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The Rocklahoma Files: Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

June 5, 2011 by  
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The Rocklahoma Files:
Zakk Wylde of Black Label Society

One really fun part about Rocklahoma was spending some time in the Media Tent, chatting with the bands.  They were typically very pressed for time, talking with radio stations and journalists, so we’d have 2-5 minutes max. 

Zakk Wylde (Black Label Society, Ozzy, etc.) dropped by, and we had a chance to catch up on a couple topics.  And while it wasn’t enough time to have a back-and-forth dialogue, we did get a few fun tidbits (for example, turns out Zakk loves Seinfeld and Family Guy!).

Is there something about you that most people don’t know?
Yes – that I’m married and I have three kids! And it’s not a front – The wife and the kids aren’t a beard!

What current projects are you excited about now?
Well, right now we put out a new album Order of the Black [peaked at 4th in the U.S. charts], the Black Label [fan community] is growing and growing. We just put out another album, Song Remains Not The Same, in the Top 50 on the US charts. Just goes to show the strength of the [BLS] family.
Then looking forward to throwing down with the Rocklahoma chapter of the Black Label Society. Then the 5th and 6th I’ll be on Jimmy Fallon, sitting in with the Roots. The 7th we fly to Europe, to do a whole bunch of festival dates.

Looking back over the past couple decades – how do you evolve in the context of an evolving music scene?
Maybe I evolve physically, I look different, but music makes me feel like I’m 14 years old, it’s a larger than life thing, That’s what music is about, it’s just life in general – you evolve, which is good.

You’ve had a lot of different collaborations over the years – are there some favorites?
No – I’ve loved them all. At the end of the day, you’re making music. I’ve never had a bad time making records. The objective is all the same – you want to succeed at whatever it is you’re doing.

Favorite TV shows, cartoons?
Obviously – Seinfeld, Family Guy – and obviously sports – I’m a Yankees guy, a New York Giants guy.

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Concert Gallery: Black Label Society at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

June 1, 2011 by  
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IMG2195a Th Concert Gallery: Black Label Society at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OKRocklahoma 2011 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!

Day 3 was probably the most solid line-up of the weekend featuring Mötley Crüe, Poison, Papa Roach, Seether, Saving Abel, Escape The Fate, Crooked X, Art Of Dying, One Less Reason and of course, one of the highlights – Zakk Wylde’s Black Label Society.  The “Order of the Black” was out in full force!  Check out our gallery from their set below.

Black Label Society
May 29, 2011
Rocklahoma
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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Concert Gallery: Papa Roach at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OK

May 31, 2011 by  
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IMG1719a Th Concert Gallery:  Papa Roach at Rocklahoma in Pryor, OKThe 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.  Here’s a set from Papa Roach!

Papa Roach
May 29, 2011
Rocklahoma
– Pryor, OK
Photos by: Ilya Mirman

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