Harley Magazine Editors At Local NY Motorcycle Events

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

A couple of Saturdays ago I rode down to Brooklyn to spend a few hours at the Indian Larry block party, run by Bobby and Elisa Seeger. I rarely get to local events, but when I do I really enjoy my time there. One reason is that I get to see old friends that are still in the area and the bike scene.

I’ve been riding for almost 45 years, and in all that time I’ve lived within a 50-mile radius of New York City. My custom bike shop was located just outside of NYC, and some of the people I see at local events I met through my shop. Of course, many of my friends I’ve met through my job at this magazine, and some of them are there, too. During a large event I’m usually running between appointments and covering the rally; I don’t have time to hang. That’s not an issue at a small local event. I can move at a much more relaxed pace and actually spend some time with friends, both in and out of the motorcycle industry. I also get to look at bikes simply because I want to, not because I’m judging them for a show.

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Another reason I love local events is that I get to hang with new people I meet through mutual friends. Such is the case with the three men standing with me in the photo. To my immediate left is my good buddy Chris Callen, the editor-in-chief of Cycle Source magazine. Chris came up from Pennsylvania to spend a few days in NYC and attend the party. Through him I got to meet the other two guys, “Panhead Frank,” who is on Chris’ left and his buddy Max, who is on my right. Both rode up from West Virginia and were a blast to hang with. (Panhead Frank, of course, rode a Panhead!) We were laughing so much my face hurt.

Sometimes a local event brings me to a place or area I’ve wanted to visit but just never took the time to. In this case, it was the old 1964-65 World’s Fairgrounds at Flushing Meadows Corona Park. I passed the fairgrounds on my way to the block party, so I made a point of stopping on my way back home. I went to the fair with my family when I was 10, and it was pretty cool to see some of the sculptures and the Unisphere again. Most people remember this area by the two towers that were depicted in the first Men in Black movie. Unfortunately, the ones in the movie were in much better shape than the actual ones in the park.

When the riding season kicks back into gear in your area, definitely take the time to attend some local events. Though they don’t get the same exposure as the large ones, local bike nights, block parties, and such can be a lot of fun. They’re also a great way to meet local builders and see some of their work up close and personal.

See you on the road.

Chris

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2012 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic and Denton AMCA Meet

2012-Kickstart-Classic-92012-Kickstart-Classic-15The weather forecasts were pretty dire, especially as I was planning on riding my 1949 Harley bobber with no front fender in the predicted heavy rains. Just before the start of our 2012 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic ride, most of North Carolina had been thoroughly saturated with six consecutive days of heavy rain and occasional thunder and hail, not exactly what a motorcycle ride planner looks forward to.

This would be only our second Motorcycle Kickstart Classic. The first, in October 2011, was a two-day, 350-mile ride from Wheels Through Time (WTT) in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, to the Barber museum outside Birmingham, Alabama. We overnighted at Panhead City in Rome, Georgia, which was a great experience for everybody. We had a great turnout of classic bikes and talented riders. Everyone seemed to like the two-day format, so we did something similar for 2012. Again, we started at WTT, but this time we overnighted at Crossroads Harley-Davidson in Wilkesboro, North Carolina, and ended at the Denton, North Carolina, AMCA swap meet the next day. We rode over some of the most amazing, motorcycle-friendly roads through stunning countryside the entire way. We even had a police escort (planned in advance) to Crossroads Harley after a full day of riding up the Blue Ridge Parkway.

One of the riders, having followed my exploits on the Motorcycle Cannonball cross-country ride, described the Motorcycle Kickstart Classic as “a working man’s Motorcycle Cannonball.” After riding with all these great old bikes and hanging out with the riders on this two-day ride, I have to agree with him.

2012-Kickstart-Classic-172012-Kickstart-Classic-11We had some pretty interesting people and machines along for this ride. Pete Hill, a world-class drag racer, rode his dual-carb Knucklehead bobber. At 80 years old, he was the oldest rider, but was on what was probably the fastest bike. When chatting with Pete at the opening ceremony, I asked him what the fastest he’d ever ridden a Knucklehead was. He replied that it was 190 mph. One of the guys in the crowd asked if he did that at Bonneville. Pete smiled and replied, “No, I did this in the standing quarter mile at the drag strip.” His best quarter mile was 190 mph in a hair over seven seconds on a top-fuel Knucklehead.

