1971 is a BOC gig desert... they played lots of clubs all over the NE - but I don't have any venues or dates - and at the end of the year managed to secure their first major tour support slot with John McLaughlin & the Mahavishnu Orchestra and The Byrds.

In July, they did a successful audition for Columbia Records and in October they recorded their first LP at The Warehouse... and that's about all I know for sure...

Pathetic, isn't it? Well, there's only one way to remedy this sad situation: have you got anything to contribute to help develop this page into a page worth displaying? Reviews, missing info, ticket stubs, posters etc etc - if so, let me .

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Help!!
Albert Bouchard

We played at Conry's East in Levittown NY from Jan 5 to Jan 10. I have the tapes. We recorded all 6 shows.

Here's the set list for Jan 5/6 Not in order. Plus lots of duplicates:

  1. It's Not Easy
  2. Bad Boy
  3. Street Fighting Man
  4. Aimless Lady
  5. Casey Jones
  6. You Make Me Feel
  7. Memphis Slim Jam (Pearlman on harp)
  8. Jesus Is Just Allright
  9. Donnovan's Monkey
  10. Lucille Jam
  11. Sneakers
  12. All Right Now
  13. All Along the Watchtower
  14. Highway Song
  15. OOOOO Baby Baby
  16. Ohio
  17. Hey Bulldog
  18. Me & My Monkey
  19. Cinamon Girl
  20. Gil Blanco County
  21. 4 door blues
  22. I'm on the Lam
  23. Stairway to the Stars
  24. Honkey Tonk Woman
  25. Arthur Comics
  26. Ragamuffin Dumpling

Do you know of any SFG gigs for February 1971 that I'm missing?

If you do, please let me ...

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Ralph

This flyer was sent to me by Sam Judd who said Eric Bloom had come across it in his basement...

My advice to Eric is to get back down into that basement and get searching for more of the same...

NB: Check out the name on the handbill: "Stalk Forest". That's interesting - most of the printed ads I've come across all say the same thing - not "Stalk-Forrest Group" (with 2 "R"s) but simply billed as "Stalk Forest"!! Can they all be wrong?

In fact - I've only seen the one reference to "Stalk-Forrest Group" in an ad for the SFG/MC5/TYA gig at SUNY on 3 July 1970, and one for "Stalk-Forest Group" (19 March 1971). All the others have been for "Stalk Forest"...

And yet if you check out the label for the Arthur Comics 45, it's the full SFG name....

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Ralph

OK, this ad is interesting not just because it shows that in March 1971, SFG were still doing "moods" at Stony Brook, but also because it shows that the band were still gigging as "Stalk-Forrest Group" (well, strictly speaking it was "Stalk-Forest Group".

Albert Bouchard

We played a gig at a fraternity at Dartmouth College and all the students were so blasted that they were barfing all over the place - some of the Fraternity brothers were even licking the alcohol that had spilled off the floor.

Phil King - who had got us the gig - was appalled and said, "These are the future leaders of our country!"

As for the date - Joe and I have discussed this and we have narrowed it down to either April 3, 1971 or April 10, 1971. It had to be one of those days because it was around spring break, way before the first album was recorded...

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Ralph

In the ad on page 6 of The Daily Messenger (Canandaigua, NY) dated "Wednesday, May 5, 1971", it says: "Thursday Night: It's here now - from New York to California - Stalk Forrest - One Night Only - Top Flight Entertainment"...

I can only see small versions of the image at these urls - otherwise you have to bloody subscribe:

If anyone is already a subscriber, please let me know, and see if you can get a bigger version of the advert for the site.

I've long been trying to pin down the point where SFG became BOC, and I now know it has to be sometime during the 5 months between this gig and the 29 Oct gig in Uniontown (for which I have a newspaper ad to show that they definitely played as "Blue Oyster Cult")...

Art Tatnell

I saw them as SWU in 1971 at a bar in Mineola near where I was living for the summer at my uncle's house in Westbury, LI... damn... I can't remember the name of the bar... it was a big place... eez... too much tequila that night and too many years since.

Ralph

The latest SWU gig I've ever come across was 17 Dec 1969 - after that it was SFG until... well, here's the thing, I have yet to discover the "cross-over point" - they were deffo SFG on 19 March 1971 and deffo billed as BOC on 30 Oct 1971 - my current best guess is they became BOC approx August 1971.

That's why I'm so interested in your post - if you definitely saw them in Summer 1971, and they weren't yet called BOC, then there's a good chance you saw them just before the name change-over - but like I say, they would have been called SFG at that point (if not BOC)...

If you can come up with a venue name and maybe a more focused date range (eg "July" or "August"), please let me know...

Art Tatnell

It was in June of 1971 that I know because I wasnt 18 yet... I know i got my SWU t-shirt at that show (still have it..a few holes but a classic)... but maybe they were SFG by then and i didnt know it... its all a blur... 43 years ago

Albert Bouchard

We played Tony Mart's in July, probably the 9th and 10th...

