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Want Rock n' America Back? 

Posted on Sunday, February 20, 2011 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments12 Comments

A few days ago I received an email from one of the guys behind Rock n' America. The event was held for the first time last July in Oklahoma City. The bands were great - the Scorpions even headlined a night - but attendance was less than stellar. In fact, the attendance was so bad...I figured the event was dead.

Well, maybe it's not.

Here's a petition circling online - especially Facebook:

From Howard Pollack / The Zoo Amphitheatre

I'm thinking about bringing back "Rock N America" It was great last year but financially a bomb- give me a reason to bring it back. Give me your thoughts and or criticisms and or complaints. But here is the kicker!!!! The only way I will bring the show back is if I get a petition to bring the show back and it has to be signed by 5,000 people - so are you up to the challenge? Is Rock N America worth it? The ball is in your court. You can Facebook me or you can send emails to office@pmgroupar.com or you can go to zooamp.com and join up on the hot list. Now the only way top get 5,000 signatures on the petition is to have all of you believers email or Facebook all your friends that were there or missed out last year but want to be there this year. So send me a message-you know what to do!

So there it is: if you want Rock N' America back...you better get online! 


Reader Comments (12)

Seeing that they only have like 450 people saying they are attending i would say 5000 is not going to happen. M3 is the 80's rock festival that is successful and run the best. Should be the same again this year.
February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKixRules
I would love to have it back. I didn't get to attend last year, but it had by far the best lineup of any of the 80's festivals in my opinion. I had a friend who did go and said it was good,except for being so hot. Maybe later in the concert season or perhaps early? Could possibly give the Rocklahoma fans what they have been missing, although Crue and Whitesnake is much better than last year
February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRocket #87
Last Year Rock N America was a great time. There are many things they could do to make it better though. Organization and the lay-out are what doomed the event last year. I actually think the Zoo was a perfect place to hold the show. You had a great view of the stage no matter matter if you had VIP or were in the GA lawn seats.

The after parties were a lot of fun. Just about everyone stayed at the same hotel and the vibe was great.

They are going to run into the same problem this year if they do decide to stage this event. Most people need more time to plan for travel than was allowed last year. This year, if they hold it, would give people even less time to make the needed plans.

Maybe they should skip a year and plan way ahead for the following year.
February 20, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterROCK-IT
February 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKathy
We attended from Australia last year, as even though we get a lot of tours downunder, we dont have these type of festivals for 80s bands. We all loved it, even the heat,the timing 3pm onwards was perfect, the after parties and events were great, and the organisers Howard, Scotty and crew could not have made all us international travellers more accomadated and welcome. This really was an awesome event and Im sure 20+ aussies will head there again without fail. The lineups were amazing, if they throw in BUCKCHERRY, BRET MICHAELS & /OR POISON, MOTLEY CRUE, MR BIG, DEF LEPPARD, CINDERELLA ETC all these bands are touring around this time, and a lot who played last year, we will buy our airfares now, lifes too short.
M3 is a great lineup, but we wouldnt go that far for 1 day, the 3 days made it a worthwhile trip and wouldnt have changed anything about it. From the stone garden to the walk up the hill to the margherita tent this festival kicked ass! And hope everyone gets behind it and appreciated what a truly great festival this is

Keep rocking \m/
Dean
Australia
February 22, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDEAN
I remember lookin' at the line-up for this festival last year and just being blown away at all the list of performers.

I mean, come on! Scorps retiring but not without one final jam with Rudolf's brother Michael joining them on stage, as well as primary songwriter and drummer, Herman Rarebell also coming up to perform a couple of numbers with them.

And if that wasn't AMAZING enough, Ratt, Twisted Sister, Dokken, Warrant, Great White, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat, L.A. Guns with Guitar God TRACII GUNS, Steelheart, Firehouse, Lynch Mob, Slaughter, etc., etc....

Granted a lot of the bands listed above are showing up at M3 and probably some of the other festivals, but not Ratt, Steelheart, Bulletboys, Tracii Guns, Dokken or Lynch Mob, etc.

Clearly, I thought they had the best line-up, by far, last year. So what the h*ll happened? I was bankin' on this DreamFest happening this year.

So, I'll throw my name on the petition and hope enough of The True American Rock'n'Rollers put their John Hancock on the list to maybe help make this festival happen again.

Obviously, the promoters and organizers get it. Let's hope everyone else does enough to pull it off again!
February 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
NOW THAT MOTLEY POISON ARE TOURING THEY WOULD BE PERFECT HEADLINERS, THROW IN SOME CINDERELLA, AND A LOT OF THE BANDS THAT PLAYED LAST YEAR AND ANOTHER KICK ASS FESTIVAL, WE ARE ALL PREAYING THIS GETS ANNOUNCED SOON \m/
March 2, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDEAN
I went last year and had a blast! I thought the zoo was a great venue and driving up from Dallas it was fairly short drive. I think they need a bigger name overall to pull in the festival crowd and motely and poison would probably do it. Cinderella, Ratt, Sweet and Steelheart were my favorites followed by Great White and Warrant. I would rather see a 2 day festival if it needed to be cut down, even paying the same price if it meant brining in a bigger headliner like Motely or Poison. Quiet Riot is touring with a new singer who sound pretty good.....

I think having it again it again will help it build a folllowing like Rocklahoma did.
March 5, 2011 | Unregistered Commentertexsurfin
LOVED Rock 'n' America last year. By far the best concert experiance I had in a long time. With that being said, there were a few things they could have done better to make it a more enjoyable experiance. I had VIP access but there were no added benefits with VIP tickets besides being in front of the stage. It was the end of July and it was hot as hell so I'd suggest better dates during the year. Besides that I had an awesome time and would love to go at least one more Rock 'n' America event within the next few years if they bring it back. I'll keep my fingers crossed and my devil horns up.
March 15, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRHood
I attended all 4 days of the festival with my wife and it was THE BEST concert ever. We had VIP tix and got some great photos and video of the top bands from just a few feet away. The after-hours party at the hotel was surreal. Tracii Guns was jamming 3 feet away from me and we took photos from lots of the musicians willing to share a hug for the camera. I met Herman Rarebell from the Scorpions and he was the coolest guy ever. I would LOVE to see this come back for 2011. The only thing I would change...is to give VIP ticket holders FREE water!!! They were selling 16 oz waters for $4 a bottle...is that insane? It was over 100 in the sun with no shade so you didn't have much of a choice.

For the VIP ticket holders....PLEASE offer us at least a free water fountain OR at least an ICE machine that we can use for water taken from the restroom sinks.
March 25, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGellert
Loved the festival last year, hope it comes back.

I did find one water fountain at the top of the hill a little south of center. We'd by one bottle of water a day & just refill it all day.
April 19, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterZEE
My brother and myself went to Rock'N'America in 2010. I have been to a lot of concerts and big name venues all around the world and the 3 days I spent at Rock’N’America was one of the best experiences I’ve ever had. It was hot and different dates would be an improvement but the showers were a blessing and they got me through. I didn’t have VIP passes but I was at the fence all three days and I have no complaints. The VIP area is not to overwhelmingly large so General Admission still get a great show. The headliners were great. Some of my favorites of course were Twisted Sister, Slaughter, RATT and Scorpions. I found this site looking for the 2011 dates and its disturbing, the thought of it not happening. Please spread the word. We need this, the music needs this and Oklahoma City needs this. ROCK ON!!!!!
April 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterRobert James

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