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Saturday, February 1, 2014
901 Northview Rd
(262) 544-9600

Waukesha, WI
Charles Thomas filling in for Josh
Sound: MobilTrax
Operated by Matt Wobst
Lights: MKE Productions
Operated by Johann Koniar
Assistant: Tennessee Love
Stage Tech: Kevin DeWitt

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SET 1:
Hellion/Electric Eye - J'Priest *
Slide It In - Whitesnake
Fallen Angel - Poison
Youth Gone Wild - Skid Row
Wanted Man - Ratt
Armageddon It - Def Leppard
Any Way You Want It - Journey
I Wanna Rock - Twisted Sister
Rebel Yell - Billy Idol
18 and Life - Skid Row
Highway to Hell - AC/DC
Rock of Ages - Def Leppard
Crazy Train - Ozzy Osbourne
Still of the Night - Whitesnake
Hysteria - Def Leppard
  (Charles Thomas on lead vocal)
Panama - Van Halen
Breaking the Chains - Dokken
Paradise City - Guns N'Roses

* Debut
SET 2:
Thunderstruck - AC/DC
Talk Dirty to Me - Poison
Pour Some Sugar on Me - Def Leppard
Stone In Love - Journey
Wanted Dead or Alive - Bon Jovi
Monkey Business - Skid Row
Lay It Down - Ratt
Walk This Way - Aerosmith
Dancing with Myself - Billy Idol
  (Charles Thomas on lead vocal)
Kickstart My Heart - Motley Crue
Wild Side - Motley Crue
I Believe in a Thing Called Love - Darkness
Sweet Child O'Mine - Guns N'Roses
You've Got Another Thing Coming - J'Priest
You Shook Me All Night Long - AC/DC
We're Not Gonna Take It - T'Sister
Rock You Like a Hurricane - Scorpions
Enter Sandman - Metallica
For Whom the Bell Tolls - Metallica
Fade to Black [excerpt] - Metallica
A Word from Charles:
As the guest-guitarist for the evening, Josh has given me the honor of writing the tour blog for the evening. First of all, let me just say as a long-time fan of the band, and as someone who has known John for 22 or so years, it was a great honor to get the chance to play with Cherry Pie. As an "outsider", I was made to feel totally at home and was treated well by every person involved in the organization, and by the fans too!

With Josh away and nary a keyboard to be found onstage as a result, the band refocused the set list on "two-guitar rock" for the evening. It made for a pretty serious show of head-banging fury and fiery licks. I mean... we opened with "The Hellion" and "Electric Eye" by Judas Priest. If that didn't say something about how things were going to unfold, you just weren't paying attention!

From there we slammed down a collection of songs torn right from my youthful guitar-hero collection: Whitesnake, Skid Row, Ratt, Def Leppard, AC/DC, Van Halen, Guns n Roses... it was like it was the late 80's and I was back in my first gigging band. It brought back lots of fun memories, and playing those songs was just as fun today as it was then. The stage at Rooter's is a lot like the old "Headliners" stage back in the day in Madison, so I felt right at home.

I got to meet a lot of very interesting people on the set break, and might have had a shot or two of Jägermeister handed to me... then we were back at it. More AC/DC, some Journey, a lovely acoustic, sit-down version of Bon Jovi's "Wanted Dead or Alive"... then some classic Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe, Quiet Riot, and Scorpions. We closed the night out with a mucho muscular Metallica Medley. Lights, fog, confetti cannons, 4x12 cabinets, stick-twirling, big hair, blinding lights, and guitars that were way too loud. It was just like I had always wanted it to be when I was in my bedroom learning guitar as a kid!

My big thanks again to everyone in the Cherry Pie organization. Great bunch of people! Hope we get to do it again sometime!    --CT

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