The 2011 Rocklahoma kicked off this holiday weekend on May 27-29. The three day rock festival is now in its fifth year at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. Started as a call to arms for ‘80s rock, Rocklahoma has more recently extended its arms to embrace some newer rock acts as well, blending the generations for three days of “life, liberty and the pursuit of rock.” And besides, who better to pave the way for the newer generation than the likes of Mötley Crüe, Poison and Whitesnake!
Over the three days the festival grounds boasted sets from the following:
Friday, May 27 – Whitesnake, Hinder, Skillet, Sick Puppies, All That Remains, My Darkest Days, Jonathan Tyler & The Northern Lights, Texas Hippie Coalition, New Medicine, Bad Things, Wildstreet, Loveblast, D’Molls, Alias, Blue Tiger, Firststryke, Chuck Cooley and the Demon Hammers, Signum A.D., Silverstone, Return to Custody
Saturday, May 28 – Staind, Sebastian Bach, Drowning Pool, Rev Theory, Cavo, Pop Evil, The Gracious Few, Hail the Villain, Taddy Porter, Electric Touch, Gypsy Pistoleros, Cutlass, Mock Star, Aura Surreal, Aska, Strikeforce, Siva Addiction, A Good Fight, Bait, Rocker Lips, Sweatin Bullets
Sunday, May 29 – Mötley Crüe, Poison, Papa Roach, Seether, Black Label Society, Saving Abel, Escape The Fate, Crooked X, Art Of Dying, One Less Reason, Bad Things, The Glitter Boys, Black Tora, New Cool World, Pretty Little Suicide, Diemonds, Brandon Clark Band, David Castro Band, Desi and Cody
To find out more about the festival past and present hit up their official website here.
TWRY’s Ilya Mirman was on hand to capture it all and we’ll be bringing you his live photos and video interviews from many artists all week. Let’s kick it off with a set from Poison!
May 29, 2011
Rocklahoma– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman
There aren’t too many glam bands that came out of the ’80s who are still making their mark in the music world. Poison has been holding strong for over two decades now with no signs of slowing down – now that’s stamina! The line up of Bret Michaels on vocals, Bobby Dall on bass, Rikki Rockett on drums and C.C. Deville on guitar has been solid throughout their existence minus a few brief stints when C.C.’s role was played by some other guitar players that never really fit the job description. Nice guys? Sure. Great guitar players? Absolutely. But there’s just something about the combination of this foursome that makes Poison the unstoppable force that they are.
The band, seeing some what of a surge of new popularity with the creation of Bret Michael’s half Dating Game/half Fear Factor reality show Rock of Love, has steadily toured throughout their career with much success. This summer the band is hitting the road with Def Leppard. Which begs the question – What do you get when you mix two outspoken lead singers, a public war of words, and a dash of ego? Well if you ask Poison and Def Leppard it’s the perfect recipe for a summer blockbuster tour. Just a year after the publicly fought battle royale between front men Bret Michaels and Joe Elliott aired through the media, the bands are now joining forces for what could be the most face-melting, hair raising, lighter waving, tour of the summer, and oh yeah, they’re bringing Cheap Trick along for the ride too.
Bassist Bobby Dall took some time to discuss the tour, the past twenty plus years as a part of Poison and the things that matter to him most in life. (And it should be noted that Poison was one of my first ever favorite bands so this was a real thrill for me, thanks Bobby!)
Interviewed by: Mary Ouellette | June 2009
August 7, 2008
Bank of America Pavillion – Boston, MA
Photos by: Mary Ouellette