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Friday, August 1, 2008
Wisconsin State Fair
Budweiser Pavillion
8100 W Greenfield Ave
(414) 266-7000

West Allis, WI
[View all Wisconsin State Fair shows]
 
Sound & Lights: O2M Productions
Operated by Mark Hartzell
Assisted by Alex Jonic
Stage Techs: Colleen Evans
& Paul Adamec
 
SET 1:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Wanted Man - Ratt
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Jump - Van Halen
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Down on Me - Jackyl
Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Unskinny Bop - Poison
Ah Leah - Donnie Iris
Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
Thinking of You - Cherry Pie
Any Way You Want It - Journey
Rock You Like a Hurricane
 
SET 2:
Foreplay/Long Time - Boston
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Fallen Angel - Poison
Separate Ways - Journey
Heaven - Warrant
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Fly - Cherry Pie
Oh Sherry - Steve Perry
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
What You Give - Tesla
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Metal Health - Quiet Riot
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Enter Sandman - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Fade to Black [exerpt] - Metallica
 
A Word from Josh:
This was definitely one of those "Tale of Two Sets" types of shows. For us, the first set was a nightmare. This is a great stage with a great staff and a tremendous sponsorship from Budweiser. However, for some reason this year they decided to skimp on sound production. Forced to deal with horribly inferior PA equipment, it was difficult to get things working as we set up following the preceding band. The show started 45 minutes late with poor monitors, failing microphones, feedback and "mystery noises" plaguing the first set. Working hard to put out all these fires was our soundman Mark, without whom things would certainly have been worse. His heroic efforts, along with John's professionalism on stage, prevented most of the crowd from realizing the extent of the issues we were dealing with. Still, it was disheartening to feel that we were unable to give them the type of quality show that we pride ourselves in at most other venues. But, as happens with difficult shows, it was the spirit of the audience that was our salvation. The show definitely took a turn for the better early in the second set. By then, the most serious technical problems had been worked out and major crowd-pleasing songs such as "Living on a Prayer" and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" ensured that the party with over two thousand of our closest friends was in full swing. Our earlier frustration had evolved into a devil-may-care attitude which led to a more relaxed and jovial attitude down the stretch. Our spirits were lifted even further when a generous young man bribed us handsomely to bring Tesla's, "What You Give" out of retirement (Yes, we can be bought). We always appreciate the support from the music fans who make what we do so much fun. But tonight that support was crucial to bringing this PIE show to life and we thank you. Hopefully, our return to this stage next Saturday will be less problematic but, either way, we know we can count on you to show us a good time.     --Josh


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

Melisa:
"Fun show! :)"

Dan Pogorzelski:
"The show was awesome, even with the poor acoustics, Budwiser Pavillion was definately not designed with proper sound in mind. See y'all saturday!!!"

D. Neuchter:
"This was my first time seeing you guys and am definately a fan! Hopefully I can catch another show soon"

Chris:
"I came from south carolina just to see you guys and I was not disappointed!I have to say you are the best band I have ever seen, you are awesome!!!!!!!"

Bullet:
"Thanks for the explanation on the late start. I was getting pissed, late starts are for the (Boy)Toys and Eddie (and his big) Butts. You guys were always more fan conscious and professional. Looking forward to Saturday's show at the fair, bringing some future converts. Rip it up and make me proud."

CindyLouWho:
"You guys were great! Your youngest groupies love you! :"

Debbie & Gary:
"Didn't know what was going on with the late start, but well worth the wait. After you guys hit the stage, you rocked the night away. We had a wonderful time. It was great to get out and have fun with some great friends. See ya soon."


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