Bring Back Glam! met up with John Covington (Big Cock, Greg Leon Invasion) and David Henzerling (Big Cock) backstage at Rocklahoma. It's the most random interview ever for Bring Back Glam!, but we shared a lot of laughs and a little sweat. Some transcription is omitted for obvious reasons!
Bring Back Glam!: John, tell me what it was like playing the Rocklahoma stage with the Greg Leon Invasion.
John Covington: Very sweaty. The sweatiest I’ve ever become.
David Henzerling: We’re all going to start taking off all our clothes.
BBG: That’s not such a bad thing.
David: I want to mingle with the fans soon.
BBG: You’re not wearing a Big Cock shirt.
David: I have to go put it on. I had a lot of people email me, asking if I would be there. I said I would wear the shirt.
BBG: I asked you a few weeks ago about playing the show and it didn’t end up happening. Are you disappointed?
David: Nope, I’m thrilled to be here. I mean as far as the contest goes…I generally don’t like the battle of the bands. It’s the bands that have 30 friends that dial day and night that win. I had a lot of emails, asking us to play and enter the (JPOT) contest. We did and we got a lot of votes but we didn’t win.
John: We want to spread the love of Big Cock.
David: Exactly. We want to thank everyone who voted. We don’t want to thank the people that voted against us.
BBG: John, who are most excited about seeing here at Rocklahoma?
John: David. I get aroused being around him. And we’re not even playing. Just think of what would happen if we played.
BBG: (Laughs). Ok. I get that.
John: The best part of being a drummer is that you get to watch everyone’s asses. Between Colby (Big Cock bassist) and Dave…and the highlight is Robert Mason’s (Big Cock vocalist) ass. That’s a part of the drummer thing: looking at asses.
David: A question for you, Allyson. How did you get hooked up with Hairball John?
BBG: Uh, he found my site.
David: It was just fortuitous that I email you and then talk to him days later and he says “I’m working with Allyson now. She’s my Metal correspondent.”
John: It’s a small world until you have to clean it.
BBG: That was profound.
David: Ok, more questions for you. Who do you really want to see here at Rocklahoma?
BBG: Well, I’ve already seen a stop of the current Poison/RATT tour, but I want to see them again. Plus, Vince Neil because I’m a huge Motley Crue fan.
BBG: Now, back to you. Are you going to watch in seats, or backstage like a true rock star?
David: I’ll go back and forth. I want to hang with the crowd.
BBG: You’re credentialed under the Greg Leon Invasion ---
David: I’m here with anyone who wants to see me. I’m just thrilled anyone cares. Thanks John!
BBG: Wait, did I ever ask you why you named your band Big Cock?
David: The Rolling Stones and The Who were taken. Seriously, if the band was called Night Wing, no one would care.
BBG: Do you honestly believe that?
David: Yeah. A band named Big Cock isn’t going to get played on the radio. You know what? The music wasn’t going to get played on the radio anyway! At this point, I don’t really care if anyone likes it or not. But people do. That’s the reason I started to do this when I was 18 years old. Year by year, it starts to get diluted, trying to appease the powers that be for the money and all that. The name gets attention, and pisses off a small amount of people.
BBG: What do you think of the current state of commercial radio?
David: If you like Nickelback, there are plenty of bands that will satisfy.
BBG: Where did all the real rock stars go? Did they all die? Did the mainstream force them underground?
David: Yes! But it’s cyclical with rock music. It’s happened many times. In the seventies it got over bloated and punk came in and washed it away. Started again in the eighties with RATT and Quiet Riot, and then went away for awhile, as Jefferson Starship-like bands got popular. It was destroyed for good by grunge, and it’s never quite come back since then.
BBG: Don’t you think this Rocklahoma festival is a good sign that glam is returning?
David: I think a lot of promoters will be watching this. I can’t believe no one has done this until now. If it is successful, I think we’ll see it again in the future.