1991: 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 .
The concert listings in the Friday 18 January 1991 edition of the "Asbury Park Press" had this info:
Stone Pony - Blue Oyster Cult, Armada, The Rug Rats, today;
However, the Friday 18 January 1991 issue of the "Daily Record" [Morristown NJ] had this:
The Stone Pony - 913 Ocean Drive, Asbury Park. Blue Oyster Cult tonight, with Tyketto, Armada and Rug Rats.
So, I've included Tyketto in the line-up, particularly since they are on at least four more bills with BOC over the coming week...
Who knows, maybe they were also on the others I have listed where I don't currently know the support bands...?
I was attending college in the Boston area and once I was 21 (and could get into the clubs) I jumped at the chance to see BOC for the 1st time since 1982.
There were several warmup bands including an English group Shy Boy (I believe) and the new hair upstarts Tyketto.
BOC came on around 11pm or so & the set was exactly the same as the one listed for The Channel in Sept. 1990.
Highlights for me were Career Of Evil and R&B. Had to catch a cab back to my dorm due to the "T" shutting down at 12:30am but well worth the fare!
According to the Pollstar info above, a band called "Raw Deal" opened. "Shy Boy" may well have been on the bill also - I'll have to see if I can find out any more info on that...
The concert listings in the 26 January 1991 edition of the "The Journal News" [White Plains NY] featured the 1972 Verdi Fountain photo of BOC and this info below:
THE CULT, LIVE Three original members of Blue Oyster Cult, pictured above in this undated file photo, will appear live tonight at World Stage, 302 N. Main St, Spring Valley.
Also scheduled to perform are Tyketto, Dirty Rhythm and Samoriha. Doors open at 9, the music will begin at 10 p.m. Tickets are $11 in advance: $13 at the door. For tickets, call TicketMaster at 965-2700, Tapeville at 623-7565 or Alto at 352-6717.
26/01/1991: World Stage
Support: Tyketo, Dirty Rhythm, Samariah
The Gothic Theatre was and still is in same location - correction to the info line - the Gothic is in Englewood, Colo, a suburb of Denver.
In those days the louder the better, but not at this show. It was too loud, especially the bass as my pants cuffs actually vibrated. Of 20 BOC shows, this is the only one I couldn't fully enjoy.
An advert for this gig in the Thursday 31 January 1991 edition of the "The Los Angeles Times" included this info:
Blue Oyster Cult
2/4: Lost Soul Band 2/5: In Command
It looks as if this gig was originally scheduled for The Bacchanal down the road in San Diego - here's a concert listing from the Friday 1 February 1991 edition of the "The Los Angeles Times":
The Bacchanal (8022 Clairemont Mesa Blvd.): Blue Oyster Cult, 8:30 p.m. Thursday; Pieces of a Dream, 9 p.m. Feb. 8.
However, the existence of the above ticket indicates that the gig was actually at The Park Place...
I was in the Air Force, temporarily stationed at the Defense Language Institute in Monterey. I didn't want to go to the show by myself, but none of my classmates were into it.
Typical bar set up, BOC came on late. I got fairly close.
Don't remember much about the show, but I had an unforgettable experience on my drive to Monterey from North Carolina.
I stopped by and visited with Bolle Gregmar in L.A. Really glad I did. In addition to being super nice, Bolle showed me his Cult Museum. We talked for several hours. Melne was there too, and we went out to eat.
Never forget Bolle saying, "they're just the band, I'm Blue Oyster Cult." Bolle sure has done a lot for the group, including publishing the lyrics.
This gig was at the Omni in Oakland, CA.
Opening bands were local bands: Black Tide, My Victim. Both were terrible.
Here is a setlist contribution for my first ever BOC show... Februrary 12th 1991, Sacramento - CrestTheatre.
The only thing is it's not exactly in order, and I will indicate a "?" if I'm not sure about the song... But I think this is pretty darn close to what they played, using your site's other Feb. '91 gigs setlists helped a lot, and jogged my memory.
