Our HOH Winner Kimberly’s Rocklahoma 2007 Blog! by Kimberly Kucharczyk of Neosho, MO who listens to the HOH on KXDG-FM, BIG DOG 97.9 Joplin, MO
Rocklahoma Day 3: July 14th
Saturday brought a mixture of different strains of Rock & Roll. Among the more than 10 bands that performed were Bang Tango, Bullet Boys, Faster Pussycat (Taime got upset with the guitarist and ended the set a few songs early), Firehouse, Warrant, Skid Row, Winger, Dokken, and Vince Neil. As the contest winner, I was able to go to the Meet & Greet with Warrant when they did their press conference, as well as watch their set from an elevated platform side-stage. Although Jani Lane (who I met the next day) was no longer front-man, they had no trouble giving the audience what they expected. Not surprisingly, they closed out the show with “Cherry Pie”.
My senses were overwhelmed when Skid Row performed after Warrant. Again, a different front-man made no difference at all. Their new lead-singer Johnny Solinger had a range that nearly equaled that of Sebastian’s. Scotti played his fingers to the bone, and as my boyfriend remarked, he still has that signature wickedness in his performance. Dave “the Snake” Sabo, Rachel Bolan, and drummer Dave Gara helped pull the audience back to the time when it was okay to be the “Youth Gone Wild”. They introduced some new songs as well, which were favorably received. I was already in heaven, my voice strained and almost gone from screaming and singing along the entire day, and there was one more band yet to play.
Vince Neil allowed me and my boyfriend to sit in on the HOH interview. I again got autographs and pictures. The quiet, business minded, gentleman who answered all the questions volleyed at him was a world apart from the Vince Neil who owned the stage the entire time he and his band played. For the most part, it was Mötley Crüe revisited. We were taken to the “Wildside” where there were “Girls, Girls, Girls” and we all left smiling from ear to ear. There was not a single band that disappointed on Saturday.