2008: BOC still on tour forever!! This year - apart from their usual casino, resort and county fair circuit - they played Europe again, including eight exhausting shows in the UK.
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Time for my annual report from Annapolis. This year's treat was "Workshop Of The Telescopes" (yay!).
Thursday 1/24/08 - Rams Head Tavern, Annapolis MD
The Fillmore was OK but it just wasn't the same as the annual BB Kings gigs... still a great show but had to wiggle in and out of the crowd to get a good view of the show.
Here's the setlist, to the best of my recollection.
This is my best recollection I have. I do remember the great audience participation during Dominance and Submission.
I went and saw Blue Oyster Cult at the Hard Rock Live casino in Biloxi, MS. on January 31, 2008. This was my first concert of the year and at least my 6th BOC concert overall(I really need to figure the exact total one day). Foghat opened the show for BOC
Here is the line up:
Eric Bloom vocals/guitar/keys
Buck Dharma guitar/vocals
Richie Castellano keys/guitar
Rudy Sarzo bass/vocals
Jules Radino drums
Here is the setlist with my ever insiteful comments to follow
The one thing I really like about BOC is that the set list is never the same. You know your going to get the big three, but aside from that, anything goes. Tonights show had a definite Buck theme going with the majority of the songs being the ones he sings lead on. His guitar playing as always kicked ass. He was doing alot of jazzy solos opposed to the normal crunch(and their was still plenty of that) I was really diggin this show even though I was as sick as a dog(almost any other group I would have gave up and gone home) Shooting Shark was very Cool and this had to have been the first time I've heard them to The Vigil live. Eric was playing alot of keys during this show as well.
I love ETI and then to throw in Joan Crawford was a nice treat. The Last days of May is another favorite and this version had to have been at least 10 minutes long, Hell all the songs were longer than the album versions. Godzilla came around and stepped on panama city(good I hate that fucking town) I was kinda expecting a snippet of some Quiet Riot song when Rudy did his Bass thing since kevin Debrow recently passed away, but I didn't think we would get the Whitesnake and Ozzy snippets as well. Very Cool. Buck did some more amazing guitar work before launching into reaper. Great song, but they need to tone down the cowbell. The band left and came back for the encore of Dominance and Submission. Not sure what time the show started, but it ended right at midtnight. Had to have been somewhere between 90 minutes and 2 hours
What more can I say, Great band, great show. Go check them out if they are ever in your neck of the woods.
On tour forever
Sold out crowd tonight in Falls Church...
Eric made it pretty clear that he was changing up the setlist, especially during the first few tunes...
Also said that Rudy was leaving soon to go back out with Dio...
I've been coming to your site since it went up, and wanted to thank you for publishing it!
I've been a BOC fanatic for 25 years; saw the Old Gods last night at the State Theatre, and was gratified not to be the youngest person there. :-)>
Here is the set list:
I believe the entire show was propelled by Rudy Sarzo's energy. They came the closest to having a "stage show" that I have seen this century. I recall they were once much more animated and enthusiastic, even as miniscule gigs. Last night they reminded me why they are my favorite extant rock band.
Hope this helps; thanks again for maintaining this site.
This gig will most likely go down as the worst show that I've ever seen, not just of BOC (it was not their fault!) but of any great group that I've seen in concert since I was a kid in the early '70's (and I've seen all the greats!) Let me explain...
BOC & Foghat played 2 shows, this one & the night before at the Atlantis Casino here in Reno. I was not in attendance at the first show (Sat night 2/16) due to illness. I understand Foghat opened, & BOC closed. Sunday night saw BOC open, Foghat close.
The problems with this gig began long before the show even started. Whoever books shows for BOC (or was it Foghat's management?) really took a chance with this one. I know that many venues are booked sight unseen, but this "room" was the pits. Tickets were sold for $32.00. It was a general admission show. Many fans (my wife Toni & I included) stood in line for over an hour in order to get the best seats when the doors were opened.
Upon entry to the "room" (it was nothing more than a meeting room where companies could have a corporate luncheon and a rah-rah talk) we were informed that the seating section located directly in front of the stage was reserved for "Platinum Card" holders, high rollers & big casino spenders, and that the paying attendee's would have to sit "over there". "Over there" was a section on either side of the stage that began where the stage ended.
