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JOURNAL ENTRY #113

Saturday, July 13, 2002
Ripon Fest

Barlow Park
Ripon, WI
 
Sound: Go Audio
Operated by Brian Ingwell
Assisted by Justin Krol
Lights: Interstellar
Operated by Geoff Reinke
Assisted by Jason Hartwich,
Rich Reinke & Bradon Brinkman
Stage Tech: Emilio Mendez
 
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Lay it Down - Ratt
Unskinny Bop - Poison
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Heaven - Warrant
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Photograph - Def Leppard
All She Wrote - Firehouse
Faithfully - Journey
Wait - White Lion
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
Smokin' - Boston
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard




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SET 2:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Separate Ways - Journey
Round and Round - Ratt
In My Dreams - Dokken
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Little Suzi - Tesla
Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
Lick It Up - Kiss
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Jump - Van Halen
Down Boys - Warrant
Tom Sawyer - Rush
The Search is Over - Survivor
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Smokin' in the Boys Room - BS/MC
Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin' - Journey
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
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Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
 
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A Word from Josh:
Now, this is a festival that really does it right. The usual attractions, rides, "Get Your Picture Taken with a baby Tiger", food and beer - plus good country bands throughout the afternoon on a day than would end with Cherry Pie on the main stage which was perfectly set up for what we do. The high, spacious stage with a high, solid roof perfectly complemented our lights and rear video screen making our show really look like an arena concert from the 80s. Over 3000 people had a good view of the action and they weren't shy about participating. The loud cheers and singing along was just a part of it. As the night went on, people were loosing their inhibitions and some were coming up on the stage to do some down-and-dirty dancing with us. There was even a instance of stage diving. People packed up against the front of the stage and grabbed at our legs whenever we wandered too close to the edge. Once woman even threw some money at Shane. We were being treated like pieces of meat. It was awesome. One reason credited toward the success of this event was a radio promotion which included an in-studio chat and acoustic jam with John, Shane and myself Friday morning on WTCX 96.1 FM, Fond du Lac, with Gregg and Heather. That was a lot of fun. Also present at the radio station was Ripon Fest organizer Jason Mansmith, the man responsible for bringing us to this event. He was great. He made sure that we were well taken care of through out the evening. Even the mosquitoes were friendly. John brought Jason on stage in front of the big crowd to acknowledge his efforts on behalf of the festival. Then, during "Lovin' Touchin' Squeezin'" Shane handed his bass guitar to Jason who seized the opportunity to strut around the stage like a rock star. No wonder he wants us back for next year. And we definitely look forward to returning.     - Josh



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