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JOURNAL ENTRY #117

Saturday, July 27, 2002
Kelly's Bleachers II

7805 S Loomis Rd
(262) 895-3353

Wind Lake, WI
With The Matrix
and The Toys
 
Sound: Go Audio
Operated by Brian Ingwell
Lights: Interstellar
Operated by Geoff Reinke
Assisted by Jason Hartwich,
Rich Reinke & Scott Aney
 
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Lay It Down - Ratt
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Round and Round - Ratt
In My Dreams - Dokken
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
 
SET 2:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Separate Ways - Journey
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Nothing But a Good Time - Poison
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Wait - White Lion
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard
 
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A Word from Josh:
This was another of Kelly's multi-band extravaganzas dubbed "Kelly Fest" (so named despite being held entirely indoors). This time the arrangement called for us to alternate sets with a new band called The Matrix on a stage set up in the volleydome part of the building between 8 and 11 followed by a full show from long-time Milwaukee favorites The Toys on the regular bar stage. Sound like a good time? Damn right! Anyway, on the down side, for some reason it was really hot and humid in the Volleydome, even more so than outside on this hot July day. The bar was comfortably air-conditioned early in the evening making us wonder if anybody would be willing to come over to our stage. It was rather discouraging when, during our sound check, a couple of women came into the volleydome to see what was going on and one of them looked up at me saying, "Oh my God! I can't believe they're making you play out here!" Well, it was hot (and it only got hotter as the evening progressed) but that didn't seem to deter people from enjoying the music. The Matrix played first, displaying a solid musical style and charisma that very well may take them places. It doesn't hurt that their lead singer Chad is absolutely dreamy :-) But, I digress. We took the stage for the first time to a growing crowd full of many familiar faces. I hung out with some friends as we watched The Matrix play their second set. Things really got rolling during our second (and final) set as throngs of people decided to brave the oven and rock with us. We were having a great time as we splattered sweat all over the people up against the stage. After finishing our show we all peeled off our soaked clothes and packed up our gear as The Toys began their show in front of a very excited crowd in the main bar area. When I had the chance I joined in the fun, catching up with a lot of friends including Toys keyboard player Brian Merlin who I played with in LP: The Band for two years. He is a great guy and I really enjoyed catching his act and chatting with him afterward. The whole night was great fun for a lot of people and we were glad to have the chance to "cross-pollinate" fan bases with The Toys.

On a more personal note, I want to mention that fun times like these can really help us all forget the "realities of the world" for a while, but that is only temporary. Earlier in the afternoon, on my way to the show I was stunned by the news of the air show tragedy in the Ukraine. At 3 AM, after all the "Kelly Fest" excitement had evaporated, I climbed into my van for the ritual solitary drive home. A few miles into the trip I turned on the radio to the voice of a BBC reporter announcing the successful rescue of the 9 coal miners in Pennsylvania. Well, I suppose it was one of those moments when unexpected good news of that sort really was what the doctor ordered. Sure, the world still sucks, but for that drive home my heart soared. Thanks for listening.     - Josh



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