A massive music lineup has been announced for the 11th year of Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, May 26th, 27th & 28th, 2017 at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. Soundgarden, Def Leppard, and The Offspring lead the music lineup for America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party, which features the best current rock artists and classic bands. The three-day camping festival features music on three stages, as well as a campground stage to keep the music going all night long. With onsite camping amenities and unparalleled VIP packages, Rocklahoma lives up to its motto of “Life, Liberty & the Pursuit of Rock.” In 2016, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 70,000 fans attending the festival’s 10th year.

The current Rocklahoma band lineup is as follows: Soundgarden, Def Leppard, The Offspring, Stone Sour, Seether, Three Days Grace, The Cult, Skillet, Ratt (featuring Stephen Pearcy, Warren DeMartini, Juan Croucier and Carlos Cavazo), Jackyl, The Pretty Reckless, Pierce The Veil, Taking Back Sunday, Suicidal Tendencies, Nothing More, Buckcherry, Zakk Sabbath, Diamond Head, Fuel, Black Stone Cherry, Rival Sons, In Flames, Slaughter, Starset, Norma Jean, Fozzy, Red Sun Rising, Dinosaur Pile-Up, Wage War, Badflower, Goodbye June, DED, Royal Republic, Aeges, One Less Reason, Wildstreet, Black Tora, Lynam, Ratchet Dolls, ASKA, Moxy & The Influence, Niterain, The Tip, Diamond Lane, Nova Rex, Dead Metal Society, Deathgrip, Desire The Fire, Wild Planes, Electro_Nomicon, 3-D In Your Face, Coda Cutlass, Kore Rozzik, Retrospect All-Stars, Adakain, 5 Star Hooker, Arson City, The Chimpz, As Above So Below, Keychain, Stolen Rhodes, Nicnos, Paralandra, Hoodslide, NonHuman Era, The Mendenhall Experiment, Midnight Mob, Another Lost Year, Wild Fire, Final Drive, Sun and Flesh, BC and the Big Rig, Screaming Red Mutiny, The Adarna, Locust Grove, Skytown, Difuzer, Save the Hero, Reliance Code, Sweatin Bullets, The Normandys, Thousand Years Wide, The Fairweather, The Revolutioners and Weston Horn and the Hush.

“Every year we try to find that delicate balance of talent at Rocklahoma, and the lineup we’ve put together for 2017 will not disappoint,” commented Joe Litvag, executive producer of Rocklahoma. “Def Leppard has been on the wish list of our most loyal fans since the festival was created back in 2007, and to couple them, one of the most influential British rock bands of the last 30+ years, with Soundgarden, one of the most respected American rock bands of our generation, is really special for us. Add to the mix some of the hottest developing talent like Pierce The Veil, The Pretty Reckless, Nothing More, and Rival Sons, and I think we’ve accomplished the goal of achieving one of the most diverse festival lineups of the year anywhere. It’s going to be a really memorable weekend!”

Presale weekend tickets and layaway packages, as well as hotel, camping and VIP packages, are available for purchase starting Tuesday, January 10 at 10:00 AM CST at

A Rocklahoma presale password to purchase the following tickets can be found on the festival’s website, Facebook and Twitter pages:

Weekend General Admission: $107
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $347
Weekend VIP Reserved: $386
*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***

Those looking for an expanded festival experience are invited to purchase special Weekend River Spirit Casino VIP Packages. Full details for the River Spirit Casino Groupie Package, Roadie Package and Rockstar Packages can be found at All Weekend VIP Packages include access to exclusive backstage bar(s), pit, upper deck viewing platforms, on-site concierge, and more.

Those purchasing a River Spirit Casino Rocklahoma VIP option (including Reserved Weekend and Packages) will have the ultimate Rocklahoma experience! All VIPs receive upgraded parking and access to the VIP tent that includes all you can drink Bud Light, soft drinks, coffee, iced tea, water and an amazing assortment of food, served buffet style. This is the ONLY way to truly experience Rocklahoma.

