The WIIL ROCK FEST Schedule is Here!

wiil rock fest 2012 logoThe WIIL ROCK FEST line-up has arrived! After much longing for the schedule, WIIL Rock posted the schedule this afternoon for Saturday’s festival. There are 3 stages and lots of great talent.  Everything takes place this Saturday at Shadow Hill Ranch in Twin Lakes, Wisconsin.

10:30am       Wiil Rock Stage       Black Oxygen
11:30am       Wiil Rock Stage       Red Line Chemistry
12:00pm      Main Stage 1             Digital Summer
12:35pm       Main Stage 2             Hyro Da Hero
1:10pm         Main Stage 1              Wayland
1:45pm          Main Stage 2            Emphatic
20 Minute Break
2:35pm          Main Stage 1                Seven Day Sonnet
3:10pm          Main Stage 2                Stereoside
3:45pm           Main Stage 1               Texas Hippie Coalition
4:20pm          Main Stage 2                Dirge Within
4:55pm           Main Stage 1                Janus
5:30pm           Main Stage 2                Shadows Fall
6:05pm           Main Stage 1                 Deuce
6:40pm           Main Stage 2                Static X
7:15 pm           Main Stage 1                Black Stone Cherry
7:50pm            Main Stage 2               Fear Factory
30 Minute Break
8:50pm             Main Stage 1                10 Years
9:40pm             Main Stage 2                Saving Abel
10:45pm           Main Stage 1                All That Remains
12:00am           Will Rock Stage           The Last Nova

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2012 Rocklahoma sizzles with talent

Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

Music fans from across the U.S. converged upon the small town of Pryor, Oklahoma for the annual Rocklahoma music festival on Memorial Day weekend. The three-day event took place Friday through Sunday, May 25-27, and included its best lineup to date.  Prior incarnations relied on 80s hair-metal bands, whereas the 2012 bill featured artists that varied from old-school bands such as Queensryche and Megadeth to Southern rockers Jackyl and Black Stone Cherry to Christian artists P.O.D. and RedCreed, Rob Zombie and Chickenfoot were featured as Main stage headliners over the three respective days.

Major artists were spread over two adjacent stages, Main and Hard Rock, such that music alternated virtually non-stop from 4:00 p.m. until well past midnight every night. A pair of smaller stages, Retrospect Records and Axis Campground, provided additional performances from smaller local and independent bands. VIP tickets offered reserved bench seating and standing room pit access for the Main stage, while the remainder of the festival grounds were grass-covered, general admission spaces open to all ticketed patrons.  Roughly 20,000 fans graced the wide open fields each day.

Adelitas Way returned to Rocklahoma and opened the Main stage on Friday with a full-throttled set that got the early crowd primed for a weekend of music.  They played at their typical frenzied pace despite a heat index over 90-degrees. Frontman Rick DeJesus got more people moving after he staid, “Fill this front up so I can jump off the f–king stage.”  They did and he kept his promise by crowd surfing after they closed their set with “Invincible”.  Cavo followed with a 45-minute set but lacked Adelitas’ enthusiasm despite an otherwise solid performance. Chevelle brought back the energy but suffered from sound problems near the front.  Vocalist Pete Loeffler was often drowned out from the bass that resonated from concrete slabs that defined the Main stage pit.

Friday’s highlights were appearances by Slash [show review], featuring Myles Kennedy and the Conspirators, and Creed [show review] who each produced sets of the highest caliber.  The lineup was wrought with irony in that Myles Kennedy also performs with Alter Bridge (a.k.a. Creed sans Scott Stapp).  Mark Tremonti, guitarist for both bands, later tweeted, “Great to hang with Myles and Slash. This was the first time Scott and Myles had a chance to meet!”

Redlight King gave a standout performance on the Hard Rock stage on Friday. Canadian musician Mark Kasprzyk fronts the new band, having found previous success touring as Kazzer. Redlight King goes beyond the radio friendly rock hit, “Bullet in My Hand,” with the chill rap “Old Man” that’s influenced by Neil Young’s classic hit. Kaz had great stage presence, while his smooth rap and capable voice are a complete package.

