February 1973 saw the release of the awesome "Tyranny and Mutation", a record regarded by many as containing some of Blue Oyster Cult's finest compositions - though the Secret Treaties brigade might have something to say about that...

These early History pages will contain - just like the Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy - much that is apocryphal and inaccurate - but where it is inaccurate, it aims to be definitively inaccurate, so I'm hoping you, the fans, will take a few moments to set me straight on these inaccuracies or else simply just to add to what's already here.

I'd like to especially thank Peter Nielsen of the excellent thinlizzyguide.com for researching and sending adverts for a number of gigs on this page. Much thanks must go also to Art Liming and Bert Gangl for their invaluable help.

So - have you got anything to contribute to this page? Reviews, missing info, ticket stubs, posters, flyers etc etc - in short: anything!! If so, let me .

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Greg

Here are two new gigs for the 19th and 20th Jan to add to your lists. The information comes from the Chicago Reader weekly newspaper dated January 19, 1973 and gives the band running order as Glencoe, Blue Oyster Cult, Jo Jo Gunne and Flash headlining.

Check out my tour archive sites for Mountain, Ten Years After, Humble Pie and Procol Harum as well as a few venues, like Capitol Theater Port Chester, NY, Aragon & Kinetic in Chicago, Boston Tea Party and Hampton Beach Casino:

Harvester9

my first time was '73 - i believe it was just before the release of t&m. i was fourteen, with my buddy and his older brother and some of his friends, head full of purple micro-dot, concert cost four dollars and fifty cents, and we went to the play ground about three times a month back then...

I remember jojo gunne, but not sure if i saw them. we usually arrived fashionably late, due to fantastic parking lot escapades, if you know what i mean. i do remember allen lanier in a black trench coat though. with the shades, he looked like the spy vs. spy guy. also the crossed guitars. in my condition, it was outrageous. no mirrors on the backs yet, just lots of hellacious noise, which was pretty boss at the time. they also played transmaniacon, which was my fave song at the time, having just bought the album in september...

Robbie Cube

I don't remember the dates, but after the first album, BOC headlined at the Kinetic Playground in Chicago with Jo Jo Gunne, Flash and Glencoe. It was sometime in the fall of '72, I believe.

Despite what the advert might say (mentioned above), BOC definitely closed the show the night I saw them, playing after Flash.

So possibly BOC and Flash each played one of the shows as the headliner.

Rick Glover
Beatlefan Mag

The date is Jan 27, 1973, the venue is the East Tenn. State Univ. Memorial Gymnasium, in Johnson City Tenn. - price $3.50, reserved, which broke loose when Eric rode the cycle onto the stage!

As far as I know - this was a replacement gig for the cancelled 23 Sept 1972 Kingsport Tenn date.

That was the first time I saw the guys, and it still ranks as one of the best shows ever in my concert history.

Larry Reece

The unknown band referred to here as opening for BOC at ETSU in January, 1973 was my band, "Hoover."

We were a local band that had transplanted from Central Ohio to Tennessee in early 1972 with an exceptional lead guitarist that BOC's management OK'd as a last minute fill in. We were influenced by bands like the Stones, Leslie West/Mountain, Mott the Hoople, Led Zep, MC5, etc.

I believe that an incarnation of Free was supposed to open that night, but had to cancel at the last minute. We'd only previously played clubs up to that point in front of a max of 800 people.

The "Hoover" lineup was as follows:

I can remember that some of the songs we did that night were "Roll Over Beethoven" with a tip of the hat to Leslie West's old blues classic, "Bullfrog Blues."

We also did a very powered up version of "Sympathy for the Devil" (long time before Guns) and our version of "Crossroads" as well as a couple of originals.

Since we were transplanted from Ohio to Tennessee our musical tastes were very different from some of our more Southern Rock competitors of the day. The power blues and such we did seemed to strike a chord with a lot of people.

Our final show was in August, 1975 at an outdoor concert in Johnson City in front of several thousand people where we opened for Brownsville Station, White Witch, and Marshall Tucker Band.

I can remember that BOC were so broke they actually borrowed some drumsticks and a couple of special effects from us. They started making decent money shortly thereafter. This is a time period for BOC where Jimmy Page referred to Don Roeser as his "favorite American guitarist."

BOC were really small guys. Our guitarist is 6'5" and I'm 6'3". Don Roeser is probably about 5'4" and the Bouchard brothers are probably about the same.

They started off with the "Red and the Black." I can remember that we used the Jericho Sound system out of Baltimore that night.

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Kenneth Tomasi

I was researching the Hatford Courant Newspaper archives and I came across this "Here & Now" Musical Events listing in the Jan. 27, 1973 issue:

"The Great Organic Peanut Butter Jam, Chunky Style" is what the people at Roots, the Hartford crisis intervention center are calling their upcoming benefit concert.

Headliners are Blue Oyster Cult, a heavy-electric rock band from New York City ; also on the bill will be Liquide Lighte and Patrick Phillip Henry.

The show is Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. at the Trinity College field house.

Liquide Lighte and Patrick Phillip Henry were both local acts, with Liquide Lighte being one of the more popular local bands around at the time.

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Ralph

You'll see on various pages on the internet a date of 11 February 1973 being given as the release date for this record but as that was a Sunday, I have very little faith in that being accurate.

I mean - who releases records on a Sunday? If you're going to make a date up, chose a working weekday at least...

The main source for these entries seems to be wikipedia, but that cites no sources, so again, how much faith can you give that?

One thing that I do know, however, is that it was released after the above Detroit Rooster Tail gig as they mention it's imminent release in their onstage chat, so the release date is going to be around 11 Feb, if not that date specifically.

Hence, that's why I'm placing the release of "Tyranny and Mutation" at this point in the timeline.

For more details on this record, please visit the Blue Oyster Cult Songatorium page for this recording...

Ralph

I'm indebted to Christopher Byrd for sending me a link to the above ticket stub - otherwise I wouldn't have known this gig even existed.

It was originally sent to the "broadwayfillmorealive.org" website by Roxanne Chase - the site is dedicated to helping promote, preserve and revitalize Buffalo's Broadway-Fillmore district - why not check out the site and see if you can make any sort of contribution:

Bob Paxon

I do know that the Rivoli Theater gig did take place and I believe I have some info and links for the opener at that gig, which would be a band called Bethlem Steele.

There is a Facebook page called 'Buffalo/Western NY Bands from the 70's'. I found info on 'Bethlem Steele', who I didn't even know was a local band before that, although I had their 45.

I posted a picture of their (rare and great) 45 and got several replies including the following one from a member of 'Bethlem Steele' - Randy C Ruminski:

"Looking for pics photographer took at Rivoli Theatre in 1973. We played concert with Blue Oyster Cult and other Buffalo Bands band who opened for BOC at the Rivoli."

See my 45 and info on the band:

Ralph

This is interesting because the stub above says that the support band was a band called "Renaissance". I wonder if Bethlem Steele played before Renaissance or else replaced them?

Bob Paxon

My guess is that it might have been a local "Renaissance" (tho' I never heard of them) not the UK band...

Randy C Ruminski

I performed that day with Bethlem Steele. I was the other Randy in the group. Only with them for 6 months so I have no para from being with them, But I sure would like to see the pics that the photograper took of us. We were dressed in costumes for the concert.

By the way - regarding Renaissance being on the bill - this was an all day event so there were several bands playing that day...

Ralph

Check out this great list of all the acts who've ever played the Warehouse:

Ralph

This date is confirmed by the motorcitymusicarchives.com website.

Bert Gangl

According to the Mar 09, 1973, issue of the Detroit Free Press, Lou Reed and BOC were joined by The Rockets.

Ralph

This date is confirmed by the 17 Mar 1973 issue (page 16) of Billboard in the Google News Archive.

Worthington Slutz

The group opening for BOC was a local cover group, along the lines of Appalachia Mainline or Zachariah, the two biggest groups in that area, though I don't think it was those specific groups. The lead singer was the frizzy haired bassist, and they did a couple of CSN&Y songs, including Ohio.

BOC was touring the Tyranny & Mutation album. Keith Albee was a converted movie theater. Bigger groups (Black Sabbath or Black Oak Arkansas!!!) played at the Memorial Field House. In '73, BOC was definitely fringe, especially in Appalachia. Tickets were probably movie tickets, generic purple, red or yellow stubs with numbers. Otherwise I would have saved them.

I took a girl I had known for a while. She didn't know the songs, she didn't like the songs, and they were too loud! This went on for six or seven tunes until I couldn't stand it any longer. I drove her home, gave her a peck on the cheek, then raced back to the show. I didn't have my ticket stub, but the door bouncers recognized me, laughed and let me back in. Complaining girl or BOC? One had to have priorities.

In a few months, I moved to Los Angeles, and never moved back to Appalachia.

Saw BOC a few years ago in Fort Worth at Caravan Of Dreams, which is well covered in your site.

Best chance at verification will be in the archives of Marshall University newspaper, The Parthenon, though I checked and could not find jack...

Terry Hermanson

Just to let you know I was at a Blue Oyster Cult concert April 3rd, 1973 at Bismarck Civic Center, North Dakota (see above photo). I should have a ticket stub some place from that night.

Looking back at my High School Senior Memory book I found the date of April 3rd 1973. They were warm up band for Black Oak Arkansas.

Was first Big time concert (band with record out) that car load of us kids went to see. 150 mile drive one way and we had a great time. BOC stole the show.

I remember even the drummer getting up to play guitar. Wow all five playing guitar at the same time. Also remember the lead singer's sunglasses reflecting lots of lights.

I have seen BOC at least 7 or 8 times over the years. They always have put on a great concert here in North Dakota.

Dick Wallsmith

A buddy of mine was in his 3rd year at Purdue University, in West Lafayette, Indiana and I decided to drop in on him on a rainy fall afternoon in 1972. He's got some jams playing on the stereo and we enhanced our conversation with a little pick-me-up so we were having a good time just jammin' along when a neighboring housemate stopped by to check out what we were doing. He had just been out to the local Record store and had about 3 or 4 new albums to check out, so we started looking at his new stuff and one album was so different and cool that we put it on right away.

It was Blue Oyster Cult, with the fantastic cover drawings that made us wonder what kind of new band they were (Gawlik seemed so mysterious), and where they were from. Well, from the start of Transmaniacon MC we were hooked by the guitar army sound and thought the lyrics were so cool as we cranked the volumne up.(Saddam's Boytoy's hogs, no pig at all, you know)

We spent that afternoon listening to this great new record by a band we had no idea of who they were, but we really dug the music. Every song seemed to have it's own killer way of rockin', and by the time Redeemed finished we knew this was a good rockin' record, and band. In fact, Thereof Came The Last Days Of May became THE song of the album for me, it was just so bluesy the way the notes just dripped from Buck's guitar against the beautiful simplicity of the song structure. It wasn't long until that song became one of my alltime favorites, and is to this day.

Onward, we'll fastforward about 6 months to early spring 1973 and the local Sunday newspaper lists the upcoming concerts in Indianapolis. When I see that BOC is coming to town, I immediately tell all my friends about it and make plans to go. The day comes and we get there early enough to get right up close to the stage. We were well prepared for a great show and man did we get it.

By the time they 1st played Indy, their second album, Tyranny & Mutation had came out, so we were treated to a set list from the 2 albums that night, and I mean they pulled out all the stops. I was within 10 feet of Buck (I didn't realize it was the Buck zone yet), and after the full guitar assault through Dizbustersand Hot Rails, they came back with Buck's Boogie and the Red and the Black. Mere words cannot convey the effect and emotion of seeing and hearing this incredible band up close. After the crossed guitars we were all bowing to a new master. They kicked our a** like no other band ever had.

I remember standing there thinking that this was what a Rock & Roll band should look and sound like. Mysterious, intelligent lyrics sang by a leather clad singer, with twin killer guitars that were led by this little a** kicker with ice water in his veins that played so effortlessly. Natural born killers on a rock stage, oh yeah, I was hooked.

I've never been the same since that night, and I've followed them everywhere that I could to see them play. It was a few more years before I got to meet them. I've seen them all over the Midwest and California, in every edition of the band. Thank God they're On Tour Forever.

Ralph

Ticket courtesy of LookAtStubs.com and handbill courtesy of cowbr.com - it's thanks to them I know about this gig!! Cheers!

Jim Garner

Reminiscence of 18 April 1973 concert in Richmond, Virginia (tour list here):

Richmond, Virginia in 1973 was dominated by Top 40 radio format, so concert-goers went to hear the band they associated with Whiter Shade of Pale.

Procol Harum followed Blue Oyster Cult. This was a very unfortunate line-up.

Blue Oyster Cult was unheard of to Richmonders. BOC is why I remember this concert for one and only one reason, they played extremely loud for a very long time. It was unbearable. People were walking out of the show.

