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JOURNAL ENTRY #126

Friday, October 4, 2002
Rooters

901 Northview Rd
(262) 544-9600

Waukesha, WI 
Sound: Go Audio
Operated by Brian Ingwell
Lights: Interstellar
Operated by Geoff Reinke,
Melissa Blake & Rob Blake
Stage Tech: Dan Olsen
 
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Lay It Down - Ratt
Everybody Wants You - Billy Squier
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Alone Again - Dokken
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
New Girl Now - Honeymoon Suite
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Photograph - Def Leppard
All She Wrote - Firehouse
Heaven - Warrant
Jump - Van Halen
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard


PHOTOS:
SET 2:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Round and Round - Ratt
In My Dreams - Dokken **
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi **
Wait - White Lion **
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Smokin' in the Boys Room - BS/MC
Beth - Kiss
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor **
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Down Boys - Warrant
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Panama - Van Halen
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Nothin' but a Good Time - Poison **
Everything About You - UKJ **
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph

** Lead vocal by John Griffith
 
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NOTE: This is the first time we will be presenting a journal entry written by a non-band member. We thought it would be a breath of fresh air to feature the viewpoints of others close to the shows including fans, crew members and bar staff.

A Word from Tammy M. (Birthday Girl):
Apparently, several days after the show, some fans who frequent the website, myself included, e-mailed in asking Josh why there was still no journal entry, to which he responded back with, "Hey, why don't one of you guys write it?" (could it be that the guys ACTUALLY have lives outside of Cherry Pie???). Hmmmm, have the fans occasionally write the journal entries... Great idea! Now, I know that I probably won't be able to do this nearly the justice that Josh and the guys do but hey, they do so much for the fans why not give 'em a break and give this a shot. So here goes, Friday night's show at Rooters from a fan's perspective...

My sister-in-law Jenny and I arrived early to stake out a table because Cherry Pie always seems to draw a huge crowd at Rooters (well, they've actually drawn a huge crowd virtually everywhere that we've seen them, but I digress). We were soon joined by Erica, Becky, Louise, Jeremy, David, Sarah and Bud (hey, writing this tour journal thing is pretty cool, you get to gratuitously get your friends' names mentioned on the website) :-) A couple of friends and I have a signal which we call our "Code Red", it's the song "Unskinny Bop" by Poison which we've noticed that the band typically plays early on in the first set. Once we hear the first chords of this song it's our signal to hit the dance floor where we usually remain for the duration of the evening rocking our collective asses off. Unfortunately this song wasn't part of the set list Friday night but it didn't matter because Cherry Pie delivered an awesome line-up of favorite tunes. I was especially happy to hear "Heaven" which I haven't heard them play in a while, while Erica's signature song "Pour Some Sugar On Me" got the crowd a little crazy as usual.

Speaking of getting crazy, I've noticed a recent influx of new male Cherry Pie fans who spend the majority of the evening right in front of the stage getting a little crazy themselves (you know who you are). While I think this increased dose of testosterone on the dance floor is great, I'd like to take this opportunity to designate the area of the dance floor directly in front of the stage as a "molest-free zone". Hey, we're all there to enjoy the music and party and have a good time but let's save that for after the show. Thanks (o.k. stepping down off the soapbox now).

John mentioned early on that he was suffering from a cold but I honestly couldn't even tell, he put on such a great show. You know John, now that the cold and flu season is upon us I would suggest trying Echinacea. Green tea is also a great antioxidant. Alternatively, a shot of Goldschlager before hitting the stage would probably do wonders for the sinuses as well. :-) John Griffith from the band Wall$treet was "in the house" and did a great job sitting in with the band on a bunch of the songs to give John's voice a rest. This was the second show that I've been to where John has filled-in and not only does he have a great voice but he also has a great body and he seems like a really nice guy to boot. I'd also like to give a few "snaps" for Josh's new "do". It was receiving rave reviews from a few people that I talked to.

During the second set, myself and fellow birthday girl, Dawn, were brought on-stage and serenaded by John with a round of "Happy Birthday". You know, there's really nothing that says "Happy Birthday" quite like having a spotlight on your ass in front of a couple hundred people while someone slaps a bumper sticker on it. Thanks! :-) All in all, Cherry Pie delivered another awesome fun-filled performance! If you've hung in there this long, thanks for reading my ramblings. See you down the road at a future show,     - Tammy



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