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ROCKLAHOMA 2017 is finally HERE!

By • May 27th, 2017 • Category: Festivals, Live Show Reviews

Review by William Simpson

It’s that time of year again Rocklahoma 2017 is HERE!  The bands started rolling in and the grounds began filling with fans.  The first thing you notice is the Hard Rock Casino side stage has been replaced by a new a new sponsor in River Spirit Casino on the second stage.  The Retrospect Records stage has been become the D&B Processing Stage.

With anticipation for great weather to open the festival the D&B Processing Stage opened with the Band T.R.O.Y followed by Coda Cutlass and Deathgrip.  Rachet Dolls hit the stage next and always brings good crowd.  Aska followed Rachet Dolls to warm up the crowd for Rocklahoma favorite Lynam from Birmingham, Alabama.  Lynam lead singer Jacob Bunton is also the lead singer for Steven Adler’s band Adler.  The last band the play the first night of the festival was the Retrospect All Stars who took the stage after headliner Def Leppard ended their set.

The River Spirit Casino Second Stage cranked up at 3pm with nearby Tulsa favorite metal band Less Than Human.  Next up was rock band Goodbye June from Nashville.  They released their debut album, “Magic Valley” earlier this month.  Following Goodbye June was LA rock band Badflower hitting the festival circuit in support of their EP, “Temper”, that they released last year.  Making their first appearance and representing the WWE, Fozzy with lead singer Chris Jericho attached the stage.  Fozzy just released a single “Judas” off the album of the same name that is blowing up on rock radio.  The show Fozzy put on was one of the best performance of the day.  Next to the stage was one of my favorite metal bands, In Flames.  The band from Sweden was one of the bands that developed the Melodic Death Metal genre.  Last to play the River Spirit Casino Second Stage was the San Diego based Pierce The Veil.  They are touring in support of their latest “Misadventures”.  Pierce The Veil really had a huge crowd with and lot of crowd surfers.  You could tell they have a large following based on all the excitement that they were generating.

The Bud Light Main Stage was opened by California natives Rival Sons fresh off of their gig as the opening act for the entire Black Sabbath farewell world tour.  They are a very exciting band and the perfect addition to open the first day of Rocklahoma.  Next up was one of the hottest bands of my youth, Slaughter.  Bassist Dana Strum is still as energetic as every after all these years and vocalist Mark Slaughter can still hit all the notes.  On this day Mark Slaughter’s solo album “Halfway There” was released making it a doubly exciting day for Mark.  Before the next band we paused for the national Anthem.  With all the artists on site, including Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell of Def Leppard, the decision was made to play a recording of the National Anthem being sung.  Then we had the Ms Rocklahoma contest where four very deserving ladies competed for the coveted title.  Congratulations to winner Lacy.  Next to the stage was the beautiful Taylor Momsen and The Pretty Reckless.  They have been at Rocklahoma a few times and always are a crowd favorite.  Then it was time for the Christian Rock band Skillet.  They are one of the most energetic and musically sounds bands you will find.  Three Days Grace graced the stage next.  They are a very popular metal band form Canada.  Their set was amazingly good.  They sounded great and their lead singer who has been in the group now for a few years sounded great.  Ending the night on the Bud Light Main Stage was the mega popular band Def Leppard.  They exploded in 1983 with their third album “Pyromania” and have not let up since.  The band definitely brought their a game for their first trip to Rocklahoma.  Vocalist Joe Elliot’s voice sounded great and the dual attach of Phil Collen and Vivian Campbell cemented why they are thought of as guitar gods.

It was a blistering hot day to start off Rocklahoma this year but the music was wonderful and the crowd was large.  All was having a great time.









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