|Saturday, August 9, 2008
Wisconsin State Fair
8100 W Greenfield Ave
West Allis, WI
Von Eric filling in on drums
|Sound & Lights: O2M Productions
Operated by Mark Hartzell
Assisted by Alex Jonic
Stage Techs: Colleen Evans
[View all Wisconsin State Fair shows]
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Feels Like the First Time - Foreigner
Fallen Angel - Poison
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Round and Round - Ratt
Time for Me to Fly - REO Speedwagon
Any Way You Want It - Journey
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Slide It In - Whitesnake
Lay It Down - Ratt
New Girl Now - Honeymoon Suite
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Alone Again - Dokken
Jump - Van Halen
Metal Health - Quiet Riot
Enter Sandman - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Fade to Black [exerpt] - Metallica
Foreplay/Long Time - Boston
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Separate Ways - Journey
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
You've Got Another Thing Coming - J'Priest
Wanted Man - Ratt
I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Breaking the Chains - Dokken
Breaking the Law - Judas Priest
Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Living After Midnite - Judas Priest
Obviously, we knew coming in that this would be a great show. We knew that a State Fair crowd on the final Saturday was sure to kick ass and indeed they did. Unfortunately, circumstances dictated that we play this show without our drummer Frankie. Saddled with the daunting task of filling his cute little shoes for the evening was an old friend of mine, Von Eric. Von certainly wasn't going to match Frankie's sass or fashion sense, I don't think anybody can do that. But, as I've knows for years, he certainly knows what he's doing with drumsticks in his hands and he did an amazing job of learning the songs that we asked him to play. His performance ensured that we all could play with the confidence required to do a Cherry Pie show right. And I believe we did do it right. The crowd was very loud when they sang along, and they sang along quiet often. In fact, in a sense, the crowd bailed John out on "Home Sweet Home." He had just made a joke based on his mistaken belief that we were about to play "Slide It In." When I started playing the piano intro for "Home Sweet Home" he realized that he had misread the set list and started laughing, so much so that he couldn't sing the first two lines of the song. No problem as the crowd sang them so loud that we didn't miss a beat. But John wasn't the only one guilty of amusing miscues. During "Longtime" I accidentally stepped on my acoustic guitar cable which came unplugged at a humorously critical moment. I made another mistake later on when I started playing "Runaway" too soon and was left hanging when the rest of the band couldn't join in with me. Well, it's good to be able to laugh at yourself and tonight I was frickin' hilarious (and I haven't even mentioned my ripped pants). We are grateful to the State Fair and the Bud Pavillion for facilitating some of our most exciting moments over the last two summers. Tonight was yet another wonderful memory made. --Josh
PS: Let's hear it for West Allis' own Chellsie Memmel who's rocking the world in China at the Olympics! GO CHELLSIE!!!
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"Awsome concert!! This was my second time see you guys and I want to see you whenever I can now! Maybe at Serbian Days?!"
"great show! you guys rocked the stage like always...love ya :)"
"Nice to see you guys play again! John it was awesome to talk to you again even if it could only be for a minute before you went on stage. Give me a call sometime."
"Great show. Thanks for always making it fun."
"We missed Frankie!! Great show guys. Eve 6 had a smaller crowd than you. You need to teach them a thing or two!"
"My heart just ached when I saw no Frankie, missed the little shit kicker. The sub did great but I love the theatrics and drama Trash brings. Still though awesome show, for the first time you took my voice, still workin' on getting it back, but it was worth it! See ya guys soon!"
"I saw you guys for the first time at the Fair Saturday night! :) You guys rock!! "
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