This Past Weekend in ID, UT & CO
Mon., Jul. 13. 2009 3:57pm EDT
This past weekend in Twin Falls ID, Ogden UT, and Littleton CO was a landmark weekend for our drummer, Jimmy "Vegas" Tanner. He set the record for most concerts by an ApologetiX drummer (397) on Friday and set the stage for his 400th show this coming Friday. He also played in his 43rd and 44th states since joining the band in the fall of 2005.
But most important to Jimmy, while we were in Twin Falls he got to see Snake River Canyon, the site of Evel Knievel's famous failed jump in 1974. Jimmy was a huge fan of the famed motorcycle daredevil and still has his childhood collection of Evel Knievel memorabilia intact, including the action figure and all its accessories, plus an Evil Knievel costume. We tried to convince him to wear it in concert sometime, but he says it won't fit anymore. :)
Although Knievel died in November 2007, he professed his faith in Christ before that time, and you can find many articles on his testimony, including video footage of him sharing it, on the web. Christianity Today ran the following the article from April 2007 -- seven months earlier:
We were also near the place where the final spike was driven for the transcontinental railroad (near Ogden); and the location of the Columbine High School shootings (Littleton).
It was our seventh show in Colorado but only our second ever in both Idaho and Utah. Based on the response, however, it looks like we'll be back. We'd love to visit all three of those beautiful states at least once a year, Lord willing. We've definitely felt a call to go out west more often, and our audiences were very appreciative and encouraging. Some people from Montana drove eight hours to attend the show in Twin Falls.
We did a little traveling ourselves -- flying from Pittsburgh to Chicago to Denver to Salt Lake City on Friday and then making the 3.5 hour trip to Twin Falls in a pick-up truck driven by Saturday's promoter, Charlie Cole, who also drove us back to Utah for our concert in Ogden on Saturday night. Then we flew from Salt Lake to Denver on Sunday and from Denver back to Pittsburgh on Monday.
Special thanks to:
Our concert coordinators: Nora Kestler (Twin Falls); Charlie Cole and Pastor Soulja (Ogden); and Pastor Gino Geraci (Littleton).
Our merchandise coordinators: Chaplain Dutch and Jamie (Twin Falls); Natalie, Linda, and Steve (Ogden); and Jim, Lori, and Angie (Littleton).
Our chauffeurs: Charlie (Twin Falls and Ogden); Linda (Ogden); and Jim, Mike, and Scott (Littleton).