Again, I am definitely off in the actual order, but pretty close. Also not 100% sure about if they did Buck's Boogie or "Before The Kiss". By the way - this show kicked ass! The band/show was amazing. Too bad I've never been able to find a recording of it...
My most distinct memory for that show is seeing the "4 guitar line-up" during "Red & Black" at the end for the first time, as that was my first b.o.c. gig.
Also - Steve Morse from Dixie Dregs and now in Deep Purple, joined the band onstage for "Roadhouse Blues", on guitar.
Saw a mention of this show together with ticket stub and t-shirt images on this blog:
This show was at the Spartacus Lounge in Calgary's Southern Alberta Institute of Technology (SAIT).
It was an awesome show - I got to see Allen Lanier (RIP)
Unfortunately, I do not remember the opener - I might have missed them...
Thursday 02/28/1991 - Amazing Grace/Blue Oyster Cult: Sinbads, Williamsville, NY
Notes: I went with Kitty and Adrian, I was just shy of 21, but I chalked up my ID. I got through, Adrian didn't.
Set list (not in order):
I have an opening act update for you for the March 03, 1991 date in Misquamicut Rhode Island. I was the drummer in a band called Matthias Steele and we opened that show.
BOC were so nice to us and gave us full lights and PA that evening and I shall never forget that night!
The April 28th, 1991 show was at Dallas City Limits, not just "City Limits". Dallas City Limits was the full name of the club.
If I recall correctly, the opening act was Metal Church.
Incidentally, that concert took place on Jon Rogers' birthday. They even brought a cake out and sang "Happy Birthday" to Jon.
Back in the 80's through early 90's, The Stone was a great (if grimey) nightclub venue for the S.F. bay area Hard Rock and Heavy Metal scene. It's since closed down a long time ago.
It held maybe around 600 people, maybe 700. Well, since being late to the party (a BOC fan) this was my 2nd time seeing the band in four months. I had just seen my first BOC gig, in February, at the Crest Theatre, in Sacramento, and about a month or two later I was reading the SF Chronicle entertainment section, and saw the Stone's ad for upcoming gigs, low and behold, the legendary Blue Oyster Cult was back, this time in San Francisco.
My high school buddy, Tony S., and I made the trip from Stockton, and met up with another good friend of mine, Dave O. for this show. We got to the Stone, and if memory serves me right, Bolle and Melne were outside of the club handing out BOC fanclub flyers, and hanging out while we waited in line to get in.
Later, we watched the opening band The Four Horsemen, who rocked out with a Southern rock-boogie flair. Those guys were one of the better opening bands I've seen. But that night it was all about BOC!
The band took the stage to the usual "Blade Runner" background theme music playing, and ripped into "Stairway To The Stars", followed by "O.D.'d On Life Itself" and a real hidden gem, "Transmaniacon MC", which was a real treat. The crowd was packed full with die-hards (who else?) and was loving it all.
At this point, the band was playing strictly old stuff, as this was a good year away before any new material in the setlist. Eric and Buck were in fine voice and good spirits, always giving SF a killer show, as they do.
Bassist Jon Rogers, drummer Ron Riddle, and of course, the one and only Allen Lanier, on the keyboards and guitar rounded out the lineup. It goes without saying Buck Dharma was amazing on the guitar that night, but I'll say it anyway.
Getting to see the band in a small club is always a memorable experience, the intimacy and vibe is right on, powerful and immediate. Other highlights were... the whole show! Really, though - hearing "Unknown Tongue" and "Black Blade" back to back, was awesome, and a powerful version of "Astronomy", "Take Me Away", "ETI" and "Before The Kiss, A Redcap" were a lot of fun as well.
Of course, "the big 3" brought down the house, back when they used played "Burnin' For You", "Godzilla", and "Don't Fear The Reaper" all in a row.
Though not quite as lenghthy a setlist as the Crest show, from a few months before, I had no complaints, having seeing the mighty BOC twice in three months.
The encore was a rip-roaring version of "The Red and The Black" and I remember watching Allen, Buck, Jon, and Eric stand there just a few feet in front of me wailing away, and I still have a vivid, visual memory of that moment.
