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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world

ROCKLAHOMA 2011

DAY THREE

FEATURING:

MOTLEY CRUE

WITH:

POISON, PAPA ROACH, SEETHER

SAVING ABEL, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY

CROOKED X, ESCAPE THE FATE

AND MANY MORE...

 

 

WORDS BY MICHAEL D'AVIGNON

(WITH COMMENTS by MARK DIGGINS)

IMAGES BY STEVE LAMB

 

SUNSET STRIP STRIKES BACK!

 

They talked about Motley Crue headlining Rocklahoma from the very start and here 5 years after the festival came to be they are finally here! With fellow Sunset Strip stagers Poison in tow it's like the late eighties Hair Metal has finally arrived again. But just as it was back in the day Poison and The Crue are two entirely differemt propositions. Wildside meets Good Time and all that seperates them is what turns out to be one of the bands of the Festival - Black Label Society!

 

It's always sad when you hit that last day and when the final headliner leaves the stage and the lights go out, it's all memories of good times and plans for next year. This is the festival that first drew me to the US and it will always have a very special place for all of us here at the Rockpit. Long live ROK! See you all next year!

 

Mark Rockpit

 

 

Poison'd

 

 

DAY THREE: SUNDAY MAY 29th

 

Main Stage


Saving Abel
Seether
Papa Roach
Poison
Motley Crue

 

HARD ROCK STAGE

 

One Less Reason
Art of Dying
Crooked X
Escape the Fate
Black Label Society

 

RETROSPECT RECORDS STAGE

 

Diemonds
Alias
Pretty Little Suicide
New Cool World
Black Tora
The Glitter Boys
Wildstreet
Bad Things

 

 

 

WELCOME TO ROCKLAHOMA 2011's FINAL DAY

 

It's Sunday, the third and final round of ROK 2011!  It seems like we just got here!  The weather is a bit warmer today as the cloud cover is unfortunately gone.  Still, though, much nicer than July!  After what looked to be fairly small crowds on Friday and Saturday, Sunday is a completely different story.  Not sure I've ever seen that many people at ROK on one single day, except for maybe 2007.  My guess, the 2 major headliners for the day have a little something to do with that.

 

 

Pretty Little Suicide - on the side stages

 

 

We arrive just in time to catch the band I wanted to see on Friday, Pretty Little Suicide.  I've seen the guys once before at Rock n America last year, and they are great.  Not only are they a great band, but they're a great group of guys.  This year, they are between singers, but guitarist Ed Earle does a superb job filling in on vocal duties.  Makes me wonder if they really need to look for anyone else.  The songs sounded good and just as strong, if not more so than the CD.  Fortunately, there was a decent size crowd in the Retrospect tent to catch the guys.  Anybody that missed out, missed a great performance.  Another band that I'm sure will be asked back next year, and should not be missed.

 

 

The next band was another Retrospect Stage artist, Black Tora.  I remember seeing this 3 piece power set in 2008 when they were under the name Warryor.  I remember thinking they were pretty good then, but now, they are incredible.  As a 3 piece, they put out a more full sound from the stage than most 5 piece bands.  Razor Dave is an amazing guitarist and vocalist Chris Daniel has some seriously powerful pipes with great range.  These guys should really get out more, as they need to be heard, and another band I can't wait to see again.

 

 

The first two bands of the day, once again, show that some of the best talent at Rocklahoma, can be the unknown bands on a little sidestage.

 

 

POISON - SPARKLE ON THE MAIN STAGE

SETLIST:

 

Look What The Cat Dragged In, Ride The Wind, American Band, Something to Believe In, Mama Don't Dance, Guitar Solo, Fallen Angel, Unskinny Bop, Drum Solo, Every Rose, Talk Dirty, Nothing But A Good Time.