Other interesting riders and bikes include Dale Walksler and his son Matt, both on hot-rod Harley flathead 80″ bobbers. Mike “Kiwi” Tomas rode his US Coast Guard-themed Indian Chief all the way from outside Los Angeles for our ride — and then went on to Washington DC for the Rolling Thunder event. I rode my 1949 dual-carb Panhead bobber that I built more than a decade ago, but seldom ride. And, of course, no one will likely ever forget Bert Baker, his wild antics, or his beautiful custom Panhead. You’ll have to ask someone who was there for details — mention a hot dog. There was a great assortment of machines — classic and custom, Harley Panheads and Knuckleheads, a few flatheads and Shovels, a handful of Indian Chiefs, and six or seven old import motorcycles, too.

Many spent the day before the ride fine-tuning bikes, as well as exploring the amazing WTT museum and great riding roads in the Maggie Valley/Cherokee area. I wanted to check the clutch and brakes on my Panhead so, along with Paul Ousey on his hot-rod Knucklehead bobber, “Boston” Larry on his 1949 Panhead, and “Doc” McCormick on an old BMW, we rode up and over the mountain to have lunch at a local barbeque joint in Cherokee. Back at the museum, we watched as bikes continuously pulled in all afternoon. Our buddy Steve from the Holiday Diner manned the grill and ensured that all the hungry bikers were well-fed.

2012-Kickstart-Classic-82012-Kickstart-Classic-7Thursday morning, we gathered for a group photo, then at 10 am sharp, about 60 motor­cycles, mostly older ones with kickstarters, rolled out of the WTT parking lot with Matt and Dale Walksler in the lead on their bobbers. We rode out of Maggie Valley and onto the Blue Ridge Parkway, which we followed for about 200 miles up and into the mountains of western North Carolina. If you have not ridden this route, I highly recommend it. But you need to keep your wits about you and stay focused; the roads are not only twisty, but built into the side of a mountain range with a steep drop off on the outside.

All in all, I have to compliment the riders, who obviously have some pretty impressive riding skills to carry so much speed through such twisty roads on these old drum-brake bikes. An hour or so out from Wilkesboro, we met up with a welcome party from the Wilkesboro HOG chapter who were pretty blown away by our machines. Within a half hour of Crossroads Harley-Davidson in Wilkesboro, we were met by a preplanned police escort. It was fun riding behind the police car with flashing lights, but we had to ride hard to keep up to his pace well over the speed limit.

With our bikes parked for the night, the party moved to the hotel parking lot where we kicked tires, swapped stories, drank some beer, and did some fine-tuning on the bikes for the next day.

Leaving from Crossroads Harley-Davidson Friday morning, we had a shorter 150-mile ride to the Denton AMCA National meet. About 10 miles out, we met up with one of the Denton show managers who led us in to the wonderful fairground through the back door. Apparently, they had announced we were coming over the PA system, so by the time our group rolled in for a lap of the fairgrounds, there were hundreds of people lined up with still and video cameras as we rolled by, having covered more than 350 miles in the last two days to get there.

2012-Kickstart-Classic-142012-Kickstart-Classic-4My hat is off to the people who put on the Denton show — first class facilities, lots of room, and genuine Southern hospitality everywhere. On Saturday, the show puts on a rolling show of as many classic motorcycles as possible. Dale was handed the microphone (always a fun thing to do) and lined up as many as a hundred old bikes. Each one in turn fired up and rolled to the announcer stand where Dale shared some info on the particular bike, and let the thousands of people there see and hear these wonderful old bikes run.

After the parade, the AMCA offered field events, where I was surprised only a handful of people entered. I figured why not, and gave it a shot myself on an old Harley flathead. I wasn’t last in all the events, but pretty close to it. I had lots of fun making public my lack of talent, and was blown away by some of the skills out there. Matt and Dale, on the other hand, were so good I am convinced they practice these skills frequently. That night, I had the honor of being the guest speaker at the banquet. We handed out free copies of American Iron Magazine and I invited fellow Motorcycle Cannonball riders Paul Ousey and Jim Petty to share some of their experiences and answer questions about what it was like to ride pre-1916 motorcycles across the US two years ago.

2012-Kickstart-Classic-16Thanks to BAKER Drivetrain for sponsoring this event, as well as to the people at Wheels Through Time, Crossroads Harley-Davidson, and the AMCA members at the Denton Southern National. This ride would not have been as great as it was without all of you!

