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Saturday, July 5, 2008
Grafton Holidaze
Lime Kiln Park
(262) 377-3540

Grafton, WI
[View all Grafton Holidaze shows]
 
Sound: Sound Decision
Operated by Mike Stocklin
Lights: Sound Decision
Operated by James Clark
Assistant: Matt Wickersham
Stage Tech: Colleen Evans
 
SET 1:
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Unskinny Bop - Poison
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Lay It Down - Ratt
Lick It Up - Kiss
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Lovin' Every Minute of It - Loverboy
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Ah Leah - Donnie Iris
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Wanted Man - Ratt
Fly - Cherry Pie
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
We're Not Gonna Take It - T'Sister
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Enter Sandman - Metallica
 
SET 2:
Foreplay/Long Time - Boston
Living in a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Separate Ways - Journey
Fallen Angel [Partial] - Poison

SET 3:
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Oh Sherry - Steve Perry
I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett
Feels Like the First Time - Foreigner
Heaven - Warrant
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Enter Sandman - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Fade to Black [exerpt] - Metallica
 
A Word from Josh:
Gee, where do I start with this one? How about at the beginning? This festival is yet another of many fine traditions for us in recent years. Early in the show John commented on how nice it is to be in Grafton on such a great holiday weekend. The crowd grew steadily during our first set which was marked by a couple of humorous errors... John made a spectacle of himself when he mis-read the set list and our stage tech Colleen accidentally detonated a confetti blaster backstage. Indeed, our mood was light, completely unaware of what was to come later in the night. But, I'm getting ahead of myself. Near the end of the first set we could hear the spectacular fireworks show get underway behind us while we were playing "Enter Sandman." We quickly decided to abort the rest of the scheduled Metallica medley in favor of checking out the holiday fun. As we enjoyed the fireworks along with the rest of the crowd, we met many people, signed posters, posed for pictures, etc. It was quite a family-oriented atmosphere and it felt great. That's all the more reason we were shocked a short time later when, early in the second set, the most vicious fight I've ever seen broke out in front of the stage. As a band, we've seen a small handful of fights in our history and they usually don't last long. This one was quite different, forcing us to stop playing and get involved. John would later draw praise from event staff for the way he handled the situation both during and after the melee which left one man seriously hurt and many bystanders, some of them children, very shaken. Using the power of his microphone and his position as focal point for the band, the quick-thinking John played a key role in ensuring a quick diffusion of the violence, the accountability of those involved, the safety of the crowd at large and, most importantly, swift access of medical attention to the injured parties. Police and paramedics were soon in control and the crowd milled around talking amongst themselves about what had just happened. The most seriously injured man was cautiously strapped to a gurney and wheeled out to an ambulance. After some discussion, police decided to allow our show to resume after what turned out to be about a 45 break. When we did return to the stage it was amazing to see how many people were still in attendance. The crowd during rest of the show rocked every bit as much as before the incident and the spirit of the occasion re-emerged in full force. We are so grateful for everybody who didn't give up on the party, even when things were going all wrong. It paid off for everybody in the end. Especially the Metallica fans who got a treat when we, by popular demand, actually replayed "Enter Sandman" as part of the complete medley to finish the show. Yet another oddity on a night which will stand out in Cherry Pie history.     --Josh


VOICES FROM THE CROWD:
Were you at this show?
Would you like to comment on it?

Bittersweeteus:
"The last show for the 4th of July weekend sure did end in a bang!! The night was filled with many activities which included, the awesome coverband, CherryPie, with their fabulous performance, a spectacular array of fireworks, a rumble that included both genders, which I commend John on taking charge and controlling the situation, and last but not least, John dedicating the song "It's My Life" to one of the lady patrons in the crowd. Yeah, it sure was an action-packed night which I'm sure people will be talking about for days."

Jennie:
"Speechless for once...for anyone who was there it was quite the eventful evening. As always I had a great time. Wasn't too crazy about a cover charge but with all the fireworks inside and outside the tent it was a memorable nite. You guys, especially John, handled everything great. Not only with crowd control but public relations during and after to change the mood back to rock. Great show!"

