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Something to Believe In

wristbands.JPGThe first day of Rocklahoma is already in the history books. It was a great day filled with good music, great showmanship, mud and oppressive heat.

I underestimated just how tired I would be covering this festival. Me and my crew left our Tulsa hotel for Rocklahoma around 11 yesterday morning. We had to eat and commute and we got lost so we didn't even enter Rocklahoma until 1 p.m. Checking into the media tent was a nightmare because all the workers (and there are tons of them!) were confused. After this, Heather, Eric and myself all had to get wristbands, which was also a debacle.

David Henzerling and I chatted for a follow-up interview. David wasn't playing, but he was at Rocklahoma to support his good friends in the Greg Leon Invasion and to have a good time. allysondavid.JPG

Event organizers planned an interview session with each band (with the exception of Poison, who were forced to cancel). During these interview sessions, reporters could take pictures and ask the bands anything.

Did I mention it was hot yesterday? I'm not sure if flesh can actually melt, but I think at one point I was disintegrating. Thank goodness for hats and 70 SPF sun block. I am proud to report that neither myself nor Eric or Heather are burned (yet, at least!).

As the day wore on, Rocklahoma fans were treated to some great performances. (Tramp's) White Lion were very good. A journalist asked Mike Tramp about the Vito Bratta situation. As you can imagine, this didn't go over so well and it got Mike a little riled up. The band played their most famous song and ended with their cover of "Radar Love."

markslauughter1.JPGSlaughter was absolutely amazing. Mark Slaughter ran through the crowd, talked to fans, and still proved that he can hit high notes when necessary. He dumped a bottle of water over his head after the first song, and kept doing so. I figure he was afraid he would pass out on stage from heat. Slaughter played all their hits, including "Fly to the Angels" and "Up All Night." By this time the crowd was good and drunk, which made for some great people watching.

Heather and I went to the press call for RATT, which we missed because it was moved without warning and we decided to wait for Poison. During this time, Eric took pictures of Quiet Riot. The band closed their set with "Metal Health."

Time for the pit and RATT! If you've ever taken photos in the pit area of a concert, you know it can be a little intense, but Rocklahoma is over the top. Standing beside Eric with our average digital camera were photographers from Metal Edge, Rolling Stone and Spin Magazines. They were all very nice and didn't shove us out of the way. Good thing because I'm very competitive and Heather is worse than me in that department.

pearcy3.JPGYou might recall I recently reviewed the Cincinnati stop of the RATT/Poison tour. RATT is changing up their set, while staying true to the fan favorites. RATT played "Wanted Man," "Lay It Down," "Back for More," and dug deep for "Walkin' the Dog." They closed their set with "Round and Round."

After a lengthy set change it was time for headliners Poison. I was supposed to have a one on one interview with Bret Michaels last night, but that was cancelled at 11:30. The band was dealing with some major travel delays which meant no press conference. Poison took the stage just before midnight and played a set that looked like this:

Look What the Cat Dragged In
I Want Action
Ride the Wind
I Won't Forget You
What I Like About You
C.C. DeVille Solo
Georgia (instrumental)
I Hate Every Bone in Your Body (But Mine)
Something to Believe In
Can't You See
Your Mama Don't Dance
I Need to Know
Drum Solo
Unskinny Bop
Every Rose Has Its Thorn
Fallen Angel
Talk Dirty to Me
Nothing But a Good Time

closebret.JPGDuring "Something to Believe In," Bret Michaels and Company invited local military on stage and it was pretty emotional toward the end as the enlisted men and women sang with their glam heroes. At the end of the song, the crowd starting cheering "U.S.A.! U.S.A.!" This made Bret and C.C. smile. Despite the heat and exhaustion, it was a pretty great day. The crowd swelled just before RATT and I would estimate at least 35,000 people were in attendance, but I've heard figures as high as 60,000.

It's 9:30 a.m. Time to get dressed, pack up and do it all over again.

Reader Comments (21)

Thanks for the report, we left during rikki's drum solo ( my friend here is sick, I'll be there alone today ). My seats suck, I think the way they were sold was deceptive, I'm in N - 1 - 17, which is pretty far back for 'VIP'. Otherwise, awesome day. The only other sad thing is that the merch was almost sold out ( the Rocklahoma branded stuff, anyhow ).

I will try to call you today, otherwise, swing by N 1 17 some time if you're up to say 'hi', I'm in a Ratt t shirt today ( the band one ). I don't actually have a phone :-)

July 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Nice Coverage Allyson! It sounds like it has been a great time, aside from the media snafus.

Rob Rockitt
Hard Rock Hideout
Thanks for the review. Did you hear anything about the fistfight between Kevin Dubrow and Dana Strum after Quiet Riot played? It was pretty intense. They knocked the whole fucking tent down. Dubrow totally pounded Dana Strum's face in, although Dana did succeed in yanking Kevin's hair off and tossing it into the mud before several security dudes broke them up. Fucking crazy shit.
July 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterFlipper Schoonerwaggen
Great stuff Allyson...Can't wait to here more. Can you post from the site or do you have to go back to the hotel.
July 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterBrandon Mayfield
Great coverage Allyson! It sounds like it is a blast over their!
July 14, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Flipper's story is something that might have been worth seeing at Rocklahoma.
July 14, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbobvinyl
Slaughter.... amazing....?! what a joke. get a life. and a new set of ears.
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterreally
"....although Dana did succeed in yanking Kevin's hair off and tossing it into the mud before several security dudes broke them up...."

hahaha !!!
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterCeltic Frost
this is total bullshit about kevin and dana, where do people come up with this crap. dana was not even there . and i walked kevin out to the van he looked great and sounded great
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterrandy
so that didn't really happen?!
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
No, the fight between Dubrow and Dana Strum didn't happen. Yes, Dana Strum was on site, he played with Vince Neil...
Yes, Slaughter really were excellent and clearly I have a pair of ears since I was able to write myself backstage to cover this entire event.

July 15, 2007 | Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford
How was Enuff Znuff?
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterGwert
Why didn't you post anything about Y&T? I thought they did an outstanding job.
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMike
Nice job, Allyson. I wish I was there right now to see the final day of this historic event!! Every time i've seen Slaughter, they had great energy but always sounded a bit muddy and were turned up so loud that certain parts of their set were indecipherable.
July 15, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVicious
The whole thing looks scary and pathetic...USA out of Iraq!
July 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterHairMetal is Dead
I thought Lillian Axe sounded really good...The new cd comes out July 17th
July 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterL.Axefan
Awesome! Thank you, Allyson. We live vicariously through you.
July 16, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterVince Neilstein
I would have to disagree on the Slaughter review, as well as EVERYBODY else I have talked to. They were absolutely TERRIBLE!!! I have seen them a couple times before, and they were great. Mark couldn't carry a high note, and would just scream the lyrics. What is going on with him??!
July 16, 2007 | Unregistered Commenterbassanine
DuBrow and Strum must both have incredible reach, considering that Dana was playing in Kentucky with Vince Neil on Friday night, and Quiet Riot left the Rocklahoma site soon after their set.
July 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterSpook
I thought the whole event was great, even Slaughter. I'm just glad these bands are still performing for us. See you in Branson in 20 years.
July 18, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterRock On

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