When Procol Harum finally appeared, my ears were still ringing. I could hardly hear them. The remaining audience was totally drained of energy and just sat quietly. Gary Brooker seemed bothered. The band played a short set and then Gary quickly said 'That's our show,' and they left. I always imagined that PH was pissed [off] at Blue Oyster Cult. I know I was.

Sam Judd

This show is confirmed by the ticket holder and the Hydra guys... ticket holder says Fanny cancelled and Hydra played instead (that's why he scratched out Fanny and wrote in Hydra)... but Hydra guys SWEAR Fanny played on this show!!...

Ralph

OK, for now, I'll add Hydra as openers and leave Fanny in at no. 2 on the bill...

Then again, a scenario that could explain the above discrepancy would be if Fanny opened before Hydra, then that'd allow the ticket holder to miss them if he came a bit late and only caught Hydra...

Ralph

I only know about this gig because a flyer for it popped up on a Google image search:

Tom Schuster

Wow, cant believe how this jogged my memory of seeing boc for the very first time. They had been scheduled to play in Wichita about a month earlier but for some reason they had to cancel that show. The headline band this evening was Alice Cooper doing the Billion Dollar Babies tour wich we had been looking forward to seeing for months.

The backup band was supposed to be the flourescent Leech and Eddie but much to our satisisfaction when that announcer came out and said.... Ladies and Gentlemen, I'd like you to welcome from New York City... Blue... Oyster... Cult!

That's when all hell broke loose for about the next hour. We loved em and also had a blast watching Alice do his show;

Just a little sidenote. after Alice was done Myself and a few of my buddies {all around 14 at the time lol) decided to go and try and see alice leaving the arena. Guess who we first saw at the back door loading all there equipment into an old station wagon themselves.. yep boc they even shot the shit with us for a few min until they had to get on there way.

Hope this was the sort of stuff you are looking for. Almost brought a tear to my eye writing this all down, havent thought about this in years. Over the years i think i saw boc about 9 times - they always put on one hell of a show...

Ralph

Well, now - this is news indeed. I've never heard of BOC supporting Alice on the BDB tour before - as far as I knew, it was Flo and Eddie all the way...

What's more - sickthingsuk.co.uk doesn't have a show listed at all for this date - so if it's accurate - then it's a new gig for them also.

Buck Dharma

We did play a Billion Dollar Babies tour gig, but I don't remember where. Might have been Wichita, but if it's not on Alice Cooper's itinerary, it would seem wrong.

I doubt if we'd be loading our own gear into an old station wagon, we never toured like that. It would have been a small box truck for gear, and Avis cars for the band.

Ralph

Interestingly enough, I just noticed that alicecooperechive.com has this listed for that date: "Wichita, Kansas?", so that looks like some sort of corroboration, at least...

Stop Press: sickthingsuk.co.uk now lists this date as an Alice gig at this venue, so that's more confirmation.

Joe Bouchard

Yes, I remember that show very well. I sat in the last row of the bleachers, and watched the whole show. I wanted to see how it looked from the audience perspective.

I was disappointed we didn't do more shows on that tour. It looked like great fun!

Tom Schuster

Well just to add a bit of info to my original post, which i see caught the eyes of a few people. BOC was playing that evening as a rescheduled show they had had to cancel about a month or so earlier. for what reason it was canceled i have no idea. they only announced that boc and not flo and eddy was to be alices opening act. im not sure about the schedule after this show but on this enchanted evening we were intoduced to Blue Oyster Cult.

One of them would yell out there name between every song they did so by the time they were done you knew whom had just been playing, expecially after they played cities on flame which was the tune by them still making the rounds on the local radio stations. Like I said before, a very fun evening for a young 14 year old back in the early 70s.

LOL - cant remember for sure but i think the tickets just cost around 15 to 20 bucks wich was high for a concert with only 2 bands. but then alice was in his prime and earned every penny... woot

Sorry Buck, as for the station wagon it could very well have been some roadies claiming to be the band or connected with it. hell there were some very hot looking young ladies crowed around them. Being around 13 or 14 this was probably just us thinking it was the band... lol... ahhh the good old days. Was a hell of a night though.

I first heard of BOC from and album liner from a LP id bought a few months before this. Thats where the label would put out info on there stable of bands and there upcoming releases. Being in the midwest you had to glean your info from whatever you could scrounge.

Around this time Wichita had about 1 big name show a month, which on a 13 year olds allowance was about all I could manage.

Moved to Georgia a few months after this and saw the band a number of times over the years.

Ralph

Check out this great list of all the acts who've ever played the Warehouse:

Janet Hussain

I think this a concert I went to. I don't remember much except that it was daytime concert, outside (at a speedway?) and I believe that Ritchie Havens was in the lineup. I do know that a riot of some sort broke out pretty close to us so we left before we got caught up in it.

If this is not that particular concert, I know it was within a year or so. If you could send me any information, I would appreciate it.

Chilltc1

Opening act was Status Quo - Blue Oyster Cult then Savoy Brown...

We went to see Savoy Brown - not knowing of BOC. Sitting in the bleachers some biker dudes yelled at us "on your feet for BOC"... We haven't sat down yet....

P.S. I was at the BOC show at the Auditorium show with the Rasberry's where they got booed off the stage...

Ralph

Check out this great site charting the history of the Civic Center (as well as other local venues):

Greg

This show took place Thursday, June 7, 1973 at 7:30 pm at the St. Paul Auditorium with Savoy Brown headlining and Manfred Mann opening.

I have an ad from the June 1, 1973 Minnesota Daily, University of Minnesota student newspaper.

Check out my tour archive sites for Mountain, Ten Years After, Humble Pie and Procol Harum as well as a few venues, like Capitol Theater Port Chester, NY, Aragon & Kinetic in Chicago, Boston Tea Party and Hampton Beach Casino:

Ralph

I found out this gig was cancelled on a great blog called "It's all the Streets you Crossed", dedicated to documenting NYC's rock'n'roll heritage:

The first ad from 24 May 1973 clearly shows the BOC gig as going ahead, but a week later, the second ad (31 May 1973) clearly shows the gig as cancelled. This was subsequently confirmed in the 7th June issue also.

Although I don't know why the gig was cancelled, it looks like it may only have been a postponement, because, four months later, BOC were drafted into a support slot for Slade on their 6th October Academy gig.

Ralph

I saw a handbill for this gig which showed that the running order was Blue Oyster Cult, Wet Willie, Manfred Mann and then Savoy Brown as headliner.

However, in November 2016, on gottahaverockandroll.com, a set of contracts for this show came up for auction, with the following info:

Signed contracts, handbills, invoices, receipts, handwritten notes, and bank documents relating to the Savoy Brown, Wet Willie, Blue Oyster Cult and Cactus concert at Mobile Auditorium, Mobile Alabama, June 13, 1973

Only the Wet Willie contract was visible in the image, but you could see a part of the Cactus one below it, and it looked like they were scheduled to go on at 8pm (thus were openers).

So it looks like Manfred Man dropped out of the gig, the other two acts all moved up one place in the running order and Cactus were drafted in to open.

The only problem is: the platform-end.co.uk Manfred Man site still has them down as playing this gig...

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Ralph

Well, I know Deep Purple were headlining this short series of Florida gigs but other than BOC, I don't know who else was on this particular bill (looking at the next two, probably Billy Preston and Savoy Brown for starters)...

Plus, I did hear that there might be four gigs in this mini-tour. If anybody knows for sure, please let me know.

Tonny

Apparently Billy Preston's band disintegrated mid tour so from 10 June (Milwaukee) onwards he was replaced for the remainder of the Deep Purple dates by ZZ Top, including the dates with BOC.

I'm puzzled about the crossing out of Family on one ticket... might suggest they didn't play?? Although some people say they weren't very good...

As for a 4th date... Deep Purple were due to do a show in Ithaca on the 12th. The show got rained away and a riot erupted, equipment got smashed etc. Purple had to postpone their next gig (Atlanta on the 14th) to the 18th. So there seems no room for a 4th Florida date with BOC. Hope this helps.

Ralph

Thanks for that.

Be sure to check out Tonny's Deep Purple Ticket Museum site - and if you have any Deep Purple ticket stubs stashed away anywhere, please try and scan or take a digital photo of them and send the jpegs along to the museum for inclusion.

Greg Gunter

OK, I was at this show... have some photos...

Billy Preston cancelled, replaced by ZZ TOP ( No beards then).. also on bill were BOC, Family, Savoy Brown, and of course, Deep Purple...

Was not impressed with Family... other bands were great.

Blackmore smashed his guitar at the end night, threw pieces to the crowd...

Wayne Mereck

The first concert I ever went to was at Tampa Stadium. The line-up was Deep Purple, Blue Oyster Cult, Savoy Brown and Billy Preston.

Unfortunately, Billy cancelled. But on a good note a little band from Texas showed up to open. It was not long after that Tres Hombres was released.

Ralph

Despite the stories of ZZ Top replacing Billy Preston, if you check out the 15 June 1972 issue of The St Petersburg Independant, you'll see that ZZ Top were included in the line-up along with Billy Preston.

Maybe when he cancelled, it just sounded better for the promoters to say "here's a replacement", when in fact, it was nothing of the sort...

If you examine the ticket, it was originally Family who ZZ Top replaced!!

Ralph

This gig - originally down for 21 June 1973 - and the first in a run of three consecutive nights in PA clubs - must now be listed as "Unknown" due to the emergence of the Chattanooga stub below for the 22nd June.

These three gigs must surely have been either before or after the Chattanooga show...

CultJacket

My 1st BOC show was June 21st 1973 the venue: The Palisades, Mckeesport PA. BOC opening for Savoy Brown...

Albert and Buck both said to me they played The Palisades in Mckeesport PA before in 1971 as SFG.

Setlist:

  1. red and the black
  2. od on life
  3. screams
  4. dizbusters
  5. bucks boogle
  6. cities on flame
  7. its not easy

There was no encore.

Mike Kolesar

I was thrilled to see the dates for the Palisades in McKeesport, PA (aka Zambo's Concert Hall), the White Elephant in White Oak, and the next night in Jeanette.

I grew up near White Oak/McKeesport and bought my first set of drums at Zambo's music store in the Palisades building in 1972.

I have a friend who attended that show (opening for Savoy Brown) - he would have been 13 years old at the time! I'm not sure what he might recall so many years later, and I've asked him about it in the past.

Ralph

This gig - originally down for 22 June 1973 - and the second in a run of three consecutive nights in PA clubs - must now be listed as "Unknown" due to the emergence of the Chattanooga stub below for the 22nd June.

These three gigs must surely have been either before or after the Chattanooga show...

CultJacket

BOC played June 22 1973 at The White Elephant, White Oak PA as the main act.

Ralph

This gig - originally down for 23 June 1973 - and the last in a run of three consecutive nights in PA clubs - must now be listed as "Unknown" due to the emergence of the Chattanooga stub below for the 22nd June.

These three gigs must surely have been either before or after the Chattanooga show...

CultJacket

June 23rd 1973 was a nite club in Jeanette PA, the name I cant remember but I had a friend attend this show as well as the White Oak show.

On the BOC bootleg from Nov 24th 1987 from Pittsburgh PA Eric Bloom talks about the 21-23 June shows. The promoter at the time was Rich Engler and these were the 1st shows he ever booked - he later became our areas biggest promoter until he sold to SFX.

Mike Kolesar

The show in Jeanette blows my mind - is it possible (and I don't have any way to verify this) that it was The Red Rooster, which I thought was actually in Greensburg, PA?

Jeanette is a small town heading east on U.S. Rt. 30 from the McKeesport area to Greensburg, which is a much larger town/city.

In the mid/late 60's The Red Rooster had many national acts, including the Yardbirds (with Jimmy Page), Simon & Garfunkel, and the Blues Magoos.

I don't know how long the club was active and newspaper resources for ads are next to non-existent.

Ralph

I originally had a gig at The White Elephant, White Oak PA listed for this date (see above) - part of a run of three PA club gigs. However, as those were dated competely anecdotally and in the light of a used stub with a date, I've had to re-evaluate the dates given to all three gigs.

Ralph

The pre-show adverts all had Captain Beefheart down on this bill as well as Malo. However, it looks like he didn't play:

Joe Bouchard

No Capt. Beefheart at that show as I recall. He must have canceled...

Albert Bouchard

I think it was just us and Carlos Santana's brother (Malo). Beefheart cancelled...

Ralph

This date was included in the original giglists featured on boc.com.

Bert Gangl

Although BOC and Savoy Brown were sharing tour dates around this time, it appears that BOC was not on the bill at DC's Constitution Hall on Jun 24, 1976.

The evidence for this comes from 25 June 1973 edition of The Washington Post:

A couple of British heavies, Savoy Brown and the Manfred Mann Earth Band, and a local group, Liz Meyer and Friends, played at Constitution Hall last night and the sum total of their efforts was an evening of music that lacked little in variety, quality or loudness.

