco fans since the band decided not to tour and only played 20 shows throughout the whole year. But luckily the boys put on their big boy pants and pulled together 7 shows for Colorado the following year.
January of 2013 was the premier of the Bisco Winter Inferno which included 3 shows in 3 theaters and one more surprise show for those hardcore enough to last through the Inferno marathon. The first show was at the Boulder Theater and started the run with a bang so loud it resonated all the way to the very moon and back.
Night two’s energy was piled high and the boys delivered beyond expectations again. We were treated to a very special, heartfelt show dedicated to the fans that passed over the previous years and an Echoes cover (Pink Floyd) that brought tears to the eyes of even the hardest fans. This show had me personally standing in awe just bawling as I remembered the beautiful people our Bisco Family lost so recently. The show was truly therapeutic for all and by the shows end whole theater was filled with healed hearts. I don’t think I’ve ever received so many hugs from strangers as I did that night, but that show turned strangers into family.
Night three was the big stinking cheese as thousands of fans flooded the Broomfield First Bank Center – the largest indoor venue in Colorado that The Disco Biscuits have ever played. It felt like prom night with stretch limos full of disco queens and kings pouring themselves into the dance hall, eyes as big as dinner plates and expectations as high as hot air balloons. Maybe it was the magic lingering from the preceding nights or the lasers’ beauty magnified as they bounced around the 1st Bank into our awestruck faces, but there was something beautiful about being present for the fully-loaded culmination (or so we thought) of this truly jamsational Winter Inferno Run.
7am the next morning the official announcement was made – The Disco Biscuits were playing a 4th show at the Fox Theater that night. As most of us had just poured our liquid laser heads into bed, I believed someone was playing a cruel joke or that I was dreaming and ignored the call. Fast forward to 1pm – I woke up from my sweet dreams of biscuits dancing in my head to my phone vibrating off the hook. A dear friend had gotten an extra ticket to the show that night and was holding it for me until I responded. At this point I realized I in fact was not dreaming and this exclusive “Evening with The Disco Biscuits” at the Fox Theater in Boulder was a reality, and was a special night it was!
I arrived in Boulder maybe 20 minutes before the show began as the three nights prior had caused me to have sloth-like tendencies. Everyone at the Fox looked dazed and confused, like zombies risen from the dead or as if they were recovering from food poisoning. Despite the haggard appearance of the crowd, there was doubt, the energy buzzing through us was the highest I’ve ever felt in a Biscuits show. We all felt so blessed to be among the intimate 625 people that got tickets to this impromptu event.
Finally, we come to 2014, another wildly unforgettable year. Winter Inferno once again dominated discussions across the country. More people from out-of-state than from Colorado planned to attend this run because of the previous year’s outrageous success. Not even Phish phans could outshine the greasy Biscuits this year. They were on fire and not slowing down for anyone!
Colfax once again was flooded with an electric buzz that would be exponentially magnified over the next few nights. The Disco Biscuits absolutely owned the Ogden Theater and reigned as The Jam Kings for two straight nights. Their royal status was solidified in Magner’s power keys, Brownie’s bumping bassline, Barber’s incendiary guitar skills, and Allen’s dominating drums that uber glue’d the four sounds into one driving force not to be reckoned with.
Expectations were higher than the stoners of Denver, and rightfully so. As the uncontrollable mayhem of pure pride erupted over the 1st Bank Center in Broomfield, it was once again Prom Night Bisco Madness. The masses came dressed in their very best – tuxedos and glitter, custom-made outfits and glorious onesies, the crew was all there, feeling Gangster and ready to get down.
We all had our suspicions of a potential 4th show, and the Biscuits would not be able to leave Colorado without delivering. We sure as hell wouldn’t let them live it down if they did. So the following night, Tractorbeam took the stage at the Fox and delivered the ultimate gravy on our biscuit to wrap up another unforgettable Inferno.
Here are some fan reactions to the previous Infernos:
So I’m dancing in the crowd… Getting down hard, the biscuits are killing it… All of a sudden Allen walks up to me in the crowd and says “hi beef” I stop… Look at the stage and the whole band is still playing… I say to Allen, “aren’t you on stage right now?” I took a picture with him. He says, “I got to go” and runs away. What I didn’t realize is without announcing it the drummer of big g seamlessly switched with Allen and he snuck off stage. Weirdest moment in biscuits history. My brain literally fell out of my head I was so confused
How bout spun wook jumping on magners keyboards
First Inferno I went to was 2010. Went with my buddy that introduced me to the band and his sister. Only he’d seen the Biscuits previous. Standing on the right side balcony at Ogden where Barber is sort of blocked by speakers. Thirty minutes into show, homie’s sister says, “whose shoes are those?” So I tell her they are the guitar player’s. She said, “there’s a guitar player?!?” I leaned her a litte over the balcony and I’m pretty sure her brain exploded. Haha. Infernos were some of my favorite life moments.
Pre-sale tickets are available for all four nights here.