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Side Stage Soapbox

Posted on Wednesday, November 28, 2007 at 12:05AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments18 Comments

rocklahomalogo.jpgFrom tangents to soap-boxes, Bring Back Glam! has turned into my mouthpiece this week. There are rumors all over the place that there will be a side stage at Rocklahoma 2008. I think this is a horrible idea for a multitude of reasons.

First, I've already paid good money for three V.I.P. seats. I want to the be in the middle of the action, in front of the main stage when I'm not doing media things. I want my seat for both rockin' and restin,' thank you very much.

Second, who determines who is main stage worthy and who is relegated to the side stage?  What if two bands I want to see are playing at the exact same time? This means smaller crowds for both acts and half the point of Rocklahoma is so thousands of fans can see their favorite bands -- and the musicians get a chance to play for a massive crowd. Third, will there be any seating at the rumored side stage areas? I highly doubt it, and I don't think it should be "first come, first served" when - once again - I've already paid for my seat license.

There is one way I can see a side stage working, but there would still be scheduling conflicts. A separate concert area would be feasible for non-80s based bands, or up and comers of the Glam genre. What if this happens and bands like Vains of Jenna, Big Cock, and Dirty Penny are playing the same time as headliners? This isn't fair to anyone.

For the most part, the single stage set-up worked marvelously last year. There were tents for unsigned bands, and those musicians played their hearts out all day long, so everyone had a chance to check them out. 

While we're on the subject of Rocklahoma, I'm adding more bands to my prediction list: I think Extreme will play and I also think Big Cock will be in Pryor, Oklahoma in some regard (for the rest, please see "Rocklahoma Predictions).

So, what are your thoughts on the rumoured side stage?  

 

 

 

 

 

Reader Comments (18)

Hello Allyson , this is Sam McCaslin - president of the largest 80s Hard Rock re-issue label in the world representing over 250 bands. Love the site! I can tell you that Retrospect Records will be a large part of Rocklahoma 2008 and the "sidestage" bands will not be playing at the same time as the main stage bands. I believe you will see THREE top-notch "K" bands at Rocklahoma as well as a line-up that will be much better than the '07 line-up. Official announcement of Rocklahoma '08 line-up will come in Jan/Feb!! I have to keep a lid on many things until the press release. Let's chat sometime!
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
Krokus, Kix and....

Who is voting King Kobra, and who is voting KISS ? I'd prefer to see King Kobra.

November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
i think the other one is Keel. Ron Keel is like the owner of retrospect records.
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterjustinjc7
Extreme would be great. Billboard reported the other day that they're reuniting with three of the four originals (Cherone, Nuno, and Pat Badger). They're planning a tour and new album in 2008. I think they're a vastly underrated band in this genre.
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
I'm sure Justin is correct.

Allyson
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Yes, Kix has to be there! And hopefully with a side stage that is not playing the same time as the main stage, Kix (and other main stage bands) will get more time to play!
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
Yeah, my guess was Keel, I was just kidding around.

I agree - Extreme were awesome, I can't wait to see them.
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
You know who I would like to see? Not at Rocklahoma, because I just don't have the cash for that...but just in general. I'd love to see some form of the Vinnie Vincent Invasion back together. I know Mark Slaughter probably wouldn't be a part of it, but he was the second singer. Robert Fleischman and Vinnie sharing the stage together again would be awesome. What is Robert up to nowadays?
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJason
Robert is solo now. Vinnie is stubborn, i love him, but he is stubborn.

and i think side stages would work if it rotates, like teh first band plays again another day, so you can mix and match perhaps
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterLizzyLightz
An original Keel line-up perhaps?

All I will say is that the line-up for one of the sidestages will be worth the price of admission alone!
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
KEEL!!!

HELL YEAH!!!

THE RIGHT TO ROCK!!!

I still remember the video clip.

The scene where the teenage kid peforms that backflip from the second story window and lands on the Harley was awesome.

\\mm//
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
I saw Keel in the spring and they were HORRIBLE.
November 28, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
No you saw Ron Keel with a shitty-ass band (except for me the keyboard player) - thats what you saw. That band sucked big-time and we were embarrassed to be on stage with them. It was the same band who backed Marq Torien. Crap.

Ron still has a killer voice and with Jay and Ferrari by his side - I am pretty sure he will crap all over 80% of last years performances.
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRetrospect Records
Ron was part of out Labor Day Weekend shows in 06 with Quiet Riot and Jackyl. He performed solo on both days and was just amazing. Told some great stories about the songs, performed them like he was playing MSG, and really ENJOYED doing it for the FANS. His voice has aged nicely too. I'm not big on acoustic shows, but Ronnie played his ass off and changed my mind of what a really strong performer can do with just his voice and an acoustic guitar. What a fucking GREAT guy as well. He needs to up his Jager intake ability though, not to mention the Wild Turkey toasts before each set hahahaha. Man did we put back shots of those and not ONCE did he pull a Vince. A class act all the way.
I would LOVE to see a REAL "KEEL" show. Ryche, Weeks, and Scott are good friends of mine, but Ronnie out with the guys that CREATED the music from the begining would be killer. HELL, Ronnie at Rocklahoma with just his guitar and a keyboard player might be just as kick ass if all else fails.
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSweet Lou.
Regardless, as for those of us who both work and play at Rocklahoma.. the mere thought of a side stage is exhausting. Sigh.
November 29, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
FOR ALL MUSIC LOVERS AND THOSE WHO ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND, YOU SHOULD BE GREATFUL THAT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE KIND OF EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE AND LET THE POLOTICS OF THE EVENT UNFOLD. I AM SURE THERE ARE PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE THAT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING RUNNING THE SHOW. BY THE WAY, GREAT ARTICLE AND KEEP ROCKIN. MICKY WITH ESP ENTERTAINMENT
FOR ALL MUSIC LOVERS AND THOSE WHO ARE PLANNING TO ATTEND, YOU SHOULD BE GREATFUL THAT THERE ARE OPPORTUNITIES FOR THESE KIND OF EVENTS TO TAKE PLACE AND LET THE POLOTICS OF THE EVENT UNFOLD. I AM SURE THERE ARE PROFESSIONAL PEOPLE THAT KNOW WHAT THEY ARE DOING RUNNING THE SHOW. BY THE WAY, GREAT ARTICLE AND KEEP ROCKIN. MICKY WITH ESP ENTERTAINMENT
i totally agree. hopefully there wont be a side stage. its not fair to anyone.
January 8, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterstenji

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