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Saturday, January 10, 2009
Private Event
Holiday Inn Select

2200 I-70 Drive SW
Columbia, MO
Sound: Sound Decision
Operated by Mark Hartzell
Lights: Sound Decision
Operated by Thomas Moore
Assistant: Matt Wickersham
Nothing But a Good Time - Poison
Runaway - Bon Jovi
Fallen Angel - Poison
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Living on a Prayer - Bon Jovi
Here I Go Again - Whitesnake
Sister Christian - Night Ranger
Working for the Weekend - Loverboy
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
Headbanger's Ball - Medley
Unchained - Van Halen
I Hate Myself for Loving You - Joan Jett
Every Rose Has It's Thorn - Poison
Jump - Van Halen
Ah Leah - Donnie Iris
Eye of the Tiger - Survivor
Turn Up the Radio - Autograph
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Any Way You Want It - Journey
Metal Health - Quiet Riot
Foreplay/Long Time - Boston
Oh Sherrie - Steve Perry
It's My Life - Bon Jovi
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Separate Ways - Journey
Runnin' Down a Dream - Tom Petty
  (Impromptu - Mike Tomlinson on vocals & guitar)
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
  (Mike Tomlinson on guitar)
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Time for Me to Fly - REO Speedwagon
Don't Stop Believing - Journey
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
We're Not Gonna Take It - Twisted Sister
You Give Love a Bad Name - Bon Jovi
Enter Sandman - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Fade to Black [Excerpt] - Metallica
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Paradise City - Guns N'Roses
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
Winter Wonderland - Stryper
New Girl Now - Honeymoon Suite
You've Got Another Thing Coming - Judas Priest
Living After Midnite - Judas Priest

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A Word from Josh:
This was a private event for the Aflac Insurance Company and was very similar to the one we did October 11th in Junction City, Kansas. The most notable difference was that this time our own Mark Hartzell provided the entire grand production for the event including sound, lights and video. I must say that Mark and his crew, Thomas and Matt, went way above and beyond all weekend working their asses off for us and for the event. They arrived at the venue on Friday afternoon for the Saturday show. Dave, John and I arrived early Friday evening and set up most of the stage equipment. Shane and Frankie weren't able to arrive until Saturday afternoon because they were playing a show with Glam at Rooters on Friday Night. The event officially started at 1:00 pm on Saturday with two rousing musical performances by Aflac employees Corinna Ridenhour and Neal Boyd. It continued with several hours of various business presentations and awards until dinner was served at 6:30 pm. Cherry Pie was scheduled to start playing at 8:00 pm but got pushed back an hour because of the length of some of the speeches. As a result we decided to eliminate the normal break in our show and play straight through, thus maintaining our momentum. Well, this tactic may have worked a little TOO WELL as the party continued heating up all night and showed no signs of stopping when we finished our encores. After some coaxing from the crowd (including a fair amount of cash being tossed onto the stage) we returned for several more songs. In the end, we played for more than four hours straight. To me, it didn't seem that long. Setting up the night before and sleeping-in in a nice hotel room left me well-rested and feeling great right to the end of the marathon show. It appeared that the other guys felt the same way. John was on his game all night and kept the crowd engaged with his vocal skills as well as his impressive command of insurance-related humor. Most of the attendees contributed to the cool vibe with their 80s costumes and enthusiasm for the music. Aflac big-wig Mike Tomlinson joined us for some singing and guitar playing on a couple of songs which went over huge with the crowd. Indeed he did a fine job, but I suspect the crowd reaction was also related to the fact that he was their boss. A large group of Army Reservists held their own banquet earlier in the evening and several of them joined our party down the stretch. John paid tribute to them and we even made an ill-fated attempt to play their requested "Man in the Box" which went nowhere in a hurry. Overall we had a great time. It was a fun weekend away from home and we'd like to thank Tammy, Brad, Nathan, Laura and everybody else who helped us be a part of such an impressive event.     --Josh

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

"You guys were amazing! We planned to leave around nine, but ended up staying until after Midnight because we were having such a good time."

"You guys kicked some serious duckin' azz! Great job! Hope to see you again sometime... keep shredding it!"

"I am still feeling exhausted from such a great night! You guys rocked and made our meeting a success!:)"

"You guys were awesome!!! What a great show you put on. My calves and neck were killing me for the next 3 days from all the jumping and head banging. You guys made me want to stay on the dance floor all night. Thanks!!! Aflac & Cherry Pie Rocks!!"

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