Singer, bassist, and songwriter John Wetton died on January 31, 2017 after a battle with cancer. He worked in bands Mogul Thrash, Family, King Crimson, Roxy Music/Bryan Ferry, Uriah Heep, and Wishbone Ash. He found commercial success as the front man and primary songwriter for the supergroup Asia.
After having to take a couple years hiatus due to work responsibilities, I will be returning to Pryor, OK for Rocklahoma 2017! I’ve never seen Soundgarden, The Offspring, The Cult, Suicidal Tendencies, Diamond Head, or Fozzy so I’m pretty excited about that. I’m also looking forward to seeing Jackyl, Ratt, Skillet (all Rocklahoma alumni), Def Leppard, Buckcherry, and Slaughter again. Note that Nova Rex is also on the bill. We interviewed their bassist, Kenny Wilkerson, back in September. I’m looking forward to checking them out again. On a side note, I interviewed Jesse James Dupree WAY BACK in 2008 for another rock website. That dude is a riot.
This year, I treated myself to the VIP seating and camping package so that I can spend less time fighting for a good spot on the lawn and more time watching the bands so that I can bring a better reporting experience to the Ages of Rock audience. Stay tuned. I’m going to do my best to write about some of the artists between now and the weekend of the show.
George Martin died on March 8, 2016 at the age of 90. His death was announced by Ringo Starr on his Twitter account. A spokesperson for the Universal Music Group confirmed his death. The cause of death has not been announced. He was survived by his wife of nearly fifty years, Judy Lockhart Smith, and his four children. (Source: Wikipedia)