In response to those who ask what’s next, we haven’t yet made plans, but there will be at least one Motorcycle Kickstart Classic in 2013. You can stay updated on the American Iron Magazine web site at AIMag.com and/or our Classic American Iron site at CAIMag.com. AIM

MOTORCYCLE EVENT By Buzz Kanter

CLICK HERE to register for the 2013 Kickstart Classic, May 15 – 16
The Spring 2013 Motorcycle Kickstart Classic is a 2-day event on public roads open to riders
of all makes and years of motorcycles. It starts in Charleston, SC May 15, and ends in
St. Augustine, FL May 16.

For official Kickstart Classic t-shirts visit www.GreaseRag.com.

So Many Rides, So Little Time

The winter of 2010-11 was too much for any rider to deal with considering all that snow we had. This winter was quite the opposite in most parts of the US and Canada.  If you have not yet done your first ride safety check, I hope you can soon. At the very least, check the condition of your tires, set the proper air pressure, and inspect your brakes and lights. You should check or change the oil in your engine and transmission. A bit of preventative maintenance goes a long way toward a fun and safe riding season.

We here at the magazine have a few rides planned in the next couple of months and hope you can join us. The first is our Motorcycle Kickstart Classic on May 17 and 18. This is open to the first 100 riders to register and might be sold out by the time you read this. Call Rosemary at 203/425-8777, ext. 114 for details. If you don’t have a kicker or just want to meet up with us, we leave from Wheels Through Time in Maggie Valley, North Carolina, the morning of May 17 and arrive at Cross Roads Harley-Davidson of Wilkesboro, North Carolina, late that afternoon. It will have an open house and bike show for the general public. The next day, we ride to the AMCA Southern Meet in Denton, North Carolina, and will be there for a few days.
A week later, we move north to join thousands of other Harley riders near Washington, DC, for the annual Rolling Thunder event on May 27. Details are still being worked out, but several motorcycle magazines, including American Iron Magazine, will be involved in a special salute to our military services.

The following month, we’ll hit the road for America’s heartland and the annual J&P Cycles Open House in Anamosa, Iowa. This is one of the biggest and best motorcycle events in the heartland states with tens of thousands of motorcyclists joining the fun. On Saturday, June 23, our three magazines (American Iron Magazine, Motorcycle Bagger, and RoadBike) are sponsoring the three custom bike shows (American, bagger, and import), and we will have photo­graphers on hand to shoot bikes for features in our magazines. On Sunday, American Iron Magazine is sponsoring the classic motorcycle show. Our photographers will still be on hand there, too. While in Anamosa, be sure to check out the amazing National Motorcycle Museum just down the road from J&P Cycles. It is a world-class
museum well worth a visit.

American Iron Magazine
As I travel around, I meet a lot of our readers and try to ask as many of them  as possible how we can improve this magazine. No matter what we do here, there is always room for improvement. And who would know better how to improve a magazine than our readers? So please consider this me asking you for ideas on how to make American Iron Magazine better. We really do want to hear from you.

One way to freshen up the magazine is this new design for our editorial columns. I felt the old look was getting a bit stale, so our art directors created a new look and feel. Not a big deal, but we hope you agree it’s an improvement.

Another change, starting with this issue, is a new feature called Object of My Desire. Every issue, we will share something motorcycle-related that a staffer or freelancer desires and why. Because of what we do for a living, we get to see and try a lot of products and services most enthusiasts might not be aware of. This new section allows us to tell you what we like for our own use and why. I’m starting it off with a wonderful seat from Heather’s Leathers, a small American manufacturer you might not have heard about.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz Kanter
Publisher/Editor-In-Chief,
American Iron Magazine

Our Magazine Plans & Harley Show In Daytona

Bring your bike and friends to the H-D Ride-In Custom Bike Show presented by American Iron Magazine.

This magazine (along with Motorcycle Bagger and RoadBike) is owned and published by TAM Communications. If you think that sounds like a big fancy corporation run out of impersonal offices in an ivory tower, you’d be wrong. My wife and I created TAM Communications in 1989 to publish Old Bike Journal in a spare bedroom (the garage was reserved for my motor­cycles). Gail and I still own and run the company 23 years later. Like you, I am passionate about motorcycles and spend an insane amount of time riding, wrenching, and discussing motor­cycles. I love my job and feel very fortunate to be here. Thanks.