Ralph

This gig was listed on the original boc.com lists, and, if it took place, it would have signified BOC's first gig in this city (their previously-scheduled Philadelphia gig in 3 November 1972 having been cancelled).

The reason I question its existence is purely down to a review of BOC's 8 August 1973 Philadelphia gig supporting Mott the Hoople which suggests that that was their first appearance in the city.

However, as the reviewer described BOC as "English" I don't hold much faith in what his fact-checking, to be honest...

Ralph

Here's a page with an ad, review and ticket stub for this gig:

Also - here's a link to the Palace Theater giglist on the Rhode Island Rocks site:

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Joel Kolsrud

I've discovered a BOC date not listed in your archives:

Mississippi Valley Music Fair - July 4, 1973, LeClaire Park, Davenport, IA (no newspaper ad) - I'm uncertain who headlined between REO and BOC, although the picture in the newspaper showed REO on stage:

  1. Blue Oyster Cult
  2. REO Speedwagon
  3. Hot Ice
  4. Cactus
  5. Siegel and Schwall
  6. Detroit w/ Rusty Day
  7. Catfish & Crystal
  8. Slaughterhouse
  9. Truth

The event was promoted by Concept Investments Ltd, a local outfit in the Quad Cities area.

Update:
I've found more info on the July 4, 1973 Davenport IA "Mississippi Valley Music Fair" event.

It's from "The Daily Iowan" (Iowa City IA), July 5, 1973 and their review of the show has the order of the bands. Woo Hoo!

Running order (from first to last):

  1. Hot Ice
  2. Slaughterhouse
  3. Catfish and Crystal
  4. Truth
  5. The Band Detroit (also just known as "Detroit")
  6. REO Speedwagon
  7. Siegel and Schwall
  8. Cactus
  9. BLUE OYSTER CULT
Mark R. Fortman

During the summer of 1973, I attended a multi-group-concert at an outdoor venue in the Quad Cities in Iowa, specifically Davenport, Iowa. It was held in an open area right next to the Mississippi River.

I remember getting there the night before, driving on in in my black '65 Corvette coupe with myself and 2 passengers aboard. We stopped not too far from the stage and proceeded to drink the rest of a case of beer.

When I awoke, it was about 140 degrees F in the car with all the windows up and the sun directly overhead baking us. People were right outside the car just looking at us sleeping. When I awoke the people looking at me scared the hell out of me. I woke my 2 friends up and we figured out that we couldn't move the car as it was in the middle of a sea of people, so we just locked her up and moved toward the stage on foot.

I remember BOC, REO Speedwagon, ZZ Top (cancelled, I think) and 1 or 2 others I can't remember. It was on a Sunday, I'm pretty sure.

It was really hot with no shade... My buddy had sandals on and got his feet terribly sunburned. I know that it went down, cause I was there.

That was the only summer I owned the Corvette, so I'm sure of the year, too.

Please try to have this corrected, if you can. I sure wish I could provide more specifics, but alas, I cannot. I will try to find more data on this concert.

Ralph

Well, thanks to Joel, I think we now have a date to pin on this one! Cheers!

Jim Rowland

I would really like to find more info about this concert. I was there, but I was tripping on LSD.

The fairgrounds were cleared with bulldozers the night before the festival... then it rained. The whole area turned into a sea of muddy water with mud pathways twisting through the crowd.

Just before Cactus was scheduled to perform, an announcement was made that the city had cut the power. That was the end of the event.

I think Blue Oyster Cult was scheduled to play after Cactus, but I can't remember for sure. I wish someone had photos from this event.

I had a blast trudging through the puddles. My friend's mother saw me on the news and was not impressed.

Quick Gig Facts
Ralph

I found the following notes about this show on the blog of Peter Cavanaugh, who apparently was the promoter.

Sherwood Forest concerts had continued on a monthly basis in the Spring and our first "Wild Wednesday" was scheduled for June 20th with Michigan bands and "Sugarloaf" of "Green-Eyed Lady" fame.

The second "Wild Wednesday" of 1973 on July 11th offered a special treat. "Blue Oyster Cult" was headlining and had arrived in Flint the prior evening, but REO Speedwagon contacted me the morning of the event and explained a horrid dilemma had arisen. They were in a major bind due to a recording deadline which had not been met and open studio time had become severely limited. I agreed to the cancellation in return for a rescheduled date and because of an outstanding substitution offered by their booking agency.

Joe Walsh had left the James Gang and had just completed his first studio album as a solo artist. He wanted to try his new band and material out without advance advertising at a venue not yet selected. He had been contacted and had agreed that circumstances presented a mutual opportunity.

For many "Wild Wednesday" enthusiasts, the event had become more the attraction than individual bands, as long as music quality was maintained.

The sum was greater than its parts. It seemed half of those in arriving cars would ask our gate-keeper, after buying their admission tickets, "Who's playin'?"

I announced that REO had been unfortunately detained, but had been rescheduled for the following "Wild Wednesday". There were a few murmurs of muffled disappointment, but a great roar of approval went up with my introduction of a "super surprise". Joe Walsh took the stage and premiered his "Barnstorming" album for the first time before a live audience. He closed with an extended, fifteen-minute version of "Rocky Mountain Way" which all present saluted with tumultuous cheering and applause. Such moments were always magic, but darkness lurked on the horizon.

Friday 13 July
45 Release (U.S.): "Hot Rails To Hell" b/w "7 Screaming Diz-Busters" (Columbia 4-45879) single
Ralph

I got this date from one of those "on this date (x number of years ago)" sites.

Is it accurate? Buggered if I know...

Quick Gig Facts
Ralph

If you check out the page detail on the schedule above, you'll see that the original billing for the 16 July show was BOC supported by "Mason Proffit", and if you check out Mike's advert you'll see the featured support is down as Andy Pratt!. However, the review for the show that I've seen says it was the "Brown Sugar/Lady Grinning Soul" herself, Claudia Lennear.

Quick Gig Facts
David Morgan

The show was advertised as "The Festival By The Sea", a bit of Bull*t since the site was not within sight of the sea (a couple of miles away).

Stage was a couple of trailer beds pulled up next to each other. Festival site was the old, abandoned "Pungo Airstrip" a former Navy and then Coast Guard air strip. Site is still in existence today, used by a "hot rod" (auto) club and the current site of the "Pungo Strawberry Festival".

The day of the festival was brutally hot, sunny with high humidity (Typical Tidewater Virginia summer weather).

The festival was poorly organized. The concert goers sat on a concrete runway in the blazing sun all day with no shade available. Hundreds of people were treated for heat exhaustion and assorted drug overdoses.

The performances were generally good considering the conditions. ZZ Top and BOC stole the show. Both acts were largely unknown in Southside VA.

In 1973 BOC's set was excellent if a bit brief (40-50 min.) I recall an announcer (BOC's manager?) informing the crowd that BOC would be unable to perform an encore due to the heat.

Security was over zealous with rented off-duty police, some with guard dogs and a large quantity of undercover narcotics officers who kept busy all day arresting pot smokers.

I'm still searching for more concrete info on this show (date, posters, newspaper articles, etc) If/when I find more info I'll pass it along.

Karen Banks

I was there - just another "hot" fan. This concert changed my life. Was visiting Virginia Beach after the July 4th weekend and ended up with a bunch of partiers. I fell in love - We were smack dab in the middle of everyone.

I went back home to Morgantown, WV - divorced my husband, quit my job, bought a car and moved. I truly think that if we hadn't had that day in the sun - none of the "magic" would have been there. What information can you send me on this concert?

Zelma Cohen

Hey, I was there. I was quite young and had the T-Shirt and poster from that concert for years, but it disappeared only a few years ago.

It was an awesome concert. I can't remember if BOC played that day. I saw them a few times after that, so I'm not sure. It was crazy, hot and lots and lots of drugs everywhere.

I was only 14 and left there alone, saw a couple of OD's and lots of other mind opening experiences.

I do remember Savoy Brown, Sabastian and ZZ Top playing. ZZTOP, I believe was the last show. Lots of pink faces at the end of the day due to the sun.

Regarding the date, it had to of been July 4th of 1973, but will double check with my sister who "dropped me off" there. I was 14 and remember telling everyone I was 16. I'm not sure why I thought that would make a difference. I seem to remember Savoy Brown breaking up briefly not long after that concert, but they got back together the next year.

From what I can see, it appears all of the bands were all over the place in 73, but from what I can tell, they were all in the area of Virginia Beach in July of 1973. Not so in 1972 or 1974.

I also remember it being a time where many of our guys were getting back from Vietnam. The base was full of military GI's getting blasted out of their minds to forget what they just experienced. Sad how history repeats itself.

Ralph

Karen Banks mentioned she was visiting Virginia Beach after the July 4th weekend... now, July 4 was on a Wednesday that year, so I don't know if a "July 4th weekend" would come before or after July 4 if it falls on a weekday... I'd tend to think after... in which case, if she's right, then that'd suggest this gig maybe took place a little bit later than 4 July...

Callen Phillips

I'm 50 years old, at work, feeling nostalgic, and thought I'd search for information on the Pungo Airstrip concert.

I was there and to this day, I remember the heat and sitting on that hot concrete runway. I remember organizers were passing out salt tablets during the concert.

I thought I remembered one of the guitarists for ZZ Top passing out and going face first on the stage, just for a moment. I think ZZ Top was the headliner. They had 3 albums out by then and BOC had one, I think.

We went to see Bloodrock as much as anyone else. The actual date? No idea.

By the way, I was the stoned/drunk guy stumbling around my seating area, stepping onto and crushing everyone's Styrofoam coolers.

David Morgan

The following website - LookAtStubs.com - lists the date of this show as July 21.

Regarding the headliner, I'm pretty sure Savoy Brown was the headliner. ZZ Top performed earlier in the day and Savoy Brown went on stage as the sun was setting. It's possible that ZZ Top was advertised as the headliner, but they went on before Savoy Brown.

Woody

I was there. Me and ALL my party-animal Navy buddies - stoned to the gills - nothing new for us.

I'm sure we "saw" all of you there. We were probably responsible for Karen's post-concert action.

Check out http://www.ussmullinnix.org/1973Music.html - that says it all about me, my friends, and 1973!

Chathamshooter

This show at Pungo Airstrip in Virginia Beach, VA was called "Concert by the Sea" not Festival. I was at this show.

BOC played midway through the festival, either just before or after ZZ Top. As one person wrote, those 2 acts were the highlights of the concert. It was miserably hot. One of ZZ Tops players did pass out. Savoy Brown was the headliner and closed the show.

I love the website. The stories from the Virginia show bought back a lot of good memories. Thanks for letting me share mine.

Sergeant Mac

It was advertised as a mini Woodstock with 9 bands. The headliner was Savoy Brown and they played last. The 9 bands were Black Oak Arkansas, Bloodrock, John Sebastian, BOC, ZZ Top,?,?,?, (can't remember the other 3) and Savoy Brown.

Dusty Hill (Bass) keeled over face first into the stage during one of their jams. Billy and Frank just kept jamming (very professional) and the roadies pulled Dusty behind the cabinets (looked like white Marshall heads and speaker cabinets but had a logo like Oasis or something like that). After a few minutes they got Dusty back up and he went back out front and kept playing. They continued playing for quite a while after.

BOC pulled out some stools and sat on them when they played. Savoy Brown played last and convinced me that Kim Simmonds was the second best slide guitarist that I had seen to that point (Duane Allman being no.1).

I was in the Air Force at the time due to the draft and my draft number being 1. I was stationed at a radar site on the Blue Ridge Parkway just north of Bedford VA.

We left Roanoke VA at 11:00pm Friday night July 20 in a VW micro bus (Loaded with Hippies) and got to Va Beach early Sat. morning (about 5:00am). We were told that the concert was to be right on the sandy beach. They lied.

They had speaker towers on each side of the stage and as the day went on we followed shadows around to get relief from the sun. Several of us had one large blister across our foreheads from that day.

PS: I had a friend who went with us who had a t-shirt for years that had the date and a list of the bands. The t-shirt finally turned back to dust and I can't remember all 9 bands. I'm sure of the ones I listed but I am unsure of the rest. Even with the help of your list on the right, I can't positively say yes to any of the others listed. I do know that Foghat was not there as I was a large Savoy Brown fan and Foghat contained a couple of former Savoy Brown band mates. I would have loved to see them at the same concert.

David Morgan

Regarding Sergeant Mac's note: I am positive that Black Oak Arkansas was NOT on the bill. Everything else he states seems to follow my recollections of the event.

I do remember Dusty Hill passing out on stage; face down in his ten gallon cowboy hat.

Ralph

Sam Judd tells of another ZZ Top gig with BOC (29 June 1975) where Dusty Hill again hit the deck!! Was this a regular thing with this guy or was it just BOC gigs he had a problem with?

