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Concert Itch

It's mid-February and I've got the itch: the concert itch.

In about one month, we'll start to learn of summer line-ups. Just this morning, RATT announced a summer tour in support of a new album. Either it will be clubs, or the band will take another two acts on the road as support. Since RATT toured with Poison last summer, they are out.

Yesterday, I bought tickets to Rock on the Range festival right here in Ohio. No, it's not Glam but I think it will be a great two days of music, especially in May. A sort of kick-off to summer if you will.

I despise the cold. It's pretty evident I should be living and working on the West Coast. Perhaps in a couple years. For now, I'm stuck in a frozen tundra that is the Midwest. Each bitterly cold day I catch myself dreaming about summer concerts.

I live for concerts. They tend to make my summer.

So far all I have on tap is Rock on the Range and Rocklahoma. I looked up many other American festivals last night, but nothing interested me enough to fly across the country. It was all Indie or Alternative garbage. This is why I'm hoping for a stunningly large scale tour by a major band.

I want a surprise.

It was a huge deal when the Van Halen tour was announced. People went crazy! I saw them in October and I'll be seeing them again next month.

I'm not sure there are any bands left - save Led Zeppelin - that can give us that sort of excitement or surprise. Perhaps that is why I've taken to love festivals so much?

If I had the money, I would go to Wacken Open Air, Sweden Rock Festival, Rock am Ring and Rocklahoma all in the same summer. That just isn't an option, although I'd love to save my pennies and go to both Sweden Rock and Rocklahoma next year.

Live music makes my heart sing.





Reader Comments (14)

Uh, I wouldn't recommend Rock am Ring - too many people, too much crappy bands. Once it was a great festival, but it got too commercial, it's a shame. If you're looking for another great festival in Germany besides Wacken, check out the Bang Your Head!!! Festival in Balingen. We will got this year again and it will be great! The line up is awesome - my highlights will be Great White, White Lion, Queensryche and Judas Priest!
February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
Yes, you *should* live and work out here! Then you could go to shows all year round!! And while the summer is when everything hits the midwest, I tend to go to more shows in the winter. Shows between the middle of January and May that I went/am going to: Information Society, Tempest, Tesla, Queensryche, Presidents of the USA, Explosions In The Sky, and Rush....and those are just the ones I had/have tickets to! In the San Francisco area, there's usually *something* to see every night. But then I'd be broke :P

Yay for live music!
February 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissy
I just really don't have the time or money to go to many concerts any more. If Hanoi Rocks or Gypsy Pistoleros came close then I might be in for that.
February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
I am really looking forward to this Summer of concerts ! Want to go to as many as I can!
February 16, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
i just saw hollywood harlots, souldriver (?), crooked x, junkyard and dangerous toys last night. van halen last month. tesla this tuesday, rush in april, maybe airbourne next month if the rumor i heard about them playing in tulsa is true. 1-2 days of rocklahoma and we'll see what the rest of the year shapes up to be.
February 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdon
wouldn't we all. lol

sweden rock ends like litterally 2 days before rocklahoma. i would love to see someone pull that one off.

man, i wish def leppard could be a rocklahoma, but they are gonna be at sweden rock. along with judas priest. total bummer
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChey
I hope to see poison this summer..Is Warrant going to be touring with them?
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
Sweden Rock is in June. Rocklahoma is in July.
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
Go to the Moondance Jam in Walker, MN - I will be there. :)

They usually bring in at least 3 good 80s rock acts. Obviously not on the level of Rocklahoma, though.
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMatt
Is Rocklahoma even happening ? As far as I am aware, the only bands they've been able to sign are Vixen and Krokus. I mean, they're leaving it awfully late to announce any others, as far as I can see.
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
The press conference for the Rocklahoma line-up is on March 4th, that's why they haven't announced anything yet.
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
you can't expect them to announce anything 6 months in advance. that's not realistic. bands take their time working out the details, returning contracts, etc. if they don't have a tour planned they need to get things together to build around it, if they do have something planned they need to work on the logistics. this is not late to announce at all. i swear people nowadays think i have to have it all now, not in 10 minutes, not in a week, now. the world doesn't go by your schedule. if you don't like it don't go to rocklahoma or anywhere else for that matter if they can't give you the details right now. as for me, i'll choose once i hear what the schedule will be.
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdon
I'm looking foreward to a lot of shows this summer.

I'd like to see Poison.
I'd like to see Cinderella with whoever tours with them.
Stone Temple Pilots are supposed to tour; should be good.
I'd like to see RATT.
I'm sure the smaller bands like Vains Of Jenna and EndeverafteR are going to tour; hopefully I'll see EndeverafteR in March with Airbourne and...Stonerider?
I heard Extreme was going to do a reunion?
Hoping Buckcherry tours a little more...Avenged Sevenfold too; haven't got to see either of them but I'd really like to.
Sixx:A.M. supposedly touring in the spring for 10-12 gigs...if they do hopefully one will be by me.
I'm sure Def Leppard will do a full tour in the summer or fall with their new album in March.
Hopefully Dirty Penny will come over to the East coast.
Hoping for some Faster Pussycat dates.
I'd also like to see Foo Fighters; not glam, but a good band I haven't seen.
Thinking Sebastian Bach will tour the US to support his album. Hopefully.
I'm sure one version of LA Guns will tour this summer.
Lynam is touring this summer, not sure with who.
Word was Motley was gonna tour; don't see it happening but if they do I'll go see them.
Hopefully Slaughter and Skid Row will tour as well?
Hoping Tesla does more Carolina dates on their current tour.

Bulletboys are coming close in a week or so, but can't make it. Oh well.
February 17, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMakel
The Rocklahoma 2008 Lineup really SUCKS.
I wonder what happened?
Perhaps the bands didn't have as good a time as the audience?

Whatever the problem is, they need to fix it.

I really want to sell my VIP tickets.
March 5, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterRog

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