The Rockets’ Honors


Arkansas Times Readers’ Poll Awards

1997: Best Local Band – Johnny Roberts & The Rockets

1998: Best Local Band – Johnny Roberts & The Rockets

1999: Best Local Band – Johnny Roberts & The Rockets
Even when you discount the obvious stuffed ballots ­­ shame on you, Rockets fans this geezer group still has a demonstrably rabid following for their sharp retro rock.

2000: Best Local Band – Johnny Roberts & The Rockets
Did we read the other day that Johnny himself was hanging up his ax? No matter. Its fans won’t quit stuffing ballots for these execs who turn retro rockers when the sun goes down.

2001: Best Local Band – The Rockets
They win every year, in part because of determined, organized vote efforts. Are they paying street money to the preachers? Whatever, sharp retro rock has its fans.

2002: Best Local Band – The Rockets
They win again thanks to what we suspect is a well-oiled machine of groupies who feverishly mail ballots. But their retro rock IS popular.

2003: Best Local Band – The Rockets
OK, we know their fans are savvy about contest entry. But we’re about to believe this deadly serious group of business-people-by-day/rockers- by-night really IS that good.

2004: Best Local Band – The Rockets
They have a cult following, as evidenced by the annual enthusiastic vote.

2005: Best Local Band – The Rockets

2006: Best Local Band – The Rockets

2007: Best Local Band – The Rockets
Ho hum, the Rockets win again. The 10-piece cover band has reigned supreme in this annual poll for about 50 years now, it seems.

2009: Best Local Band – The Rockets

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