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JOURNAL ENTRY #115

Saturday, July 20, 2002
Dane County Fair

Alliant Energy Center
Madison, WI
 
Sound: Audio-Trak
Operated by Joe Guarino
Assisted by Randy Lyttle
Lights: Interstellar
Operated by Geoff Reinke
Assisted by Jason Hartwich,
Rich Reinke & Bradon Brinkman
Pyrotechics: Thundercat Fireworks
Operated by Chad Catlin
and Shane Trotter
 
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Lay it Down - Ratt
Unskinny Bop - Poison
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Down Boys - Warrant
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Love Song - Tesla
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Photograph - Def Leppard
All She Wrote - Firehouse
Faithfully - Journey
Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
Jump - Van Halen
Smokin' - Boston
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard
 
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
Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
Lick It Up - Kiss
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Wait - White Lion
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
Panama - Van Halen
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
 
A Word from Josh:
For the record, I would like to say that when I send our bulk Emails to our mailing list I never say anything in them that I don't actually mean. The reason I mention this is because Friday morning I sent out an announcement describing this show. In it I said that the weather was going to be perfect and that we anticipated having "one of our best shows ever." Well, neither point turned out to be exactly true but, in the end, things did turn out pretty well on both counts. After loading in much of our equipment early in the afternoon, the fairgrounds were hit by a vicious rainstorm that seemed to catch the meteorologists by surprise. Fortunately, it blew over completely within a couple of hours and the skies were clear by the time we took the stage. But the rain did push back our schedule a bit (and got a few things wet) so we had to start late. We were a bit disappointed to be playing in one of those "showmobile" stages build into the side of a trailer. This made it very difficult to use our light and video show to full effect. But, once again, our crew guys did a great job of cleverly setting the stuff up to look great. The video screen ended up on the roof of the trailer where I think it looked pretty cool. Added to this show was an expanded pyro and fireworks display provided by Thundercat Fireworks. That proved to be a big crowd pleaser. As for the crowd itself, we were glad to see quite a few regulars who came out specifically to catch our show. During "Faithfully" a young woman dancing by herself started behaving very provocatively, lifting her skirt and flashing various parts of her anatomy. Our live video camera operator Brandon followed his natural instincts and pointed the camera at her thus projecting her image on the big screen for all to see. Normally, this would have been fine, but he was quickly reminded that this was very much a "family show" and there were many children watching, so he promptly returned his aim at the stage. In general, the stage area was not very conducive to "walk-ups" by people who were at the fair for other reasons. The crowd never surpassed about 400 which made it feel like a good Badger Bowl gig taken outside, which is fine. In fact, at John's urging, quite a few people joined us at Badger Bowl (just down the road less than a mile) after we finished playing. There, we relaxed with some drinks and pizza while hanging out with a lot of friends and enjoying the final set of a great band called Lube who seemed to appreciate the influx of rock fans. By the way, a TV crew from Music with Pete was on hand to document our show for possible future broadcast on their program.     - Josh



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