Needless to say, there were hundreds of fans that could not even see the stage from the extreme right or left hand sections of this makeshift "concert hall" and were reduced to watching the show on a few large screens they had erected to project the show onto. Even the cameramen were lousy. They (the promoters) really did a poor job presenting this show, and this is just the visual aspect to the gig!
The sound was just as awful as the seating arrangements. It was as if the sound guy was deaf or it was his first time ever behind a mixing console. If Eric did not announce the songs, you could not tell what they were playing. As they were the opening act, they played a shortened set of around 45 minutes. The set list was The Red & The Black, Before the Kiss (to which Toni, a fan as long as me, leaned over to me and asked "what song is this?" You could not tell until the chorus), Burnin' for You, Cities on Flame, Harvest Moon, Godzilla then Reaper. They played no encore.
It all sounded so mushy and loud. You could barely hear Buck's Cheeseberger in this poor mix, and his vocals were almost inaudible. The light show was horrendous as well. It looked like some left over Christmas lights that would flash, and a spotlight thrown in. The poor Oyster Boys did their best to overcome these obstacles. Being the pro's they are, they at least looked like they were enjoying themselves. Rudy Sarzo was all smiles as he was playing bass. Jules was incredible on the drum kit. Ritchie seemed to be into it, striking all his rock-star poses. Eric & Buck seemed as though they could not wait to get out of there. (as did my wife & I). Hence no encore.
We left the building soon as BOC finished. I could not stand to watch Foghat under these conditions. The band deserves better than this. I don't expect they will ever play the Atlantis again (I wouldn't). There are a few venues in town that they have played in over the years, and fully expect to see Band again in one of them! The Atlantis sucks... 'Nuff said!...
Greetings from beautiful San Francisco. The Oyster Boys are alive and well thank you in the Bay Area.
After a few weeks off, a bit of rust made for a dynamic show in the small confines of Slim's nightclub.
We are one of the fortunate cities to have an annual BOC event in the new year at this intimate 500 capacity venue.
It's a rare opportunity to get really up close to the band and actually feel the heat coming from the backline stacks.
The spirit of BOC past was in the room. Albert, Joe, Allen's shadows loom. Eric seems to really enjoy the new life blood Ritchie, Rudy and Jules bring to the set. Buck Dharma makes the spine tingle with his mastery of the cheeseburger and that fat, thick, juicy tone.
It was also very encouraging to see many youths in attendance who were well versed with the BOC canon.
"Our best years have passed us by..." Not from what I saw last night.
Attended this show with my two brothers and son. Petaluma is a small town located about 45 minutes north of San Francisco. A combination of farmers, cowboys, new money. You get the idea. The Phoenix Theater is a beautiful old theater that holds at least 1500-2000 people. And for the Oyster boys, this place was sold out and packed to the walls.
If I did not know any better, you would have thought The Beatles were in town. The crowd was enthusiastic and BOC knowledgable... The demographics was mixed with kids, bikers, elderly, etc... BOC may have the most diverse group of people who attend any rock concert... BOC did not disappoint... I Love the Night, Last Days of May were the highlights.
During "I Love the Night". People took out their lighters and the theater went dark. It was very cool... no booze was sold at the show and I did not see any pot smokers. Unlike some concerts where you have to be high to enjoy the show..BOC sober is an amazing experience.
Leaving the show, some young skateboard dude, came up to me and proclaimed that BOC was the Dope (now he was probably stoned)... and he asked me if I had seen the show. I told him it was probably my 70th something show going back to when I was a teenager (now 45). He stood there in shock... I then told him to go back to his friends and high school and share the musical genius of this great band with his friends.
The set list may be out or order but...
Another sold out crowd at the Railhead. The Railhead, not a very large venue but the energy that is in there is insane! All us 50+ year olds get relive our childhood and just go nuts and suffer the day after. Well worth it! The show only lasted less than an hour and a half.... not long enough again. I really wish they could get a night when there was not another "tribute" band scheduled after them.
