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Sixth annual Rocklahoma brings the heavy metal to Memorial Day weekend

It's a metal Memorial Day weekend in Oklahoma with the sixth annual Rocklahoma festival in Pryor.
BY GENE TRIPLETT Published: May 25, 2012

Another veteran of the sometimes wild and woolly event is Theory of a Deadman leader Tyler Connolly, whose band played Rocklahoma in 2010, the year the festival dropped its emphasis on '80s “hair” bands, such as Poison, Ratt and Quiet Riot, in favor of a more varied and current musical menu.

“I think now they're kind of mixing and matching,” Connolly said. “Now it's Megadeth and Jackyl, so it's kinda cool, man, 'cause I like those bands. I just wanna go see 'em.”

Connolly has come under fire for writing songs that are misogynistic, particularly on TOAD's 2011 album “The Truth Is ...” But he's quick to point out that he co-writes some of those songs with his ex-wife, Canadian actress Christine Danielle Connolly, and he's only telling the truth about how bitter broken relationships can be.

“What works I think is the fact that it's so relatable,” he said. “It's from a level that a lot of other people can relate to when it comes to love.”

Which also can be said of Rob Zombie, writer-director of such horror flicks as “House of 1,000 Corpses,” “The Haunted World of El Superbeasto” and the forthcoming “The Lords of Salem,” and composer of such heavy-hearted ditties as “Living Dead Girl,” “Dead Girl Superstar” and “The Devil's Rejects.”

“To say that this is my favorite lineup is not meant to bash any other lineup,” Zombie said of his current band in a recent phone interview from New York. “Every time I have to change personnel I always try to find somebody who fits even better, and at this stage of the game, after all this time, I mean it's the most comfortable and the best fit of personalities ... and this is really the best-fitting group of personalities I've ever had.”

Zombie's sidemen include guitarist John 5 and new drummer Ginger Fish, both formerly with Marilyn Manson, as well as bassist Piggy D. The band is at work on a new album, due out in September.

“I think that'll play and make a big difference with the record, too, because you know sometimes conflicting personalities don't always make for great music,” Zombie said. “It just makes for drama.”

As for a dramatic performance, Zombie promises plenty.

“It'll be a monstrously huge show, probably the biggest show Rocklahoma's ever seen,” he said boldly. “So ... get ready.”



Starring: More than 70 acts including Rob Zombie, Chickenfoot, Creed, Megadeth, Slash, Queensryche, Chevelle, Jackyl, Theory of a Deadman, Hellyeah and Puddle of Mudd.

When: From noon to after midnight Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Where: Catch the Fever Festival and Campgrounds, 1421 W 450 Road, Pryor.

Tickets: Full weekend general admission $185 plus service fees; VIP reserved tickets $400 plus fees; single-day tickets $70 Friday, $80 Saturday, $70 Sunday.

Camping tickets: (866) 310-2288 or email

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