Saturday’s lineup stepped it up a notch.  With Anti-Mortem and Trivium on the bill, fans were going get a taste of the hardcore.  The latter annihilated the Hard Rock stage, generating the largest most pit of the weekend. When it appeared as though Trivium had hit their stride, they closed their set with an explosive rendition of Metallica’s “Creeping Death.”

Main stage artists Pop Evil, 10 Years and Theory of a Deadman provided a more mainstream rock experience for those not wanting to mosh. Pop Evil put in a strong ten-song set with hits “Hero,” “100 in a 55,” “Boss’s Daughter” and “Last Man Standing.”

10 Years always play with an acute determination and Saturday was no different. Both vocalist Jesse Hasek and bassist Lew Cosby were shirtless by the end of their set in the blazing Oklahoma sunshine. They performed a couple songs from their forthcoming album, Minus the Machine.  Hasek joined the crowd to sing “Shoot It Out” amongst the fans, at least as far as his mic cord would take him.

The Darkness reunited recently and the English outfit turned out their trademark 80s-meets-90s hairmetal laced with Justin Hawkins uber-falsetto vocals. Hawkins appeared in his Evel Knieval-styled leather pants and strutted about with a smile that went ear-to-ear. For many it was a new experience but others were stoked to see The Darkness back together.

Megadeth and Rob Zombie closed out the Main stage with a vengeance, while Volbeat was sandwiched between on the Hard Rock stage. Megadeth’s technically challenging riffs have been a mainstay of their sound for the past three decades. Guitarist Chris Broderick is the perfect complement to Dave Mustaine’s over the top fretwork. Dave Ellefson returned to his rightful place on bass for the last album. They gave a headline-worthy show and primed the crowd for Zombie.

Volbeat took charge of the Hard Rock stage and lit up the crowd for 45-minutes.  The Danish rockers finally broke through to U.S. audiences with their latest Beyond Hell/Above Heaven. Their style can best be described as Social Distortion meets Slayer, with catchy hooks and uptempo transitions that pairs like fine cuisine. Their live show takes it to the next level and they impressed a huge crowd.

Rob Zombie’s music from the macabre capped the night in spectacular fashion. Lights, fire, smoke and a stage-show that showed the Hollywood side of Zombie was a feast for the senses. This was a set that was best seen from a distance, those sitting too close had to  constantly move their heads back and forth to keep up with Zombie’s frenetic pace.

Sunday saw Rocklahoma return to its roots,  leaning toward classic rock with some Southern rock thrown in for good measure.  Kentucky rockers Black Stone Cherry paired well with Jackyl. Both had the crowd begging for more.

Puddle of Mudd usually give an upbeat performance, frontman Wes Scantlin has been known to climb scaffolding during their show.  However,  Scantlin was anemic, barely moving beyond center stage during their 45-minute set. Despite his lethargic presence, his voice was sharp and they gave an otherwise solid set.

One of Sunday’s highlights was an early evening appearance by Aranda. They hail from Oklahoma and rewarded their local fans who made the trek to Pryor. Brothers Gabe and Demeon Aranda share vocal duties, each garnering a hit with rock radio with their current, independent release Stop the World.

Art of Dying have been moving up the rock food chain with heavy rotation on rock radio and an abundance of touring (2011 UPROAR, 2011 and 2012 Avalanche). Good music with matching personalities, Art of Dying are living a dream and show no signs of slowing down.

Sunday closed with Seattle rockers Queensryche leading into Chickenfoots headline set. Geoff Tate’s operatic vocals are the basis of their sound, but their intricate melodies punctuated by Scott Rockenfield’s incessant pounding on the kit are intricately tied to Queensryche’s unique style. Rather than opening with an upbeat track, they chose to start with the slower-paced “Get Started.” Tate’s vocals were completely lost to the music, showing up only briefly during the quieter “Silent Lucidity.” Tate was obviously flustered, shrugging to the crew at side-stage between songs. He was obviously belting it out but his voice just wasn’t projecting beyond his monitors.

