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I Guess Rocklahoma is Helping the Travel Industry...

rocklahomalogo.jpgSo, the Rocklahoma organizers have added yet *another* day to this year's festival. That might be a good idea in theory...but in practice, it creates a travel nightmare for just about every person holding tickets. Right now, we're just over sixty days away from Rocklahoma. It would be one thing if the organizers announced some actual specifics for the "extra-extra" day, but they didn't and this has a lot of people up in arms. Most of the press release is posted below.

What do you think? I don't know if I'll be changing my travel plans...I hate to use yet another vacation day. I figure it will be another four hundred bucks for me to change all my travel plans. Sort of sucks considering money is hard to come by for everyone these days. Also, UFO isn't on the release, but I am guessing that was just an oversight...then again, I'm not sure.


PRYOR, OK— Catch the Fever Music Festivals announced that due to the overwhelming response from members of the rock community and their fans, a fifth day has been added to Rocklahoma.  Director of Operations of the Pryor Creek Music Festival Dave Giencke enthusiastically stated, " Rocklahoma is bringing to the world what cannot be found at any other festival in the world!"
Details of Wednesday's events will be announced in the upcoming days.
Over 100 bands will be performing on three giant stages over the five days.  Rocklahoma's current lineup on the main stage is: 
Thursday (opening night for those who have bought three day tickets) Bret Michaels, Sebastian Bach, Dokken, L.A. Guns featuring Tracii Guns, Enuff Z' Nuff, Vain, House of Lords and Jet Boy.
Friday:  Triumph, Extreme, Lita Ford, Night Ranger, Kingdom Come, Armored Saint and XYZ.
Saturday:  Cinderella, the reunited Warrant, Kix, Lynch Mob, Trixter, Black N Blue, Tora Tora, Every Mother's Nightmare and Pretty Boy Floyd.
Sunday:  Axe, Zebra, Tesla and Queensryche performing Operation:  Mindcrime.
The current lineup is subject to change as bands are added in the upcoming weeks.
An additional sixty bands are going to be playing on two giant side stages courtesy of Retrospect Records and Tri-Label Group.

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Reader Comments (10)

Are Queensryche billed to play both parts of Operation : Mindcrime?

That is over 3 hours of entertainment from one band great value for money I have the DVD and it is a great show and Geoff Tate proves why he is The Voice God of Rock n Roll .
May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBillyKiss
how about having less days and better bands? just a thought.
May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterdon
Rocklahoma is part of our holiday-trip, so another day is ok for us.
Like Don I expected bigger headliners like MOTLEY CRUE, VAN HALEN, WHITESNAKE, GUNS N ROSES.
But there are a lot of hairmetal bands which are back (or still alive) which didn't play last year and are NOT on the 4 days bill, yet:


and maybe bands: HEAVEN'S EDGE, ZINATRA, BLUE MURDER, CROWN OF THORNS (re-uniting rumours)
May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterCaptainthunder
I have the whole week off anyway, so that would be no problem, but changing the flight tickets could turn out problematic on such short notice. We will arrive Wednesday evening anyway, but I hope they will give us more information soon, so we can figure out if it will be worth, trying to get there earlier.

@BillyKiss: Looks like Queensryche will play only OM1 plus a Best Of set.
May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterXandra73
I don't think anyone organizing this event put enough thought into what adding an extra day might mean, and what the consequences might be. Sure, the added entertainment is great, but at what cost to the very fans who are attending this event?

Airline ticket and fuel prices are through the roof. Some airlines now charge a $150 flight change. They don't care that the concert promoters added a day to your trip! And if you have to change your flight from the one you booked 3 months ago at a far cheaper price, good luck to ya. You get to pay the difference of the flight *and* the changefare fee. I do travel planning as part of my job. This stuff can get expensive.

I'm not sure it's so much about the extra vacation day as it is about the extra $400 (or more, depending on where you are coming from) for changing plans at the last minute. 60 days is last minute when you figure people bought their event and plane tickets long ago. In today's market when it's 'buy a tank of gas or buy a cart of groceries', this stunt is going to make some people think twice about going next year. If/when there is a next year. In my opinion, another reason to hate huge shows like this, no matter how awesome the lineup is (and, it is!).

They need to hire me to help organize this. I'll shape em' up! :P
May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commentermissy
Sounds like theyre scrambling to create excitement to me. It is a lackluster lineup overall.
May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
Did you proofread that before you posted it? Apparently you did, because the original press release reads "overwhelming response from members of the rock community and their fan,...." I'm just trying to figure out who this one fan is. I have no clue why they don't do a little proofreading on their PRs. It's not like they're rushing them out....
May 9, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlepfan

Yes, I proofed the Catch the Fever release before posting here. I found a few errors, so I thought I would clean up the copy. I guess we all make mistakes...

May 9, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterAllyson
So, where are we staying?
Any reccomendations on a good hotel and transportation would be greatly appreciated as this is our first trip to what I hope becomes an annual event.(well until the aquanet runs out).
May 10, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTommyRace
I can't be sure... but I'm thinking it has to do with the Rock 'N Roll Fantasy Camp people coming to the festival this year.
May 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterTori Thomas

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