Heather:
"Thanks for the GREAT show until the mayhem started! The kids loved ya and had a blast!"

Tami:
"For weeks, we in Grafton were looking forward to seeing the Pie return for another Fourth of July show (ya gotta play in our neck of the wood more!!). Imagine the horror when the fireworks broke out in the tent. John quickly jumped into action and helped to disperse the crowd. Even though we decided to leave, thanks for continuing to play. We hope that this does not discourage you from coming back next year. Looking forward to hearing you at State Fair."

Angela:
"Hi guys and Colleen. Just want to say thank you for all your help with Thomas after the fight. He is doing fine. Just a little shaken up of what happened. Thank goodness it was not as serious as we thought it could of been. He was sent home from the hospital that night. We all had fun until it happened. The show was great as always. Just a note for the next group of people who decide to push and shove each other because of dislikes please look around you and make sure that there are no young kids around to witness it and yes it does do harm inside of them. I have two great examples. But we are still going to have our Cherry Pie in the future. Take care."

Rodger N Brenda:
"Yeah I was the one, the most serious injured you spoke about Josh. I appreciate John's take charge attitude. All I know is you guys were great and all was well. It started as a family orientated gig as my 7 year old was having a blast and you guys were all great to him. My outcome was this: I was knocked unconscious and got a serious concussion which I have had memory and motor skills problems for the past two days which my doc said will diminish in a week or so. Also a splitting headache. I am off work for two weeks. It's a shame that what started out so peaceful and FUN FOR ALL AGES ended up in such mayhem. WHY? Why do people so selfishly ruin a good time for eveyone else and for me to be put in the condition I was in-in front of my 7 year old son, purely BS. Anyhow, kudos to John for his microphone skills in getting me help asap and we won't let this little mishap deter us from coming to another one of your shows. I think we will stand AWAY from the crowd lol. Peace guys and thanks again."

Donavan & Becky:
"Hi Guys!! Once again we enjoyed the show, and you guys rocked as always, and is always good talking to you all afterwards. The fireworks were cool and it was seeing the Pie on the weekend of America's birthday!! With the exception of that stupid fight, it was a good night. John, you were so cool handling the night!! Take care guys! Up The Irons!!!"

Kegger:
"It still was a most enjoyable evening and awesome fireworks. It's too bad we last 45 minutes of rockin good times because of two drunk buddies."

Chris:
"you guys rocked as always! I'm with Kegger on this to bad we lost 45 minutess of the the show when to buddies decided to fight."

Rodger:
"Kegger and Chris? Who are the two drunk buddies that decided to fight? Because I heard that what put me in the hospital unconscious and off work for two weeks was a girl who started in on two girls dancing, then each parties boyfriends got into it and the brawl (mayhem) began and somehow, someone took a cheap shot at me and kicked me in the head while I was down. I wasn't even in it. I was with my seven year old and wife so if you got more info than what the Police told me Tuesday-PLEASE FILL IN THE BLANKS. Because I am not one of those "buddies" you are talking about. Yes, it is true that a guy that was with our group of people is the one who clocked me, by I didn't really know him. What do you know? I am still trying to fill in the blanks as I have no memory of what happened. Please tell."

helpfull hand:
"How about thanks to some of the jc's staff for hopping the bar to stop the fight! this thing could have gotten bigger if the big guy behind the bar didnt grab the guy that threw the punch and hold him until the police got cuffs on him. more onlookers were trying to get there little licks in on the puncher, but the big guy never let it happen. thanks for helping out. And thanks for putting the WIG back on and rocking out with the crowd... you rock......."

Rodger N Brenda:
"I'd like to thank EVERYONE who helped me. I COULD HAVE BEEN DEAD right in front of my wife and kid because of the cheap shots to the head I took. A big thanks to all who helped me,the band especially John I hear who grabbed the mic and took control, JC's staff, the paramedics, Grafton P.D. and St. Mary's Hospital. I owe ya all one. And Cherry Pie, we will see ya soon!!"


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