Supergroup Chickenfoot had a huge fan presence.  Sammy Hagar (vocals), Joe Satriani (guitar) and Michael Anthony (bass) were joined by Kenny Aronoff on drums. Founding member Chad Smith is currently on tour with his Red Hot Chili Peppers, a valid reason to be excused. Hagar is known for his dynamic performances and that’s exactly what Rocklahoma received.  Satriani is a guitar legend and a treat to watch perform.  Hagar and Anthony have a chemistry that dates back to their time together in Van Halen.  Calling their live show rock solid would be an understatement. No need for fancy effects, Chickenfoot simply came out and put the the rock in Oklahoma.

Though Rocklahoma lowlights were far and few between, the primary issue that frequently occurred was sound quality from Main stage vocal performances. Given that some artists had pristine sound, our conclusion was speaker placement coupled with the concrete channel directly in front of the stage greatly affected vocal sound quality.  Chevelle, 10 Years, Megadeth and Queensryche were adversely affected, even prompting Queensryche vocalist Geoff Tate to comment how this year’s crowd “sucked” relative to their 2009 set.  Many in the front were calling out for the band to “turn up the mic” to no avail.

Several guitars, signed by an entire band, were auctioned for charity each day between the later sets on the Main stage.  Creed,  Slash, Chickenfoot, Rob Zombie and Motley Crue (from the previous year) fetched thousands of dollars apiece, ranging from over $4000 to $7000 apiece, with Slash pulling in the most money for the cause.  The final item for bid was a 2012 Rocklahoma tour poster that was signed by every band member that performed on the two large stages over the three days, generating another $5000 in donations.

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In Photos: 10 Years at Rocklahoma

10 Years
Pryor, OK

All photos by Dan DeSlover – Concert Capture

10 Years Rocklahoma 2012

10 Years took the stage on the second day of Rocklahoma in Pryor, Oklahoma. They were accompanied by Rob Zombie, Megadeth, Theory of a Deadman, 10 Years, Volbeat, and The Darkness on Saturday’s bill.

Photos of 10 Years’ set at Rocklahoma:

10 Years Tour Dates:

5/25/2012        Abilene, TX       Lucky Mule Saloon
5/26/2012        Pryor, OK        Rocklahoma Festival
6/27/2012        Jefferson, LA       Southport Hall
6/29/2012        Dallas, TX        Trees
6/30/2012        Houston, TX       Warehouse Live
7/1/2012           Corpus Christi, TX        Brewster Street Ice House
7/3/2012          Pensacola, FL       Vinyl Music Hall
7/5/2012          Tallahassee, FL        The Coliseum Tallahassee
7/6/2012         Knoxville, TN         The Valarium
7/7/2012          Chattanooga, TN        Track 29
7/8/2012          Nashville, TN           Marathon Music Works
7/10/2012        Balitmore, MD         Ram’s Head Live
7/11/2012        Sayreville, NJ        Starland Ballroom
7/13/2012        Portland, ME        Asylum
7/14/2012         Hampton Beach, NH         Wally’s Pub
7/15/2012          Bristol, CT         Bleacher’s
7/18/2012          Flint, MI             The Machine Shop
7/19/2012           Fort Wayne, IN          Piere’s
7/20/2012          Cadott, WI                    Chippewa Valley Festival Grounds
7/21/2012           Chicago, IL                 Bottom Lounge
7/22/2012           Sauget, IL                    Pop’s
7/24/2012          Fayetteville, AR         George Majestic Lounge
8/4/2012              Centreville, VA           Bull Run Park Events Center

10 Years at the Brat Stop

10 Years
Brat Stop – Kenosha, WI

10 Years is:
Jesse Hasek – vocals
Ryan “Tater” Johnson – guitar
Lewis Cosby – bass
Brian Vodinh – guitar/drums

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10 Years is out on the road promoting their newest release Feeding the Wolves. They hit the Brat Stop on  on Friday night with American Fangs. It was a night of rock.