On the recording of this show, you can hear someone (maybe Bolle) say "that's the wimpiest kick drum I've ever heard"... LOL. True, Ron Riddle's bass drum was not up in the mix enough, but other than that - no problems.
Another great, rockin' BOC show for the loyal SF and Nor Cal fans. This was also (correct me if I'm wrong) the last time the band would play any other venue than Slim's, when in San Francisco.
The show at New George's in San Rafael, California on 91-05-06 was the last time Diz-Busters was played.
Eric asked me and Sandy Pearlman before the show if we desired anything special for the show and we both at the same time said Diz... and that's it...
The version went down somewhat weird with a minor misunderstanding between Buck, Ron Riddle on one hand and Jon Rogers with Eric and Allen on the other.... it sort of was... shall we dare saying it... somewhat untogether... and not to be repeated again to this day... maybe this can all change now that we're in the 2000s ;-)
This show kind of sucked, I thought. The place was small, hot, poor airflow... I think it may have been a converted skating rink or something (and, if memory serves, burned to the ground not too many years back).
Standard setlist, nice Roadhouse... and during Zilla someone in the front gave Allen a giant inflatable Godzilla and he paraded around the stage with it.
I only know of this gig as a result of the following listing in the 6 June 1991 edition of the "Lansing State Journal":
Tickets at door, (616) 732-CLUB.
Today: Blue Oyster Cult
Wednesday: Paul Revere & The Raiders
May 18th 1991 in Hawaii was drummer Ron Riddle's last gig, and June 7th 1991 in Wisconsin was Chuck Burgi's first.
I know this because in Bolle's morning final zine review of the Cleveland (June 28th) live broadcast - he states that that was Chuck's 6th gig with the band.
The problem with that, Mike, is that I have since discovered BOC played Grand Rapids the day before this gig - so - for now - that will represent Chuck's first gig...
June 8th 1991 at Boomers Public House was in Rock Island, not Moline. This also was an outdoor gig.
I found a listing for this gig in the Thursday 6 June 1991 edition of the "Battle Creek Enquirer":
Silver Dollar Saloon
3411 E. Michigan Avenue, Lansing Michigan
Tue-Sat: Bobby Friss
Sun: Blue Oyster Cult
I remember my first show. BOC had consumed my life since I was 11 years old and I had to wait 10 long years to see them with my own eyes. I was finally 21 and they were playing at Biddy Muligan's on the north side of Chicago. It was June 20 something 1991. It was a long time coming, I was finally going to see my only favorite band. But suckiness was about to strike, I got real sick days before the show. High fever (103.5), weak, crap coming outta both ends, ugh! But there was no way in Hell or this life that I was gonna let some stupid ass virus ruin this night!
My husband and brother, his girlfriend at the time and I drove up there and were early enough to be the very first in line to get in the door. We waited and waited as the line grew and what little strength I had vanished. When they finally let us in, my brother dragged my sorry ass quickly to the stage and parked me leaning against a speaker that was right in front of Buck's mic. I was so close my boobs rested on the stage. I was in a dream like state, brought on by the fever, though I convinced myself it was the sheer awesomeness of being where I was, finally.
The place filled up fast and it was squashing room only. As we endured the opening band, my head was spinning. Everytime I turned my head, I got a huge wiff of what I at any other time I would salivate over, but not tonight, too sick, beer and weed. By the time the support act left the stage, I had to go to the bathroom. Ugh. As I was squeezing my way through the mushed sea of fans, everything went black and I passed out. I dropped, but it was so packed, only my knees hit the floor, lol. As I went down, I grabbed some dude's arm. I'm sure he thought I was just some wasted doofussy chick and he yanked me back up and pushed me through the crowd.
I returned to my spot, at Buck's feet and as BOC took the stage, it was unlike anything I had ever experienced. It was like an epiphany(sp?). I was able to stand and make it almost through the whole show, I couldn't turn away, I couldn't rip them from my sight, the men who had so much influenced my life since I was 11, shaped my brain into the person that I was.
I can't remember the set list at all, sorry. But inevitably, I had to go outside and get some fresh air or I was going to pass out again. I listened from the sidewalk, I only missed the last couple songs. But that was ok, I was there, I got to see them with my own eyes, hear them with my own ears, I experienced the magic. They had played for me.
