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Saturday, March 30, 2002
"Sussex Place"

N64 W22480 Main St
(262) 820-3500

Sussex, WI
Sound: Go Audio
Operated by Brian Ingwell
and Chris Johnson
Lights: Interstellar
Operated by Geoff Reinke
Stage Tech: O.J.
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Lay It Down - Ratt
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Turn Me Loose - Loverboy
New Girl Now - Honeymoon Suite
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Cat Scratch Fever - Ted Nugent
   (Impromtu - Guitars by John
   Rady and Dustin Zellmer)

Alone Again - Dokken
Little Suzi - Tesla
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Love Song - Tesla
Wait - White Lion
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
Down Boys - Warrant
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard
SET 2:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Separate Ways - Journey
Round and Round - Ratt
In My Dreams - Dokken
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Nothin' But a Good Time - Poison
Lick It Up - Kiss
Unskinny Bop - Poison
Up All Night - Slaughter
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Jump - Van Halen
White Wedding - Billy Idol
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Everything About You - UKJ
Metal Health
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
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A Word from Josh:
What a fun night. This was a very different kind of show for us; a bit of a "back to the roots" kind of feel where we set up on the floor in the corner of a small town bar. This show was booked by Dave's friends John and Sher Rady as a surprise birthday party for their friend Todd Zellmer, but it was also open to the public, so the crowd of about 200 who fit comfortably inside this moderate-sized room consisted of many friends and family within two degrees of separation from Dave, many of our Milwaukee area "regulars" and local barflies who unwittingly found themselves at a rock show. The stripped-down stage production lent itself to the charm of the occassion. At one point John Rady and Todd's son Dustin played guitar with us on a special performance of "Cat Scratch Fever" sung by Shane. By sheer coincidence, this was our 100th show as Cherry Pie and by sheer surprise, earlier in the day we learned that we've received our first-ever WAMI nomination. I must say that making these happy announcements seemed most suitable and meaningful in front of this more intimate gathering. It was a night of great pride for the band and what we've accomplished over the last couple of years. Some the long time fans who were on hand to share this special night with us were Sheila, Stacy, Erika, Julie H., Stephanie, Julie K., Linda, Dawn and Trish. Some of the newer faces in the crowd who I had the pleasure of chatting with included Tammy, Erica, Jessica, Casey, Angela and Cheryl (I hope I'm spelling those right).

As for the show itself, it contained much of the usual hijinx and mayhem that we've grown accustomed to, some of which took some bizzare twists. First of all, it's common knowledge that we encourage women to throw their undergarments at us, but somebody seemed a bit confused by that concept as we found the stage area to be littered with tampons! "It's a good thing that these aren't used," commented John eliciting a well-deserved groan from the crowd. Equally confused was a young lady who, shall we say, earned her Mardi Gras beads upside-down. She came on stage and, instead of the traditional exposing of the breasts, she dropped her pants and had band members autograph her bare butt. Yet another Cherry Pie first.

And, as if the night wasn't festive enough already, we also celebrated the Birthday of our strapping young drummer Nick (AKA "Jack Hammer"). John buttered him up big time calling him the main ingredient in the band. "The rest of us are just rice in his burrito." Before our encore he was presented with a cake covered with enough candles to cause a fire hazard. The cake also featured one of those edible photos on the surface. It was a picture of Nick taken when he was really drunk and his eyes were closed. As a result, the cake looked more suitable for a funeral viewing than for a birthday. Anyway, to ensure that his embarrassment was complete, I hopped on the drums for the encore as the band and the crowd insisted that Nick show off his fancy dance moves for us. The guy can really cut a rug, and I'm not kidding about that. It was a fitting ending to an outstanding evening of music and friends.     - Josh

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