Thanks to Mike Trivisonno, I’ve added “Cherry Pie” to Planner Project 2016

While listening to the Mike Trivisonno Show recently on WTAM 1100 AM radio, Mike began highlighting his upcoming Vegas Night Coats for Kids fund raiser with support from the Figgie Foundation June 28th and 29th at the Hilton Garden Inn Twinsburg. (Sorry folks, It’s sold out!)

As he ran down the current list of entertainers, Mike began describing how returning rocker Billy Morris and his band Sunset Strip with Heather Summers got his previous Coats for Kids benefit swinging sweetly to their version of the Warrant hit “Cherry Pie.”

In the beginning, I thought the last entry added to my Planner Project 2016 would be a tribute to master musician Ralph Carney by highlighting how Ralph joined Akron’s Bob Ethington in Akron at Bob’s September 10, 2016 CD release party, only to die the following year before the two, long time friends and former Tin Huey band mates, could play together another time. Described by Bob as a “magical night,” the night marked Ralph’s last hometown play date.

Prior to that I thought the last entry would be honoring Reba McIntyre’s band members and manager who died in a tragic plane crash by adding their names to the April 4, 1991 entry highlighting Reba’s Richfield Coliseum date with Clint Black and Vince Gill. Around 12,000 paid $20 to join Reba that night at her first concert after the March 16th crash. (See Elizabeth Sullivan’s concert review here!)

I also thought adding the June 19, 1981 date Fairview Cinema I featured Superman II with Christopher Reeves & Margot Kidder exactly 40 years after youngsters joined Superman creators Jerry Siegel and Joe Shuster at May Co. department store on Public Square might be the final entry. Or adding the date when Cleveland’s now famous Christmas Story House opened to the public on November 25, 2006 would be the last addition.

See the ad for Siegel and Shuster’s 1941 May Co. appearance here!

Before that, I thought adding the date the late Sonny Geraci played Kent Stage with long time friends Dennis Tufano of the Buckinghams, and Bill Burkette and Hugh Geyer of the Vogues on April 10, 2011 would be a last, but fitting finale since this project was initially being developed as a potential fund raiser for Sonny who suffered a brain aneurysm in 2012.

But thanks to Triv and Billy, who played with Warrant, adding “Cherry Pie to the July 11, 1991 entry highlighting Warrant at Blossom Music Center as a tribute to lead singer Jani Lane, an Akron area native, is now the latest last addition to the 1,300 entry, 66,000 word project!

The entry now reads, “We did 20,000 in Milwaukee, 18,000 in Chicago, 19,000 in Indianapolis, and now we get to headline in my own home territory,” Lani Lane tells Jane Scott before Warrant (w/Steven Sweet, Erik Turner, Jerry Dixon, Joey Allen),rocks Blossom with ‘Cherry Pie’ during its ‘Blood, Sweat & Beers’ tour (Trixter and Firehouse open-$12.99), 1991

See Jane Scott’s story before the Blossom concert here! See Plain Dealer reporter John Soeder’s tribute to Jani Lane and “Cherry Pie,” upon Jani’s death in 2011 here!

For a breakdown of Mike Trivisonno related entries in Planner Project 2016, including Coats for Kids entertainers, see here! Hungry? Here’s a link to the Billy Morris Smokin’ Rock N Roll Food Truck website!

For those who don’t know, Ralph Carney was the uncle of Patrick Carney of the Black Keys. See HERE for Chuck Yarborough’s profile on cleveland.com of the new “Sad Planets” LP “Akron, Ohio,” as Patrick joins forces with John Petkovic of Death of Samantha and Cobra Verde fame.

For Black Keys fans, here’s a link from cleveland.com profiling their new LP “Let’s Rock” due June 28th. And here’s a link to cleveland.com for tickets, starting at $39.50, to their September 30th concert at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse (the Q) with Modest Mouse.

Thanks, Triv! Thanks, Billy! I wish you the best success on the upcoming fund raiser. It looks like another great weekend for a great cause!

George Cormack


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