Oh, I had brought my T&M album with me (just in case, lol) and handed it to my brother's girlfriend before I had to get out of there and after the show she went to see if she could get it signed. As she was standing there, some one pushed her from behind and sent her over some line that was painted on the floor. As soon as she did a certain person (I won't name names, but his name starts with an S) screamed at her for going over the line and sent a fist flying into her face! Needless to say, my album didn't get signed, lol, as she called the cops instead. And we spent some time outside that evening listening the this person try to explain to the cops why he punched a female fan in the face.
That's the story of my first BOC show.
This set list is from Miwaukee's Summerfest show a year after Imaginos came out. This was a special gig for my girlfriend [later wife] and I and my younger brother Eric and girlfriend, Sandra [later wife].
Sandra knew a disc jockey at the local Milwaukee rock station 93QFM. He got us back stage BEFORE the show. We were waiting for the van with them to arrive which was cool. They pull in and right away we kind of descend on them especailly Buck. I have some pics of this, a tad blurry, but not bad. We all had ourpics taken with EB and Buck. Mine is with an arms folded EB looking tough in a cut off sleeve blue jean jacket and Buck holding his gtr. like he's playing it. I have a pic of Jon Rogers writing down the set list as Buck was reading them off to him. Right before that hit the stage I over heard Buck tell the roadie to "let these people watch from here" so we watched them from the wings stage left.
I have some very cool shots of them from behind and side. I will write the set list like Jon wrote it down. Actually got it at end of show.
I did get my cassette of Imaginos signed by Buck and still have that today...
I found a listing for this gig in the Saturday 8 June 1991 edition of the "The Courier-Journal" [Louisville KY]:
Phoenix Hill Tavern
Blue Oyster Cult
644 Baxter Ave. 589-4957
There were further mentions leading up to the gig, and then on the day of the show itself, "The Courier-Journal" had this:
Phoenix Hill Tavern - 644 Baxter Ave. In the Saloon tonight - the Plaid Rabbits (college rock), Blue Oyster Cult, $15.
I only know of this gig due to this listing in the 3 July 1991 edition of "The South Florida Sun Sentinel" [Fort Lauderdale FL]:
Blue Oyster Cult is booked at 9 p.m. at Summers on the Beach, 219 S. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale. Tickets $10. Call 1-305-462-8978 or Ticketmaster.
I first I knew about this gig was via the following mention in the 28 June 1991 edition of "The Palm Beach Post" :
Dade County :
Dave Mason, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, Iko Iko and Steppenwolf perform from 1-11 p.m. Thursday at Mildred and Claude Pepper Bayfront Park, Third Street and Biscayne Boulevard, Miami. Features fireworks and laser show at 9 p.m. Admission is free. Phone (305) 358-7550.
Then in the 4 July 1991 edition of "The South Florida Sun Sentinel" [Fort Lauderdale FL], a few more details were supplied:
America's Birthday Bash, featuring Dave Mason, Foghat, Blue Oyster Cult, Steppenwolf and Iko Iko, is scheduled from 1 to 11 p.m. at Bayfront Park, 301 N. Biscayne Blvd., Miami. Also scheduled are a tribute to Miami's soldiers from Operation Desert Storm; a children's area with rides, petting zoo and ice-skating rink; a laser light show; and a fireworks display.
July 5th at the Beacham Theatre in Orlando, Florida.
About the only thing I really recall from this show was a bunch of 'contest winners' parading onstage in Godzilla masks during the song.
I have info on this show. The opening band was called Rights Of The Accused.
The gig was also confirmed in the 5 July edition of "Florida Today" [Cocoa FL], together with a small chat with Eric Bloom:
Blue Oyster Cult's lead singer likes computers, dislikes violence
By Betty Webb
New York Times
Unlike many classic rockers, Eric Bloom, the lead singer of Blue Oyster Cult, isn't bothered by the increasing computerization of music.
