1990: 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 .

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Did anything happen in January? If you know, please let me ...

Andy V

Awesome show!! Very intimate...


Thinky's? Is that right? Or should it be "Finky's"...? The thing is, they play a venue by this name in Daytona Beach later in the year - on 5 Dec.

Mitch Salisbury

I drove down from Gainesville to this bar. I remember there was a good crowd and the place was packed.

The sound was good and the boys played great. People were shouting out song requests and Eric said "We're gonna play all that stuff."

I didn't know who the bass player and drummer were. Turns out they were Ron and Jon. There was no drum riser. That's a strange thing to remember, but no matter.

Jonathan Padgett


  1. Stairway To The Stars
  2. D&S
  3. ETI
  4. Buck's Boogie
  5. Astronomy (the IMAGINOS version)
  6. Take Me Away
  7. Cities on Flame
  8. Last Days of May
  9. Black Blade
  10. Burnin' For You
  11. Godzilla
  12. Don't Fear the Reaper
  13. Golden Age of Leather
  14. ME 262
  15. Before the Kiss (?)
  16. Veterans of the Psychic Wars (?)

I'm not sure about the last two songs...

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Michele Williams

I was just tooling through YouTube and discovered this opening band from the 01 July 1990 gig. They are called Life After Dark. Here's the link:

Scott Bensyl

I believe this concert was cancelled.

If it's the one I'm thinking of, the venue had a bowling alley (hell, maybe it WAS a bowling alley), and when I got there all jazzed for the show, nobody knew what the fuck I was talking about.

I'd driven up from Kansas City (I was visiting my mom who lived there at the time), and my mom had come with me with the idea that she'd leave me at the show and take my car into Omaha to see some relatives of ours that she hadn't seen for awhile.

No concert, so I went with her; instead of BOC, that night I got to go to a movie with my high school girl cousin Casey.

IF this show went on -- somewhere -- I'm gonna be PISSED. Let's just pretend it really was absolutely certainly cancelled, okay?


Well, does anybody know for sure if this gig took place or not??


The gig at Fat Jacks did take place I know because I was there. Fat Jacks was located just off of Broadway Street in CB town...

Scott dude - the place that was a bowling alley was called The Ranch Bowl right on 72nd street in Omaha.

Both places put great shows on from BOC to Faster Pussy Cat to Dokken to Dio to Warren Zevon to The Call...

Noel Stefan Stoyanoff

Tuesday 08/07/1990 - Blue Oyster Cult: The Late Show, Niagara Falls, NY

Notes: I went with Wulf and my neighbor Rob. I met Billy at that show.

Set list (not in order):

  • Roadhouse Blues
  • Career Of Evil
  • Godzilla
  • Burning For You
  • Don't Fear The Reaper
  • Take Me Away
  • Dominance And Submission
  • Cities On Flame
William Caruso

the opening act was a band called Trimmed Hedges, a local band, they were not too bad from what i remember.

i cant remember BOCs setlist as i was very high at the show, i do remember they were amazing as always!!!!!!!

Sam Judd

Just a note on this gig... it was outdoors and there may have been some other bands, but I remember Mitch Ryder,Mark farner,The Romantics, and the Tubes... there were only about 200 people there in an area set up for about 10,000...

The next day in Marquette may well have been all the same bands (I know it was the same promoter too) and was indoors... about 500 people for that one... there was BIG schism at that show between BOC and Tubes... I just remember giving the stagehands a joint just before the set change so that when I told them to remove the Tube's gear from in front of ours they did it without paying any attention at all to the Tubes roadies frantically trying to make them stop...

We already knew that the promoter had taken such a bath that the hands(and the local venue staff) were not gonna get paid, so we played early and got the hell out of there before they figured it out...

Excellent deli spread in the dressing room... some of the best Italian Cappicolla I ever tasted... some really nice paté and baguettes as well... we have our priorities you know...

As Shenck and I used to say, ALL the gigs suck... some just have better food than others...

Bryan Allen

Oh yeah the romantics were one of the opening acts for sure. Had to look at Sams account of the previous nights show but definately the only time Ive ever seen the Romantics...

Gary Bringman

I was at this show and the opening band was called Firestorm. They were great. I remember they did a version of Queensryche-Take Hold Of The Flam and nailed Geoff Tates scream.


Sep. 22, 1990: The Channel, set-list:

  1. Stairway
  2. D&S
  3. ETI
  4. Buck's Boogie
  5. Take Me Away
  6. Flaming Telepath
  7. COF
  8. LDOM
  9. Career of Evil
  10. Black Blade
  11. BFY
  12. Godzilla
  13. Reaper
  14. encore: ME262
  15. R&B

This gig (and support info) is confirmed on this date by a blogger called Chuck Padgett who posted that he saw it on the following link:


BOC.com had this gig down as "Beaties", Winston NC" but the following email confirms that it should indeed have been Baity's in Winston-Salem...

Jay Roberts

My good friend Derek, who was a fellow RUSH fan, visited me from New York City. We drove from Fayetteville up to Winston-Salem. I had never been to this place before.

Hard to forget it though, a bare bones set up. Got close to the band, and at the end of the show, shook hands with Buck.

The support band were head bangers. Can't remember their name.

I wasn't sure of the exact date of the show, so I checked with my friend Derek, who confirmed that he visited me after college in the Fall of 1990, so this is the only show date it could have been...


Check out Jay's blog:


I only know of the existence of this gig because Pollstar have published figures for it...

Bryan Allen

This show at the Silver dollar was the one where Eric used a blood cap and razor for unknown tounge. The Encore was Golden Age.