The Rocklahoma public onsale is Friday, January 13th at 10:00 AM CST. Beginning at that time, ticket prices will increase, so fans are encouraged to buy during the presale. At the public onsale, prices will be as follows:

Weekend General Admission: $117
Weekend General Admission Ticket 4-Pack: $387
Weekend VIP Reserved: $416
*** Ticket prices do not include fees.***

As in the past, General Admission ticket discounts will also be available for active military through Rocklahoma partner GovX at

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock for four days. General Admission Camping and VIP Camping tickets may be purchased as an add-on during online checkout at Campgrounds open on Sunday, May 21st at Noon and will remain open until Noon on Tuesday, May 30th.

Rocklahoma is located just 45 minutes northeast of Tulsa, in Pryor, OK. The “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds is a premier destination for a multi-day festival and includes onsite camping with access to restrooms and shower house, a general store for campers, VIP reserved seating, hospitality areas and much more.


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Michael Schenker, one of music’s greatest rock guitarists, will release Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo – a stunning new live recording and filmed concert released by inakustik on CD, DVD, Blu-ray and Digital on Friday 24th March 2017.

Filmed and recorded at Tokyo’s International Forum on August 24th, 2016, this historic concert features guest appearances from some of the greatest rock vocalists who have worked with Schenker over the years including M.S.G.’S Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, and Robin McAuley of the McAuley Schenker Group.

“It’s been a long time since M.S.G. – Live At Budokan,” says Schenker.

Like a miracle Michael Schenker returns to Japan with his past original singers from the ’80’s to celebrate the Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley at the amazing Tokyo International Forum. 5000 fans witnessed an anthology moment of quintessential hard rock music of the highest calibre.

Says Schenker, “It’s a miracle that after all these years, something like this took place with the original band members of “M.S.G.”. Being able to go back to those days and celebrate the music is an exciting experience for us, as well as for old and new fans. To being able to re-experience, and for the new audience to get a feel of what it was like, is incredibly enjoyable.”

Continues Schenker, “It’s an amazing feeling to have all of my M.S.G. Family from the ’80’s performing together and especially with Graham Bonnet, who I never got to play any concerts after our Assault Attack album that was originally released in 1982. Fortunately, being able to have the participation of original M.S.G. members such as Gary Barden, Chris Glen (bass) and Ted McKenna (drums) being part of it, and somehow, to perform with Robin McAuley and Steve Mann (guitar, keyboards) again as well, is pretty awesome.”

The Band:

Michael Schenker – Lead Guitar
Ted McKenna – Drums
Steve Mann – Guitar, Keyboards
Chris Glen – Bass

The Vocalists:

Gary Barden
Graham Bonnet
Robin McAuley

“It was just one enjoyable event from beginning to end,” says Schenker. “Seeing those happy, excited fans right from the beginning before the show even started, was incredible. It was like Budokan all over again.”

Schenker remains enthusiastic and overjoyed at performing Schenker Fest with Barden, Bonnet and McAuley all under the same roof in Tokyo.

“It’s wonderful how we all got on with each other. It felt incredibly natural, as if it was always like this. Right from the start of rehearsal, the chemistry was great. No problems, just pure fun.”

Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo track listing:

1. Intro: Searching For Freedom
2. Into The Arena
3. Attack Of The Mad Axeman ft. Gary Barden
4. Victim Of Illusion ft. Gary Barden
5. Cry For The Nations ft. Gary Barden
6. Let Sleeping Dogs Lie ft. Gary Barden
7. Armed And Ready ft. Gary Barden
8. Coast To Coast
9. Assault Attack ft. Graham Bonnet
10. Desert Song ft. Graham Bonnet
11. Dancer ft. Graham Bonnet
12. Captain Nemo
13. This Is My Heart ft. Robin McAuley
14. Save Yourself ft. Robin McAuley
15. Love Is Not A Game ft. Robin McAuley
16. Shoot Shoot ft. Robin McAuley
17. Rock Bottom ft. Robin McAuley
18. Doctor Doctor ft. Gary Barden, Graham Bonnet, Robin McAuley

Michael Schenker Fest Live Tokyo is available in the following formats:


2 CD
2 CD + DVD Combo
Vinyl LP


Hi-Res download

Watch the official trailer for Michael Schenker Fest “Live” Tokyo below.

