ROCKLAHOMA 2018 ANNOUNCES LINEUP, SCHEDULED FOR MAY 25TH-27TH IN PRYOR, OKLAHOMA

Rocklahoma, presented by Bud Light, is set for May 25th-May 27th at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, Oklahoma, just outside Tulsa. The 12th year of America’s Biggest Memorial Day Weekend Party will feature performances from a slew of top rock artists, including: A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Halestorm, Vince Neil, Stone Temple Pilots, I Prevail, Clutch, The Used, Underoath, Machine Gun Kelly, Cinderella’s Tom Keifer and many more.

The three-day camping festival features the best new rock artists and classic bands performing on four stages, 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 2017, Rocklahoma had its biggest year ever, with over 75,000 in attendance.

The Rocklahoma 2018 band lineup is as follows (subject to change): A Perfect Circle, Godsmack, Poison, Cheap Trick, Ghost, The Cult, Vince Neil, Halestorm, Stone Temple Pilots, Clutch, The Used, I Prevail, Underoath, Machine Gun Kelly, Tom Keifer, Sevendust, Pop Evil, Trivium, Yelawolf, Candlebox, Diamond Head, Andrew W.K., Red Sun Rising, Lynch Mob, Shaman’s Harvest, 10 Years, Adelitas Way, Butcher Babies, Powerman 5000, Soil, New Years Day, Like A Storm, Wayland, Well Hung Heart, Aska, Dead Girls Academy, War of Thrones, Black Tora, Big Story, Davey Suicide, Firstryke, Maxx Explosion, Chaotic Resemblance, Love N Revenge, Dead Metal Society, Legs Electric, T.R.O.Y., Wild Planes, LA Velvet feat. LVictoria, Heaven Sent, The Midnight Devils, Coda Cutlass, Cimino, Mind of Fury, Agnozia, Down For Five, White Noise Owl, Silent Theory, Maplerun, Ryder, Kevlar, Dark Avenue, The Maension, Dead Horse Trauma, Renegades, OddFellas, Bringer, and Stanley’s Revenge. Rocklahoma will be hosted by Eddie Trunk.

“Hey Rocklahoma, it’s Sully from Godsmack. We’re stoked to announce the band’s return to Rocklahoma this May. This will be our first time back since 2015 and we can’t wait to rock your faces off! See ya there, Okies!”

Bret Michaels says, “I am beyond excited to return to Rocklahoma on Memorial Day Weekend. It is one of my favorite music festivals that I have headlined both as a solo artist with the Bret Michaels Band and with Poison. It is going to be a party sharing the stage with such great bands and it is an honor to have three generations of fans rocking along with us; That is a great night of music.”

“Every year we try to raise the bar on the Rocklahoma experience for the fans,” commented Executive Producer, Joe Litvag. “Our 2018 lineup does just that, as we welcome back Bret Michaels with the original lineup of the legendary rock band Poison, making their first appearance here since 2011, along with heavyweights Godsmack, Cheap Trick and The Cult. We’re also thrilled to welcome several Rocklahoma first-timers like A Perfect Circle, Ghost, I Prevail, Yelawolf and The Used to round out an incredibly diverse weekend of rock. There’s literally something for every type of rock fan at this festival.”

Rocklahoma General Admission and VIP tickets (including layaway options), as well as Premier Packages, Hotel Packages and Camping options are on sale now at rocklahoma.com/tickets. Fans are encouraged to buy early and save.

New for Rocklahoma 2018: Each ticket price level has a limited number of tickets available, so attendees can save more by buying earlier. Ticket prices will automatically move to the next price level once a price allotment sells out.

The layaway purchase option also allows fans to split the ticket cost into four monthly payments. Limited quantities of Groupie and Roadie VIP Packages and the Rockstar Hotel Package are also still available. Please visit rocklahoma.com/tickets for details. General Admission and VIP camping is also available at checkout, by calling (866) 310-2288, or emailing info@rocklahoma.com.

Current ticket pricing levels are as follows while supplies last:

Weekend General Admission: $129.00 plus fees

Monster Energy Weekend General Admission 4-Pack: $436.00 plus fees

Weekend VIP Reserved Tickets (comes with food & drink): $429.00 plus fees

Premier Packages start at $695 plus fees

Note: All Weekend tickets are for Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Specially priced tickets for Rocklahoma are available for active military through partner GovX while supplies last.

