1987: As usual, this page, as with a great part of the rest of the site, would not have been possible without the help of ex-BOC roadie, Sam Judd, and it's his notes which inform many of the facts contained herein...
Have you got anything to contribute to this page? Reviews, missing info, ticket stubs, posters etc etc - if so, let me .
As BOC were dead in the water for all intents and purposes during the first six months of 1987, I don't suppose anything much was happening from a band persepctive.
What did the band members actually do at this point? Maybe they got jobs?
If you walked into a used car show room and bought a car from Eric Bloom in early 1987, please let me ...
Well, BOC might have been dormant but Eric Bloom popped up on the radar on 26 April 1987 as a talent judge on an East Coast college battle of the bands final, specifically the first annual Energizer Rock-n-Roll Challenge at Villanova University in Philadelphia PA:
Clearly something finally happened in July - probably it started in June if not earlier - but BOC were enticed out of obscure retirement by the offer of a couple of shows in Greece and a few German dates...
When some promoter started offering Shenck really over the top money to do that Greece gig, Tommy Z tried to hold Shenck up for a lot of money to go do it and just on a hunch, Steve called Allen to see if he wanted to take a fully paid vacation to Greece...
It just so happened Allen was reading the collected works of several Greek authors and poets at the time (he's such the f'ng intellectual), so he decided it was fate and agreed, then Steve only had to sell the idea to Buck and Eric...
After doing that show, they realized they could continue to make a living doing it and went back to work...
Bloom wasn't having much sucess selling cars anyway... he did that whenever the band wasn't touring for several years I believe... he also sells vitamin supplements and stuff...
It was winter of 1987, I was 17 years old.... one morning while I was going to buy a newspaper I saw a cartoon-style magazine promoting on the cover the beginning of a Blue Oyster Cult weekly-tribute (they had a 3-4 pages Music part in the middle of the mag which was running from a Heavy-Metal-Rock famous writer of that time in my country called Yannis Koutouvos).
I couldn't believe it. "How is possible " ? -I figured- BOC wasn't so popular in the middle 80s as they were in the past. Everyone knew Scorpions, Iron Maiden, Black Sabbath but no so easily BOC.... Anyway. . I started buying on a weekly basis that "cartoon"-style mag. called "Agori" (means = "boy"). Actually it was a translation of the Albert Bouchard story-review I found years later on European music mags, but it had all the pictures and it was a good thing for us and BOC... but the funny story was that it kept for a long time... and I still couldn't believe it...
And someday in May I read somewhere that BOC were going to visit us in July for two !!! (yes, not one!!) shows in Athens... I couldn't believe it... I was having the best times of my life ...i was waiting to find out where the tickets would be sold. And when I did,i run at once to the center of Athens to buy for both nights,of course....
Then it was a matter of time...actually I was a big BOC fan since 1983 when I firstly listened to the band's (not at their highs) LPs "Revolution by Night" and "Mirrors" (my first LPs)...it might be the mystery of the Kronos-logo that made me a big BOC fan. I don't know, but the sure thing is that I did the best choice in the age of 13 that could not have the experience to understand too many things in music. Anyway...back to our story...
And then the big day had come... 8th of July... I bought some famous newspapers and on my surprise I saw they had music - news and the BOC concerts were announced accompanied with some colour and pics from the their arrival at the airport (of course, still have those articles.).
I didn't have any t-shirt so I took a white-one and painted !!!! the Kronos logo in the middle, in black! I wanted to take a camera with me to take some shots, but since I didn't have a good-one I asked from a next-door friend of our to lend me her camera us I wanted "better" quality (but see what happened later). I was waiting for the big moment and was counting-down the time when early in the evening a friend of mine of that time (he is not in life now) came to pick me up to go together. We went by bus and everyone was staring that little weird black thing on my t-shirt.... they couldn't know...
Anyway... we where there and when we entered the bands' staff was testing the instruments and I recall I saw some fans who must had been Americans as they were having bandanas with the Kronos logo (very very difficult to find such thing here,and especially that time. . ). I was noticing everything as that day was very important to me...
And suddenly when the night came the light-show started and a blue laser beam which was behind the crowd was lighting to the sky... and BOC appeared... unbelievable... I was seeing them for first time in my life... Buck Dharma, Eric Bloom, Allen Lanier but who were the other two?? I didn't know them but who cares ?? (it was Ron Riddle on drums and Jon Rogers on bass). They both had very long hair and looked cool... The set started with "RU Ready 2 Rock?". About 7000 fans were there... it was an old soccer arena called "Leoforos Alexandras" ("Alexandras Avenue") where the Hellenic soccer team "Panathinaikos" used to play there (and the last 2 years plays there again). The stage was not so close to the fans and there weren't any fans allowed to come close to the stage (the doors were closed).
The bad thing was that 50 guys tried to enter without a ticket and a big fight with the policemen started (I have to explain that it was a very bad time for rock shows in my country. The goverment didn't like rock concerts and when there was any rock concert -very occasionally- it was a very big event here for the fans but a good way for the politicians to prove that rock music a violent thing for bad guys etc so there were always policemen ready to attack)...
