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JOURNAL ENTRY #168

Saturday, August 30, 2003
Apparitions Motorcycle Club Party

N 6492 Holstein Prairie Rd
Monroe, WI

Alternating sets with The Johnsons
 
Sound: Go Audio
Operated by Brian Ingwell
Lights: Tracy Roudebush
Stage Tech: Dan Olsen
 
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Unskinny Bop - Poison
Workin' for the Weekend - Loverboy
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Can't Get Enuff - Winger
Lay It Down - Ratt
Love Song - Tesla
Wait - White Lion
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row


SET 3:
Nothin' but a Good Time - Poison
Photograph - Def Leppard
Round and Round - Ratt
We're Not Gonna Take It - T. Sister
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
I Can't Drive 55 - Sammy Hagar
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
Shout at the Devil - Motley Crue
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard
 
SET 2:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Separate Ways - Journey
Cult of Personality - Living Colour
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Ah Leah - Donny Iris
Breaking the Chains - Dokken
Alone Again - Docken
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
 
A Word from Josh:
Well, it seemed like a good idea at the time. The Apparitions Motorcycle Club holds this annual event where bikers come from all over the state and enjoy a weekend of food, drink, music, commerce and camping in a remote pasture. The music took place in a large tent with stages on either end where two top party bands played alternating sets for 6 straight hours of uninterrupted live music. The problem appeared to be that this year's event landed on the same weekend as the pinnacle of the Harley 100th Anniversary in Milwaukee where thousands of Harley lovers were gathering to enjoy, among other things, live music from the likes of Kansas, Steppenwolf and Poison. This directly resulted in the Apparitions Party drawing only a fraction of the turnout that they would have otherwise expected. Of course, we were determined to make the most of it and the dozens of people on hand certainly seemed to enjoy themselves. They certainly lived up to the biker reputation for hospitality, rocking hard and beautiful women ("Biker Babes" according to the Harley vernacular). The band on the other stage was The Johnsons, a fun 80s dance band. I had known of them for years, but this was my first chance to see them. They were outstanding, effectively capturing the sounds of INXS, Prince, Frankie Goes to Hollywood and many others. Our show came off pretty well also, despite a poorly configured stage. Both stages were flatbed semi trailers which were over 5 feet high, shoved into the ends of a tent where the sloping canopy severly limited what we could do with our lights and restricted our movement, especially for me as the band's tallest member. Shane enjoyed the fact that, for once, my height was giving me a distinct disadvantage. In fact, my keyboards were positioned in such a way that, as I played them, my forehead was pressing into the ceiling of the tent. Not the best thing for big hair. In the end, we were encouraged by the response of the crowd which reaffirmed our belief that we would do very well at more high-profile biker events if given the chance. We've got a show coming up on the afternoon of October 4 at the House of Harley on Layton Avenue in Milwaukee. We'll definitely be looking forward to that.     - Josh


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