For fans who attended the festival in 2017, those Rocklahoma purchasers may continue to use their credit redemption link until it expires. Weekend Reserved VIP purchasers will have until 5:00 PM CST on Thursday, December 14th to use their credit and Weekend GA purchasers will have until Friday, December 22nd at 11:59 PM CST to use their credit. For more info, please email info@rocklahoma.com.

The campgrounds are a unique part of the Rocklahoma experience, with an endless party running around the clock. The Rocklahoma campgrounds will be open from Sunday, May 20 at Noon CDT through Tuesday, May 29th at Noon CDT. Festival doors open at 2:00 PM daily on May 25th, 26th and 27th. Note: Camping is only available with weekend ticket purchases.

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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12/13: R&R HOF, HEADED TO HOUSTON THURSDAY AND DALLAS SATURDAY! ALL SABBATH THIS WEEKEND

Needless to say not happy about Priest not making the R&R HOF. Disappointed enough of my fellow voters didn’t join me in voting to get them in. Hopefully next year. They are so so important to the history of metal (which we have enough examples of how the Hall feels about that genre!), but at least on the ballot and in the conversation. Hoping for next year! 3 of the 5 artists I voted for did get in. Congrats to the Moody Blues, The Cars and Bon Jovi. And to all the inductees. Today on Trunk Nation Richie Sambora will join me live as well as Gregg Hawkes from The Cars. I’ll also reveal my Top 10 HOF snubs with a brand new list. Live 2-4P ET on SiriusXM 106 Volume. Replay 9-11P ET.

Tomorrow I am live from Houston, but please note the previously announced live public broadcast from Bombshells in on Friday in Houston is NOT happening any longer. My show is being pre empted that day so I had to cancel. Hopefully next time. If in Houston or Dallas I will be hosting LA Guns, Enuff Z Nuff & Johnny Solinger Thursday night at Proof (free show!), and I will be in Dallas at Bomb Factory Saturday hosting Ace Frehley, Dokken, LA Guns and more. So come see me if in Houston or Dallas at those spots. I will have merch available as well at both.

New podcast tomorrow features Myles Kennedy. Free www.PodcastOne.com or Itunes.

Theme for number 2 on the FM program this weekend will be the first ever all Black Sabbath show! 3 hours of Sabbath, all eras! Debuts Friday 11P ET Q104.3 NYC and Midnight WAAF Boston. Both stations stream free.

Have a great weekend all, more on Twitter @EddieTrunk

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ALICE IN CHAINS ANNOUNCE NORTH AMERICAN HEADLINE DATES

Alice In Chains has announced the first run of must-see shows for 2018 – a North American headline tour beginning April 28th at the House of Blues in Boston. Dates are listed below and ticket info can be found here,

Dates are as follows:

April 28 – Boston, MA – House of Blues
April 30 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
May 1 – Toronto, ON – Massey Hall
May 3 – Washington DC – Anthem
May 4 – Charlotte, NC – Carolina Rebellion
May 7 – New York, NY – Hammerstein Ballroom
May 10 – Atlanta, GA – Coca-Cola Roxy
May 13 – Somerset, WI – Northern Invasion
May 15 – Chicago, IL – Riviera Theatre
May 16 – South Bend, IN – Morris Performing Arts Center
May 18 – Columbus, OH – Rock on the Range
May 19 – Philadelphia, PA – WMMR BBQ

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ANTHRAX’S LIVE DVD “KINGS AMONG SCOTLAND” TO BE RELEASED ON APRIL 27TH

Multi-Grammy-nominated thrash icons Anthrax will see Kings Among Scotland, the band’s long-awaited live-in-concert DVD, arrive in stores and online on April 27th (Megaforce). Captured last February 15th at the band’s sold-out concert at Glasgow’s historic venue Barrowland Ballroom, the two-hour Kings Among Scotland incorporates the band’s entire live show along with interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and other B-roll shot on the band’s tour bus, backstage, in hotels and elsewhere. The DVD will also include a “gear rundown” from each of the band members. Kings Among
Scotland
can be pre-ordered starting today; log on to anthrax.com for all purchasing information.

“Playing for our friends at the Barrowlands has always been very special,” said Anthrax’s Frank Bello. “We all know we’re going to get together and have an insanely great time, and we think that incredible interaction and energy really comes through on this video.”