The NEF_arious N2

July 21, 73, Pungo, Va - I was there it was wicked hot!

BOC and ZZ Top are the only ones I remember, been a fan of both ever since. (actually ended up dating Donald (Buck Dharma) Roeser' brother-in-law in CA years later and got to meet them all at a concert with Ted Nugent, AC/DC and others in Oakland Stadium in '78)

Guitarist for ZZ Top did pass out from heat because they kept playing encores for the crowd waiting for the headliners who were really late.

I see from the posts it was Savoy Brown I don't remember them, but hey, it's amazing I remembered this much...

Ralph

Thanks to Ron Fritts sending the above review, I now know this gig indeed took place on 21 July 1973 and that the eight bands on the bill were:

Bob Mutascio

I was at this concert. Blue Oyster Cult opened for Aerosmith, and though I don't remember much about this show, I do remember that BOC did one of the most amazing percussion songs I ever heard, where everyone in the band was up front on the stage, playing some kind of drum. It was momentous.

Sorry I can't remember more, but I was on mescaline at the time.

Peter Detmold

On July 28th, 1973 at Suffolk Downs in Boston, despite what one concertgoer recalls, (he WAS admittedly on mescaline,.....) Aerosmith was not on the bill and did not play.

I was there (and drug free). BOC played the middle slot between the Alessi Brothers, (maybe billed as Barnaby Bye?) who opened the show, and Savoy Brown who headlined.

I wouldn't have been there except Savoy Brown was playing and I followed them around back then.

I was also at the Palace Theater Show in Providence the previous month - you've got that one right - David Blue, BOC and Savoy Brown.

Bobby Alessi

Yes, that was Barnaby Bye opening that show. I remember it well.

While we were in town we were taken to some of the better recording studios in Boston to see if we had any interest in doing some recording there. It was then that we met Michael Kamen for the first time.

I also remember it was a beautiful summer day and the race way was packed. We opened with "She Was Pleased" We were also trying some new Ovation acoustic/electric guitars (the ones with the round plastic backs.)

I remember we kept getting a feed back problem with them but the show was fun for us. It's always fun playing for a big crowd.

Ralph

I originally had been given anecdotal evidence of a 1972 BOC gig at the Illiana Speedway, Schererville, Indiana, but it now seems pretty certain that this gig indeed took place in 1973.

James Harding

I was at the Illiana Speedway gig, which was in Schereville, Indiana. The only info I can add is that it was M.C.'d/"Hosted" by Bob "The Bear" Hite from Canned Heat, who were in town to do a gig at the Sherwood Club in Schereville.

I have ZERO recollection of the exact date or any other bands that were on the bill... and I'd LOVE to find out. There was only one event of this kind, ever, at the Illiana Speedway. (I lived only a few miles away from it).

I remember there were quite a few bands on the bill... enough to keep the music going through the day and into the evening. I think they were mostly local groups from the Northwest Indiana area. BOC was the headline act. I don't recall the date, but it WAS in the summer (I remember that the weather was nice and warm for sitting outside and getting "baked", as it were.

Schererville was a rather small, undeveloped town at that time, and were VERY few "venues" at which to play. In fact, Illiana Speedway and the Sherwood Club were about the only venues at the time that COULD or WOULD host rock bands.

The closest other venue in Northwest Indiana would have been the Hammond Civic Center in Hammond, Indiana (midway between Schererville and Chicago). LOTS and LOTS of big-name rock bands appeared there during this period.

Tom Mulhern

I was definitely at the Illiana Speedway gig and the date was on July 29, 1973. I remember its date exactly because (1) I was with my new girlfriend who I started dating two weeks earlier (we've since married), and (2) it was a good friend's birthday. He was supposed to meet us there, but flipped his van on the way to the show and didn't get to see it. Nobody was hurt, luckily.

Anyway, the date is ingrained as July 29, 1973, and I also recall it was, oddly, on a Sunday (which matches a calendar I looked up online).

BOC didn't come on until about 1AM (making it early on the 30th). Before them were the Mike Quattro Band. Earlier bands are hard for me to remember, although Son of Cactus was one of them. The others were third-tier or breaking bands. BOC was definitely the headliner for that festival, which lasted all of one day.

I don't think they issued ticket stubs. It was a pretty loose event...pay your admission and go in. If there were any flyers, I never saw them, and I'm virtually certain there were no handbills.

I believe I found out about the gig from Hegewisch Records, which was an off-the-mainstream shop on the southern edge of Chicago. They used to get bands like Wishbone Ash to do in-store promos, and it was the cool place to buy records, especially imports.

Ralph

OK - I originally had this gig down as:

Then I got the following email with very opposing info for a gig on this date:

Mary Stewart

I seem to remember that on or about Aug 03, 1973 that BOC played the Charlotte Coliseum in Charlotte, NC in support of J. Geils Band. I was definitely there in person sometime late in the summer.

It's very vivid to me because it would have been my first ever BOC concert, and hugely anticipated at the time.

Ralph

I have no reason to doubt that this Tucson gig didn't take place on this date - despite the above email, which itself goes from the very specific (3rd Aug) to the rather vague "sometime late in the summer"...

As usual, if anyone has info on either gig, either Tucson or Charlotte, please let me know...

Sport

8/3/73 BOC warmed the J. Geils band up in Charlotte NC @ the Coliseum. Mary Stewart confirms this also. No way are [we] I wrong.

I remember them all soloing during Diz Busters like the 3rd song thinking whats up with this.

Ralph

OK - that's a couple of votes now designating 3rd Aug as Charlotte Coliseum in support of the J. Geils Band, and not Tucson after all...

My original thoughts were that a Charlotte gig on this date would be a bit of a surprise as BOC were - supposedly - touring the AZ/TX/CO area at the time - and NC is a fair distance away from that region...

Now, clearly BOC did play Charlotte supporting J. Geils around this time - I just need to pin the date for sure to 3rd August, if that's what it was, so obviously I'd appreciate hearing from anyone with any more info on this Charlotte gig...

Or the possibly mythical Tucson gig also!! :-)

Sport

Here's the stub from that J. Geils Band gig at Charlotte Coliseum that shows the date was 3rd Aug...

Keith McGee

I was at the august 73 show in charlotte. The opening band was Brownsville Station, then BOC, then J Geils Band.

Ralph

OK - I give in - Charlotte it is, then...

Joe Schafbuch

My second concert ever. Zeppelin played the Coliseum earlier in the year (my first).

Savoy Brown opened, followed by BOC, followed by the headliner ZZ Top.

Nice site.

Bolle Gregmar

73-07-08: Alpine Arena, Pittsburgh PA Setlist:

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. O.D.'d On Life Itself
  3. Screams
  4. Seven Screaming Diz-Busters
  5. Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll
  6. It's Not Easy

Another opening slot...still a full 60 minutes for these 6 songs...

Scott Kay

Only BOC show I ever made. Don't recall the set list, but I remember the curtain call was a killer version of Steppenwolf's 'Born to Be Wild'.

I remember great versions of Hot Rails to Hell and Cities on Flame with Rock & Roll.

Ralph

Was this BOC's first ever gig in this city?

The reason I ask is the reviewer in the above article says it is, but I already have a 28 June 1973 Philadelphia gig listed above, so I'm obviously looking for confirmation one way or the other...

However, as the reviewer described BOC as "English visitors" and said they played a song called "Strings", my opinion is that his fact-checking wasn't of the highest order...

Randy Burke

Thanks for the BOC site. I went there searching for the concert where I saw them for the first time. It was Thursday, August 9, 1973, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. The location was the Dixie Classic Fairgrounds. I'm fairly sure the other bands were local bands.

This was part of the "Strawberry Fields" concert series held in the summer from 1972 to 1975. The stage was outside under a shelter. There was a huge open air grassy area to gather around the stage. Lots of kids attended, mostly 14 to 20 years old.

I know the lineup was the same 5 as the night before in Philadelphia. I certainly CAN'T remember the song list, but if you put this date on the site, some other fans at the concert might be able to contribute something.

Ralph

This date was included in the original giglists featured on boc.com.

Bert Gangl

As it turns out, BOC did not play the Hollywood Palladium on Aug 11, 1973 - although they did play on Sep 14 of that year.

According to multiple sources, including the Aug 06, 1973, issue of the Los Angeles Times, the Aug 11 show featured Lee Michaels, Freddie King and Bonnie Bramlett.

Phil Gammage

I went to this show at what is now known as Robertson Stadium on the University of Houston campus. BOC did not perform. I was a big fan then and would remember.

I saw them live for the first time at Houston's Music Hall a couple of years later.

ZZ, Savoy Brown, Wishbone Ash did perform. So did Willie Nelson... but there was no BOC.

Ralph

Hmmm... that's curious: that makes two - consecutive - cancelled gigs for BOC...

I wonder what happened...?

Ralph

OK - those two pseudo-psychedelic posters on the end above first appeared on eBay in May 2008 and are clearly not originals.

Also - they both also contain the same spelling mistake and whereas the original gig was a "Daydream Production" - according to these two posters, it's "Another Daydream Production".

I've seen a bit of a disturbing trend appearing on eBay lately of non-original posters - and you really have to examine the accompanying text to find out that they're just "recreations".

Watch out for them...

Anyway - those so-called "posters" claim the Dolls were also on the bill but the above ads and review clearly show that this wasn't the case.

Greg Biggs

I was at this show. It was an outdoors venue next to the University of Tampa where I went to college for a time.

I recall that at the end of Cactus' set, Mike Pinera, who had been in the later version of Iron Butterfly and before that Blues Image ("Ride Captain Ride"), and was now with Cactus, invited BOC to come out and jam.

Pinera was always doing that with bands they played with. Buck and Eric came out I know, but I forget if Alan did or not.

I met BOC afterwards and told them that I had paid $75 for a copy of the BOC live promo album. I later met them in 1975 when I saw them again while living in Atlanta (might have been 1976).

Jim Bays

I had noted that you didn't have it on there, yet there is a Tampa show in about the same time frame.

I will need to work on the dates... I have no records such as ticket stubs etc. But I do remember that it was at the Hollywood "Sportatorium" and the line-up order was:

  1. Spirit (w/Randy California!) opening
  2. Bachman-Turner Overdrive
  3. BOC
  4. Focus headlined

I remember BOC playing Hot Rails to Hell with Joe on vocals, Cities on Flame with Eric bashing the symbols with a chain and Eric, Albert and Buck playing drums at one point, and Me 262 with the 5 guitars with Albert

If BOC played Tampa on Saturday Aug 18, as indicated on your site, then it would follow they played Hollywood the day before or after.

Ralph

I've managed to pin a date to this show thanks to seeing a review of this gig in The Miami News dated Thursday 30 Aug 1973. This refers to the "Saturday night show at the Sportatorium". The previous Saturday was the 25th, thus the gig took place on 25 Aug 1973...

Larry Mandel

I was at this concert. I was much younger then. I grew up on Miami Beach and went to many of these concerts. The Sportatorium was a very large venue out in what was then the middle of nowhere.

Tickets were very cheap. I could not afford much in those days but everything was accessible as far as price.

There were not many people at this concert. Focus did a great set and BTO was really just getting started. BOC blew the house away and I remember them coming on stage on motorcycles in leather and chains.

This was all pre-Don't Fear the Reaper times when they sort of sold out. My favorites were (are?) The Red and the Black and Quicklime Girl (the Mistress of the Salmon Salt .. whatever) Great stuff.

Tom Schuster

I wasnt able to make it to this show as my family had just moved to marietta about 3 weeks before but i can still vividly remember the radio spots for it cause it started out with a healthy chunk of Hot rails to Hell.

What a drag it was being 14 in a new town and no idea were anything was or anyone i could yet call a friend since i had a few weeks to go before i started the 10th grade after moving from wichita kansas where i saw boc open for Alice Cooper on the Billion dollar babies tour.

I was bummed but that was about the only boc show i missed after moving to the atlanta area... woot

I later met most of the members of Mose Jones in social situations (partys lol) and what a great bunch of guys they were. great musicians too.

Ralph

I have another Spivey gig listed for 23 Sept - can BOC have played both of them?

Or - and this seems more likely - was this gig cancelled and the September one went ahead...?

Quick Gig Facts
Ralph

I only know about the existence of this gig thanks to a number of adverts in "The Indianapolis Star" (on Aug 18, Aug 19, Aug 26 and Sept 2).

In the earlier adverts, the band line-up list included "Muddy Waters / Good God". These entries were missing from the final advert on the day of the show, so presumably they didn't play.

Ralph

I only know about the existence of this gig thanks to a flyer provided by Tom Chambers...

Tom Chambers

I remember Buck was playing his white SG at this gig. Kalamazoo Ice Arena hosted several concerts before Wings (hockey) Stadium was built. Maybe 2000 people at this one.