"Computerization doesn't necessarily have to threaten creativity; it can enhance it. It has helped music improve, especially when it comes to the sound quality of the recordings," Bloom said.
Bloom joined Blue Oyster Cult in 1969, when the band still was named Soft White Underbelly. They quickly gained a following and signed with Columbia in 1971, when they began touring with Alice Cooper. Their 1976 breakthrough album "Agents of Fortune" featured the hit "Don't Fear the Reaper." Two members of the original group are gone, but Bloom, lead guitarist/songwriter Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and keyboardist Allen Lanier have remained with the group since its early acid-rock days.
"We write out of our original aesthetics," said Bloom, "so even though we've grown along with the industry, our sound is still pure BOC." The group currently is touring and writing new material for a summer recording session.
When asked how BOC's music has changed, Bloom said, "Well, we've gotten older, and some of us - myself included - have kids. So we're more aware of the image that rock artists project, especially to the pre-teen group. Some of these characters get on stage all tattooed up, and what is that?
"Of course, rockers should be able to get all the tattoos they want to, just as they should be able to sing all the four-letter words they want to. But parents should make sure that their 8- and 9-year-olds aren't listening to it. Kids are just too impressionable at that age."
Profanity can be a crutch, argues Bloom. "Look at the difference between Andrew Dice Clay and Jay Leno. Jay can do his entire show and have everyone in stitches without once using profanity. Now there's true creativity."
But as strongly as Bloom feels about cleaning up rock acts, he is disturbed by the double standard that many parents practice with their children.
"I worry about this society," he said. "Sex in movies or on TV, oh, bad, bad, bad. But take your kid to the movies to see someone's head chopped off by various farm implements, that's OK."
He makes a sound of disgust.
"We don't need censorship. We need common sense."
Blue Oyster Cult performs today at the Beacham Theatre, 46 N. Orange Ave, Orlando. Tickets are $12 to $17. Doors open 8 p.m.
I only know of this cancelled gig due to it being mentioned in a listing for the 5 July Orlando gig in the 5 July 1991 issue of "Florida Today" [Cocoa FL]:
Blue Oyster Cult at the Power Station on Saturday is cancelled, but is still scheduled for today at the Beacham Theatre, 46 N. Orange Ave., Orlando. Tickets are $12 to $17. Doors open 8 p.m.
Clearly, they were able to be book a St Petersburg gig in its place (see next entry).
I can confirm this show took place on this date and featured Foghat...
Yes, Foghat. BOC blew 'em off the stage.
This gig was listed in the 5 July 1991 issue of "News-Press" [Fort Myers FL]:
Blue Oyster Cult - 8 tonight Beacham Theatre, Orlando; 7 p.m. Saturday, Jannus Landing, St Petersburg.
I found a box ad for this gig in the 27 June 1991 edition of "The Des Moines Register":
1st Annual Summer Fest Under The Stars featuring:
Blue Oyster Cult
Tickets on sale now!
Then, in the 11 July issue, there was a listing containing some ticket details:
Blue Oyster Cult - July 20, doors open at 6:30 p.m., the Runway, Des Moines; $10 now, $14 day of show. Tickets available at the club.
I found a mention of this gig in the 4 Aug 1991 edition of the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" inside an ad for a two-day Powerboat racing event on 10/11 August:
Saturday 9:30-5:30: Qualifying Races And Practice -
Saturday 6:00 pm: Blue Oyster Cult In Concert (Admission Free With Paid Ticket to Grand Prix -
Sunday 9:00-5:00: Races - (Championship Race Begins At 3:00pm) - Tickets $12.00 In Advance; $14.00 At The Door. Tickets Available At Dierbergs Super Markets And Music Vision Stores.
In the edition that came out on the day of the gig (10 Aug), the paper had this:
Blue Oyster Cult: 6 p.m., George Winter Park, Fenton Mo. Rock concert in conjunction with the Bud Light 20th-Anniversary Championship Grand Prix Powerboat Races held 10 a.m.-5 p.m. today and Sunday. $14 includes the concert and both days of races. (577-2922 or 487-2679)
The original site had this gig down as having taken place at an unnamed venue in Youngstown OH.