As the best-selling Harley magazine in the world, you should expect more from us than other publications. As enthusiasts, our staff wants to offer the best in print, online, and in person. We have been working on a number of improvements around here, some we can discuss now and others will have to wait until we finalize them.

One area I can share now is that we want to increase our one-on-one experience with our readers and their bikes. We plan on doing this at various motorcycle events around the country. Another is to become more accessible to our readers online through Facebook and Twitter as well as on our web sites and forums.

Harley bagger fans should note we have increased the frequency of our Motorcycle Bagger from six to nine issues this year. We will continue to offer custom baggers, bagger reviews, and bagger tech in American Iron Magazine as we always have, but Motorcycle Bagger is dedicated to the subject, if you can’t get enough in AIM.

I am not sure on the timing, but in response to many requests: yes, we are looking into offering subscriptions to our magazines in a digital format on tablets and smart phones soon.

Daytona Harley-Davidson Show
We love to meet readers and check out what they ride. So I’m pleased to announce that we are teaming up with Harley-Davidson for a free custom and classic bike show in Daytona during Bike Week. If you are thinking about going to Daytona Bike Week with your Harley, I’d like to invite you to bring your bike and friends to the Harley-Davidson Ride-In Custom Bike Show presented by American Iron Magazine.

This event, with classes from mild to wild, old and new, will be on Wednesday, March 14, at the Harley-Davidson Experience at Riverfront Park on North Beach Street. Our staff and I will be there to photograph a number of bikes to feature in our magazines. For more details visit www.AIMag.com or www.Harley-Davidson.com/Daytona.

The Daytona show should be a nice balance to the dealer-built bikes from the American Iron Magazine-sponsored custom motorcycle show at the dealer-only American V-twin trade show in Indianapolis in February. And if you can’t get to either of these shows, we will also be sponsoring the J&P Cycles Open House bike shows in Iowa on June 23 and 24. As I said earlier, we really do like meeting our readers and sharing their bikes in print. And I suspect you do, too. That’s why we go to all kinds of motorcycle events around the country with our cameras.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz Kanter    
Publisher/Editor-In-Chief,
American Iron Magazine

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New Year With Lots of Motorcycle Events

We are proud to be presenting the all-new Ultimate Dealer Bike Show at the American V-Twin Dealer Show.

Every February, motorcycle dealers, parts manufacturers, and distributors take a few days off work to meet in the heartland of America. We brave the winter cold and snow to gather at Advanstar’s annual Dealer Expo in downtown Indianapolis. This is where many of the newest products and services are revealed to the industry and the motorcycle press. And 2012 should have even greater significance to our readers as Advanstar is launching the American V-Twin Dealer Show inside its long-running powersports event.

The bad news is that, unless you work in the powersports industry, you can’t get into the show, which is closed to the general public. The good news is that our team will be there, covering the event and showcasing the most exciting news and products in print, on our Facebook page, and on www.AIMag.com.

We are proud to be presenting the all new Ultimate Dealer Bike Show at the American V-Twin Dealer Show. In addition to sharing many of the best new products, we will photograph and feature some of the more interesting motorcycles. The bikes in this show are dealer-built customs from around the world, so we are curious to see what cool rides will show up.

If you are a motorcycle dealer or work for one — franchise or independent — this custom bike show is a great chance to showcase your work. Call my pal Bob Kay at 919/886-5075 for more details or to enter. And, remember that our editors will be picking several bikes from this dealer-only show to feature in this magazine.

Motorcycle Events for 2012
While the new year is just that, a new year, we are already making plans for the 2012 motorcycle events we will be attending. We can’t attend all the events we’d like to, or we’d never be able to produce American Iron Magazine every month or to increase our Motorcycle Bagger from six to nine issues in 2012. Here’s a brief list of some of the events we’ll be part of:

American V-Twin Dealer Show: The motorcycle trade show in Indianapolis in February.

Daytona Beach Bike Week: A must-attend event for us every year. It marks the start of another year for riding. Plus, we are usually suffering from cabin fever and need to leave the snow of New England for some sunshine.

Motorcycle Kickstart Classic: Our first one in October was so popular that we’re going to do it again and perhaps add a second ride in another part of the country so others can join us on this two-day ride for vintage motor­cycles.

