222 N. Main St
Tulsa, OK 74103
9:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, 2013
Supporting Acts: Searching for Sanity, TBA, Kingshifter First Stryke
FIRSTRYKE originally formed in 1984 when two of Tulsa OKs best bands, Slayer and Lazarus combined forces into one band and they immediately knew they had something special. They began to tour non-stop, playing clubs throughout the Midwest, always leaning more towards their original music than the covers they had to play to do the club scene. Their sets gradually began to fill up with their own music and when they had enough to do an album, the band came off the road to record "Just A Nightmare". It was on the strength of the album, and their live show that Firstryke began sharing the bill with national touring acts such as Metallica, Dokken, Stryper, Kings X, etc, the members of the band went their separate ways in in the 90's to pursue other projects, but they all remained close friends. In 2009 Firstryke signed a deal with Sam McCaslin of Retrospect Records to re-issue "Just A Nightmare" on CD, Sam asked the band to reform and play that years Rocklahoma, which they did. The warm up shows were all sold out affairs, and the Rocklahoma shows went so well that the band decided to keep right on going, and have played Rocklahoma every year since their reformation! Firstryke has a unique sound, with the raw, powerful vocals of Ric Adams, stinging leads & crunching rhythms of Jim Rutledge along with the tight, grooving rhythm section of drummer Mike DePetrillo & bassist Bryan Wallace combine to bring a heavy, melodic feel to their music.