Lucky came out February 10, 2004, and a full-band "super club" tour of America began two days later. Melissa Etheridge is at the top of her game now, with arguably the most spirited and joyful album in a 15-year career that has included more peaks than any small-town girl could have dreamed of. She's sold 25 million albums worldwide, grabbed a dozen Grammy nominations (and two statuettes) and sung with some of her biggest heroes. To this day, her fans are among the most loyal and appreciative in rock & roll, with one of them bidding nearly $12,000 at a recent charity auction-simply for the privilege of having lunch Melissa. "To have somebody pay so much money just to spend an hour with me is.," she pauses, punctuating her words with an uncomfortable laugh, "unusual." 

With every accolade she's attained, with successes too numerous to completely account for and with a catalog of nearly 100 songs to rest on, Melissa Etheridge is still focused on one thing only. "I love to rock," she declares, dragging the sentence out for emphasis. "When I'm singing, and I've got people in the audience throwing their head back and their hands up, I want to do that as long as I can."