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10 Years Take You Behind The Scenes Of Shoot It Out

10 Years Take You Behind The Scenes Of “Shoot It Out”

10 Years is taking fans behind the scenes of their latest music video, “Shoot It Out.” The band reveals their secrets on becoming “faceless” and gives you a further look into the creation of the music video. Director Israel Anthem also speaks on the concept behind the band’s first music video off of their third studio album, Feeding the Wolves. Fans can now watch the making of “Shoot It Out” on YouTube! [Read more…]

10 Years Takes You Behind The Scenes From The Carnival Of Madness Tour

10 Years continues to give fans a behind the scenes look from their recent Carnival of Madness Tour. Tag along with guitarist Brian Vodinh as he shows you the groups pre-show routine and gives you an exclusive look at what goes on backstage. Check out the video on YouTube! [Read more…]

10 Years Premiere “Shoot It Out” Music Video and Release Feeding The Wolves

10 Years’ is celebrating the release of their third studio album, Feeding the Wolves, with the debut of the official music video for “Shoot It Out.” The lead single can be found on Feeding the Wolves along with a number of other bold and aggressive tracks. The video premiere of “Shoot It Out” can now be seen on! [Read more…]

10 Years: The Alternative Rock Comeback ‘Pack’

10 Years
Feeding the Wolves
Released: 8/31/2010

10 Years is:

Jesse Hasek – vocals
Ryan “Tater” Johnson – guitar
Lewis Cosby – bass
Brian Vodinh – guitar/drums

Today marks a couple different things in music. One of them is 10 Years is back with a brand spanking new song “Shout it Out” off their newest release, Feeding the Wolves.  The second reason would be the most obvious; 10 Years Feeding the Wolves is out today!!

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10 Years Bassist Gives Update From Road

10 Years’ bassist, Lewis Cosby, recently checked in from the road to thank fans for their support and to remind everyone to pick up their third studio album, Feeding the Wolves, in stores everywhere Tuesday, August 31. Check out the video at 10 Years’ Facebook page and then head over toYouTube to watch the official commercial spot for the release of Feeding the Wolves. [Read more…]

10 Years Premiere Full Album On Their Official Website

10 Years Premiere Full Album On Their Official Website

Head over to today and sign up for the band’s mailing list to access an exclusive listen of 10 Years new album, Feeding the Wolves. Produced by Grammy nominated Howard Benson, Feeding the Wolves is the heaviest album the band has made in nearly a decade and they deliver with a handful of aggressive tracks such as the lead single, “Shoot It Out.” [Read more…]

Hawthorne Heights @ Projekt Revolution in Irvine, California

Hawthorne Heights
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA

Eron Bucciarelli- drums
Micah Carli- guitar
Matt Ridenour- bass
JT Woodruff- vocals/guitar
Casey Calvert- guitar (RIP)


Hawthorne Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008JT Woodruff

Hawthorne Heights hail from Dayton, Ohio.  As a college student at Columbia College I always had my nose in the music scene.  Hawthorne Heights is one of those bands that we would cheer for just because they’re on Victory Records. It’s great to see their success with all the loss and tragedy they have encountered as a band.

I speak for the entire staff here when I say we are happy they are still a band and are continuing to make music. They are touring with Projekt Revolution to support their new album Fragile Future which hit stores August 5th.

Hawthorne Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008Matt Ridenour

Hawthorne Heights Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008Micah Carli

Need more info on this great band? Check out their site at or peruse through some of their music at

We also have pictures up from 10 Years and Atreyu from Projekt Revolution.

Photos of Hawthorne Heights at Projekt Revolution:

Atreyu @ Projekt Revolution Tour in Irvine, California

Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA

“BIG” Dan Jacobs – Guitar
Marc McKnight – Bass
Travis Miguel – Guitar
Brandon Saller – Drums/Vocals
Alex Varkatzas – Vocals

Atreyu Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008Marc McKnight

Atreyu Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008Alex Varkatzas

Atreyu Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008“BIG” Dan Jacobs

Atreyu Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008Travis Miguel

Atreyu Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008Dan and Marc

Photos of Atreyu at Projekt Revolution:

Check out the pictures from 10 Years at Projekt Revolution here.

10 Years at Projekt Revolution in Irvine, California

10 Years
Verizon Wireless Amphitheater – Irvine, CA

Jesse Hasek – vocals
Ryan “Tater” Johnson – guitar
Matt Wantland – guitar
Lewis “Big Lew” Cosby – bass
Brian Vodinh – drums, backing vocals

10 Years Verizon Wireless Amphitheater - Irvine, CA 8/10/2008

Photos of 10 Years at Projekt Revolution:

Atreyu and 10 Years Play Revolution Stage on Projekt Revolution Tour

Both Atreyu and 10 Years have been asked by Linkin Park to be a part of the Projekt Revolution tour this summer! I don’t know about you, but I am stoked for Projekt Rev 2008. I went last year and can’t wait for this year’s tour. If you are going (you better be!) make sure to get there when doors/gates open and check out these two bands on the Revolution stage.