Sturgis Bike Rally: Another must-attend deal for our crew. We love the craziness in Sturgis and riding the amazing Black Hills.

Motorcycle Cannonball: After the first one, I figured I was done with cross-country rides on antique motorcycles. But I’ve signed up again, this time for pre-1930 motorcycles. The two-week ride from Newburgh, New York to San Francisco starts Friday, September 7. Info at www.MotorcycleCannonball.com.

Ride safe, ride smart, have fun.

Buzz Kanter  
Publisher/Editor-In-Chief,
American Iron Magazine

Harley News Motorcycle Road Trips

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM by Chris Maida, Editor

TAKING AIM, by Chris Maida, Editor

Forgive me for stating the obvious, but one of the best parts of this job is the road trips! As I type this it’s the last day in July and I’m jamming to get this issue finished. I’ve got to get it out to the printer and the next issue started before I leave since I’ll be gone for almost three weeks. When you’re on a four-week production schedule, that’s a lot of time to be on the road! But even though the pressure is on right now, it will definitely be worth it once I hit the highway.

My first stop is Park City, Utah, and the Harley-Davidson 2012 new model launch. H-D is set up at the St. Regis Hotel and is flying in lots of moto-journalists to test its newest offerings. I’ll be meeting Motorcycle Bagger Editor Dain Gingerelli there Tuesday night. I got to say, H-D always throws a great party whenever it does a launch. Of course, that’s also where we’ll be staying for the two nights and one day of the event. I’ll be testing a Nightster while there. Come Thursday, Dain and I will hit the road to Sturgis on different test bikes than what we rode in Utah. He’ll be on a new Dyna Switchback and I’ll be riding a Fat Boy. It’ll take us about three days to get to Sturgis, because we’ll also be shooting a tour story as we go.

Once we hit Sturgis, almost 1,000 miles later, we’ll wash and photograph these bikes for future reviews. The next day, we’ll swap them out for the same bikes we rode at the launch, so we can put a lot more review miles on them. We like to put at least 500 miles on a bike for our reviews. This way, we get to ride them the same way an owner is going to: in around town situations, on short highway trips, and on a long trip.

After covering Sturgis for seven days, it’s time to go home. We’ll swap these test bikes out for different ones, which are the machines we’ll be riding back home. After having them photographed, we’ll pack ’em up the night before, so we can leave early the next morning. Dain will be rolling west to his home in California on an Electra Glide Classic, while I’ll be heading east, back to Connecticut, on one of my favorite Harleys, a Road King. Look for these reviews in upcoming issues of American Iron Magazine and Motorcycle Bagger!

See you on the road,

Chris

 

Story as published in the November issue of American Iron Magazine

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The Killington Classic New England’s PREMIERE Fall Rally

Announcing New England’s PREMIERE fall rally, the Killington Classic! Presented for the first time ever by AMERICADE, RoadBike, American Iron Magazine and Motorcycle Bagger!

Vermont’s Green Mountains are already renowned for their smooth roads, jaw-dropping vistas, and hospitable accommodations. Now, they’re home to a world-class motorcycle rally — the KILLINGTON CLASSIC! an all-brands touring and cruising rally centered at the legendary ski resort.

The Killington Classic is now brought to you by Americade, the folks behind the World’s Largest Touring Rally in Lake George, New York. And RoadBike, AIM and Motorcycle Bagger are proud to be on board as a participating sponsor.

All the fun you’ve come to expect at Americade — contests, live entertainment, demo rides, and guided/unguided tours — will be only part of the fun at the Classic. Word on the street is that Killington is not quite as family-focused as Lake George — so you can look forward to wilder parties, cooler rides, and hotter nights than you ever experienced at Americade!

Join us at the Killington Snowshed Lodge on Thursday, September 8 at 6 pm for the Killington Kick Start! Featuring dinner, drinks, door prizes, and live entertainment.

Make your plans TODAY to join us at the 2011 Killington Classic!

Be An American Iron Magazine Honorary Contributor

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to cover an event for a major motorcycle magazine? Well, here’s your chance. American Iron Magazine is teaming up with Victory Motorcycle Company and Las Vegas BikeFest to give one of our lucky readers the opportunity to be an honorary contributor covering our ride to the event as well as the Las Vegas BikeFest itself.