With packaging art created by Steve Thompson (Slayer, Motorhead, Iron Maiden), the DVD’s concert is presented in two parts. For part one, Anthrax perfomed the “favorites” that had been voted on pre-show by the band’s fans and includes gems like Madhouse, Be All, End All, Breathing Lightning, and A.I.R. The band augmented the stage production for part two, with ramps and staircases and other production values while they tore into their classic 1987 album Among The Living, performing Caught In A Mosh, I Am the Law, Indians, Eflinikufesin (N.F.L.), and more.

“It was pretty a intense show,” added guitarist Scott Ian, “especially when the crowd was so insane, the floor actually started moving up and down.”

“It was a challenge for all of us to play Among The Living live,” admits Charlie Benante. “We’ve played a number of that album’s songs in our shows over the years, but not all of them, and playing a song in a recording studio is not the same as playing it live on stage. So we put in a lot of time to get all of the tracks down perfectly. And I’ll tell you, after we finished that set, as arduous as it was, we all felt a sense of exhiliration, like we could go out and do it again.”

The release of Kings Among Scotland will be preceded by Anthrax’s North American co-headline tour with Killswitch Engage – “KillThrax 2018” – set to kick off January 25th in Montreal. All dates are below.

The Killthrax Tour 2018

January:

25 MTelus, Montreal, QC
26 London Music Hall, London, TN
27 Sherman Theatre, Srtoudsburg, PA
28 The National, Richmond, VA
30 Jannus Live, Tampa, FL
31 The Fillmore Charlotte, Charlotte, NC

February:

2 Eagles Ballroom Club Stage, Milwaukee, WI
3 Egyptian Room at Old National Centre Indianapolis, IN
5 Marathon Music Works, Nashville, TN
6 Iron City, Birmingham, AL
8 The Pavilion at Concrete Street, Corpus Christi, TX
9 Lonestar Pavillion, Lubbock, TX
10 The Criterion, Oklahoma City, OK
11 El Rey Theater, Albuquerque, NM
13 House of Blues, San Diego, CA
14 House of Blues, Anaheim, CA
16 Revolution Concert House, Boise, ID
17 Knitting Factory Concert House, Spokane, WA
19 The Ranch, Edmonton, AB
20 Bowes Event Center at Revolution Place, Grande Prairie, AB
21 MacEwan Hall, Calgary, AB
23 Burton Cummings Theatre, Winnipeg, MB
24 Skyway Theatrer, Minneapolis, MN
25 Anthem @ Hard Rock Hotel & Casino, Sioux City, IA
27 The Forge, Joliet, IL

March:

1 Rams Head Live, Baltimore, MD
2 Dome Arena, Rochester, NY
3 The Palladium, Worcester, MA
4 State Theater, Portland, ME

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ANTHRAX GUITARIST SCOTT IAN DISCUSSES HIS NEW BOOK

Greg Prato of the Long Island Pulse spoke with Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian about his forthcoming book, Access All Areas: Stories from a Hard Rock Life, out December 12th. Highlights from the interview appear below.

LI Pulse: How is Access All Areas different from I’m the Man?

Scott Ian: I’m the Man is an autobiography…This one fills in the blanks. It’s 23 stories from my life. Some of them from when I was a kid and most of them from my years in the band, touring, experiences I’ve had, crazy places I’ve been and situations I’ve been a part of, most of which I call my “Who the hell let me in here?” moments.

LI Pulse: Something that you touch upon in the book is while KISS is now a widely-admired rock band, back in the late 70s/early 80s, non-fans of the band would often voice their disapproval of those who wore Kiss shirts in public.

Scott Ian: Like any other kind of time in music, it’s generational. And KISS really tapped the vein of a younger crowd. When you had a bunch of 13 year olds, 14 year olds, 15 year olds who all of a sudden are wearing Kiss shirts and yelling Kiss lyrics and buying Kiss records, well, of course, that makes it completely uncool for the older teenagers who were listening to Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Aerosmith and so on…If you look at it on paper, a four-year age difference, big deal. But 13 and 17, that means everything. [Laughs]

LI Pulse: It’s been a few years since you appeared on the reality TV show Supergroup. What are your thoughts on it now?

Scott Ian: I had a blast doing that. I really have nothing bad to say about it. I got to live…as a rock star, for a couple of weeks in Las Vegas and really just had no responsibility. We had limousines on call for us 24 hours a day…It’s an experience that is very much an anomaly in my life. And I just kind of went with it the best I could. I don’t think I betrayed myself and became somebody different on that TV show. I was very much myself. I’ve had a lot of people tell me, “You and Jason Bonham were like the voices of reason on that show.” And I’m like, “Well, I don’t know about all that, but I was just myself. That’s who I am.” I didn’t feel like I needed to put on a bigger personality to be on that TV show.