Bolle Gregmar

Here's a setlist I know you don't have:

73-09-05 Michigan, Grand Rapids, (Don't recall the venue)

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. O.D.'d On Life Itself
  3. Harvester Of Eyes
  4. Hot Rails To Hell
  5. Screams
  6. Buck's Boogie
  7. Workshop Of The Telescopes
  8. Cities On Flame With Rock & Roll
  9. It's Not Easy
  10. Mommy
  11. Born To Be Wild

Kool ass show.... ;-)

Ralph

Did they really play Mommy live?

Bolle Gregmar

Oh yeah, they performed Mommy about a dozen or so times, it was rejected during the recordings of Tyranny & Mutation along with Buck's Boogie, and they never actually put any vocals on the Mommy track back then.... the version you have on the remaster is a new vocal track by Bloom...

Mommy and Born to be Wild were the encores of that show... sorry I forgot you need that added info...

Also, That was the Late Show, they did two sets that night, probably the same songs... who knows?

Ralph

I'm indebted to Ron Fritts for sending me a copy of the above advert.

Does anyone know if this actually took place, though? Blue Oyster Cult in front of a Sly and the Family Stone audience? Can't have ended well...

Joe Bouchard

I remember that Sly gig very well, since I was a big fan. I think BOC did okay opening the show. Polite applause.

Then we waited and waited. Long set change. Sly's band starts playing. No Sly. Is he going to show?

He finally comes on stage and they go into some jam number. I guess he played a few hits, but I got a weird vibe that there could be a riot and Sly would walk off stage. But he stayed to the end and the show ended without incident.

I hear Sly has hit hard times these days. Living in a RV in someone's yard. Too bad.

Stealthtip

The show was in California at the Hollywood Palladium and the actual date was September 14, 1973. I still have the ticket stub! There were four bands in all, opener - Orphan, then BOC, then Joe Walsh, then Mott the Hoople

BOC played 7 or 8 tunes that evening - maybe 45 minutes max.

I believe they played all of side one from Tyranny and Mvtation along with COF, Before the Kiss, A Redcap, either Workshops or Transmaniacon(???) and a rolling stones cover of It's Not Easy. This would be very close to the actual set-list that night.

As for Mott the Hoople - Mick Ralphs had just left the band prior to that gig and lots of people were shouting where's Mick during the show that evening. He had just been replaced by very short notice with one Aerial Bender on guitar.

Steve Weidemann

My first Mott the Hoople concert was at the Hollywood Palladium, August 1973. Opening acts were Cactus (I think), Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, and Blue Oyster Cult.

No seats resulted in "festival standing". Enjoyed the hell out of the night! Bummer of the night was that someone tried to break into my Vega.

Metal Mike Saunders

FEW GROUPS in recent memory have had as successful a California debut performance as Blue Oyster Cult's here this September. Third-billed to Joe Walsh and Mott the Hoople, BOC stole the show musically and elicited an extremely enthusiastic crowd response that was equal to that for the two more popular groups.

The surprising thing is, the crowd was with the Cult from the start. Yells for Manny Bloom and specific Cult songs filled the air. Astute as you'd expect them to be, BOC's set list answered with the first three cuts from Tyranny And Mutation and the crowd was on their feet from the start.

Visually, the group's focal point was Manny Bloom (the guy with the frizzy hair, glasses, and greaser black leather), strutting around the stage with his red Gibson SG like a John Kay Honcho - totally jive but totally alive. The Cult's stage act is impeccably professional, flowing from one highlight to another without a letup, essentially the same stage presentation (although with different material) that the group spent two months in seclusion working up in early 1971.

Highlights of the Oyster Cult's 45-minute set included the thunderous 'Cities On Flame', 'Buck's Boogie', and an extended rendition of the Stones' 'It's Not Easy' replete with quotes from 'Born In Chicago', 'Land Of A Thousand Dances', and 'Walking The Dog'. Not since the Flamin' Groovies has a group walked the dog, much less their guitars across stage! 'Born To Be Wild' was the encore as usual, Manny Bloom and Buck Dharma crossing their guitars above their heads in a sonic blitzkrieg. The music rumbled on, Alan Lanier's skill on rhythm guitar making the Cult one of the few groups around with an awesome four guitar lineup (drummer Albert Bouchard also plays guitar) when they want it.

No doubt about it, Blue Oyster Cult slayed the crowd as well as this fan, and Joe Walsh's interminable 60-minute Grand-Funk-gone-bad tuneup jam and Mott The Hoople's vaguely disappointing set of English arrogance (lots of fans upfront yelling "where's Mick?" at Ariel Bender's fucked up guitar playing) were pretty much an anticlimax (although Mott finally drew big response towards the end of their set and several of the editors of this magazine insist they were great).

With a live show this impressive, it seems highly possible that Blue Oyster Cult will break big within the next year or two, joining the handful of fellow heavy metal groups at the top of the charts. BOC have had good success so far, selling over 100,000 with both albums already, but potentially they have the ingredients to go far beyond that, all the way to solid gold.

Asked for the reasons and the roots behind the Blue Oyster Cult's brand of metal mania, manager Sandy Pearlman (who is to the BOC something of what Andrew Loog Oldham was to the Stones) summed it up succinctly: "A technical attitude from the Yardbirds, and Ideas from the Doors". That's a pretty cerebral combination, probably the reason for an extreme musical calculation that is BOC's one major shortcoming, but otherwise it works out just fine. R. Meltzer wasn't in California, and hence unavailable for comment on Mr. Pearlman's analysis ("It was a good gig - just like Chicago!"), but I have the feeling he'd agree. This group looks like a big one.

Ralph

"It was a good gig - just like Chicago!"??!!

That would seem to indicate that I'm missing a Chicago gig from this adjacent time-frame... obviously, they played there back in January, but Sandy Pearlman would seem to be referring to a gig a bit closer to September than that with such a comment...

If you saw BOC in Chicago around this time, please let me know...

Ralph

The 5 Sept 1973 edition of the Ann Arbor Sun lists the following upcoming show:

However, the 24 Sept 1973 edition explained that the gig- as well as all others booked at the Eastown Theatre for September - never took place as the powers that be succeeeded in shutting the place down. Young folk having fun - can't be allowing that sort of thing to go on...

Quick Gig Facts
Ralph

This date is confirmed by the Capitol Giglist on Moyssi's website.

R Tagliabue

This was my first concert... still have the ticket stub... row F... seat 7... orchestra,left... the price was $6.00.....

Saw B.O.C. several times more at the Capitol, including a show when Kiss opened in April of 1974. Was reminiscing about the Capitol earlier today and was surfing the web looking for lists of old shows. That's how I stumbled upon your site.

Ralph

Mick Parker of sladestory.blogspot.com has kindly sent me the text from the above "Village Voice" clipping:

"CROSSTOWN TRAFFIC: Saw Slade and the Blue Oyster Cult a couple of weeks ago at the Capitol Theatre. Passaic's answer to the Academy of Music.

The Cult blew Slade, the headliners, right off the stage. After they'd ripped through "The Red and the Black," "Seven Screaming Diz Busters," "Buck's Boogie" (incidentally, the long rumoured live version is now available on a Columbia sampler titled "the Guitars that Destroyed the World"), and "It's Not Easy," the audience nearly tore the place down until the BOC encored with that great '60s punk anthem, "Born to Be Wild."

After that Slade didn't have a chance and they blew whatever momentum they might have built up with absurd audience participation interludes in every song. It may work in England, where they're so idolized, they usually can't hear themselves for all the screaming, but when the audience isn't as fanatically inclined, it sounds as silly and lame as it looks."

Dan Nooger: "The Village Voice" - 4th October 1973

Mick also sent me this eye-witness response to the above review:

That was one man's opinion. If you were there, you would have had the time of your life, like we did.

Robert Christgau, the main music critic for The Village Voice, liked Slade. He has said that when he looks at books or documentaries about Rock; he judges there validity by whether Slade are included.

In fairness to Dan Nooger, who wrote that review, he probably didn't know that the group were helping Powell take baby-steps through their first gig of the tour.

For instance, Don's accident wasn't reported until the October publication of Circus magazine.

Being one of a small army of New York Slade fans, we knew Slade were worth travelling for. Slade gigs were not a regular thing in America and I'd been too drunk at my 1972 gig so I was looking forward to Slade's opening night at the Capitol Theatre .

I've never really been a fan of BOC, but they played a decent set. There was a very long delay between BOC and Slade, but after an hour or so the lights went down and The Boyz hit the stage, what the critic didn't say was that the audience was on its feet from start to finish.

Also I should point out, because everybody was there to see Slade, no one had any kind of problem, clapping and singing along with Noddy, who had the entire room eating out of his hand. Everyone was there to have fun, and we had it in spades!

Martin Cummins

Don't forget to check out Mick's great Slade blog here:

Ralph

Thanks go to Ron Fritts for sending me the text below:

Preview

...Two weekends of concerts at LAKE SPIVEY:

  • SEPT 16 Sweet Water Presents Wet Willie, Freddie King, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and four other great bands;
  • SEPT 23 Sweet Water Presents Blue Oyster Cult, Nazareth and four other great bands - plus skydivers on both dates.

"CULT" at LAKE SPIVEY: One of the last blasts of summer will be at Lake Spivey, September 23 with Blue Oyster Cult providing some "tyranny & mutation."

If you like New York heavy metal, the BOC wants you! A hardcore, underground band that has been around quite some time is finally acquiring some of the recognition that is long overdue.

Referred to by some as a critic's band because they receive a good amount of serious consideration in press in rock magazines, although less popular consideration might have some truth I am sure, but only because someone/somewhere in the line of duty is blowing it and it ain't the band!!

Also the aura around this band, as that of many (of the few we have) heavy metal bands is so abstract and intricate, but so much on the line one can't help but be a BOC groupie.

Their personal intensity reflects life in New York City and not some distant nirvana and in turn transfuses into their music.

Being underground for so long you know the pressure is on, but rather than dissolve you can bet they thrive.

Donald Roeser, main man appearing in snow white, provides some of the finest penetrating lead guitar licks to lie in your ears.

The rest of the band, usually in black leather and chains, consists of Eric Bloom, vocals, Alan Lanier, keyboards and rhythm guitar, Joe Bouchard, bass, and Albert Bouchard, drums.

Collectively they project a very visual unified profound sound guaranteed to make the trip to Lake Spivey worthwhile.

Ralph

This is an odd one - I have another Spivey gig listed for 26 August which is less than a month earlier - can BOC really have played both of them?

In all likelihood, the August one was cancelled and only this one went ahead...

Does anybody out there know for sure either way?

Mark Hodge

I was checking some old ticket stubs and I have found a BOC date not listed on the gig list.

On October 4, 1973, Uriah Heep played a concert in Tulsa, OK with Tucky Buzzard. Blue Oyster Cult was billed or announced as a surprise guest and played that night.

Five of us went to the concert that night, we drove from Arkansas, and all five of us can concur that BOC was there.

I remember that before the show they would only say a special guest band would be performing. When they announced that the special guest band was BOC, the place exploded.

I don't remember the set list, I think I was still in shock. But they just absolutely blew Tucky Buzzard away, which makes me think that they came on after TB. Most of us had never heard of TB anyway. So to have BOC there was an absolute thrill.

I tried to look up the Tulsa World archives but they charge to utilize it. I'm sure there must be a write-up about the show in the music section.

Anyway, that is what I know. Hope it helps.

Ralph

Thanks Mark. For now, until I hear differently, I've put BOC down as 2nd on the bill, seeing as how they were billed as "surprise guests"...

Ralph

This gig for BOC at least seems to be a sort of make-up gig for them on account of their 9th June Academy gig having been cancelled.

The first ad above clearly shows it was a Slade gig first and foremost, and the ad ran for three weeks in the Village Voice until BOC found themselves added as a special guest in the 6 Sep 1973 issue (see second ad).

From what I can tell, Slade were actually at The Academy for two nights (5th and 6th October) - they're certainly listed as such in Mick Parker's excellent Slade blog, sladestory.blogspot.com, yet I could find no mention of this so far as the ads went in the Village Voice - just the one gig with BOC is mentioned on the 6th.

This leads me to the third ad above, a full page advert which appeared in the 4 Oct 1973 issue of the Voice, which not only doesn't mention Slade, it says BOC were playing The Academy on the 5th and 6th October!

Anyway - I'm reasonably sure that BOC only played the 6th October gig.

BTW: all these images come from a great blog called "It's all the Streets you Crossed", which is dedicated to documenting NYC's rock'n'roll heritage:

"Slade, Hard-Driving British Rock Quartet, Arrives: Slade certainly works hard enough. The British rock quartet appeared Saturday night at the Academy of Music, on 14th Street, as part of another tour in which it will try to approximate its home-country success.