The chosen one will join us in Ontario, California, on Wednesday, September 28, when he will be loaned a Victory Motorcycle to use for the event as we saddle up and head to Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino in Primm Valley, Nevada, for a kick-off party and a night filled with entertainment, food, and drinks. On Thursday, our group will ride to the Valley of Fire before heading to downtown Las Vegas to attend the 11th annual Las Vegas BikeFest scheduled to take place September 29 to October 2.

The lucky reader will be treated just as if he was an AIM staff member, which means he will be given the use of a Victory Cross Country or Vision (reader’s choice) motorcycle for the duration of the assignment and will be set up with complimentary accommodations at Buffalo Bill’s Resort & Casino and at an official Las Vegas BikeFest hotel on Fremont Street. In addition, he will receive a complimentary Las Vegas BikeFest Ultimate pass registration for one, VIP parking, and participation in an Artistry In Iron celebrity builder meet and greet at the Cashman Center.

In return for this VIP status, the honorary contributor will be asked to live up to his title by writing us a short story of his experience of the ride and event. The end result will be will be published in the pages of American Iron Magazine as our annual Las Vegas BikeFest event coverage.

If you think you’ve got what it takes to cover this event for us, you need to submit a short essay (200 words) telling us why. All submissions need to be e-mailed to HonoraryContributor@AmericanIronMag.com no later than June 27. Be sure to include your contact info because the person we choose will be contacted directly before he is announced in the October 2011 issue of AIM. Please note that sufficient riding experience and a valid motorcycle license is required. Ready for some disclaimer stuff? American Iron Magazine and other sponsors are not responsible for misdirected entries. Odds of being selected are dependent upon the number of entries. American Iron Magazine is solely responsible for selecting the honorary contributor and all decisions are final. For more information on the parties involved, visit, www.AIMag.com, www.VictoryMotorcycles.com, or www.LasVegasBikeFest.com.

Summerfest has announced the Harley-Davidson Roadhouse Headliners for 2011

Here’s a quick rundown of the bands performing at the H-D Roadhouse during Summerfest. For more info visit Summerfest.com.

June 29 10:00 pm Buddy Guy, June 30 10:00 pm Owl City, July 1 8 Los Lonely Boys, 10:00 pm Los Lobos, July 2 10:00 pm Stephen Marley, July 3 10:00 pm Ben Harper, July 5 10:00 pm Wiz Khalifa, July 6 9:30 pm Morris Day and the Time, July 7 8:00 pm Old 97’s, 10:00 pm G. Love & Special Sauce, July 8 5:00 pm Gaelic Storm, 10:00 pm Dropkick Murphys, July 9 10:00 pm The Flaming Lips, July 10 9:30 pm Grupo Niche.

Summerfest 2011 will take place June 29 – July 3 and July 5 – 10, from noon until midnight daily. Summerfest will be closed Monday.

New Venue for Rock n Rev Festival in Sturgis

Following a split over the weekend with Glencoe CampResort, the Rock ‘N Rev Festival has found a new home at Monkey Rock USA and will bring Guns N’ Roses and Daughtry with it, said Monkey Rock chief operating officer Chris Edwards.

“There are not a lot of places capable of hosting an event and lineup like this,” Edwards said. “We offered the option to solve a problem and they sent their operations people to survey the area — all of it happened within 48 hours.”

The new location for the weeklong festival was determined after negotiations fell through between concert promoters DC3 Global and Glencoe CampResort late last week, said Randy Alexander, public relations director for the festival promoter DC3 Global. He said new festival owners HDlogix and DC3 Global will build The Rock ‘N Rev Amphitheater at Monkey Rock on a 25-acre site. Negotiations for the 5-day concert series were finalized Monday afternoon.

“We were motivated to try to help and they were quite interested to find another place,” Edwards said. “With commitments to rally goers, they wanted to fulfill their end of the bargain.”

Alexander said Monkey Rock USA was chosen for its proximity to the Glencoe campground. DC3 said it is working with Glencoe to offer special accommodations at the festival for anybody who is camping. The new venue was also selected with future ventures in mind, Alexander said.

“The relationship has been entered with long-term vision in mind,” he said.

Bands scheduled to play at Glencoe will play at Monkey Rock USA with Guns N’ Roses set to headline the Friday night stage for its first United States show in four years and only U.S. show in 2010, Edwards said. Guns N’ Roses will share the Friday night stage with Alice in Chains.

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