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Posted 2014-06-04 3:48 PM (#33717 - in reply to #33714)
Subject: RE: Rocklahoma Road Report is finally up!
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Armadillo - 2014-06-04 12:12 AM

Hi Rock10-

there are a number of reasons why TS gets (or doesn't get) top bill. As for Rocklahoma, I have no idea. I was far too busy stealing those little chocolate guitars off everyone's pillow to be concerned about whether TS went on at 9:00 pm or 11:00 pm. I can tell you that at a number of European shows, Twisted Sister was offered the headline spot but declined it. Sometimes it was strictly logistical--if the band had early a.m. flights, it allowed the band and crew time to return to the hotel, shower, and get an hour or two of sleep. (well, the band anyway. there were plenty of times when the crew had NO time to sleep and went from the show…to the hotel to pick up luggage…and back to the airport). Other times, I had heard band members talk about giving a "hometown"/national act the headline slot as a professional courtesy.

Some of those Euro shows have the "headline" act take the stage after midnight….and let me tell ya, the best acts are the ones earlier in the evening and local acts close the place up.
So it doesn't necessarily mean a band isn't popular. There are simply a variety of factors.

Twisted Sister headlined Rocklahoma twice, and clearly had the fans out en force this time around. And I would argue (and Jay Jay might chime in on this at some point) that they are bigger now than ever. They have headlined the biggest festivals in the world--Sweden Rock, Graspop Metal Meeting, Download, Hellfest and the list goes on and on. When Twisted Sister was at their most popular in the 80's, they might have gotten 3 or 4th on the bills. And the response I've seen from international audiences in South American and Europe are absolutely beyond belief. Graspop had something like 60,000 fans and it was literally filled to the back gate when Twisted took the stage. The noise from the audience was so loud, that even with 35 decibel ear plugs, it was painful--and that was the crowd screaming.

So I don't think you can measure success by one show in OK.

Right, but I am saying that they should be getting bigger after winning these crowds over.

Edited by Rock10 2014-06-04 3:49 PM

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