Albert Bouchard

We played here in August, probably the 13, 14, 15...

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Albert Bouchard

This was not a New Year's gig. It happened later in the year when we were starting to record our first album. We drove there after a night of recording, probably September or October.

Scott Rodgers

Catasauqua is indeed the name of the town. It's in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, about an hour's drive south of New York City.

Interestingly enough, the Slovak Center apparently still has bands from time to time:

Ralph

As a result of their meeting with David Lucas at Camp Swan Lake, he invited BOC to come along and record their first LP at his Warehouse 8-track jingle studio on 46th Street, New York in October 1971.

It seems to me to be an unusual occurence for Columbia to allow this external outsourcing, but maybe it was a cheaper deal for them to do it this way?

Ralph

I only know about this gig because Albert mentoned it in an interview in "Morning Final":

Albert: I remember recording "Before the Kiss, A Redcap" and then as soon as we finished the song, we went to Youngstown Ohio to play at The Bedroom (a club), and we played on a bed. A stage in the shape of a bed. The trip to Youngstown Ohio is about 8 or 9 hours and we didn't stay overnight.

So we must have finished the session at four in the morning and then left and got to the gig at like four in the afternoon and slept in the van, and set up on the bed.

Now I'm not sure but that could have been the same place that the marquee had "Tonight Blue Oyster Cult" and then they switched the letters around.

Even if it's not true, I mean it's true at one point, it was somewhere over there in Ohio, and it was right in the early years, it was like the first album year, it might have been The Bedroom.

When we got there it said "Tonight Blue Oyster Cult," when we left the gig at the end of the night the sign said, "To light, Blue Oyster Cunt!"

Ralph

The above image (kindly sent to me by Peter Nielsen of the thinlizzyguide.com) appeared in the 29 October 1971 edition of the Uniontown PA Evening Standard. It doesn't specify any sort of date - it appears just as you see it above.

This is a bit confusing - does it indicate that BOC played at this venue on the 29th as well as the 30th October? If you examine the advert from this same publication for the next day's gig, it explicitly specifies that the show is "tonite"...

I'd have expected some sort of date to be mentioned on the 29th Oct advert if it referred to the next night's show...

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Ralph

The ticket image above has been ruthlessly cropped from a great photo I noticed on Flickr, thereby ruining a nice composition, so check out the original here:

I saw a poster for this gig on pinterest, with this accompanying text:

Original hippie era rock poster from the Fall of 1971 held at UNH. I was there and can tell you this was the most bizarre combination ever. The jazz inspired Mahavishnu John McLaughlin who later said it was his worst concert experience ever, followed by the hard rock Blue Oyster Cult leading to the head act, the Folk Rock Classic group - THE BYRDS. I still have this poster because when I said I liked it - an inebriated friend tore it off a telephone pole for me. Thanks Patty!
Dick Brodeur

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SirKitMakr

One of the oddest grouping of bands that I've seen was at a $3. concert at Cortlandt College.

Lowest billed was Blue Oyster Cult. After them, this guy we never heard of came on stage, with SHORT hair, and a double-neck guitar. It was an early appearance of The Mahavishnu Orchestra with John McLaughlin. Blew us away. Revved up the orange sunshine in us.

And, headlining, very definitely anti-climactically, was The Byrds. Go figure.

Ralph

According to the poster above, BOC weren't lowest on the bill - they seem to have been billed second...

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Ron Fritts

December 3 - Auditorium-University of Maine, Orono, Maine
Byrds, Blue Oyster Cult, and Mahavishnu Orchestra featuring John McLaughlin - 2 shows: 7 & 10:30pm

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Mike Rogers

Just an update on the show at Clarkson. I was there as it was my freshman year;-). I wish I could remember more about the setlist but it was 45 years ago.

The Byrds did not appear on the bill. Edgar Winter's White Trash was on the bill in their place. This was a tour put on by Columbia Records to promote three of the new acts.

I do recall that all three bands were excellent.

Blue Oyster Cult did come back to play the college on the Agents of Fortune tour.

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Ralph

Well, the adverts says there were two shows - however, the review above only seems to refer to the late show - apparently the Byrds took the stage at 3am!! - it doesn't mention an early show...

Great report of BOC's performance by Ken Simon: "But what about Blue Oyster Cult? I refuse to waste the space."

David Ramage

We went in a caravan of vehicles to Stony Brook from Dix Hills. I thought that Don, Sandra, Allen, and Patti were with us, but I'm not certain.

I think also that these date(s) were played in 1971 - if you have any info, please let me know:

Cultjacket

My 1st BOC show was June 21st 1973 the venue: The Palisades, Mckeesport PA. Albert and Buck both said to me they played The Palisades in Mckeesport PA before in 1971 as SFG.

I don't have any info about those shows...