In the summer of 2012, there was a HUGE announcement that The Airborne Toxic Event would play with the Colorado Symphony at Red Rocks. I went a little crazy. I scraped up all my dimes and pennies and got two tickets.
Before this announcement was made, I never interacted with the TATE fan community at all, but when this news hit, I went online and asked who else was coming for the show. The number kept changing, but that was all okay at the time.
While connecting with other fans, I met this guy Mike. He lived in Akron, Ohio – a long way from me. But we really got along and chatted for months online and on the phone. One drunken night, he bought a ticket out to Colorado and a ticket to the show. I was so excited. Here was this guy I talked to everyday, and now I get to meet him…. Oh god, what will happen?
I am disabled, and I saw on the seating chart there were front row ADA seats, so I called the Symphony and they happily traded my two tickets for some in the front row. I called Mike and said, “Call this number and you can be in the front row with me!”
Then I came up with the idea of being the hostess with the mostest. I was going to make this an amazing night for all the friends I’d made online. I was in contact with Airborne’s people for a few months, and on the day of the show I got a call saying, “YOU ARE IN!” Holy Shit!!!!!! When I got to Red Rocks I found Bill (TATE’s tour manager) and he handed me 13 BACKSTAGE PASSES!!!!
After handing them out to everyone, I had an extra one, and I was introduced to Glen Hoos – the SUPERFAN – and decided he was most deserving of all. We watched the show – AMAZING!
Afterward, we huddled together and waiting for the other act to get done with their set. Bill came to check on us a few times to make sure we were all okay. And then it happened: 13 diehard Airborne fans were walked BACKSTAGE AT RED ROCKS! For those of you who have not grown up here – it is next to impossible to go backstage at Red Rocks.
We were ushered into a room with five amazing people sitting there with open arms. It was The Airborne Toxic Event. We had 30 minutes with the band. I was so in awe of all of it, I don’t remember much, but it was one of the best concert nights of my life.
A few of the fans were at the same hotel, so we went back there and had a few drinks, and then went to our assigned rooms. I, however, did not have an assigned room. Mike grabbed my hand and led me into his room. We had a few more drinks and watched some TV. Around 3 am, I asked him if he was going to kiss me… he did.
The next day we went to the zoo, and then I had to take him to his train. It was a very sad goodbye.
But within a month, I was on a plane to Akron. About a month after that, I went back again. And I kept going back… I was in love. I am in love. I met a wonderful man online, but I felt safe because he was part of my tribe of TATE fans. I think when we first saw each other in person, sparks flew – at least they did for me.
I haven’t seen this wonderful quirky man of mine since June… When will I see him again? We talk everyday. He is the last person I say goodnight to, and the first person I say hello to in the morning. I miss him everyday and I have a strange feeling that if he really is “the one” then…
PS. I get to see my love in October for two weeks. It’s strange to think that we have been together for a whole year as of September 19th. Being in a long distance relationship is very hard and tests your patience, but love makes it work. If you want it bad enough it will happen – even if he is thousands of miles away from you. “The miles seem like inches when I think of you.”
Jennifer lives in Colorado, which seems to be Airborne’s favorite place on earth, judging by the number of shows they get. Jen was injured in 2004 and is now an android due to the artificial disc in her back. She also comes along with a few different autoimmune diseases, to which Mikel can certainly relate.