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Kris Kristofferson coming to Pikes Peak Center


Country singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson takes the stage at the Pikes Peak Center Oct. 12. - STERLING MUNKSGARD/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM
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  • Country singer-songwriter Kris Kristofferson takes the stage at the Pikes Peak Center Oct. 12.
With the recent passing of Tom Petty, an artist one could rightly describe as an American rock ‘n’ roll institution, music fans are again reminded of the mortality of our cultural icons — a lesson we sadly have had to re-learn very frequently in the past few years. But while we may have lost a legendary singer-songwriter, the good news is that his work lives on. And, of course, the art form itself lives on, as evidenced by the many notable singer-songwriters converging on Colorado Springs this week.

On Thursday night, Oct. 12, the Pikes Peak Center plays host to a truly iconic figure, country singer and songwriter Kris Kristofferson. It’s hard to say anything about Kristofferson that hasn’t already been thoroughly unpacked, given his status as a bona fide country music legend and one of the finest living American songwriters. But in case you’re somehow unfamiliar, here are just a few points:

He did, indeed, apparently land a helicopter in Johnny Cash’s front yard to attract Cash’s attention (though Kristofferson did not have a beer in one hand and an assortment of songs in the other, as some tellings claim). Kristofferson wrote perhaps his best-known song, “Me and Bobby McGee,” while working as a pilot for Louisiana-based Petroleum Helicopters International, and wrote the timeless tearjerker “Help Me Make It Through the Night” sitting atop an oil platform.
For a time, Kristofferson also held considerable box office sway as a film star, appearing in films as varied as Sam Peckinpah’s Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid and the Barbra Streisand vehicle A Star Is Born, receiving a Golden Globe award for the latter. He also appeared in the Blade series and did not receive any awards for those, but probably should have.

If you’re on the fence about seeing Kristofferson, I urge you to just do it, for your own good.

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