Some special-equiped policemen showed up on the field in the distance between the fans and the stage (if you have a look on my site called Hellenic Cult you'll notice a color picture showing Eric Bloom playing the guitar behind the policemen!!!). But there were some other policemen between the crowd and it was a bad experience for them as many fans attacked them and one of them was almost ready to use his gun to save his life (there is a black and white picture showing this).
Anyway, it was a great show... BOC played 13 classic tunes (we didn't know that time that this concert was the reason BOC re-joined - we never knew they were separated).
After the excitement of the previous night, the next was peaceful. There were only 3500 fans. Blue Öyster Cult played the same set.... I was very happy while I was taking shots (both nights) of the band and Eric on the Harley while playing "Born to be wild" etc... I couldn't wait to get them... when they were playing "Burnin' for You" I remember my self hanged on the fence and pointing the band when Eric was saying "for you" and then... he did the same.
When they came back for the encore I recall Buck playing "Roadhouse Blues" on a wrong key and then stopped for a moment made a grimace (he was pissed-off, of course) and started again. For those who don't believe this you can listen to the tape/CD I have from the concert. It is easily recogniseable.
The next day I bought all newspapers and many of them had a review from the concert,but most of them were describing the fightings wit the policemen. No concert pics. I was pissed off and waiting for the photos to be printed. I was very happy when I was going to the photo shop to get them when the guy told me "All photos were damaged" there is a problem on this camera... I had lost 10 years of my life when I heard it.
You can imagine what happened later (i spread some words to the girl who gave me her "better" camera...) For my good luck, one month later the Hellenic "HEAVY METAL" mag came with some very good color pics and interview (Eric Bloom).
Well, that was all I'm afraid... Blue Öyster Cult came back eight and a half years later (in a small club for 2 nights again) but that's another story....
12 July Pferderennbahn Frauenfeld: This Open Air Festival took place in Switzerland not Germany. It lasted 3 days.
Other bands playing the same Festival (maybe not on the same day): Marillion, Status Quo, Barclay James Harvest, Eduardo Benato, Magnum, Kansas, Nils Lofgren, Bad Company and M.G.M. (Marsden, Galley, Moody).
This site reckons Status Quo played on the 12th:
They don't mention the 3-day duration: "12-07-1987 - other acts on this festival bill included: Marillion, Jimmy Cliff, Aswad, Blue Oyster Cult, Magnum, Katrina & The Waves, Barclay James Harvest and Nils Lofgren."
You have ELP and Kansas listed for this show - they didn't play - their substitutes were Bad Company and Meat Loaf. The same must be for the 11 July show also.
First act was Nils Lofgren. He played solo only sometimes accopanied by a drum-machine. A big "let-down" for us, as we expected a full band show. The only noteworthy memory was a fine version of "Keith don't go" as closer.
BÖC were second around 2pm. They only did a 45min. "Best of". Another disappointment to us then die-hard BÖC fans (nowadays I'm more into Grateful Dead/Jazzrock). The songs I can remember were ETI, Shooting Shark, Harvester of eyes, Burnin' for you, Reaper (not in that running order) and show closer was Born to be wild, during which Eric drove up on a Harley borrowed from a MC. Not sure that they played Godzilla, maybe one or two from the weak CLUB NINJA album.
After BÖC came BAD COMPANY, who almost drove us out of the football stadium. They were ear-bleeding loud.
Another let-down, same with MEAT LOAF, who wasn't in good shape that time. But he made us all laugh, when he tried to do a Roger Daltrey Microphone-Lasso-Effect, only to be missing the thrown item, which cracked the ground with a loud blast. Hahaha...
To our surprise STATUS QUO were simply rocking and fun to watch. The were the clear winner of that festival. We left after them, as BJH is simply boring music, nobody of us 5 buddies liked.
Thankfully it was only an 1 hour drive home, aber a festival I just could've missed with a tear in my eye...
Thankfully the BÖC show in 1988 in Münster's Jovel was some different story. Full 120 min show, only to be topped by 1992 Bielefeld appearance, which was the best BÖC show I've ever attended...
One show - three titles!!
The second ticket stub above lists the bands as BOC/Badfinger/Meatloaf/Foghat/Black Oak Arkansas - dunno if that listing has any relevance to the running order on the day?...
Aug. 29, 1987: Kingston Fairgrounds, Kingston, N.H. w/ Foghat, Badfinger, Black Oak Arkansas...
I know Foghat definitely came out 1st, but I can't confirm the order between Badfinger or BOA. I know BOC, of course, headlined... but if memory serves me well, lets say BOA came on before Badfinger.
What happened in September? If you know, please let me ...
What happened in October? If you know, please let me ...
