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Saturday, October 29, 2016
Badger Bowl
506 E Badger Rd
(608) 274-6662

Madison, WI
[View all Badger Bowl shows]
Sound: MKE Productions
Operated by Matt Wobst
Lights: MKE Productions
Operated by Tyler McGraw
and Brevin Becker
Stage Tech: Kevin DeWitt
Photography/Video: Amanda Trash
SET 1:
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
Coming of Age - Damn Yankees
Bad Medicine - Bon Jovi
Let's Get Rocked - Def Leppard
Take It on the Run - REO Speedwagon
Animal - Def Leppard
Round and Round - Ratt
Heaven's on Fire - Kiss
Your Mama Don't Dance - Poison
Juke Box Hero - Foreigner
Rag Doll - Aerosmith
The Stroke - Billy Squier
Feed My Frankenstein - Alice Cooper
I Love Rock N'Roll - Joan Jett
I'll Be There for You - Bon Jovi
Fire Woman - The Cult
Dance the Night Away - Van Halen
Jump - Van Halen
Stone In Love - Journey

SET 2:
Welcome to the Jungle - Guns N'Roses
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Separate Ways - Journey
Girls Girls Girls - Motley Crue
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
   (Shane Loy on bass)
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
   (Shane Loy on lead vocal and bass)
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
   (Shane Loy on lead vocal)
Keep on Loving You - REO Speedwagon
The Last in Line - Dio
Love in an Elevator - Aerosmith
Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N'Roses
Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol
   (Charles Thomas on lead vocal,
    Nick Hanushewicz on guitar,
    Todd Osbourne on bass)

I Was Made for Loving You - Kiss
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Smokin' in the Boys Room - Motley Crue
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Enter Sandman - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Fade to Black [excerpt] - Metallica

A Word from Josh:
I wouldn't expect any of my friends to be familiar with the name Kitrin Lunde. She was my first girlfriend. We were teenagers. When I last saw her I had not yet met my first wife. It would be almost a decade before my children would be born; they are now fully grown. Kitrin is a pleasant memory of my distant past... so distant that it is hardly recognizable as being part of the same lifetime that I currently occupy. She is also the person who greeted me with a smile and a kiss after I came down off the stage following my first ever performance at the Badger Bowl.

At the time I was a member of a short-lived band called Streetwise. I remember feeling pretty proud of myself. I had seen other bands play at the Badger Bowl such as Little Vito & the Torpedoes and Interface and playing there seemed like a sign of success. I went on to perform at the Badger Bowl over the years as a member of Toys, The Cheeters, Jukebox Heroes, LP-The Band, Beyond the Mirror, The Josh Becker Band and of course Cherry Pie. Over 200 shows total and that doesn't even include dozens of others that I ran lights for or open jams that I hosted.

To me the Badger Bowl was reliable. It was always a good room with a nice bar and a good stage which went through a couple of renovations. But most importantly it was always... there. Tonight was Cherry Pie's 99th show at the Badger Bowl, more than any other venue. Second place on that list is 81 shows at Rooters which was bulldozed in 2014. A distant third place is the Budweiser Pavilion with 46 shows. So, yeah, we're dealing with Cal Ripken/Brett Favre type numbers here. This is why the end of the Badger Bowl is so poignant, almost like a death in the family. Don't get me wrong, this is not a tragedy like reflecting on 9/11 or the Station fire or the recent death of my brother. After all the Badger Bowl is brick and wood and steel. But the sum of its parts is a long-standing vessel of memories... so many memories, including ones involving friends who are no longer with us like George LeGros, Dave Gochberg and Shannon Smith.

If you look back through this Journal documenting the history of Cherry Pie you will find it riddled with broken links; a virtual graveyard of bands and venues that Cherry Pie has outlived. Somehow it's hard to imagine that the Badger Bowl or Rooters would be among them. As Cherry Pie moves forward we are left to hope that other venues of similar quality emerge to take their place and, honestly, that has yet to be determined.

There is also an emotional frustration in the sense that the demise of these venues seems so unnecessary. Tonight's Halloween show was so successful and fun it makes one wonder why can't we just do this forever? It feels like the last game of the old Cleveland Browns in 1995 before the team relocated to Baltimore. The fact is, both the Badger Bowl and Rooters did not fail as music venues but rather were closed due to business interests that had nothing to do with live music. It makes me feel like these venues were vacant lots and us musicians were merely neighborhood kids allowed to play on them until the "grown-ups" found a better use for the land. *sigh* Oh well, I suppose the only constant in life is change.

Perhaps some of you would like to share some of your fondest Badger Bowl memories below or on our Facebook page.     -Josh

Were you at this show?
Would you like to comment on it?

"Had an awesome time as usual. Love watching you guys perform and Kase, please stop making out with your, ummmm...Instrument. LMAO"

"Great night, great memories!"

Dave Shanklin:
"This was your 99th show at Badger Bowl. Are you counting the shows you played there as The Hit Squad?"

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