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Rocklahoma 2008 - Friday

DSC_0881.JPGRocklahoma continues and - thanks to the heat - the mud is finally drying. This isn't to say the grounds are not a mess, - because they still are - and the smell of drying mud in an open field next to some port-a-potties is pretty darn disgusting. I'm not sure the festival has enough port-a-potties to handle the load...many look like they haven't been serviced. Considering the heat...well, you get the idea.

The Friday Rocklahoma line-up looks like this:

XYZ, Armored Saint, Kingdom Come, Living Colour, Night Ranger, Extreme and Triumph. Of these bands, I was most interested in Extreme - but Armored Saint blew everyone out of the water.DSC_0545.JPG I didn't watch XYZ, but my husband did take pictures. Some of my friends who were down front for XYZ say they were great! Many seemed shocked that such an early band could pull out a tight performance. Of course, if those same people had seen Armored Saint I'm sure they would agree with me that they owned the Rocklahoma main stage.

DSC_0563.JPGArmored Saint performed "March of the Saints," Delirious Nomad," "Reign of Fire," "Creepy Feelings," "Tribal Dance," "Last Train Home," "Symbol of Salvation," "Mad House," and "Can U Deliver." Hearing these songs live is the true essence of Metal. There wasn't any filler, any worthless stage crap.  The sound was great, the band seemed tight and John Bush was running around like a mad man! When I looked around, I did notice the venue was pretty empty but I suppose that is because of the early time slot.

DSC_0586.JPGAfter Armored Saint the heat was pretty oppressive, so I took refuge inside a tent for awhile. Back out into the heat I went for Kingdom Come. I was not impressed. Ok, so I'm not a huge Kingdom Come fan but I will give any band a chance to impress. So, the Germans flew all the way to America to stand in a hot mud pit and I figure "This is going to be good." Nope. To my knowledge, the band's most famous song is "Get It On," but they played this mid-way through the set, and I swear everyone was sitting down, talking, using their cell phones...Singer Lenny Wolf kept tuning his guitar "because of the humidity." My husband asked me if that meant every other band was just playing out of tune. I snorted. My traveling partner and regular Bring Back Glam! commenter Christian snorted. The people behind me may have also snorted!

DSC_0671.JPGLiving Colour performed after Kingdom Come. I'm not sure if the sound was mixed exactly right, but I have to say that this is a very talented band of musicians. Finally some dancing music! By the time Living Colour performed it was peak dinner hour, but the venue still looked decently full. When Living Colour played "Cult of Personality" it was like Rocklahoma had once again come alive. Of course, the songs went over better than the stage banter. At one point singer Corey Glover said "...and Barack Obama will be the next president!" This was met with a few boos and then silence. I swear, it was eerily quiet for a rock festival. I, however, yelled my support.

DSC_0678.JPGI recently interviewed Kelly Keagy of Night Ranger so I was most looking forward to their performance. Here's what they played:

This Boy Needs to Rock
Sing Me Away
You're Gonna Hear From Me
Rock in America
Coming of Age (Damn Yankees)
Sentimental Street
Touch of Madness
Eddie's Comin' Out Tonight
When You Close Your Eyes
Sister Christian
Don't Tell Me You Love Me

Now, if any band came close to Armored Saint, it's Night Ranger. It doesn't hurt that the band has two badass singers, or that everyone in the audience knew every word to every song. The highlight for me was the Damn Yankees cover - totally unexpected. Makes me wish I was seeing a Damn Yankees reunion this weekend. Good stuff.

DSC_0790.JPGSo, Extreme have the honor challenge of following Night Ranger and they fell flat. Man, they were bad. I didn't see it happen, but my husband was in the photo pit and he swears he saw Gary Cherone walk into a camera man - get pissed - then slam his mic on stage and walk off. This must have been a quick exchange, because Extreme did play a full set...although it was quite delayed.  Anyway, they played a bunch of new crap songs and everyone sat down. They didn't play "Get the Funk Out" or "Pronograffiti."  They did play "Kid Ego," "It's a Monster," "More than Words," "Am I Ever Gonna Change," "Hole Hearted..." and "Communication Breakdown." Yep, they ended with a cover song. Now, Nuno Bettencourt is one hell of a guitarist. In fact, he's one of the best of the genre...but that doesn't mean he should play six or seven minute solos at a festival show. When he sat down with his guitar and just started playing, the people around me went nuts -- and not in a good way. They were screaming "Nobody cares!" "Playing the fucking song, already!" and "I'm bored!" Guess what? I was bored too. Little did I know my boredom was going to get a lot worse.