Read more at the Long Island Pulse.

source: lipulse.com

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EDDIE TRUNK DISCUSSES SOME OF HIS FAVORITE LIVE SHOWS, BANDS HE THOUGHT WERE UNDERRATED IN THE ’80S, AND WHAT NEW BANDS THAT HE LIKES

Randy Widman of Hairbandheaven.rocks spoke with our own Eddie Trunk. Excerpts from the interview appear below.

HBH: Growing up being a fan of KISS, was that the driving motivation for you to get Ace Frehley a solo deal on Megaforce Records?

Eddie: I wanted to bring more melodic music to Megaforce. The label was known for at the time very heavy music. I thought to grow it would be a good idea to bring in a name artist that could maybe get radio play and appeal to hard rock and metal. The owner of the label was not a Kiss fan, but liked the idea. So we tracked Ace down and he was my first ever signing. I was 22 and it was kind of surreal, and to this day we are close friends.

HBH: Where there any other bands or artists that you tried to sign to Megaforce before they where big?

Eddie: White Lion. I brought them to the head of the label and he passed. He thought it was just not something that would work for us, and he may have been right. I had become friends with those guys when they did one of their first ever radio interviews for Fight To Survive, which was only out in Japan at the time. They ended up being signed by Atlantic which was our distributor. But they remembered my early support and gave me my first ever gold album on stage at a show at Lamour. Really special moment for me. I’m still friends with all four of the guys. Always lots of laughs when we see each other.

HBH: With all of the great bands that you have seen live, who are some of your favorite? Who haven’t you seen that you wished you had/could see? (from any point in time)

Eddie: My first show was Kiss & Piper 12/16/77. So that will always be landmark for me. Having done this now almost 35 years it’s endless really. Recently seeing Metallica at Webster Hall, Guns N Roses at The Apollo (which I hosted), the launch of the new STP. Those are just cool recent moments. I just saw Alter Bridge and they always blow me away. The Struts are the best newer band out there I think. I also love Soul Asylum and always get excited to see them. For me acts I don’t see all the time or in special settings is great. And bands that do everything real and live. Not a fan of the many recorded tracks some bands use. UFO is always special for me as well as Aerosmith. Just so many.. I wish I saw Zeppelin in the glory years, never did.

HBH: Being such a huge fan/historian of music, did you ever play an instrument? If so, which one? If not..why not?

Eddie: One regret I have is I can’t play a thing. I took drum lessons real early on, but didn’t stick with it. I didn’t have the patience. I wanted to do everything I heard on my KISS albums instantly and got frustrated quick. So I decided instead I would do something to help the bands I loved. Radio, TV, writing, record labels, anything to connect and support. One day I still want to learn guitar.

HBH: Something we like to discuss here so I will ask you. If you could start a band with ANY artists you want, who would you choose? (1 singer, 2 guitars,1 bass, 1 drummer, 1 keyboard)

Eddie: These are so tough.

Steven Tyler, Eddie Van Halen, John Sykes, Steve Harris, John Bonham, Paul Raymond. That would be pretty kick ass! But SO many I could think of, that’s just off the top of my head.

HBH: Who are some of your favorite “hair bands” ? And which do you consider to be “underrated”

Eddie: With all due respect to your site, as many know I don’t use the word “hair band” or “hair metal”. It was developed as a knock on these artists and I feel still hurts them and continues the stigma against them, which is still very real. So I just call it 80’s hard rock. So many great ones. What comes to mind? Ratt, Bon Jovi (yes they were at one time), White Lion, Vain, Tesla, just a few I can think of that I really love/loved. Recently I saw LA Guns, Warrant and Jack Russell. All sounded great. Some of those guys are better now than they were in the day. Winger too, amazing and all real! Skid Row and Tesla probably my two all time favorite bands of that era.

HBH: Are their any NEW bands out that you are really digging that we should know about?

Eddie: The Struts. They are the best newer band with the best songs I have seen in a long long time. I think/hope they can bring it all back. Also love Rival Sons. Haven’t seen Greta Van Fleet live yet, but lots of buzz which is good to see. But The Struts blew me away recently and I love the album.

Read more at Hairbandheaven.rocks.

source: hairbandheaven.rocks

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