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JOURNAL ENTRY #96

Saturday, March 9, 2002
"The Fuzzy Monkey"

2425 60th St
(262) 564-0665

Kenosha, WI
 
Sound: Go Audio
Operated by Brian Ingwell
Assisted by Matt McEvilly
Lights: Interstellar
Operated by Geoff Reinke
 
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Round and Round - Ratt
In My Dreams - Dokken
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Alone Again - Dokken
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Down Boys - Warrant
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
New Girl Now - Honeymoon Suite
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Photograph - Def Leppard
All She Wrote - Firehouse
Love Song - Tesla
Wait - White Lion
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Smokin' in the Boy's Room - BS/MC
SET 2:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Separate Ways - Journey
Panama - Van Halen
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Nothing But a Good Time - Poison
Lick It Up - Kiss
Unskinny Bop - Poison
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Smokin' - Boston
Rock of Ages -Def Leppard
Monkey Business - Skid Row
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Beth - Kiss
The Stroke - Billy Squier
Jump - Van Halen
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' - Journey
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Up All Night - Slaughter
Lay It Down - Ratt
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard
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I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
 
A Word from Josh:
I was driving to the gig, my van battling a nasty head-wind which was knocking me all over the highway, listening to A Prairie Home Companion as I often do, when I heard guest violinist Peter Ostroushko commenting on his song "The East Texas Waltz" saying "One thing I love about music is that you can close your eyes and it will take you to a different place." Seizing upon this idea I quickly threw in a Skid Row tape and closed my eyes, hoping it would immediately take me to Kenosha. Instead, it took me to a ditch along side the Interstate near Johnson Creek. The one-way trip to Kenosha for me was about 120 miles, but the wind made it seem like 210. The temperature was in the 30s but the wind-chill factor was 326 below zero. I stopped for gas and as I stood along side my van my hair was completely horizontal like a proud flag. Anyway, I arrived at the club with less than stellar expectations. Ever since this gig showed up on our schedule we've been receiving reports from people describing the Fuzzy Monkey using words like "small", "dank", "tiny" and "in Kenosha". So, was it really that bad? 'Depends how you look at it. The small stage at the end of the small room meant that we had to leave half of our production in the trucks. Several times my hair momentarily got stuck to the ceiling as I was playing. No, this certainly wasn't the Bradley Center. But, you know what? I can't get too down on any room that reminds me of my Grandmother's basement. Yup, I was able to keep a good attitude by reminiscing about Christmas morning 1974. Of course it didn't hurt to have the room full of rock-n-rollers who really seemed into what we were doing. The crowd included a lot of familiar faces including Maribeth, Erika and Julie K who came down from the Milwaukee area; Linda, Trish and Dawn who came up from the Chicago area; and K-town locals Scott, Connie, Anne and Tom who often drive great distances to see us elsewhere, but didn't have to on this night. In set list news, we were glad to bring back "Up All Night", Slaughter's tribute to insomnia. We originally learned it last November and played it live once. It really sucked so we decided that we needed to work on it before doing it again. A short four months later and it's ready to go!     - Josh



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