Wheels Of Grace Magazine

Volume 12, Issue 2

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WheelsOfGrace.com | Volume 12 Issue 2 | 27 protection over the bike and me as it could've turned badly really quick. Thursday night at the Rock Yard featured the metal mayhem of "The Texas Hippie Coalition". Ripping double lead guitar solos, dark and heavy vocals, and serious metal blues sounds through the rhythm section of loud bass guitar and drums. All the metal- heads in the crowd were digging THC. Some talented guys on the heavier, dark and sinister side of the music spectrum. It was warm in Arizona. As usual, 90 degrees most days. The Bikers For Christ Crew hit some great restaurants together, and again really enjoyed the awesome rides and beautiful scenery. And we of course passed out more Gospel tracts and shared our faith everywhere that we went. We had some incredible fellowship with our friends, and we stayed hydrated by drinking lots of cold water, and electrolytes… And I of course had to feed one of my addictions - Iced Coffees with 4 shots (gotta have that high- octane coffee) to keep me rockin' all day. Friday night we were all totally blown away by one of the finest Southern Rock and Blues Bands on planet earth: "Blackberry Smoke" put on an absolutely amazing show for almost two hours. Charlie the lead vocalist and an incredible lead guitarist led the charge. They sound like a blend of: Lynyrd Skynyrd, the Allman Brothers, Marshall Tucker, 38 Special, Molly Hatchet, the Outlaws, and Blackfoot. Blackberry Smoke is truly an amazing band proving to the world that "Southern Rock is still alive and well in the USA. They were assaulting the stage with three amazing and tasteful lead guitarists, awesome vocals and harmonies, thundering bass guitar, incredible keyboards, pounding and syncopated drums, and a very talented percussionist. It was our first-time seeing Blackberry Smoke live – and they are now one of my favorite bands. I of course grabbed a couple of CD's, and T-shirts to represent – for my new friends. On Saturday we took a bike ride to Sedona (which I'd never been to). It was a breathtaking ride… complete with some rolling hills, and breathtaking scenery. The red rock formations were absolutely incredible and were a reminder of God's amazing handiwork in creation. We visited the Chapel of the Holy Cross, a beautiful historic church built on the top of a Butte. Built in 1956, the Chapel is a must -see in your Arizona motorcycle experience. We had lunch and rolled back to Scottsdale to get a little R&R in the afternoon. Saturday night – the Rockyard was cranking up again, with tens of thousands of classic rock n' roll fans. Night Ranger who has sold over 17 million albums and has a radio audience of over 1 billion. The band hit the stage like a nuclear assault. With three original Night Ranger members: Jack Blades (lead vocals & bass), Brad Gillis (lead guitar), Kelly Keaggy (drums & vocals), and other legendary artists put on an amazing show. Incredible musicians, legendary songs, and an over the top stage presence had the audience dancing and singing with their well-known platinum and gold hits throughout the 80's and 90's to tunes like: "Don't Tell Me You Love Me", "Sister Christian", "When You Close Your Eyes", etc. Jack and the boys put on an incredible two-hour show spanning their dozen albums. And again – AZ Bike Week delivered an amazing weekend of Biker Bliss! We look forward to joining them again next year for their 25 th Anniversary, which should be "off the charts". We'll be praying that things will be more normal, and the crowds will all come back, and invite their friends. WheelsOfGrace.com | Volume 12 Issue 2 | 27

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