Eric gave the crowd the choice between Shooting Shark and Harvest Moon, Harvest moon won. That was a first. The concert went on, then came Last Days. Paul Cook from Meatloaf was in the crowd and joined the boys on stage. He played an effortless solo only to be topped by Buck's.
Godzilla cane and Rudy showed how the bass is played. They introduces him and played a few notes from Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Ozzy before the bass lesson began.
The oncore was a quick version of Hot Rails and it was done, gone for another year.
As you can see from the setlists, an incredible 2 nights. For me, great to hear Teen Archer and Career of Evil for the first time live.
The second gig on the first night was amazing; the middle section with Vigil-Veterans-Golden really unforgettable. No Dizbusters but I'm not complaining.
Jackpot was a strange town. Nevada is the only state that allows gambling (some states allow gambling in specific areas, usually linked to giving special licenses to localized Indian indigenous communities but Nevada is state-wide).
So, there are small gambling communities set-up just inside the Nevada state boundary to encourage visitors from the adjacent states; in the case of Jackpot, it is located just inside Nevada but serves as a gambling centre for residents of Idaho (the neighbouring state to the north) who want to play the tables.
So, BOC made it to the Cactus Pete casino in Jackpot and played as only they know how.
With the Toffees (just) picking up 3 points, it was a great weekend !!
Wow! What a huge difference it makes when seeing one of your favorite bands in a great venue. BOC played a tremendous show Saturday night in the very classy South Shore Room in Harrah's Casino in South Lake Tahoe Nevada.
The Last time we had seen the group was a couple months ago Feb 17 '08 in a crappy makeshift "concert hall" at the Atlantis Casino in Reno. (See my scathing review of that one!). This show was the polar opposite. Harrah's has a very nice showroom that has been hosting fine concerts for decades. With a large stage, professional lighting and a very good PA system, the Oyster Boys could not have sounded better.
The set list mentioned to the right was exactly what they performed. After having a few days off, the band was playing with renewed vigor and intensity, the likes of which we had not witnessed in quite a while. Eric was having a great time, bantering with the audience and singing with much enthusiasm (especially during Black Blade). He even mentioned how much they love playing there.
Buck also was in fine form, his guitar playing enthralling the packed out audience. His atmospheric and spacey intro to Reaper was extended this time around, and was quite mesmerizing. His vocals were also loud and clear. He really sounded good on Burnin', Harvest Moon and Last Days.
The sound mix was very good with all the instruments balanced well. Ritchie's guitar playing has vastly improved. He seems to be learning a lot from his mentor, Buck.
In his solo in during Last days, He was playing with more "feel" rather than trying to show off his talents as he had in the past, which is a sign of a good guitar player. His keyboard skills are also much improved.
Jules as usual was great on his drum kit. He played an intense solo during 'Zilla. The man on the bass guitar was awesome. Rudy Sarzo is an incredible bass player, and plays as if he has been in the band for years not just months. He brings a lot of energy to the stage, and the other members seem to feed off it (as does the audience).
After the Atlantis gig fiasco, it was great to see the group take the stage in a proper showroom. The Oyster Boys brought down the house!
The Skagit Valley Casino was a intimate venue, about 400 seats.
The first set really featured Buck. Nice long jams. He had to change guitars after the second song, (broken string), but brought it back out by Cities on flame. He's damn proud of that guitar. Buck has aged like a fine wine. Eric, still the front man hung back a bit. He is still "The Man", but passed some of the duties on to Richie Castellano.
Richie had some great jams! IM sure he has taken some lessons from Buck. He also sang "Hot Rails to Hell" I thought it was Eric for a while. Nice work.
BOC uses "Godzilla" for feature solos. Nice process. It is what it is. The main feature solo is Rudy Sarzo, from "Quiet Riot, White Snake, Ozzy" and now BOC. Rudy's thumb must be at least six inches long! Rudy does whale on the bass!
Jules does a nice job on the kit, but BOC is about guitars. I loved that a rodie was sitting behind the amps banging the cowbell during (Don't) Fear the Reaper. I really liked the four 22 plus year old girls in the casino with the cowbells with the "more cowbell" T-shirts! The poor security guards didn't quite know what to do!
I do miss the light show from years past, but the music and set lists are in "The Black"!
