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Friday, July 26, 2002
Red Cracker Festival

South Wayne, WI
Sound: Sound Reinforcement Systems
Operated by Brian Ingwell
and Bernie Millage
Lights: Interstellar & SRS
Operated by Geoff Reinke
and Kelly Davis
Assisted by Jason Hartwich,
Rich Reinke & Bradon Brinkman
SET 1:
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Lay It Down - Ratt
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Everybody Wants You - B. Squier
Heaven - Warrant
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Round and Round - Ratt
In My Dreams - Dokken
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Love Song - Tesla
Little Suzi - Tesla
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Down Boys - Warrant
Tom Sawyer - Rush
Home Sweet Home - Motley Crue
Panama - Van Halen
Smokin' - Boston
Pour Some Sugar' - Def Leppard
SET 2:
Lay Your Hands on Me - Bon Jovi
Separate Ways - Journey
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Don't Treat Me Bad - Firehouse
Nothing But a Good Time - Poison
Lick It Up - Kiss
Once Bitten Twice Shy - Great White
Bed of Roses - Bon Jovi
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Photograph - Def Leppard
All She Wrote - Firehouse
The Search Is Over - Survivor
Wild Side - Motley Crue
Smokin' in the Boys Room - BS/MC
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Wait - White Lion
Uncle Tom's Cabin - Warrant
Unskinny Bop - Poison
A Word from Josh:
We played this same festival last year so, in a lot of ways, we had a good idea of what to expect. We could expect a great stage, a top-notch sound system and really good food served in generous portions. Added this year was an air-conditioned dressing room behind the stage. Yes, we were kept quite happy. While we were setting up - another band, Ottoman Empire, was playing on the other end of the tent. Although obviously quite young and with some rough edges, this band did feature a very impressive lead guitarist named Brian who I spoke with briefly. Their setlist included quite a few songs from the Cherry Pie repertoire and Brian stuck around for our show and really seemed to get into it. Of course, he wasn't the only one. The crowd was noticeably bigger than last year's and their enthusiasm really made for a good night. The weather was excellent (a little warm perhaps, but not too bad). We thought it was funny when, in the middle of a song, I noticed a huge bug (looked kinda like a cockroach, but I'm not sure) making itself at home on one of my keyboards. Video camera operator Brandon came up and got a good shot of it, projecting on our big screen. "If any of you are missing any small pets," John told the crowd, "I think I know what happened to them." During one of the encores we found the stage infested by something else... dancing women, which was pretty darn nice. Later, a group of friends camped out overnight in a tent behind the stage so after the show we hung out with them in lawn chairs telling campfire stories (AKA dirty jokes) and munching on snacks for quite a while. It was an appropriately folksy end to a pleasant Summer day.     - Josh

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