For more information visit:

Official Website

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I Want To Know What Love Is, Cold As Ice, Hot Blooded, Juke Box Hero. Foreigner, the band behind these classic and iconic songs, is turning 40 this year and they’re bringing their friends along for the year-long celebration.

First up is a mammoth worldwide tour, set to launch in Syracuse, NY on July 11th. For the US shows presented by Live Nation, Foreigner will be alongside Rock & Roll Hall of Famers Cheap Trick — who are also celebrating 40 years since the release of their self-titled debut album — and special guest Jason Bonham who will be bringing the music of Led Zeppelin to great night of Rock N’ Roll. Tickets go on sale January 13th at Live Nation.

“I never could have imagined when I set out to create Foreigner forty years ago, that we’d still be touring around the world and performing the music we love all these years later,” says founding member and lead guitarist Mick Jones. “I can’t express the gratitude I feel when fans share stories of how our songs have been woven into their milestones and memories over the years. This summer we are going to celebrate these songs, and I can’t imagine a better group of friends to share this monumental tour with, than Cheap Trick and Jason Bonham who are sure to make it a true tribute to the everlasting power of rock and roll.”

Inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 2016, Cheap Trick is undoubtedly one of the most influential classic rock groups of the past 50 years. They have performed over 5,000 shows spanning four decades and have sold 20 million records worldwide. Cheap Trick formed in 1974 and while they have evolved throughout the years, the band continues to reach mainstream and critical success. Hits such as I Want You To Want Me, Dream Police, and Surrender have cemented the group as one of America’s top rock ‘n’ roll bands of all time. In 2016, Cheap Trick released its 17th studio collection, Bang Zoom Crazy…Hello.

“I was thrilled to hear Mick Jones wanted me to be involved in celebrating 40 years of Foreigner. I spent three years as their drummer and had a great time,” says Jason Bonham. “Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience show will hit home run after home run with these timeless classics done to perfection. JBLZE started 7 years ago as a way to show my appreciation not only to my dad and the music of Led Zeppelin, but also to the fans themselves. With the amazing Cheap Trick along with the one and only Foreigner this is show not to be missed.”

To coincide with the tour, Foreigner–Mick Jones (lead guitar), Kelly Hansen (lead vocals), Jeff Pilson (bass, vocals), Tom Gimbel (rhythm guitar, sax, vocals), Michael Bluestein (keyboards), Bruce Watson (guitar) and Chris Frazier (drums)– will be releasing a celebratory 40th anniversary album that features forty songs throughout the years entitled 40 – Forty Hits From Forty Years (RHINO). This album is a comprehensive compilation of original hits and several tracks from the current lineup with Kelly Hansen on vocals including Cant Slow Down, Too Late, and the Top 20 AC hit When It Comes To Love. The album also features two new songs, The Flame Still Burns, and Give My Life For Love, a brand new song by Jones. Rhino is kicking off a year-long catalog promotion with the January 24th picture disc release of Head Games.

Foreigner tour dates:


11 Syracuse, NY Lakeview Amphitheater
13 Camden, NJ BB&T Pavilion
14 Bethel, NY Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
15 Hershey, PA Giant Center
17 Boston, MA Blue Hills Bank Pavilion
18 Saratoga Springs, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
20 Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
21 Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
22 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
25 Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
26 Virginia Beach, VA Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
28 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater
30 Pelham, AL Oak Mountain Amphitheater


1 West Palm Beach, FL Perfect Vodka Amphitheater
2 Tampa, FL MIDFLORIDA Credit Union Amphitheater
5 Charlotte, NC PNC Music Pavilion
6 Raleigh, NC Coastal Credit Union Music Park at Walnut Creek Amphitheater
8 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
9 Chicago, IL Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
11 Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theatre
12 Burgettstown, PA KeyBank Pavilion
13 Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
15 Kansas City, MO Starlight Theatre
16 Maryland Heights, MO Hollywood Casino Amphitheater – St. Louis
19 Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
20 Austin, TX austin360 Amphitheater
23 Albuquerque, NM*** Isleta Amphitheater
24 Phoenix, AZ*** Ak-Chin Pavilion
26 West Valley City, UT ***USANA Amphitheater
29 Chula Vista, CA*** Sleep Train Amphitheater
30 Los Angeles, CA***Greek Theatre


1 Marysville, CA*** Toyota Amphitheater
2 Mountain View, CA*** Shoreline Amphitheater
4 Morrison, CO*** Red Rocks Amphitheater
8 Ridgefield, WA*** Sunlight Supply Amphitheater
9 Auburn, WA*** White River Amphitheater

** Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience not on this date. Additional dates and support to be announced.