However, I have since seen reference to the show actually being part of the Rock 'n' Ribs Festival which occurred at Eastwood Mall, which is technically in Niles OH, not Youngstown.
Also on that day's bill were Blackfoot and Rick Derringer. BTW: the next day's Festival concert was headlined by Donnie Iris/Joan Jett.
1991 - 25 Aug, Country Lodge, Lime Lake, NY, USA, Shadowfox and Peer Pressure Project opening
For the 91 gig there were 2 openers (as per the stub): Peer Pressure Project and Shadowfox (Shadowfax opening would have been something, since they were an 80s kind of New Age/Ambient group -- talk about contrasts!).
Country Lodge, Lime Lake 1991 - See above minus the snow ;-) Another redneck kind of bar. I remember this show being SCREAMING loud!! My buddy who had never seen them said he needed to go outside at one point (they were letting people stand on the porch and in the parking lot to smoke or whatever) and we both commented that outside the sound was at what normally be considered concert volume. Yikes!
This gig was in a small area near the Summerfest grounds in Milwaukee. I notice on your gigs you go from August to October with no gigs. I saw them that Sept on the Old Style stage at this park. Cheap Trick played after them but we left before they played.
At this show we talked to Buck briefly over a small fence before the show and also Allen who seemed reluctant to come over but did anyway.
Set list was probably the shortest I had seen them do, but not that short:
As I recall I could not get camera in, had to back to car. Also no ticket stub for this. It was pay at gate and get hand stamp. You'll have to take my word on this one.
Saturday, October 19, 1991... A few friends and I attended the Blue Öyster Cult concert at Dibbo's in Hudson, Wisconsin. Hudson is located close to Minneapolis/St. Paul.
Prior to BÖC's gig, we were at game one of the '91 World Series (Minnesota Twins and Atlanta Braves) at the Metrodome, in Minneapolis. As soon as the final out was recorded, we headed straight for Dibbo's, arriving just in time to catch the start of the set.
Dibbo's is a small venue, and the stage is only about a foot high. I worked my way to the front of the stage, where I stood eye-to-eye with Buck Dharma. It doesn't matter where Blue Öyster Cult is booked to perform; every show I have witnessed has been incredible, as evident by the tight gig at Dibbo's.
CAREER OF EVIL!
Now that's weird - so far as I know, this show was cancelled and did not happen.
I had been in the area roofing and went there after work every night. Saw posters there and heard about it on the radio.
My brother Mike had just moved back from California and wanted to go, so we road-tripped there and walked in all pumped up only to be told it had been cancelled..
I found a listing for this gig in the 31 Oct 1991 edition of "The University Daily":
Blue Oyster Cult and Uncle Nasty will play at 8 p.m. Sunday at West L.A., 5203 34 St. There is a $11.50 cover charge.
11/22/91: BOC headlined over opening acts Voyer and Tin Pan Alley...
I was working At Rit Drum and Guitar and I helped BOC's drum tech get a package together of some new drumheads ad they put me on the guess list which was cool.
I was asking If Bucks Boogie was on the song list. It wasnt. It was a killer show! This is cool - for the encore, the guys ended up playing it upon my request. And dedicated it to me. I'll never forget it.
So thanks to the internet, I can finely say Thank you!!!!
After researching a bit, I was delighted to see that the 13 December 1991 show coming up in the bands' tour dates. I attended that show in Danville, IL I was 14, and coming from "rock-type" parents, my mother got me tickets to that show.
My memory of the set list is fuzzy, however, as far as I can remember, the set list was the same as that of the 02 November show in Albuquerque,NM.
Although I was young, I was a big fan even then and there's no stand-out memory of the two set lists being any different. I remember thinking to myself that they didn't play "Astronomy"... and one of the cats from Foghat pushed over Allen's keyboard setup when they came out. THAT has certainly stood out in memory, as when the band took the stage, Eric apologized to the audience that "someone wasn't being too professional".
Hope this helps your site out as far as research goes. Love the giglopaedia and thanks for the hard work of having this up for fans like me to be able to go back and not only reminisce but learn of what was.