On the ground in Colorado

This is gonna be a tough one…for many reasons.

After surviving the Great East Coast Quake of 2011 (my coffee spilled. I’m VERY distraught about that.) I then have to deal with the hurricane. Now mind you, that’s part of my job and I enjoy it, I’ve got shelters opening up tomorrow…staff at the County Emergency Operations Center…and resources ready to respond….but I’m not THERE. And that’s tough.

I’m also a bit worried about the big tree over my house…my boys (Maine Coons) and my elderly parents….and the fact that my disaster team is likely being deployed on Monday. Without me….if I get stuck in the Denver airport.

And then of course….the saddest thing of all…. the LAST show. This is it for the 2011 World Tour, and the jury is still out on whether or not we’ll see a Christmas Show–they’ve got to get a venue nailed down.

So this could be it. That’s right. This very well could be the last show–and the band and crew have tormented me endlessly about it. I’m going to savor every single song tomorrow and bring you all the juicy bits suitable for publishing.

Not exactly someplace I imagined the tour would end–it’s much more cowboy than cosmopolitan. Grand Junction is a beautiful, small high-desert town. I always loved living out in the west–the desert is one my favorite places–and no matter where you are in Grand Junction, you have sweeping views of the beautiful mesas, big sky and towering cumulus clouds.

Layers and layers of colored rock face–slate, white, red, orange, yellow, light green–eroded away into valleys and mesas by thousands of years of nature’s processes. As the sun sets, the rocks will change color into spectacular reds, purples, grays…mother nature at her best. It’s hot and dry but there’s a nice breeze–scattered thunderstorms are in the forecast daily, so here’s hoping for decent weather while TS is on stage.

No Twisted sightings about town yet but I’m sure there will be some out and about before long.

Please keep the band, their families and all of the fans in the areas affected by Hurricane Irene in your thoughts. Hoping everyone stays safe, vigilant and out of harm’s way.

Until then….tomorrow.. we rock in Grand Junction!

Grand Junction has pretty much been taken over by metalheads–and many of them are arriving on beautiful Harleys. There’s a Harley dealership outside of town, and the rumble of rolling thunder is pretty much a constant. It’s a good thing. (Consider me your “heavy metal Martha Stewart”.)


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