I also remember the original opener didnt make it so they had to quick get a band to cover called DC-9. They did about a 35 minute improv of "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" bragging about how great BOC was. Bumpin and grindin up front with michigan state co-eds whoa...

Did anything happen in November? If you know, please let me ...


The Saturday 1st December 1990 edition of The Daily Press [Newport News VA] mentioned this:

Wednesday morning, classic rock station WAFX-FM (106.9) began airing in-house spots about a station-sponsored concert by Blue Oyster Cult tonight at The Boathouse. But plans fell through - the concert will not be held, and the station hastily stopped running the spots.

Scott Mueller

I attended this show and wrote down the set list as it was played in the order it was played.

  1. Intro Music
  2. Stairway To The Stars
  3. Dominance And Submission
  4. E.T.I.
  5. Buck's Boogie
  6. Take Me Away
  7. Black Blade
  8. Cities On Flames
  9. Then Came The Last Days Of May
  10. Career Of Evil
  11. Unknown Tongue
  12. Burnin' For You
  13. Godzilla
  14. Don't Fear (The Reaper)
  15. Encores: The Golden Age Of Leather
  16. The Red And The Black

14 Dec 1990 The Basement Dallas Texas: Don't remember the set list at all (thanks to Anheuser Busch!), but I'll always remember the show.

The Basement was a tiny, tiny place (I don't think it exists anymore). The stage barely fit the band from what I remember. But it was great as there was no room for a stage show... you could only play. And play BOC did. One of the best concerts ever...

For an idea on how big The Basement was check video's by Pantera (when Phil Anselmo was in the band). One of theirs (Cowboys From Hell) was taped there.

"Zilla Dave" Thorpe

Zilla Dave here. At this gig steve was being steve and up on getting to the gig had already pissed everyone off. Not unusual, so for me and Danny our Drum tech that meant no stage hands.So me and Danny once again had to unload the truck like so many times before when steve pissed people off.

We had to lift flight cases that took 4 people to unload with just the 2 of us. My back was fucked up already from doing this and was wearing a weight belt to hold me together. After the show I thought things would cool down but no, steve had continued to piss people off. So guess what. Steve has to eat after the gig and leaves me and Danny to pack the gear with just the 2 of us that takes 4 people to do.

The stage hands left the promoter locked the doors and me and Danny were left outside to load by ourselves. Hope you enjoyed your dinner steve you fat fuck. At that point that was it, I threw the keys to the truck at steve at the hotel later and said drive the truck home yourself motherfucker. And I do not regret it.

This guy has pissed more people off and made a bad situation for BOC than I care to remember. FUCK YOU STEVE AND ERIC. Rizzo stole and sold your Guitar. Think about it... What do Junkies do??? Come on now Eric, pix mean nothing. Get a life.


I was at the show at The Basement, Dallas TX, 12/14/1990...

Great show. I'm so grateful I was there. I don't remember which drummer... Riddle or Rondinelli... I think Riddle.

At one point when Eric was talking to the audience, I yelled out "We'll see you on Mars!!!" Eric stopped and said "What?" I repeated it. To this day, I haven't the faintest idea where that came from (I was very drunk) but Eric heard it and actually nodded in approval.

The whole audience was in a musical frenzy; totally united. Yes, the Basement shook that night. At another point, Eric said something like "We're a rock n roll band. If you're one of those 'new wavers,' the door is over there." LOL.

Allen seemed to be crying onstage toward the end of the set. It seemed like tears of musical euphoria but I really don't know if that's true.

Sam Judd

This was "Zilla Dave" Thorpe's last show.

His departure came about when he and Schenck butted heads about a load-out gone wrong in Dallas on 14 dec 90...

I lasted only another month...

I think also that these date(s) were played in 1990 - if you have any info, please let me know:

Sam Judd

As near as we could determine at the time (and from my old tired brain today), this was where Buck's white SG went missing - we don't think it was stolen, but left under a table in a dressing room trailer. We were playing an outdoor festival kind of thing in downtown San Antonio (that currently seems to be missing from the giglopedia)...

It was a multi day affair and I've always suspected the next band in there might have found it... but it was impossible to even nail down EXACTLY when it went missing... it was no longer being used at all and was generally staying in the truck... it got unloaded and put in the D-room that day and that's the last time anyone could remember seeing it...

I wasn't loading trucks in those days, so technically it wasn't "my job" to keep track of it, but I got sick to my stomach when I found out it had gone missing....

I'd sure like to help get it back to the bossman as that was THE ONE he wanted to save... I remember him telling me once he wanted to "nail that one over the bar in his den or something" whenever he actually retired... looks like we've got a few more years to find it before he does that, but not as many as we did in 1990...


Any clue as to any sort of date for this?

Sam Judd

Not really... probably spring as it wasn't too hot... I would say fall but the list says we were there in a club in Dec, but I don't even see a TX gig at all in the spring...

All I really know for sure is that it was definitely outdoors on a stage set in a HUGE parking lot near downtown, with a midway nearby in San Antonio sometime in 90.. I was surprised to see a club date for San Antone in Dec... not sure what to say...

It was part of some kind of several day city wide festival they have there every year if that helps..


Just did a quick check and found this SA festival: "Fiesta San Antonio: Fiesta San Antonio, a ten-day Texas festival in late April, is a multicultural celebration that features music, dancing, races and three parades (including and on-the-water river parade). The citywide festival and its more than 150 scheduled events honor the heroes of the Alamo and the Battle of San Jacinto."

Dunno if it was in operation in 1990... Anybody got any ideas?

Sam Judd

As well as the aforementioned San Antonio gig, we also played a club in Kileen TX on this swing as well I believe...