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Jeff Perlah of Newsweek spoke with guitar icon, Ritchie Blackmore. Highlights from the interview appear below.

Newsweek: Ritchie, how did the regrouping of Rainbow in the mid-’90s come about?

Blackmore: I kind of left the Purple camp and I was really at a loose end, I didn’t know what I wanted to do. I just knew that I didn’t want to travel anymore. They were all over the world, all the time, and I hate traveling. It’s funny, because I chose a profession where all you do is travel. I thought maybe I’ll re-form Rainbow and see how it goes.

Popularity-wise, it went very well. But I wasn’t pleased with the lineup. After being in the studio, I thought, You know, I’m not happy with the singer [Doogie White]. My main connection with music is the singer and if I don’t have a good singer, I can’t force it. And when you bring somebody into a band, sometimes the egos go crazy, so I thought, “Why am I doing this?…” So I decided to gravitate more toward the ballads and Medieval/Renaissance music, which of course has been my favorite music since 1972…

Newsweek: When you reformed Rainbow for the shows last June, were you disappointed that you weren’t able to invite original singer Ronnie James Dio, who died in 2010?

Blackmore: I hate to say it, but no, I wasn’t. I’d finished with Ronnie a long time ago, and we kept in touch now and again but I went on to other things and he was in other things. We kept it very convivial and that, but I think neither one of us really wanted to get back together. He’s a strong alpha male, and so am I; he wanted to go one way, I wanted to go the other.

Newsweek: Deep Purple took several stylistic twists and turns before establishing a hard rock sound that would end up influencing countless rock and metal groups. When did that approach come together?

Blackmore: When the band first came on the scene in ’68, obviously psychedelia was in, and everybody had lights and things. We played the Fillmore East and West; it was great, but we weren’t really a psychedelic band. Someone like Pink Floyd was more into that.

We didn’t really find our way, in my opinion, until we did In Rock [1970]. We seemed to have an idea where the hell we were going. I said to [keyboardist] Jon Lord, “Let’s make a rock and roll record, completely hard rock, and if that doesn’t sell we’ll go back to playing with orchestras [Deep Purple played with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra on 1969’s Concerto for Group and Orchestra].” I was a little bit tired with playing with an orchestra because it was very almost contrived. You’d have to play so quietly because the violinist was always complaining the lead guitar was too loud.

My biggest influences were Vanilla Fudge and Mountain. I remember Ian Paice and I were out for a drink in a bar in Germany, in 1970 I think it was, and we were pretty pleased with our record In Rock, and they were playing it. And then this other record came on, and we didn’t know who it was, but it was such an amazing, big, hard sound. We looked at each other very nervously and thought, “Who the hell is that?” We asked the DJ and it was Mountain, with Mississippi Queen, and that thundered.

We couldn’t speak because because we didn’t know what to say [laughs]. We thought, “Oh, my God, that is one hell of a sound.”

Newsweek: In the past you’ve also mentioned the Who as an influence.

Blackmore: When they did Can’t Explain that was an eye-opener. When I heard My Generation, with that feedback, I thought it was wonderful. A guitarist would do a solo and have a feedback part. Whereas I used to do sessions, and heaven forbid, if I came up with any feedback, I was thrown out of the studio. I knew [drummer] Keith Moon a little bit. I always liked his antics. Very, very funny, great man he was. He would make me cry laughing all time.

Newsweek: Many Rainbow songs feature neo-classical elements. What influenced the classical leanings in your guitar work?

Blackmore: Someone was saying the other day that I came up with the idea of playing classical music to a rock beat. I didn’t really come up with that, although I like having the honor. But there was a band I saw when I was 15 called Nero and the Gladiators, and they dressed up in Roman togas, and they were playing all this classical music rocked-up. It would be [Vittorio] Monti’s Csárdás, it would be In the Hall of Mountain King by Edvard Grieg. I was mesmerized by this band. I’ve never been so moved by a band onstage.

