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Rock Wishes Do Come True

Guys, guys, guys… guess what….

ANTHRAX is playing ROCKLAHOMA!
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I’ve been nerding out over this since Tuesday afternoon when the full lineup was announced. Rocklahoma’s booking agency generally does a great job of arranging a mix of established acts, young up and coming bands, and legitimately legendary groups. 2015 is no exception, with acts like Tesla, Slayer, and Anthrax grouped with Linkin Park, Breaking Benjamin, and In This Moment. Young bands like Nasty Habit, Black Tora, and Like A Storm have the chance to play a huge festival, attended by 50,000 or more rabid, madly devoted music fanatics. Tickets are available at the website http://www.rocklahoma.com

Here’s the full lineup for anyone who might be interested.

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See you in Oklahoma, freaks! Got to go start packing! (What…. too soon?)

-RTG1

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Oklahoma Countdown

Happy 2015, friends! The Gypsies have had a good holiday season and we’re gearing up for the upcoming World’s Loudest Month! We have made the pilgrimage to Rocklahoma every Memorial Day weekend since 2011, and in T minus 126 days, Rocklahoma 2015 will be here! Gypsy 2 has confirmed our ticket renewals, and I’ve booked the hotel. I’m considering implementing some sort of exercise (I sort of loathe physical activity), but Gypsy 2 is on top of her game working out and eating clean. And earlier today, to our complete delight, Rocklahoma announced on their Facebook page that an announcement is coming on Tuesday at 2:00pm.

*Insert squee of happiness* Ahem, ‘scuse me. Had a girl moment there.

Lineup possibilities have been vigorously debated, and the Gypsies have decided that we want to see…. ANTHRAX!!!  I mean, really, Rocklahoma… they’re playing other festivals, they’ll be in the States during that period, and their tour schedule does not have anything booked for the Memorial Day weekend! What better headliner could you possibly want?!

We are keeping fingers and toes crossed that our boys Art of Dying make the lineup again this year. It’s been two years since we’ve stood front and center for a set from the full band, and with Eleven Seven Music picking them up last year, we are looking forward to a huge year for our favorite Canadians. If you lunatics haven’t checked out their music yet, you should. Now. Go on, I’ll wait.  http://www.artofdyingmusic.com

Personally, I’m hoping Drowning Pool comes out to play, and I would love to see Baltimore boys Charm City Devils on the second stage. Halestorm, Godsmack, Papa Roach, Breaking Benjamin, Tremonti, Korn, and Slayer are all playing multiple festivals this year, so it’s entirely possible some or all of them will be on the Rocklahoma lineup. I look forward to being pleasantly surprised.

Stay warm and get ready to rock, friends!

Peace, love, and punk music for life –
RTG1

All Bad Things Must Come To An End

I’m still recovering from and processing the events I witnessed on a recent Friday night when the Gypsies attended the Final Tour of Mötley Crüe. Alice Cooper as an opening act?? Sign. Me. Up.

I really, really enjoy shows at Oak Mountain Amphitheater. It’s a great outdoor venue just outside of Birmingham, Alabama, with a great setup. We had second tier seats, close to an aisle, and really enjoyed our spot.

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We actually had 3 seats for this show. Gypsy 2’s brother Paul was supposed to be at this show with us. Paul loved Mötley Crüe, and was in fact the one who introduced my fellow Road Trip Gypsy to them by taking her to her very first concert during the Dr. Feelgood Tour. A guitarist himself, Paul dragged his sister to all sorts of shows, and he was always the first to know when a new “must-hear” album was coming out. Heartbreakingly, Paul’s health the last several years had prevented him from making long trips for major tours, so when he decided that he wanted to attend a show, we collaborated to make it happen for him. This being the Last Ever Crüe Tour… well, naturally we were all going. Paul’s health, however, conspired against us. After a few weeks of sickness landed him in the hospital with non-functioning kidneys, Paul passed away suddenly after returning home. It’s still a punch in the gut when I realize he’s not here with a smart comment or snarky joke. We kept his seat unoccupied at the show.

The Raskins out of New York warmed up the stage for the night, and did a pretty good job. Wish I’d known a few of their songs, and will be looking them up for sure. Very East Coast-flavored rock n roll.

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And then…. Oh boy… the MAN, the NIGHTMARE himself… Mr. Alice Cooper took the stage. I’d never seen Alice’s stage show, but of course had heard all the stories and knew all about the theatrical performance. It was amazing. From “Welcome to my Nightmare” to “Feed My Frankenstein”, Alice still puts on one heck of a show. Closing with “School’s Out” was just perfect.

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Alice Cooper stage setup…Backdrop, Alice as Dr Fankenstein, Alice with snake, and the legend playing the crowd.

Now. I’ve seen the Crüe before. I’ve been 6th row for one of their shows. I’ve seen Tommy’s drum coaster and heard Mick’s phenomenal solos. I’ve been three feet from Nikki at a VIP event when the other Gypsy got to meet him.  I say all this to tell you… I was not prepared to say goodbye. I’m still not.

The boys played every hit, did every costume change, ran around the stage, and had the sold out crowd eating out of their hands. It was amazing. It was pure, perfect, rock n roll.

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Fire! Fire! Fire!

 nikki finalThe one and only… Mr Nikki Sixx.

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The boys saying goodbye from an elevated stage in the middle of the crowd with ‘Home Sweet Home’.

I freely admit, I’m not ready to say goodbye to these guys. No matter where I see them, they put on the best show of all time. They out-perform bands who are a quarter their age, and they do it like the punk rock legends that they are. (Yes, I said punk!)  They pulled out older songs like “On With The Show” that had my Gypsy pal in tears, and “Anarchy in the UK” made my little punk heart overflow with joy. I read a Rolling Stone interview with them yesterday where Mick said he wanted to write a book about the music, and Nikki, Tommy, and Vince plan to continue with their other projects. But until then, they have a North American tour to finish, followed by a worldwide tour, and probably a return to the States for the final shows. Vince said that they hope to play their final show in LA, maybe with a one-off after show at The Whisky in January of 2016, on their 35 anniversary as a band.

I, for one, would love to be there.

RTG1