 

 

Mr Rocket on the drums

 

 

I said the 2 headliners for the day might've been the reason for the enormous crowd increase, and the first one up was Poison.  I've been a Poison fan for a long time, and they were my first concert in 1988, so I try to catch them anytime I can.  They once again put on a great stage show.  They are one of the top stage performers out there, in my opinion.  The guys are just great showmen.  Bret sounded really good.  Unlike a lot of the singers from the era, he can still sing.  The band tore through the typical set list, opening with "Look What The Cat Dragged In" and then proceeded to play all of their radio hits.  Being a fan, I'd prefer to hear the deeper cuts from their cds, as I feel those are the better songs.  However, I do understand in a festival environment, the crowd wants the hits, and the boys delivered in spades.  Honestly, I don't know that Poison has lost anything live since that first concert in '88.

 

 

BLACK LABEL - DELIVER THE GOODS

 

BLS - Definitely one for the Main Stage

 

 

Between headliners, I made a trip over to the Hard Rock side stage, for what might have been the most intense performance of the weekend.  I've never really gotten into Black Label Society, but there was no way I was missing a chance to see Zakk Wylde live.  Boy, am I glad I didn't!  Zakk and the guys hit the stage in front of the largest side stage crowd ever at Rocklahoma.  To say they belonged on the main stage, is a huge understatement.  The energy and sheer brutal force coming from the stage was staggering, and every single person in that crowd was in tune with what was going on on that stage.  The songs sounded great, the band was tight, and the atmosphere was rockin'.  For an entire hour, it was a single event.  I didn't see one person turn away until Zakk was completely done.  I think they should be asked back for next year, and get the main stage as they so rightfully deserve.  I know, I won't miss another chance to see them live.

 

 

 

 

MOTLEY CRUE: DAY THREE HEADLINER

SETLIST:

 

Wildside, Saints Of L.A., Livewire, Shout At The Devil, Same Ol Situation, Primal Scream, Home Sweet HOme, Don't Go Away Mad, Guitar Solo, Looks That Kill, Dr. Feelgood, Too Young Too Fall In Love, Smokin' In The Boys Room, Girls, Girls, Kickstart My Heart

 

 

Motley Crue - What a way to end 2011!

 

 

The final headliner of ROK 2011 needs no introduction.  For 4 years, one band remained at the top of the request list for an appearance at ROK, and that band is Motley Crue.  When one thinks 80's rock bands, the Crue is always at the top of that list.  They are truly icons of the era.  Truthfully, I'd be considered a lukewarm fan, but I do enjoy them, especially when they bring their A-game live.  The band was in top form, and played a few of my favorites, including Saints Of L.A. and Primal Scream.  The crowd of course, was going wild by this time, as this was probably the main highlight for most.  While the band sounded great, and put on a great show, Vince was another matter.  He's still a great showman, but vocally, it's just not happening anymore.  He skips more words in the songs than he sings anymore, and at times, it almost seems like a joke.  You have a great band on stage, with, in my opinion, a guy who couldn't get a gig singing for a garage band if they didn't know who he was.  Again, great stage show, and for the nostalgia, definitely worth it. 

 

 

MAIN STAGE HIGHLIGHTS: For sheer spectacle Crue still know how to put on a show, though Poison still know how to give the crowd a Good Time. Of the newer breed Saving Abel also put on a great show.

 

HARD ROCK STAGE ONES TO WATCH: Zakk Wylde and BLS - best band on the side stages all weekend.

 

RETROSPECT RAVES: Black Toar and Pretty Little Suicide impressed our reviewer. I'm told that our mates The Glitter Boys put on a damn fine show too!

 

 

CHECK OUT DAY ONE: HERE

 

CHECK OUT DAY TWO: HERE

 

ALSO LOOK OUT FOR OUR EXPANDED PHOTOGALLERY AFTER THE FULL REVIEW - THERE'S SO MANY GREAT SHOTS THEY NEEDED A FEATURE OF THEIR OWN!

 

By Michael D'Avignon with notes by Mark Diggins

Photography by Steve Lamb