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Rocklahoma 2009 Day 3

The Gypsy Pistoleros, Lizzy Borden, Keel, Kix, Jackyl and Stryper played the main stage on day three of Rocklahoma. I came in for Keel, so I didn’t see the GP or Lizzy Borden. Apparently, Lizzy Borden did a full show with make-up and blood, so I’m a little sad I missed that but the heat sucks and I had to make it to nightfall.

Keel sounded better than they did at M3, but the crowd sure was light. So light by this time of the day I’d say Saturday had the fewest people in the seats of every day thus far. Ronnie Keel talked about the band’s history and future in between songs. The band did “The Right to Rock” and a cover of “Because the Night” (from the album The Final Frontier).

...then it was time for Kix. We shall now transition to an open letter to the people of Oklahoma.

Dear Oklahomans:

Kix are, by far, the best band on the Rocklahoma 2009 bill. If you live in Oklahoma, there is no excuse for you to skip Kix. Everyone else in the world will get a pass because the economy sucks and it isn’t cheap to travel, but if you live within a three hour radius of Rocklahoma and you passed on Kix, you lose. Seriously.

Kix performed at a very hot part of the day, so it was brutal. The band played Midnite Dynamite, Same Jane, Sex, The Itch, Girl Money, Poison, Don’t Close Your Eyes, Hot Wire, Get It While Its Hot, Cold Shower, Cold Blood and Blow My Fuse. Did I mention it was hot? Good Glam, I felt like I was going to melt so I’d imagine it was 1,000 times worse for the guys in the band. The heat didn’t keep the band from doing their choreographed moves that I love so much. Steve Whiteman also commented “Last year we played in a monsoon, this year a heat wave. I’m not whining – except I am.” Fair enough. Beyond having the best songs of any other band at the festival, Kix also had the best sound. The mix was so bad for many of the other bands – Kix had the least amount of sound issues and they should be commended. The band didn’t do “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah” which truly stunned me. I guess it was due to time...

...and that’s where Jackyl comes in.

Jackyl replaced Thin Lizzy as a very late add and instead of actually performing, Jesse James Dupree talked and got drunk. A little bit of stage banter is fine – but taking a massive amount of time on bullshit pisses me off considering Kix didn’t get to do “Yeah, Yeah, Yeah.”

Seriously. I don’t need to see Jesse’s butt cheeks popping out of his sweaty onesie. Perhaps I’m the only one of that mindset, so be it. I paid to hear music, not crap. When Jackyl did perform, they sounded good on “I Stand Alone” and “She Loves My Cock.” By the time “The Lumberjack” rolled around, the band was nearly 20 minutes over, which pushed all the side stages back. Ridiculous. Kix should have been moved down a slot when Thin Lizzy pulled out.









I gave Stryper a chance. I’m not a fan of the yellow and black attack. To the band’s defense, the sound was awful and the seats empty. I’ve never seen less people watching a headline set at Rocklahoma than what I witnessed during Stryper. The band performed “The Rock That Doesn’t Roll,” “Calling On You” and a Boston cover. I left just before the end – I don’t know if the band threw Bibles. I assume they did.



Saturday attendance guess? 3500 at the peak. Yep.



Reader Comments (40)

Kix was by far the highlight of the day. Doing lines with Robert Sweet was a hoot. "Don't tell Mike!"
Man, that dude is seriously bald underneath his comb-over. Cool cat, although a bit paranoid. It's too bad his band just won't let him be himself.
July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJamie Hall
Great job Ally...KIX actually could have closed this day based on the bands on the mainstage lineup...a shame not many people were at ROK this year to see them.
July 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterValentine
I take it ROK is done after this year? That's a pretty pitiful attendance.
July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJT
I can't seem to understand why they don't realize the caliber of a band that Kix is... it's mind bggling. Look at how many of us rocked out during the monsoon last year to see them. ROK is missing the mark with their headline choices.
July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterDamnp78
Suddenly, I am not so bummed that I missed out on Rocklahoma this year.
July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterRob Rockitt
KIX was the best. I thought Jackyl was great. Jesse was funny and do agree he spent the time getting drunk. I enjoyed it thoroughly. Saw two Stryper songs and that was ENUFF! I re-upped for next year and saw other folks doing the same. Price was right next year, $265 down from $450 this year. It was still a great party.
July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSMK not SMF
Ive seen Stryper twice and they were great both times. But I do see them being a headliner being a HUGE problem. They just dont have the catalog to do it. That and they are a very niche band. Your typical "metal head" fan wont get into thm no matter how good they sound.
July 13, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKenny Ozz
3,500 turnout? Not suspriesed for such a shitty line up. The headliners can draw 1,000 max on there own for bunch of shitty washed-up 80s bands that want to play rockstar on the weekend
July 13, 2009 | Unregistered Commentermayhem
Far more than 3500. Allyson's judgement is way off. And at a price of $250 for next year , maybe the naysayers will shut the fuck up.
July 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commentersomeone
Hey 'someone', or should I say, Sam, your other comments make clear that this is you. You are obviously either blind, or you're just hoping to put some spin on it. What is the capacity of VIP ? It was never more than half full. The reserved was only half laid out, and it was never full. The grounds were a LOT less than half of previous years, it was a scattering of people here and there. Allyson was generous in her numbers. 3500 would have been the peak this year.
July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Ok Ally enough with the KIX band wagon we know you think their the best but Jackyl by far stole the show Jessie James was on Fire and very entertaining Ill never forget that performance. I really dont know why you go to ROK anyways all you do is bitch about the heat, suck it it up and stay out in the sun like the rest of us you missed Lizzy Borden??? They were awesome and Stryper did the best they could considering the Devil just played before them.
July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterFitz
I thought Jackyl were a joke, but I guess if you were half as drunk as them, and not there for music, you might have got a kick out of it.
July 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChristian
Did you see Electro_Nomicon on the side stage..Thats where the action was..Smokin
July 14, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterjoe
You missed one of the biggest crowds of the day at Gypsy Pistoleros show. They ROCKED
July 28, 2009 | Unregistered Commenterblonde wildheart
First time to the site...Are you a KIX fan??
August 9, 2009 | Unregistered Commenter\m/
You glam rock freaks are fags!!!
August 14, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterGG ALLIN
I saw a comment about the band Electronomicon and I agree. They definitely ruled the side stage bands. If they let them on the main stage and let them use pyro tech stuff they would probably entertain the crowd better than most of the headliners.Just my opinion.
August 26, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterMetal lover from Oky
Mexico wants Electro_Nomicon. I came to U.S. and saw Electro_Nomicon at ROCKLAHOMA. I was so impressed that I have started a Mexico wants Electro_Nomicon petition. I have over 3400 signatures to have them perform in Mexico city. I hope to see them again in 2010 at ROCKLAHOMA. If any big promoters are out there, please help us get Electro_Nomicon to Mexico city. Thank you/Gracias JoseGonzales
October 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJose Gonzales
I love Electronomicon. I just discovered them and would like to see them live. Could you please get them again for the 2010 Rocklahoma Festival.I saw them on the revolverblips site. 2 very cool videos there. Very Erotic band. Love Jessy
October 12, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJessica

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