In Britain, Slade is the unquestioned number one among the younger bands. In this country, audiences and the record-buying-public are respectful enough, but there's no hysteria, nothing really special in their response.

At Saturday's early show, Slade bounded on to the stage and tore through a 70 minute set full of it's characteristically straight-ahead, basic rock 'n' roll music. Bu it never really coalesced into anymore than a pretty good concert. Noddy Holder, the lead singer, seems addicted to hectoring attempts to get his audiences clapping and singing along; the effect is more daunting than enlivening. If anybody could figure out the formula for guaranteed success in both Britain and America, the riches of the rock world would be his.

Blue Oyster Cult (or, more accurately, oyster) opened the show with a slightly self-conscious evocation of diabolical rebellion that still managed to produce some effectively, driving, brooding music-making.

John Rockwell: "New York Times" - Monday 8 October 1973

Bolle Gregmar

73-10-06: Academy Of Music, New York Setlist:

  1. Red & Black
  2. O.D'd
  3. Mistress
  4. Hot Rails
  5. Diz
  6. Cities
  7. Maserati
  8. Born

On Your Feet Material :-)

Definitely an incomplete tape as some of these titles I only have the beginning and or ending of... still that's a hint at what went down that night...

Chris Baker

We're within a month of the 40th Anniversary BOC show, and today [6 October 2012] is the 39th anniversary of my exposure to the band. Below is what I posted on the AOL BOC board on the 25th anniversary.

Subject: 25 years, 5/8 of my life
Date: Tue, Oct 6, 1998 21:26 EDT
From: Chris Baker

I realized that today marks the 25th anniversary of the first live rock and roll I ever experienced, BOC at NYC's Academy of Music. I walked in a fan of headliner Slade, largely on the basis of their live album; I had never heard a single BOC track.

The first thing I noticed upon entering was the number of people wearing BOC shirts, plus a lot of home-made Cult symbols on denim jackets, etc. I hadn't given much thought to the openers before seeing all of this - I was dimly aware that they were on their home turf, but clearly the following they had was pretty fanatical; the Cult-identified audience members seemed pretty amped up. (I remember a [Rolling Stone?] review of the band's New Year's show at this venue that likened the ticket-holders' line to kids who "looked like they just shot their way out of a concentration camp").

Another phrase I recall from that piece: the band opening their set "as though shot from a cannon". It's interesting to read reviews from that era and see writers struggling to come up with apt analogies for what in retrospect was clearly a premeditated, unprovoked and unprecedentedly vicious assault on the senses. The band opened up with "The Red and the Black", although of course I didn't know its name (and certainly didn't glean it from the lyrics); all I knew was that my ribs were vibrating like tuning forks in lockstep to some kind of hyperventilating boogie-riff-gone-psychotic and it felt as though I'd stuck my head into a windtunnel during a test of a prototype multipercussive jet engine.

Evil? This was beyond evil; this was distilled essence of metallic propulsion, jacked to the maximum, shorn of all sentiment, emotion, or reason, and delivered in interlocking / overlapping jackhammer tempos that imploded on themselves in a shrieking black maelstrom of corrosive rage and inhuman ferocity. This ex-altar boy had been waiting all his life for something that sounded like this, and just hadn't known it!

All the clothes and instruments were black and white, it was as though the unholy wedding of velocity and earshredding volume washing offstage had sucked the optical spectrum dry, bled it of color Everyone was in leather except the guitarist, who just stood there, eyes focused out beyond the lighting rigs on...Mars? Saturn? Who knew? But from the absurdly fast clip at which his hands and fingers moved, it was clear that he had at least temporarily given over control of his human husk to some advanced and sonically-hostile lifeform.

Bolle Gregmar claims that this show provided the line about the whip that ended up on On Your Feet... I don't think he's correct, I don't believe that the band was recording for that album 18 months before its release. They played this same venue almost exactly a year later, which I find more likely. However I do remember Albert Bouchard's rap from behind the drum kit at one point:

"So I'm driving along and I pick up this guy hitch-hiking...he sees the BOC sign on the dashboard and he says "Hey man, are you into the Cult?". I said, "I'm not just into them, man, I'm in them...I'm the drummer!" He says, "Far out, man!" ... Then I asked him "So how does our music make you feel? Does it make you feel good?...Or does it make you feel bad?"

He thinks a minute and says, "Well, it don't make me feel good ... but then again, it don't make me feel bad...

You know how it makes me feel?

...it makes me feel...(strange chuckle)
...it makes me feel....(ominous low laugh)
...it makes me feel...(certifiably insane cackle)
...IT MAKES ME FEEL.... EVILLLLLLL!!!!"

And that's my introduction to "Cities on Flame". I can no longer remember how many days it took before the ringing left my ears...it was more than a couple, though, and I'd bought "Tyranny and Mutation" before they cleared up completely. And I managed to get to another three shows in the six months after this. I remember there was always one thing I told people about the band's performances: "they don't make any mistakes". Which wasn't true, of course, but the point is that I believed it was: such was the brutal efficiency of the bandss presentation and the high-wire audacity of their split-second sonic changeups.

Thanks to all the current and past band members, who are responsible for a slew of the best live performances and studio recordings I have ever heard; and to all the other fans who have shared my enthusiasm over the years. I promise to write something shorter in 2023 :-)

Chris Baker

Two contemporary comments about my reaction to this show: hard to stress enough how shocked I was at the volume, which seemed like a physical force; I distinctly remember thinking "is it LEGAL to play this loud at an audience?". Of course a lot of that was never having seen a band live - but I think BOC were unusually extreme. I felt like I could hear everything, though, which hasn't been the case with frustratingly poor sound at a lot of shows over the years.

The other was my friend and I talking about how the band didn't seem to have a "leader" - Eric and Buck were obvious focal points, but Albert was too, doing a lot of scene-stealing stuff behind the drum kit (sending sticks repeatedly flying high into the air, etc.)

Seeing the band four months later - as they previewed "Secret Treaties" tunes on a bill with a self-immolating Iggy and the Stooges, and the Dictators in their second professional show - was the greatest night of rock and roll I've ever experienced. But this show was a close second.

Albert Bouchard

Wow. What a good intro to cities! I'd forgotten all about that one.

Of course, that was back in the days when everybody hitched. From when I left home to when I got a car of my own, a period of almost 5 years, that was my main means of getting around.

Cool. Thanks Chris.

Ralph

This gig was confirmed as an Extensions of Man concert promotion here:

Quick Gig Facts
Ralph

Every tape I've heard of this broadcast cuts off in the middle of "It Ain't Easy" ... has anybody got one that doesn't?

Ralph

I only know of this gig thanks to the above ad from the 24 Sept 1973 edition of the Ann Arbor Sun...

Greg

This show did indeed happen on October 11, 1973 at the Minneapolis Auditorium. BOC opened for Fleetwood Mac.

From a review in the October 19, 1973 Minnesota Daily.

Zenman

Tyranny & Mutation tour, October, 1973, warming up for Savoy Brown. White suit and white SG times, first time I had even heard of them...

I immediately went out the next day to purchase T&M, and very quickly returned to the record store ("Autumn Stone" great name for a record store/head shop!) to pick up the first album too.

Ralph

Can anyone confirm the actual date of this show?

Paul Dorsey

The line-up for this gig was Aerosmith opening the show, BOC following them, and then Mott

At the time we figured Aerosmith were just another Boston band, and I decided that night they were another poor-man's-Stones outfit -- and never changed my mind.

The Hoople, on the other hand, had a big impression on me and I was an even bigger fan of Ian Hunter when he went solo.

This show is also listed on my concert blog:

Bob Allen

I was at the October 19, 1973 BOC concert in La Crosse, WI. I don't remember who the opening band or bands were.

Two good friends were there with me (Greg Olsen and Peter Blakis). I will ask them both if they recall anything about the gig.

Greg has a nearly photographic memory, and can sing the whole song if you give him a line from lots of rock songs.

I do remember Peter complimenting the the person at the sound and lights mixer about how crisp the percussion sounds were and how good the overall sound was.

So many bands back then nearly blew your ears out with loud distorted noise.

Deborah Arentz

I was just 14 and this was my first rock concert of many. I remember well that Cactus and Spirit were the opening bands. Great time.

Bill Bouchard

I am looking for the date of a BOC concert that for me was pretty unique. It was at the Prince George's Community College gymnasium in Maryland where BOC opened for Iggy Pop. I had moved to Maryland in November 1973, so it had to be after then.

I vividly remember being with my brothers in the locker rooms when they worked out the ending of one of their songs. They performed great. I was impressed despite having grown up with them playing in our barn as the Regal Tones.

I was totally blown away by Iggy Pop, not for his music, but by his performance. He seemed like he was from another planet. It was my first and only time I saw Iggy, and he was quite a sight walking through the gym with the audience just sitting on the floor staring up at him.

Any information you can dig up on this would be appreciated. My brothers don't seem to remember this gig, probably because it was such a small and for them forgettable experience.

You do list all the big gigs where I was able to see them, but because of Iggy, this one is the most memorable one for me.

Ralph

I had previously heard of the existance of this gig but had had no luck in pinning a date on it until I read the following in "The Dictators Story" by John Holmstrom and Mark Rosenthal:

In November they played their first professional show opening for Iggy and the Stooges and Blue Oyster Cult at the Prince George Community College in Maryland. The Dictators are Adny, Scott, Ross and Stu Boy.

This November gig was also confirmed here:

So November is the best I can do for now, until I can narrow it down a bit more.

One thing - you mentioned that Iggy headlined this gig - I don't know why, but I'd always assumed Iggy opened for BOC - for example - check this advert out for a Port Chester gig three months later:

BOC definitely headlined that one so I'd assumed BOC were the bigger draw at the time - especially in the NE. So can you definitely confirm for me that Iggy did in fact headline the MD gig you saw?

By the way - was this your first time seeing BOC then? And - did you ever see any of their earlier SWU/SFG gigs?

Incidentally - David Ramage, who once shared a band-house with BOC in the early days, has posted a couple of backstage photos from this gig on his "lightpainter" Flickr page here:

Bill Bouchard

My memory is not clear on who headlined that show. It seems to me that I remember seeing BOC play before Iggy and the Stooges. The crowd was definitely into BOC, but much less boisterous with Iggy. Like much of the crowd, I stood there with my mouth open wondering what Iggy would do next.

I would say that mid to late November 1973 may be about right, since I moved to Maryland very early that month and it was probably my first trip around the Capital Beltway. I didn't know anyone in the area so I went alone.

The pictures you mention seem spot-on to how I remember it including the clothes that Albert, Joe, and Iggy were wearing. Even the background with used florescent bulbs in the trash seem right.

I wouldn't have had any record of it and never saw a poster since my brothers just called me up, told me where they would be, and I showed up at the back door where someone would check my ID and let me in.

This was probably my first official BOC gig - I had seen BOC rehearsing several times around that timeframe so it never seemed like a big deal, but the difference between a rehearsal and a full-up concert was impressive.

When they played the Capital Center a couple time in the following couple years with laser light shows, it was easy to see how they developed such a following.

I never saw the Soft White Underbelly play, but Albert had brought home tapes every once in awhile so I knew what they were doing.

The oldest memories of my brothers playing were when they were in high school playing in the Regal Tones especially at my dad's farm in our converted barn.

Albert and Joe frequently reminisce about those barn dances as being the start of their careers, but after they had gone off to college, my high school band played one dance at the barn, and so many kids showed up that my dad said no more.

I doubt that my high school band was better than the Regal Tones, but the kids in town had heard from their older siblings about going to the Bouchard dances, so we easily had a bigger crowd than they did. Neither my bandmates nor I made a career in music.

Ralph

Helpfully, Dictator Scott Kempner has at least let me know who headlined...

Scott Kempner

No idea what the specific date was. I have no flyers or memorabilia of this gig.

I do remember that before the show, backstage, Iggy was chain smoking angel dust. The Stooges were the middle act. I had already seen them about fifteen times or so. That night, after all the angel dust, Iggy went out there on stage, and was so out of it he kept challenging a black guy in the audience to a fight. He kept saying, "Come on, soul man", over and over. I think he did it in just about every song.

Having seen the BOC dozens of times, there is nothing special I recall about their set that night.

As would become the norm for us, the audience tolerated us, and i am sure no one who was there went to their local record store the next day to look for our record (which was still several months away from release).

This was way before there was any club scene in the US, and the only gigs available to us was as opening act to just about every fucking band who was out there in the 70s.

It would take a lot less time to name the bands we didn't open for then the ones we did. We probably played 75% of our first hundred shows in front of 10,000 people or more. It's all there was, although there were some college gigs.

We were signed to ATI, which later became ICM, as our booking agency, so we got thrown out there on the arena circuit But, we were anything but the standard rock band of the 70s, and there was no one using the term Punk Rock at that point, except to describe Lenny's NUGGETS compilation. Joey was still a drummer in a glam band.

