Rock-N-America attracts patrons to amphitheatre

Zoo Amphitheatre kicks off three-day '80s music festival Rock-N-America.
BY NATHAN POPPE Modified: July 24, 2010 at 7:04 am •  Published: July 24, 2010

The past became present Friday at the Zoo Amphitheatre's three-day '80s music festival Rock-N-America.

The presence of KISS, Def Leppard and Mötley Crüe was everywhere.

Although these acts weren't playing Rock-N-America, the bands attended the festival via T-shirts and tank tops.

Time stood still at the festival that was born after Pryor's Rocklahoma broadened its range of musical acts this summer.

About 1,000 patrons filled the amphitheatre early Friday afternoon and they wanted the '80s.

The words "Twisted Sister" were printed in bright pink letters on frontman Dee Snider's denim coat as he spoke at a news conference behind the amphitheater.

"Long Island and Oklahoma, that's the only places we play," Snider said.

Of course, Snider was joking because his band plays about 20 shows a year, often in Oklahoma.

The demand to see Twisted Sister hasn't disappeared.

Founding guitarist Jay Jay French said he's proud to stand behind the band's catalog, which filled Friday's headlining slot at Rock-N-America.

"We're proud to be a great live band," French said. "We make our fans happy, and we have a lot of pride in playing live. That's really it."

Fan shows devotion

Denver resident Dan Head sat in the shade of the amphitheatre's trees and said he would have hated missing Twisted Sister. In the Denver International Airport earlier this week, Head couldn't get past security with his metal belt lined with fake bullets. He gave up his belt so he wouldn't miss his flight to Oklahoma.

Head also wears his appreciation for rock music on his skin with tattoos of skulls and the word "METALHEAD," which is printed across his back.

"I never went to college, but my ink makes me feel like I'm in a fraternity everywhere I go," Head said.

The tattooed patron started visiting Rocklahoma two years ago and has made a lot of friends in the state.

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• Steelheart, 3:35 p.m.

• Firehouse, 5 p.m.

• Michael Schenker Group, 6:25 p.m.

• Cinderella, 8:05 p.m.

• Scorpions, 9:30 p.m.

SIDE STAGE

• Moto Christ, 3 p.m.

• John Corabi, 4:25 p.m.

• Pretty Boy Floyd, 5:50 p.m.

• L.A. Guns, 7:30 p.m.

FESTIVAL STAGE

• Firestryke, 12:10 p.m.

• TBA, 1 p.m.

• Down N Dirty, 2:10 p.m.

• TBA, 3 p.m.

• Dagger, 4:25 p.m.

• Axeticy, 5:50 p.m.

• Rising Wind, 7:30 p.m.

• Gods of Pain, 9 p.m.


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• Slaughter, 5 p.m.

• Lita Ford, 6:25 p.m.

• Dokken, 7:50 p.m.

• RATT, 9:15 p.m.

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• Texas Hippie Coalition, 4:25 p.m.

• Lillian Axe, 5:50 p.m.

• Enuff Z'nuff, 7:15 p.m.

• Lynch Mob, 8:40 p.m.

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