DSC_0943.JPGTriumph was booked a very long time ago as a headliner. I went to their delayed press conference...only to learn they were excited to play America again. The best part of the press conference was hearing why they were late: apparently their limo driver was pulled over for expired tags, speeding...and more.  They arrived in a limo so I have no idea if they switched drivers, switched cars, or hitched a ride with a rich Tulsa resident...but they did make it to the fest safely.

So, I was expecting a massive laser show as everyone was hyping the fact that Triumph brought their own lights. Well, hell - I have an itty bitty book light - does that make me special too? Anyway, they played a lot of really long songs including "Lay It On the Line," "Allied Forces," "Rocky Mountain Way," "Blinding Light Show," "Hold On" and "Magic Power." They played more but I left. I was seriously having trouble staying awake and there were more interesting things to do over in a friend's camp area. The addition of a cover tune baffled me, but I have to admit it was a high point of the set. At least everyone could sing the words and people actually stood for a few minutes. The mass exodus during Triumph was pretty brutal. Looking into the crowd, you could see massive spaces of empty seats. I will say hearing "Magic Power" live was cool enough, but I just don't think Triumph was the right band for the crowd at Rocklahoma.




































Reader Comments (18)

More great stuff! Keep it up!
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJ. Price
Armored Saint and Living Colour were good and Extreme were dull? No surprise there. I was never much of a Night Ranger fan, but the new album is alright. Have you gotten to see any bands on the second stages?
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
I'm worried about Extreme's "comeback". I'll see them soon in Houston with the ultimate live band King's X. I tell you though, Nuno had a good thing going with his solo stuff and Dramagods, not sure why he didn't stay in the same vain for Extreme...we'll see.....
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJay
I didn't like the new Extreme song I heard, "Stars." Of course, I never really liked Extreme much to begin with.
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
Wow. Im dissapointed if Extreme does suck. Im gonna see them in Ohio August 10.
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
I think Extreme sounding "flat" is most like a pretty biased opinion. I've heard several reviews that said they're performance was amazing. I wouldn't worry about anything...
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterj
Just someones opinion on Extreme. They are a great rock band and if your bored with them, that's fine. I have seen them live plenty of times and they always put on a great live show.
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterDon
Good review, sounds like Living Colour, Extreme and Night Ranger weren't too hot...haha
What about Lita Ford??! She's the one that I'd be most looking forward to seeing on Friday...
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenteraXe mAn
Keep in mind that Extreme hasn't really played live in quite a while. They played 3 reunion shows 2 years ago and that's about it. So it would stand to reason there might be some 'rust.'

Glad Living Colour was good. I've always wanted to see them live. I saw Corey Glover in "Jesus Christ Superstar" a few months ago and he still has some great pipes. I'm surprised more people weren't excited for them at Rocklahoma. They fit in pretty well with these types of bands I think and they bring something a little different to the table.

I don't think I'd survive that heat, mud, and stench. Hope it cools down a bit!
July 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterGeorge
Boo-hoo.... what a lame review... and you call yourself a reviewer? Hopefully this isnt your bread and butter job.

People shouldnt be allowed to review bands they already hate to start with... why bother? Oh right, that damn "freedom of speech".... gives ignorant people the perfect excuse to put their junk opinions online for all to see.


July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJacked
Actually, the Obama comment was made by Living Colour's guitarist Vernon Reid and he was sort of shushed by vocalist Corey Glover. Extreme's performance as a band was actually pretty good, it's just that Gary Cherone's voice was flat and very sub-par. Otherwise, pretty accurate.

July 14, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBrian
Extreme rocked, they will have a longer setlist on their own tour obviously! btw Allyson they played one new song, not multiple "crap" ones as you called them. As a journalist I would think you would just say you disliked a song or performance and describe it with a more creative phrase!
July 15, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlajustice77
Triumph covered rocky Mountain Way on one of their early albums which is why they probably played it that night. It's not just some random thing they pulled out of their asses. For those of you who didn't like the review, remember that this is a blog containing one person's opinions, and you can't fault her for having an opinion. Feel free to start your own blog if you want your own opinion out there.
July 15, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBob
hey Bob, didn't fault Allyson for having an opinion, I just simply expressed mine too, is that cool?
July 16, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterlajustice77
Not sure what show you where watching but if Armored Saint was your favorite performance you should not be able to have a website title bringbackglam.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKID EGO
I am not sure you were actually at Rocklahoma on Friday night. Extreme was excellent, I heard nothing but praise for the guitar solo and the new song. Gary is and always has been a great front man. The schedule in the VIP tent had a time correction that Extreme would start their set at 7:30, if I remember right, they were a little early.
July 18, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterrudeaf
Band of ROK 09 !!! Gypsy Pistoleros
July 30, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterNuno
Gysy Pistoleros blew Triumph away totally
July 31, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKellyGuns

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