Yesterday, we had a day off which we spent in Boulder, Colorado. It was an eventful day to say the least.
After getting up and eating some ridiculous donuts, and checking out a Walgreens to stock up on some antacids for Arms, Ethan's friend Steve met up and we all packed into the van to head over to the Flat Iron Mountains for some sightseeing and light hiking.
We filled the van up and decided that now might be the time to restock on liquor since we dried up a few days ago and I mean, it's tour you know? This is when the day got a little crazy. We were aimlessly driving around a parking lot/middle America strip mall area when we rounded the corner adjacent to a Kohl's. At this point, we see a man with some sort of scarf wrapped around his face running across the parking lot, carrying what appears to be a purse, and two older women attempting to chase him down but losing ground fast.
Somebody deduced that this guy had stolen one of the women's purses, and we just all instantly made a snap decision to pull the van over as quickly as possible and try to chase this guy down. Arms pulled the van over with a quickness and everyone piled out, I (Kevin) was the last out and realized I should probably stay with the still running van. From my vantage point, I see our entire band, Eric our TM and Steve chasing this guy down. King was the first to get to him, and seriously leaped at this guy, grabbed him around the neck and threw him to the ground.
According to them, his face hit the curb pretty hard and messed it up pretty bad. He tried to get up and Arms threw him back to the ground, but no one knew if he had a weapon, so in the interest of everyone's safety and having retrieved the stolen purse, they let him go. He got into a rental van, but a taxi driver who had witnessed the entire thing chased the van down and got the license number.
According to the woman, this guy punched her in the face and threw her to the ground to get the purse, so we do not feel the slightest bit bad about messing him up. We were all pretty amped on adrenaline after that, and it was seriously the craziest thing I've ever seen on tour. Hopefully that's some karma for bands everywhere seeing as we're often the target of thieves ourselves.
After that we gathered composure and all headed over to the Flat Iron Mountains to cool off. It was a beautiful sight and a really nice way to spend the rest of the day. We took some awesome pictures and gathered some inspiration from the spot. Arms got some reps in too (planet Earth is his gym).
Tonight, we're playing Colorado Springs for the first time, and then heading south to New Mexico and Arizona. Hopefully we won't have to stop any more crime, but don't test us.