Alex Varkatzas from Atreyu just wants to shred and jam out on the Revolution stage. For those of you who have never been to Projekt Revolution, there are two stages. The Main stage – where Linkin Park and a few bigger bands play, and the Revolution stage – where the smaller opening act type bands play.

The nice thing about the two-stage setup though, is that no bands overlap and play at the same time. So fans who get to the show when doors open can hang out at the Revolution stage all day before heading over to the Main stage to check out Linkin Park – the ultimate headliner of the night. This gives fans a chance to check out bands on the Revolution stage that they might not know.

Both Alex from Atreyu and Jesse Hasek from 10 Years are excited to give 110% while rocking out on stage in order to win over masses of new fans. It is going to take a lot of effort, but these two bands are ready to get out there and bring their music to their present and future fans. Oh, and these guys are playing on a stage that is basically a semi-truck that forms a normal stage in the middle of a parking lot and folds up at night. Play on a stage by day, sleep in a semi-truck by night. Ah, life on the road…What do you think about that? Pretty cool, huh?! You learn something new every day…

Both Alex from Atreyu and Jesse from 10 Years agree on one thing for sure, though, and that is to catch as much Linkin Park performances on the tour as possible. Both guys are huge LP fans and are more than stoked to be on the road all summer long with Mike Shinoda and company. Alex from Atreyu has yet to see Linkin Park live in concert! Jesse from 10 Years has yet to check out Atreyu’s live show too! 2008’s Projekt Revolution tour will have plenty of first times for all involved, that is for sure.

Projekt Revolution SUMMER 2008!

projekt Revolution logo

It’s coming! The start of the summer music festival season. This summer each tour has really great and diverse line-ups. Linkin Park’s Project Revolution is no different.

In a recent phone call with Mike Shinoda, Chris Cornell, and Sam Endicott of the Bravery they discussed the upcoming tour and what fans can expect this time around.

To start, expect a diverse group of rockers on this bill. This year’s line-up includes headliners Linkin Park, Chris Cornell, The Bravery, and Ashes Divide. The Second Stage a.k.a “The Revolution Stage” includes rock acts Atreyu, 10 Years, Hawthorne Heights, Armor For Sleep, & Street Drum Corps and it all kicks off July 16 in Boston.

What’s lacking this year? The Rap Element, but that’s because of scheduling conflicts with some of the big names Linkin Park were pursuing, but don’t count it out for future shows.

Expect new music from Chris Cornell and The Bravery in their respected sets. Linkin Park is still contemplating their setlist. They are going to change it up night to night. Considering Linkin Park is keeping the “Digital Souveigner Package” alive for this tour they want to give fans something different every night. They are keep room for improv.

Tour dates are as follows:

Date City Venue

7/16 Boston, MA Tweeter Center for the Performing Arts
7/18 Pittsburgh, PA Post-Gazette Pavilion
7/19 Philadelphia, PA Susquehana Bank Center
7/20 Hartford, CT New England Dodge Music Center
7/22 New York, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
7/23 Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
7/25 Raleigh, NC Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion 7/26 Virginia Beach, VA Verizon Wireless Virginia Beach Amphitheater
7/27 Washington, DC Nissan Pavilion
7/30 Charlotte, NC Charlotte Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre 8/1 West Palm Beach, FL Cruzan Amphitheatre
8/2 Tampa, FL Ford Amphitheatre
8/3 Atlanta, GA Lakewood Amphitheatre
8/7 Phoenix, AZ Cricket Wireless Pavilion
8/9 San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre at Mountain View
8/10 Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
8/12 Denver, CO Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre
8/15 Cincinnati, OH Riverbend Music Center
8/16 Chicago, IL Alpine Valley Music Theatre
8/17 Indianaplis, IN Verizon Wireless Music Center
8/19 Cleveland, OH Blossom Music Center
8/21 St. Louis, MO Verizon Wireless Amphitheater 8/23 Dallas, TX Center
8/24 Houston, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion