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

ROCKLAHOMA 2011

DAY TWO

FEATURING:

STAIND

WITH:

SEBASTIAN BACH, REV THEORY

DROWNING POOL, GYPSY PISTOLEROS

THE GRACIOUS FEW

AND MANY MORE...

 

 

WORDS BY MICHAEL D'AVIGNON

(WITH COMMENTS by MARK DIGGINS)

IMAGES BY STEVE LAMB

 

BACH FOR MORE!

 

One of the best things about ROK, now in it's fifth year, was always the people you met and the party that seemed to never end. Whether you were out in the camp grounds or headed back to the hotel after a hard day's partying things never seemed to let up. we're glad to report that nothings changed - business as usual at Pryor Creek on day two!

 

Whilst we didn't manage to see everyone we wanted to on Day two we heard great things about a lot of the side stage acts Taddy Porter get a huge shout out from a lot of our friends who saw them and I will certainly be checking them out. Of course from what I've heard from ROK veterans our good friends the Pistoleros quite unsuprrisingly rocked the joint till the midnight hour with their trademark Glam-Flamenco-Punk exuberance!

 

Mark Rockpit

 

 

Seb Bach: Still screaming after all these years

 

 

DAY TWO: SATURDAY MAY 28th

 

Main Stage


The Gracious Few
Rev Theory
Drowning Pool
Sebastian Bach
STAIND

 

HARD ROCK STAGE

 

Electric Touch
TaddyPorter
AdelitasWay
Pop Evil
Cavo
Gypsy Pistoleros

 

RETROSPECT RECORDS STAGE

 

Bad Things
Loveblast
Strikeforce
Aska
Aura Surreal
Firstryke
Mock Star
The Fame
The Glitter Boys

 

 

 

WELCOME BACK TO ROCKLAHOMA 2011

 

It's Saturday, and we're back for more ROK!  The weather is still fairly nice, a little more humid than the previous day, but still overcast which keeps it from being unbearable.  Again, I arrive a little later than expected, and was only able to catch the last 3 songs of the first band I wanted to watch, Loveblast.  Loveblast is a new band from Chicago Illinois, and this was their first trip to ROK, where they performed on the Retrospect stage.  They are a band that veterans of the first 3 ROK's would certainly appreciate.   I walked in just as they started into their song, "Things That Bite".  The first thing I noticed, was the incredible backing vocals.  I knew right away, this is a band with talent.  By the end of the song, even I was singing along, and had never even heard them before.  The next song, "Give It All" was even better, and once again showcased the amazing vocal abilities of the band.  They ended with the Night Ranger classic, "Don't Tell Me You Love Me" performed flawlessly.  I really wish Id've been able to catch their set from the start, but am looking forward to seeing them again next year, as I'm sure they'll be asked back.

 

The Gracious Few

 

Now on to the main stage for The Gracious Few.  Honestly, before this I had never heard of this band, but became interested when I heard it was Kevin Martin from Candlebox on vocals.  Candlebox was one of the few bands from the 90's I actually liked, and one of the reasons was Kevin's voice.  I thought the band sounded great.  Kevin was in top form, and sounds just like he does on CD.  Not knowing the songs, it was a little hard to get into, but I will definitely be checking into them more, and would certainly go see them again if they are in the area. 

 

 

Drowning Pool - listen to the roar!

 

 

Drowning Pool was the new genre band I was most looking forward too, as new frontman Ryan Mccombs is one of my favourites.  I was a huge fan of his previous band Soil, and wanted to see what he could bring to the stage with Drowning Pool.  It definitely was not as I expected.  Ryan sounded good enough, but the band itself didn't sound all that tight.  The show was a little boring, and a definite let down after the blistering performance from Rev Theory.  Even at that, I still enjoyed hearing Ryan perform, and would be willing to give them another chance later.  They did at least end on a high note, with a crushing performance of Bodies.

 

 

Rev Theory - Tore it up!

 

Next up was Rev Theory.  I know a lot of people that are big fans of this band, but again, I myself had not heard too much from them.  What I had heard, I kinda like.  Not my normal style, but every once in a while, I like some of the more aggressive rock if done right, and these guys do it right.  The band is very energetic, and really gets the crowd into it.  They have a very tight sound and frontman Rich Luzzi definitely knows how to take command of a stage and take control of the crowd.  I would say one of the most energetic performances of the weekend with "Hell Yeah" being a single song highlight.

 

 

Pop Evil - Rock ROK

 

 

Now for my first venture to the Hard Rock side stage to catch Pop Evil.  Knowing a little about this band, and really liking their new song, "Last Man Standing" I wanted to see how they sounded live.  In a word, fantastic.  The cd seemed a little week too me, but live the songs really kick it.  Once again, another great frontman in Leigh Kakaty, that demands attention.  The band was tight, and, the crowd was a decent sized crowd for the side stage.  The band tore through their set with all the energy and talent that really should have been on the main stage.  Songs like "Last Man Standing" rocked, while the more thoughtful song, "100 In A 55" had the crowd singing along.  The band ended with the song "Hero", which Leigh literally sang while standing on the hands of the crowd holding him up.  Truly amazing, and I really hope they come back this way.

 

 

SEBASTIAN BACH: DAY TWO HIGHLIGHT

SETLIST:

 

Slave To The Grind, Back In The Saddle Again, Love Is a Bitchslap, Stuck Inside, Piece Of Me, 18 & Life, American Metalhead, Stabbin' Daggers, Monkey Business, Awake, I Remember You, Youth Gone Wild.

 

 

Seb in action - one of our favourite shots of the day!

 

 

The final performance of the night, at least for us, was Sebastian Bach.   Skid Row was one of my favorite bands, and Bach was the main reason for that, so I'm ready for this one.  Bach arguably has one of the best voices in rock ever, but the years are starting to take a toll.  When he's singing, he sounds great, but it seems as though at times, he doesn't have the stamina he used to.  The band was in fine form, including his new 16 year old guitar virtuoso, Nick Sterling.  The band slammed through the classics, like "Slave To The Grind", "Big Guns", "Piece Of Me" and "18 & Life", while mixing in some newer solo work like "Love Is A Bitchslap" and "American Metalhead".  Sebastian even gave us a preview of his new cd with the track "I'm Alive".  Ending with the classics, "I Remember You" and "Youth Gone Wild" only left the crowd wanting more.   Needless to say, Bach still puts on a killer show, and give 110% to his fans.

 

 

MAIN STAGE HIGHLIGHTS: Rev Theory's energetic set got the crowd going, and Sebastian Bach closed out our stay with a classic set.

 

HARD ROCK STAGE ONES TO WATCH: Pop Evil. Period. Incredible performance, should have been on the main stage.

 

RETROSPECT RAVES: Newcomers of the year, Loveblast. Energy. Melody. Rock. What more can you ask for?

 

 

DAY THREE: IS HERE!

 

CHECK OUT DAY ONE: 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