There was no precedent for the Dictators, and we were basically cast adrift out there, making no headway, selling no records, and going from meaningless opening slot to meaningless opening slot. The list of bands we opened for included very few i had any interest in.

The best, for me, was AC/DC & THE J. GEILS BAND, the worst was KISS, and there were some that were ok, like THIN LIZZY, CHEAP TRICK, ALICE COOPER, and on and on. The first one was RUSH.

BTW: About the Rush gig - it was a four night stand at Alex Cooley's Electric Ballroom in Atlanta. They were on their second record (I believe)(did they have a record called Fly By Night, or something like that).

I know pretty much nothing about that band. Nice guys, though. We got kicked off after the third night. Long drive home. Stu Boy's last gig and last drive with the band.

David Ramage

BOC definitely headlined this show. The Dictators opened, then Iggy, then BOC.

Rich Marak

I saw BOC in Philadelphia back in '73 where I traveled specifically to see them for the first time (following Spencer Davis and opening for Focus)...

Ralph

Did this gig happen? I know there's a contemporaneous newspaper clipping above which suggests it did, but BOC just played this venue exactly two months earlier supporting Mott.

Is it likely they played it again so soon?

Stop Press: I now have a stage pass off eBay which seems to confirm the date but adds ELO as a headliner. If that were true, wouldn't the newspaper clipping above mention that?

Greg

I have a copy of the Calendar Section of the November 11, 1973 Los Angeles Times that has the listing for the Wednesday November 14, 1973 ELO and BOC at the Hollywood Palladium at 8:00 pm.

Monmak

I was there. The lineup was Montrose, BOC, then ELO.

A friend of a friend wrote album and concert reviews for a magazine (don't recall which). He scored free tickets to the show from somebody that was hoping for a good review of Montrose. The review barely mentioned Montrose but raved about BOC.

Fred Dunn

Buddy Miles opened, followed by BOC, and Rare Earth was the Headliner. A strange combination, I know, but interesting and enjoyable. I'm a little foggy on the date, but I can do some digging.

The Special Events Center at the University of Utah still exists, now known as the Huntsman Center. It sits next to the 2002 Olympic Village.

The Huntsman Center was named after the Industrialist/Philanthropist, John Huntsman, who has donated large sums of his fortune to many causes at the University of Utah, and has several operations of his Worldwide Chemical Company in Great Britain. The Huntsman Corp. is the World's largest privately held company.

Gary

Either my internet search skills have suddenly improved (been searching off & on for a long time) or the sounds of BOC ringing in my head lately drove me somehow to your website, whatever the case, I've been trying to pin down one of my favorite memories of all time, for a very long time, and now, finally, found it.

Phoenix AZ, hot as hell (as usual) my friends and I sitting on the ground (baseball infield I think) looking up in the hills around the stadium where Maricopa County Deputies were on horseback just kinda "observing" I guess, as everyone passed around the good stuff (or so I thought till I spent two years in Thailand, but thats another story).

ZZ Top, wearing bibbed overalls. steps out on stage and announces to the crowd, "hhhhhhey Phoenix, heard ya got some good shit around here, upon which the crowd started tossing stuff up on stage.

From Bibbed overalls to dudes in tuxedos and tails wailing on electric violins, thus their name, ELO, somewhere in there, Blue Oyster Cult, then somewhere around then, started gettin weirdly windy, dirt started blowing around in circles, as it got dark and WAR sang, I do believe, appropriately, with a great purple lit stage to match the mood, slippin into darkness...

The harmonica wailin, stuff started blowin around, I thought a big ass light stand was gonna topple, seems like 3 DOG Night crew was trying to set up, then all hell breaks loose, everyone starts scramblin, all those Phoenix types who hadn't seen rain for a LONG time, running for shelter where there was none...

A few months later, I'm sitting in an Air Force chow hall, Udorn Thailand and a new acquaintance whips out a letter he'd just received from a friend back in Virginia, who described in great detail, this crazy concert he went to the winter before, with these crazy dudes, one of whom drove a bug he called his screaming yellow volkswagen, in honor of screaming yellow zonkers? I guess.

That dude was me, the writer who sent the letter had dropped some acid before the concert and spent the next few months trying to piece together just what he'd done while visiting his friend, stationed with the Air Force, at Luke AFB, AZ.

One thing he'd done for sure, went to one crazy concert, on a night when it rained for the first time in a long time, sitting beside me, as we passed around the good stuff and tossed some of it up on the stage to those dudes in bibbed overalls, as we proceeded to get blown away by ELO, ZZ, BOC, WAR, but missed out on 3DOG Night. Guess they were busy lookin for some dude named jeremiah...

Rick Glover
Beatlefan Mag

I'm certain BOC opened this gig, as we got the tickets more for BOC than ZZ Top. This is still around the time of those first few fantastic records, and I had already seen them (earlier in the year on 27 Jan at East Tennessee State University).

It was the first time I had see the Top and they were at the top at the time, but our group of friends were there to see BOC and were THE show for us.

Can't remember specific set - prolly got tapes around somewhere from that tour, thanks to the internet, got most tours...

Ralph

Thanks for that info. By the way, be sure to check out Rick's great anotated stub collection on FaceBook:

Bob Kennedy

I have a newspaper clipping where 9 people were arrested at this concert. I was there. I have the ticket stub, though it is incorrectly stamped paid on Dec. 30 by the ticket window.

It was a wild night, many stories, BOC definitely rocked the house!

Quick Gig Facts
Bolle Gregmar

73-12-07: Fox Theatre Atlanta Setlist:

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. O.D'd On Life Itself
  3. Before The Kiss (A Redcap)
  4. Dominance & Submission
  5. Screams

That's all I got , but still... The tape runs out on a C60 - works almost as a part 2 for that Cleveland show of October 73...

Sam Judd

The only unreleased multitracks I know of are the ones from the Fox Theater ATL show on 7 Dec 73... but I was told (by the same person who mixed ALDN) that these were "no good.. not worth the trouble - just NOT a quality show... it sounded damn good to me the only time I heard it...

I actually KNOW the guy who OWNS the Multi-tracks... he is the engineer here in ATL whose truck was used to make the recordings... He sold Columbia a stereo mix (it was broadcast/mixed for radio LIVE on the fly) and that is all BOC has to judge by...

I can't help but feel the actual Multi-Tracks might render a superior product with a little "tweak" here or there...

Matters little what any of us think or do.. we'll get what we get.. when and if we get it... I stopped fretting over this band shooting itself in the foot years ago...

DFFD

Funny, a 1973 poorly recorded (the mixing desk has a short and the guitar cuts out repeatedly during the first 3, then the mic during the last 2) Iggy & Stooges show from Richard's in Atlanta was the main selling point of the "Raw Power" reissue CBS just did.

I guess that James Williamson being a trained recording engineer/producer might have had something to do with that gem finally seeing daylight.

Sam Judd

Funny that info should show up on this thread... the tape truck (known as Sam's Tape Truck.. it was named after the owner's dog.. who always came along and lurked under the console) was there to do a live broadcast of HYDRA, who were opening for IGGY... (the SAME tape truck that was used to do the BOC broadcast)...

IGGY was NOT going to be broadcast, but during the set change, myself and Hydra's manager convinced the engineer whose truck it was to stick around long enough to record Iggy just for us cause we this was the last nite of a full week we'd done with him...

When they started playing, I think we had maybe 3 mics feeding the truck... engineer rolled the 2 track Studer and went in and started patching mics and I started mixing... not a short in the board at all... that's him patching mics and me throwing up faders to figure out WHAT was on them!!!

Whole things done on the fly and was never meant to be anything BUT a personal copy... but boys and girls, YOURS TRULY mixed that fucking tape that was used on that Raw Power remaster... except for the last 2 songs... of course the engineer gets the credit... but I bought me a copy of it anyway... just to hear Iggy do that 10 Georgia Peaches rap!!!

I was surprised when I heard it was going to be released as I remember our manager PAYING CASH for the tape right off the Studer... the engineer HATED Iggy's stuff and wanted NO part of it... that's why he had no interest in mixing it...

Once it was rolling, he stood outside the door of the truck smoking cigs... I didn't even think there WAS another copy... although some copies were made when Hydra was in Capricorn recording their first album... I remember dubbing several RtR's and a couple cassettes one evening for all the Macon folk that needed some Iggy... but we had the "master"... maybe that tape was "dug up" for the release... curiouser and curiouser...

Just the FACTS Ma'am... just the facts...

Ralph

The above handbill is off eBay. The thing is - BOC played at this venue less than three months earlier with Slade and Hydra...

Can they have played two gigs here in such a short space of time?

As usual - if you know the answer, please let me know...

Sam Judd

Well the 29 September Slade date is verified by my calendar...

Not that unusual for a support band to play a city 2 months apart in those days... Hydra did it all the time... we were big in Louisville...

Parker Drew

I was a student at the University of Louisville, and attended this show and I recall that Mountain was the headliner...

I think the answer to the question could BOC have been in Louisville as a support act twice in such a short period of time is "yes"...

As I recall, BOC was quickly becoming a hot item, and Louisville had a very active concert schedule.

BOC blew Mountain off the stage that night... and I'm a Mountain fan too! They opened with "The Red and the Black"... one of the best set openers I've EVER heard.

The BOC set list from other shows on this tour appears to match...

Mike Rouse

I was at this concert and remember it well. BOC ended the show with ME262. It blew me away. I was in about the fifth row.

Quick Gig Facts
Art Liming

While searching the archive, I found a review of an early gig from December 14, 1973 at the Chicago Auditorium that you questioned in the gig list. I think the author of the attached article got Buck and Eric mixed up. I doubt it was Buck in black, swinging a chain.

I can imagine the Raspberries fearing for their life though. BOC drew a pretty rough crowd. I remember some gigs at the Aragon Ball ( we used to say "Brawl") Room that got pretty rowdy.

Robbie Cube

BOC headlined at the Auditorium Theater in Chicago - the Raspberries opened and were treated very rudely. Iggy and The Stooges were supposed to open,but cancelled,so the very wispy Raspberries were brought in to face a near firing squad.

People were lighting their show programs on fire and throwing them on stage at the poor pretty Rasps! One of the funniest things I've ever seen at a concert. This show was some time in 73,I think.

PS: I spoke with Albert Bouchard at a 2005 Brain Surgeons gig in Wisconsin Rapids, and asked him if he remembered this particular gig. He told me that he indeed remembered it well, and said that BOC felt really bad for the Raspberries that night, because Eric Carmen "is such a nice guy".

TimMan1551

I'll check it out, but my father told me he saw BOC in Chicago in '73, and that the warm-up act, a band called "The Raspberries", were booed off-stage. He may even have a ticket stub...

Pat Griffin

Blue Oyster Cult was coming to town and their opening act (Iggy Pop) cancelled. The replacement for Iggy? The Raspberries! My aunt was dating a guy who had some connections in the ticket industry and even though it was only a day before the concert, he was able to score me with second row! My first concert I would ever attend!

The band came out rocking with "I Wanna Be With You" and I was in awe! Eric was right in front of me, wearing a gold shirt with green pants. Wally was on the other side and was in basic black with his now famous hat he often wore. I kept noticing was how long that both Jim and Dave's hair was! Jim had appeared to dye his hair blonde and then it hit me! Dave was playing left-handed! This wasn't Dave at all! Upon further review, it wasn't Jim, either! What was going on?

The band continued to play and was terrific, but the crowd around us unfairly disagreed. They started heckling the band and unfortunately, the band started heckling back, showing people they felt they were number one! (That's what sticking up your middle finger means, right?) Things were getting thrown at the stage, as Iggy Pop fans wanted their hero to jump off a springboard into broken glass, not some fabulous rock band. The boys kept rockin', though!

The band finished their set with "Go All The Way" (why, oh why, didn't they start with this one?) and they had finally gotten some respect, as a few people recognized the song and started dancing, much to the delight of the frustrated band members, who started pointing and smiling at the few of us who were showing our fandom. I can still see this beautiful young girl, clad in purple hot pants and matching top, dancing up a storm, as they pointed to her. (I should have married her on the spot! An angel in disguise!) I felt so bad for them. Was it their fault the promoter had screwed up this booking? All they did was play and play great, at that!

Possibly the most poignant moment of my musical life was about twenty minutes after they left the stage. I saw Eric off to the side of the stage, shaking his head in disgust, watching a far less talented band get cheered wildly. I can't begin to tell you what an impact that made on this young songwriter. You could see his frustration and I felt it, too!

I left about five songs into BOC's performance, I was so angry, and went home to spend all night on hold on a radio talk rock station. I finally got my chance to come on the air and defend the band, winning an argument with some listeners. The deejay declared me the "winner by TKO" and said "these Raspberries must be pretty special, let's give 'em a spin" and he played "Go All the Way" and "Let's Pretend". I felt every painful minute on hold was worth it!

