Rocklahoma heavy metal festival 2012 in Sixth year
Rocklahoma heavy metal festival is back for its sixth year on May 28th – Memorial Day. A
3 day weekend of heavy metal and mind blowing anarchy await!
With over 100,000 people descending on the “Catch the Fever” Festival grounds it’s gonna get messy!
Although the line up this year is not strictly metal only, the majority of bands such as Megadeth, Rob Zombie and Queensryche will be seriously tearing it up.
In an interview with David Ellefson of Megadeth, Gene Triplett gets the low down.
Rocklahoma heavy metal festival 2012
“One of the things I really admire about Rocklahoma is that we here in America finally have a premiere rock festival again,” said David Ellefson, bassist, backing vocalist and co-founder of Los Angeles thrash-metal veterans Megadeth.
“When I was growing up in Minnesota in a rural area, and I remember there were all these festivals — Iowa Jam, Texxas Jam, California Jam. America had real rock ‘n’ roll festivals, you know, multiple days, big events, and all the biggest bands would go play ‘em. And then by the time we got into the ’80s, and certainly by the ’90s, those were gone.”
According to Ellefsen, even though metal has it’s roots very firmly planted in the US, Europe has always had the best festivals until the Rocklahoma heavy metal festival that is.
“So it’s nice now with Rocklahoma in a large way, because now there are other ones likeRock on the Range and Rock on the Bayou. But really, Rocklahoma was the original one that stirred the waters and created this iconic festival again here in America. So I’m really proud that Megadeth is gonna be part of that this year.”
Ellefson’s previous experience with Rocklahoma was as a counselor at the festival’s 2008 “Rock n Roll Fantasy Camp” in which aspiring young musicians got coached by pros and then performed in front of the festival audience.“I remember we had done our thing, went back to the hotel and one of the stages collapsed,” Ellefson said. “I think there was a microburst that came through. Fortunately, no one was on the stage, no one got hurt, but yeah, it was pretty tricky.”
Another veteran of the sometimes wild and woolly event is Theory of a Deadman leader Tyler Connelly, whose band played Rocklahoma in 2010, the year the festival dropped its emphasis on ’80s “hair” bands, such as Poison, Ratt and Quiet Riot in favor of a more varied and current musical menu.“I think now they’re kind of mixing and matching,” Connolly said. “Now it’s Megadeth and Jackyl, so it’s kinda cool, man, ’cause I like those bands. I just wanna go see ‘em.”
Rob Zombie is also planning a spectacular show and he promises this will the be the biggest Rocklahoma heavy metal festival yet!
Let us know if you are going and better still leave a comment after you have been to tell us your tales!
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