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 MÃ¶tley CrÃ¼e 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-
"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.
He said people stop him in order to check the progress of his latest tattoo.
"Every time I come to Oklahoma, it has been nothing but love," Head said as he looked toward the main stage. "I just feel so at home at these places, but I don't know who that is playing."
Twisted Sister proteges Toxin took stage and began bellowing fearfully loud rock tunes. It was impossible to escape music at Rock-
Even the air-
Perform with passion
Mississippi rockers The Glitter Boys watched Lizzy Borden perform after Toxin. Garbed in a bandanna full of sweat, drummer Jody Row tapped his cowboy boots to the drumbeat while Lizzy Borden sang at a register reserved for the explosion of fireworks.
Anyone across the street visiting Science Museum Oklahoma could learn about outer space and how loud rock music can be.
Chase West of The Glitter Boys said he played an impromptu gig Friday at 1 p.m. The quartet was recovering from a free concert Thursday night that was inside the Zoo Amphitheatre. After receiving a phone call at noon, the band bolted from Edmond to Oklahoma City. They made the show.
"We're rock 'n' roll superheroes," Row said with a laugh. "We run into phone booths and come out with guitars."
Oklahoma throwback festivals like Rocklahoma and Rock-
"Playing with bands like Twisted Sister and Scorpions is something we'd never fathomed at," Row said. "Here it is happening. It's cool. Oklahoma is a rock 'n' roll state."
With the amount of support at Rock-
"As far as we're concerned the music we play is new today," French said. "It was new 20 years ago, and it will be new 20 years from now because we play with a passion."
MAIN STAGEâ€¢ Steelheart, 3:35 p.m. â€¢ Firehouse, 5 p.m. â€¢ Michael Schenker Group, 6:25 p.m. â€¢ Cinderella, 8:05 p.m. â€¢ Scorpions, 9:30 p.m.
SIDE STAGEâ€¢ Moto Christ, 3 p.m. â€¢ John Corabi, 4:25 p.m. â€¢ Pretty Boy Floyd, 5:50 p.m. â€¢ L.A. Guns, 7:30 p.m.
FESTIVAL STAGEâ€¢ Firestryke, 12:10 p.m. â€¢ TBA, 1 p.m. â€¢ Down N Dirty, 2:10 p.m. â€¢ TBA, 3 p.m. â€¢ Dagger, 4:25 p.m. â€¢ Axeticy, 5:50 p.m. â€¢ Rising Wind, 7:30 p.m. â€¢ Gods of Pain, 9 p.m.