The drive from Denver to Reno is no joke in terms of shear distance. Luckily the 1,000 miles of open road also yields some of the most beautiful scenery this country has to offer. At one point in Utah we caught glimpse of a deer drinking out of a gently meandering stream with it's glorious antlers glistening against a setting sun, surrounded by a canyon backdrop fit for a postcard. A kind of image you are happy to remember forever… Or at least until you reach Nevada where the only "scenery" you encounter is the occasional flashing lights of a casino amidst miles of open desert.
Nonetheless we arrived in Reno on Saturday afternoon and made our way to the downtown area to meet up with one of my best friends, Tony, who just moved there a few weeks back. We ate an amazing burger at Awful Awful and wandered the city with some time to kill before our gig that night at Jub Jub's. The venue turned out to be great, and we played to a very receptive audience who were especially keen on our music. After the show, and being that it was our last night on the road, we hit the town, and we hit the town hard.
Once a month most of the bars in Reno participate in a themed "bar crawl" where you purchase a cup that you carry with you to every bar and receive drink specials. We were fortunate enough to catch a "super hero" themed crawl and spent the night (and the better part of the morning) wandering around town indulging in Reno's night life. Here's a photo of Pat, Tony, and I at some point during the night. Tony is in the Batman costume while Pat and I decided that buying super hero costumes was probably not the best use of our remaining gas money:
The next day was brutal. We had another long drive ahead of us to get all the way down to Barstow and luckily A.J. decided not to go out with us the night before because Pat and I were utterly useless due to lack of sleep and overindulgence. I spent most of the day horizontal, peeking up once in a while to to take in some scenery. We arrived in Barstow that evening, which was the final stop on tour. This gig was especially notable because Barstow is Chrysalis's home town, and it was close enough to home that Mitch was able to join us on stage again with bass in hand.
That night we finished it off with a bang, and even had Chrysalis join us onstage to help us sing our track "The Weight of the Sea". There was a great turnout that night and it was oddly enough the perfect end to a long road, something I never would have anticipated saying about Barstow, which formerly to me was a pit stop on the way to Las Vegas. After the show we met up with the Chrysalis guys at one of their houses nearby for a farewell beer, and then we made our way back home.
In conclusion, this tour was certainly an unforgettable experience. In 40 days we traversed the country, covering roughly 8,000 miles and 23 states. By the end of the tour we were so locked in our routine that honestly we could have kept going for another month. We are still a newer band on the scene and we are well aware that we have a lot more work to do in order to continue to grow. Fortunately for us, while we were out on the road we were able to book several more gigs in September, including another tour up to Seattle and back which takes us into mid October. We will be announcing all the details very soon, and I'll be providing updates as they are received. Please be sure to check www.LoseControlRock.com for a constantly updated list of shows.
As for you, thank you for following along with our adventures. I hope I was able to bring a smile to your face in one way or another, and I certainly plan on writing much more in the coming months as we continue to move toward our goal of becoming a self sufficient rock n' roll machine. I hope you all enjoy the rest of your summers while we try to acclimate back to sedentary life here in Hermosa Beach. Farewell!