I found a listing for this gig in the 21 Nov 1987 edition of the "Asbury Park Press":
Stone Pony - Hit the Ground Runnin', The Blue Oyster Cult, today;
913 Ocean Ave, Asbury Park.
I found a listing for this gig in the 21 Dec 1987 edition of the "Pittsburgh Post-Gazette":
Blue Oyster Cult will appear in concert Nov. 24 at Graffiti. The group has had 13 albums and such hits as "The Reaper" and "Godzilla." Arlazja, a local band, will open the show at 8 p.m. Tickets are available at National Record Marts, Kaufmann's, Heads Together, Graffiti and by calling 682-4210.
I found a listing for this gig in the 27 Nov 1987 edition of the "Poughkeepsie Journal":
Blue Oyster Cult at The Chance
Blue Oyster Cult plays The Chance, 6 Crannell St., Poughkeepsie, tonight at 10. The group is best known for its hits "Don't Fear The Reaper," "Godzilla" and "Burnin' For You." Tickets are $12.50.
I think this listing on the day of the gig itself is reasonably acceptable proof that the gig occurred on this date.
I mention this because the original gig lists on boc.com listed these three gigs:
Fri 27 Nov 1987: The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY
Sun 20 Dec 1987: The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY
Thu 31 Dec 1987: The Chance, Poughkeepsie NY
I've examined all the issues of the "Poughkeepsie Journal" over this period, and the only gig mention I can find is for this one on the 27 Nov, so my only conclusion is that the other two must be "Phantom Gigs"...
NB: Just to add some confusion - strangely, Bolle gives a setlist for the 20 Dec gig!! A gig that really is unlikely to have taken place! My working hypothesis is that - if the setlist is indeed from The Chance - then it has to be from this gig...
Hence, the setlist you can see on the right is the one that was originally appended to that phantom 20 Dec gig...
I found a listing for this gig in the 27 Dec 1987 edition of the "The Baltimore Sun":
Bayou, 3136 K St. N.W. (202) 333-2897.
Hard rock. Call for cover.
Nov. 30: Blue Oyster Cult
Dec. 1: Lizzy Borden
Dec. 3: Urban Blight
This gig was listed as having taken place in the original giglists on boc.com.
However, as explained in the entry for 27 Nov, I think it is almost certain that this gig, together with the one at the same venue on 31 Dec 1987, did not take place.
The setlist that was originally listed with this gig has now been ascribed to that 27 November gig.
I found a listing for this gig in the 20 Dec 1987 edition of the "Democrat and Chronicle" [Rochester NY]:
Some heavy metal in a light week
Christmas week is generally a light week for concerts - even the most jaded rocker likes Christmas at home.
But veteran heavy-metal band Blue Oyster Cult will be at the Penny Arcade, 4785 Lake Ave., for a performance Dec 27.
Once known as "the thinking man's metal band," the band is best known for its 1975 ode to suicide (Don't Fear) The Reaper.
Show starts at 8:30 p.m. Tickets are $12 in advance, $14 at the door.
I found the following mention in the 24 Dec 1987 of the "Hartford Courant":
Monday Dec 28
It's been a long time since we've heard from Blue Oyster Cult, masters of of satirical metal classics such as "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Godzilla" "Joan Crawford (Has Risen From The Grave" and "Burnin' For You." The band's last album, "Club Ninja," came out almost two years ago, but fear not, air guitarists: BOC has been hard at work in the studio and is back on the road promoting "Imaginos," scheduled for release sometime in March 1988. The new lineup - Eric Bloom on guitars and vocals, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser on lead guitar and Allen Lanier on keyboards, synthesizers and guitar, assisted by newcomers Jon Rogers on bass and Ron Riddle on drums - plays a 10 p.m. show at Toad's Place, 300 York St., New Haven. Tickets are $12.50 in advance and $13.50 at the door. Doors open at 8 p.m.; no opening act is booked.
I found an advert for this gig in the 29 Dec 1987 edition of the "Philadelphia Daily News":
2317 Haines Road, Levitttown, PA 943-1010
Appearing Tonight In Concert!
Blue Oyster Cult
This gig was confirmed in the Wednesday 30 December 1987 edition of the "Daily Press" [Newport News VA]:
Blue Oyster Cult will play the Boathouse at 8pm tonight. Tickets are $9.
It's worth noting that all previous gigs at this venue have been under the "Soft White Underbelly" name.
This gig was listed as having taken place in the original giglists on boc.com.
However, as explained in the entry for 27 Nov, I think it is almost certain that this gig, together with the one at the same venue on 20 Dec 1987, did not take place.
I think also that these date(s) were played in 1987 - if you have any info, please let me know:
Got this email a while ago but the guy didn't mention what gig it was - just that it was 1987...
Hemmy opened this show. BOC was great! Buck stepped on my hand and spilled a pitcher of beer on me - I dont think he even noticed as there was a large breasted blonde with me with her tits hanging all over the stage...
Great show but effects were scaled down quite a bit...
I always welcome any emails about any BOC gigs, but please - gimme a chance!! - at least tell me something about the gig to help me add it to the correct page in the site...