Mark Z

I attended this concert and thought it strange that they billed The Raspberries along with BOC. I now know, thanks to your project, that The Stooges were supposed to play, but canceled. I remember Eric Carmen saying after 3 songs "I don't know about you people, but we're having a good time up here". Almost in unison from the crowd came "F--- Y-- Blue Oyster Cult!"

BOC started out with The Red And The Black while their BOC Logo flag was slowly lowered in the backdrop of the stage. It was all our rock and roll from there on out. We were in the 1st balcony, and somebody threw a lit package of firecrackers from the 2nd balcony, and it landed in this chicks frizzy hair and exploded. It was really a bizarre concert and one that I won't forget.

Nick Doerr

The lasting image 35 years after the show was the Raspberries guitar player walking to the amps at the end and yanking his cable out. They were all so po'd as they stormed not walked off the stage. It appeared to me they thought they could win the crowd back with their rocker "Go all the Way" at the end. Not a chance!

Marty

The venue was the Decatur Armory. The show was put on by the Decatur MacArthur High School booster club, and by the local head shop "Crystal Ship". There were several thousand in attendance, and the venue was like a gymnasium. One floor, no seats, we sat on the floor (it was too loud to stand up) I was 14.

It was my first concert, and we were already hard core BOC fans, having heard GTDTW and the first two records. Buck played the red (soon to be painted white) SG, and Allen and Eric played a lot of guitar that night, as well.

Some of the setlist included Stairway, Bucks Boogie, Hot Rails, Red and The Black, Diz, lots from the first two records, and whenever we'd yell out requests, Eric would respond "got ya covered".

The opener was "The Flock" and I think the lead singer played some kind of electric fiddle. They sucked, and when we chanted BOC during their set, and yelled for Bucks Boogie, he said, "Wanna Boogie?" people yelled Yeah! and he stuck his finger in his nose and replied "HERE"!... like I said, they sucked, and were the first band that my friends and I heckled off of the stage. My friend Jeff Turley was at that show, unbeknownst to me, and when he gets on here, he may have some other recollections. Also, I'll ask my brother to send me some more memories.

Ralph

The official site has this gig down as being on the 6th December, but then I received reports that it might actually have been on the 13th instead. However, a confirmed gig in Louisville KY on that date put paid to that idea, so then I went back to thinking that maybe it did take place on the 6th December, after all...

But check out the stub above off eBay - clearly this gig was 15 December 1973 - mystery solved!!

Well, nearly... check out the reverse of the stub above - the ticket holder wrote the names of the bands on the back and it clearly says "Blue Ash", which conflicts with Marty's memory of the support band being "The Flock"...

Marty

The stub for December 15, 1973 is correct, but I've never heard of "Blue Ash". I'm 100% positive that the opener was The Flock...

Ralph

Well, I checked and there does seem to have been a band called "Blue Ash" who had released a debut LP that year and were touring the area supporting bands like The Stooges, Bob Seger, Aerosmith, Ted Nugent etc, so there are a number of correlations that tie in with the name writen on the back of the ticket above... although Marty seems to recall some sort of electric fiddle-player, and from what I can tell, Blue Ash didn't have anything like that...

As usual, I'm looking for more info - if you can help, please get in touch...

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Rude Boy Johnny

I first saw Blue Oyster Cult back in December of 73.

We were hanging out at Stoner Park in San Pedro, California. Someone said there was a concert that evening at the Long Beach Auditorium. We had never heard of BOC before, but what the heck.

We each scored a .75 cent "big mouth" quart of Coors beer at the local 7-11 and with a $10. three fingerbag of Mexican dirt weed we were off to Long Beach. Bus fare was .25 cent and the the concert tickets were around $5.

We were seated in the last row of the auditorium. We smoked our weed and rocked out to the music, what a show!

Then the guy seated in front of us turned to us and said "If you liked them, you're really going to like Blue Oyster Cult." He was right, we did and never looked back.

Later we would learn Eric Burdon was the opening act for the band that evening.

David Stall

When I was 15 I took my girlfriend to see BOC at the old Long Beach Municipal Auditorium in Long Beach, California. It was Friday, December 21, 1973. I hadn't been a particularly big BOC fan, but my local radio station (KNAC Pure Rock) was promoting the show and convinced me to go. We sat in the balcony and the place was packed.

When BOC started playing dust began falling out of the old speaker well columns on each side of the stage. Within an hour it was hard to see the stage through the smoke (not talking dust here). Wish I could remember more details. Our ears rang for days! It was great.

David Houghtlin

I just found your site and was blown away to find my first Blue Oyster Cult experience... I've probably seen them 50 times or more.

Anyway, what I remember about this show was that that the tickets were virtually free. We went to downtown San Diego (Golden Hall, where the concert was, I think) and exchanged a can of food for a ticket, about a week before the concert.

The first album was out, a friend of mine had it and I thought it was OK, but all that local radio stations KGB and KPRI (R.I.P.) played was Buck's Boogie, which was fine by me, cause I loved the tune.

I hadn't heard "Tyranny" yet, but certainly did that night. We arrived early and stood pretty close to the stage with an excellent view of the band and our minds melted just right... if you know what I mean. I remember being absolutely blown away from the beginning with the opening chords of Red and Black.

This was the days when Bloom was in leather and cape and Buck was in his white suit... kind of good vs. evil. This really was evident on 7 Screaming Dizbusters... really sinister... till Bloom disappeared in the light.

I think I remember them doing Flaming Telepaths too, obviously before "Secret Treaties" was released... and between my state of consciousness at the time, and the strobes, the joke was on me.

Since this was a "charity" type event I remember a pause in the action and a pretty young lady in a white dress coming on stage to thank BOC for playing the event and presenting Bloom with a bouquet of roses. He gave a long half hearted thank you and then proceeded to tear the bouquet apart and to crush it under his boots, while the band started playing Before the Kiss, A Redcap.

For some reason I remember this song as the "5 Guitar song" that BOC usually did back then. I'd love to have a version of that. I also distinctly remember a drum solo with Buck and Eric joining Albert on one drum set. Seems like that was during Cities.

BTW, the opening act was a band call Daddy Warbucks... they had one cool song with an Edgar Winter type Frankenstein synth solo in it... other than that, BOC blew them away and have been my favorite band for 36 years!

Robert Fowler

The Cowtown Ballroom was a Fillmore type venue that was popular around here in the early '70's... BOC was the headliner, with the Charlie Daniels band set to open. Daniels was late getting in, so BOC came on first. This was the first time I'd seen them. Little uncertain of the date on this one...

Ralph

I think I've been able to pin a date on this one at last, thanks to Joe Heyen, who runs this great website:

Joe is currently engaged in making a documentary about the venue so if you ever saw a show there or have any photos or anything at all, visit the site and get in touch.

Just a curious note - Joe says the date was the 28th December - he says there's a poster he possibly can get access to in order to snap a copy to post here at a future date which will back this up, but there's an entry in the guestbook on his site [link] which says the following:

01.25.08 | Bill Swenson
Came across this site a few days ago and finally got around to digging up my old ticket stubs. I attended about 10 shows in 1973-74. There are a couple of shows I went to that aren't listed. Ozark Mtn. Daredevils-11/16/73 (a $1.00 KUDL show), The Strawbs-2/23/74 (another $1.00 KUDL show). The ticket for this show was printed on the back of an unused Blue Qyster Cult ticket that has a 12/27/73 date. I remember seeing the end of a BOC show (when they used to let you in for free towards the end of evening) around that time, so I'm thinking that date is probably right.

I found this interesting - for a start, the date mentions the 27th. not the 28th on the ticket. If they were being re-used, you'd have thought that might possibly indicate that the BOC gig had been cancelled?

Also - the fact that a Strawbs ticket was printed on the back of an "unused BOC ticket" seems just plain weird - but it also suggests that the BOC show on that date was cancelled and they just re-used the tickets by flipping them over and printing the b-sides...

Of course, it COULD mean that the show was originally scheduled for 27 Dec and then got rescheduled for the 28th, and new tickets got issued for that - but if these promoters were so mean that they re-used already-printed BOC tickets for a Strawbs gig, then SURELY they'd have re-used the 27 Dec BOC tickets for the 28th show!!

Robert Fowler

Re. the Strawbs ticket, much was weird back then. Venues changed, dates changed or were added, just about anything was possible.

It's conceivable that the tickets for the 27th were printed in error, and - to save money - the paper simply was flipped over to print the Strawbs tickets. Or that unused BOC tickets were simply reused, AND the concert was slipped from the 27th to the 28th. Or... (speculate freely here).

Ralph

Joe has kindly since sent a copy of the poster - see above - and check out the date: 28 December. Looks like the 27 December date was a red herring...

Additional: Bill Swenson has very kindly sent me a scan of that original stub for the 27th December (see below), together with the reverse featuring the Strawbs gig that it was subsequently reused for...

Let's hear it for recycling...

Bill Swenson

Looks like the mystery is solved. The Strawbs ticket was printed on the back of BOC tix (printed in error) and reused.

Ralph

I only know about this gig thanks to the newspaper ad above that Rob Beresford kindly sent to me but I did also find a confirmation that the gig took place on this Stooges gig list (they have a photo of Iggy from the gig):

In the "Please help me date these..." section below (where I list all the gigs I think happened in this year but can't currently pin a date on), Dick Wallsmith mentions an Indianapolis gig at an unknown venue, but I don't think this is the same show as Dick seems to indicate that his show was either in late 72 or early 73...

Charlie Agnew

This was the first concert I attended. I became a big BOC fan later, but I didn't know the band at the time. I forgot Iggy was there, but everything you have seems accurate.

I recall that it was sponsored by a local radio station as their annual 'Christmas Concert'. Saw Bob Seeger and Rush at a later Christmas Concert.

Ralph

The adverts from the Village Voice above clearly show the progression of the band line up for this gig - but they don't tell the whole story...

The first ad [18 Oct 1973] shows it was BOC and Iggy initially, but the second ad [1 Nov 1973] shows someone called "Isis" had been drafted onto the bill.

However, an ad appeared the next week on 8 Nov 1973 which had the line-up back to BOC and Iggy, so Isis had gone during the week.

The third ad above [15 Nov 1973] now had Teenage Lust added to the bill, and this line-up stayed intact for the next 5 weeks.

The fourth and fifth ads above [20 Dec 1973] were the first indication that a second show had been laid on for 11.30pm, and all subsequent ads were for the 2 shows and the aforementioned three band line-up.

And yet we know from attendees - and KISS sites - that KISS were also on the bill!! Much is always made of the fact that KISS supported BOC on New Years Eve 1973 at the Academy, but it was vice versa exactly TWO years later at the same venue.

Anyways, I dunno when KISS got involved in the line-up of this gig - even the 27 December issue had no mention of KISS being on this bill - but it must have been pretty late in the day...

BTW: all these images come from a great blog called "It's all the Streets you Crossed", which is dedicated to documenting NYC's rock'n'roll heritage:

Jason Knox

I have researched the gig while working to complete the gig list for Teenage Lust and i am positive that there was only one show that night and the later show was cancelled due to poor advance sales:

Ralph

That would make sense and might explain the sudden appearance of KISS on the bill at such a late stage to try and make up for the dissappointment of losing a show by adding an extra band...

Harold C Black
Vincent Walker

I don't see any mention of the New Years show at the Academy of Music aka Palladium. When they played there it was Kiss first ever {big time} show, and they were 1 of four bands, Kiss opened, Teenage Lust then Iggy Pop then BOC.

Don't think Iggy would remember anything as he fell off the stage into the lighting, he was so F'ed up he couldn't stand.

Like i said about Kiss it was their debut in Rock and i'm pretty sure they could help on this one. You were actully allowed to take pictures back then and i still have the Kiss pictures but have lost the BOC ones. Tis a sad sad day when i think about not having them.

Anyway since your interested i will search for old friends and i even have all the Circus and Hit Parade and many other rock magazines from back then with the tours of bands in them every month...

Will go over them and get back to you.

Jimi LaLumia

I can confirm it was just one show..

I think also that these date(s) were played in 1973 - if you have any info, please let me know:

Robert Gottesman

Saw your website and I was at a show that is not listed. Unfortunately I don't know the date. I was wondering if you did.

It was Blue Oyster Cult with McKendree Spring and Streat. It was at Westchester Community College in Valhalla, NY. All I remember was that it was incredibly loud.

Now I see a date that BOC did with McKendree Spring on 18 Sept 1973 on your website so perhaps it was around that time. Any ideas?

Fran McKendree

Wow! You have quite the site going on there. I do remember a few dates with BOC. Mike Dreyfuss, our violinist, may remember the specifics. I'll ask him...