Everybody else was playing Chuck Berry and stuff like that. Although I do appreciate Chuck Berry obviously—especially for his lyrics and singing. Most bands around that time—the Rolling Stones came a bit later and a few others—were all influenced by the blues, but I was influenced by classical music.

Newsweek: Two years after In Rock was released, Deep Purple unveiled Machine Head. Can you talk about the making of that album in Switzerland?

Blackmore: The first part we approached was the backing of Smoke on the Water, so Paicey [drummer Ian Paice] asked, “What rhythms should we do?” He used to start just playing a rhythm, and I would join in with a chord sequence. On that particular day, we had this gigantic ballroom. What happened was, the rest of the band joined in on the progression, and soon as we started on the backing track, the police turned up to try to close us down, because we were making so much of a racket. They were literally banging at the doors, demanding to be let in. But we knew that if we’d stopped, we would lose these good sounds that we had in this big ballroom.

Newsweek: Then what happened?

Blackmore: We were listening to the playback on Rolling Stones Mobile Studio, and we knew that the police were still there. We heard the track and went, “That’s it, we got it.” We opened up the door and the police said, that’s it, we’ve had too many complaints from the neighbors, you gotta close all this down and move on.

Now we are stuck in Montreux, with no place to play. Luckily we knew Claude Nobs [a city leader who was manager of the Montreux Jazz Festival]. He knew of an abandoned hotel we could play in. Long story short, we set up in the corridors of this old, very cold hotel, because it was snowing. And with the Mobile unit in the courtyard, we did that record Machine Head.

It was strange to hear playbacks because we’d be in the corridor, we’d have to leave the corridor, go through a bedroom, out the window, along the fire escape, in through another window, across the marble reception, and then across the courtyard. It probably took us 10 minutes to get to hear a playback. After a while, whenever the engineer would say, “do you wanna come and hear that,” we’d often stay “oh, no, it’s OK, we’ll leave it for now.” We knew it was gonna be a 10-minute thing and we’d have to put our coats on—it was quite funny. It was trying to play in very adverse conditions. But in a way, it probably motivated us.

Read more at Newsweek.


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Black Star Riders will be releasing their new album, Heavy Fire, on February 3rd. They have released a video for the song, Testify Or Say Goodbye, which can be viewed below.

Singer Ricky Warwick says of the tune, “Power, glory, rock n roll with a whole lotta soul. You gotta testify or say goodbye. Tell me no secrets, tell me no lies. Get up on the stand look me straight in the eye. You gotta testify or say goodbye… Kinda says it all, really!”

To read more about Heavy Fire, view the track listing, and to watch a lyric video for the song, When The Night Comes In, please click here.

Also, to view a couple of trailers about this release, please go here.

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Black Sabbath guitarist Tony Iommi had debuted new music since Black Sabbath retired from touring, and it is a religious experience.

“It’s something we have started from scratch,” Iommi tells the Birmingham Mail, “a completely new piece of music unlike anything I have done before.”

Titled How Good It Is, the song is inspired by Psalm 133. It had its premiere at the Birmingham Cathedral in his hometown of Birmingham, England on January 5th, before a specially invited audience.

Iommi composed the dark piece with the Very Reverend Catherine Ogle, the Dean of Birmingham. It was written for the choir of Birmingham Cathedral and features cellist George Shilling along with Iommi, who performs acoustic guitar on the piece.

“They’re a fantastic choir but the guitar player’s crap!” he says modestly.

The divide between heavy metal and chorale music is vast, but as Iommi explains, there is nothing ironic about a longtime Black Sabbath member writing music for the church. For that matter, he has professed his belief in God, saying he’s a non-church-going Catholic.

“People used to think we were Satanists, but we weren’t,” he says. “The songs were the opposite—they were all about the dangers of Black Magic…”

…Iommi [also] tells the Mail he hopes to explore other new musical challenges after Black Sabbath play their final show.

“I will still be making music, and I have a number of interesting offers and projects that I will look at in good time,” he says. “I would like to do some film soundtrack work, maybe something else for TV, and I would like to resume my mentoring work.”

Listen to, How Good It Is, below.

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