Here'e some short details on the show: Rudy's bass solo during Godzilla featured short snippits from his stints with Quiet Riot, Whitesnake and Ozzy Osbourne and also included Stanley Clarke's "Rock 'N' Roll Jelly" and "School Days".
Richie sang lead vocals on "Hot Rails To Hell" and a roadie named Aaron Leiling played cowbell on "Don't Fear The Reaper" (I may have his last name mispelled but the soundman gave me his name so I've spelt it phonically [perhaps it's Layling, Leighling or something similar].
Buck's guitar solo was not a known piece and is not to be confused with "Buck's Boogie."
Big thanks go to Kurt Kasey & Mary Godfrey, who comp'd me tickets for the 2nd set. Thanks!
Blue Oyster Cult - May 8, 2008
Here's a link to some photos I took at this gig:
This gig was at the Bottleneck Blues Bar in the fairly new Ameristar Casino. It had a cool "night club" feel, bar and tables in the back and small stage with heavy curtains in the front.
We sat about 3rd row, close enough to see the chip on the bottom right of Buck's Cheeseburger! They played 2 shows, and we saw both. Were really excited they played 2 different sets, too (with the exception of the big 3). Excellent set list, with the second show being slightly longer. They sounded tight, with killer guitar solos on Last Days!
I got the set list from the 1st show, and Buck came out on stage and autographed it for us. Then Richie came out and hung around the bar, so asked him to sign it, too. Rudy was gracious when he came out- took the time and sat down to sign it.
Then caught Eric walking back to the hotel (he's much shorter than I imagined!). And to top that off, we were grabbing a bite to eat after the 2nd show, and Jules walks in, so we were pretty stoked we got a complete autographed set list! Fantastic night!
Here's a link to some of my photos from the gig:
OK - set list first:
I have been to many BOC concerts and this was one of the best! BOC was on fire on Saturday. It was a very high energy show. Eric sang a bit more than he did at the last few shows I've gone to. Buck's Boogie was incredible and a bit longer than usual. ETI was fantastic and rocked HARD!
My major disappointment was with the crowd. It had thinned out significantly by DFTR. Perhaps that was the reason why there were NO encores. I find it hard to believe that people were there to see Jackyl over BOC. (There were some very diehard BOC fans there).
It is sad to see a band that still works hard, rocks hard and has such awesome shows playing to such small crowds. Life just isn't fair.
The Potawatomi Casino show in Milwaukee. Your set list is correct.
During Godzilla, Danny's bass solo included 3 bits of QUEEN songs, Another one bites the dust, Bohemian and one other I can not recall.
I went to the show last night May 17th Derby Lane. St Petersburg FL. 7:15 start time 8:25 end time Fog Hat went on at 9:00.
The set list was:
This was a 10 dollar show. and the venue was a dog track. I was a little leery it being at a dog track but for the price and it being B O C I wasn't going to miss it. The first thing I noticed when I got there was the number of B O C shirts in the crowd , and an hour before the show the t shirt guy was packing up because he had ran out of stuff. Out of the entire crowd that was there I saw maybe 5 Fog Hat shirts. This was going to be a bad night for them.
The set was very quick but really powerful Danny was back on bass and during his solo the entire band did a 5 song Queen medley. I cant stand Queen but it was awesome. Buck was dead on and Erics vocals were surprisingly strong. I don't think they were going to do an encore but the chants of B O C wouldn't stop. They had driven off and the crowd was still chanting. Fog Hat was about to take the stage and B O C fans were leaving by the dozens. I didn't stay either. The show was great the sound was great. This was my 32nd time and wont be my last.
Richie Castellano singed Hot Rails... maybe Eric was out of voice... so they closed the show this way...
More pics here:
All the users of this site were at the show with their cameras...
BOC have been great!!!
I was in Rome on 4 june to see the show and they played Black Blade as third or fourth song.
Your work on BOC is unbelievable, I appreciate it a lot.
From a long time Cult fan from Naples, Cheers...
Black Blade has now been added. Thanks.
This was my 4th BOC show I attended to date (previously: 1982 - USA; 1986 - Italy; 2002 - UK).
With a lot of excitement at finally seeing the best rock band on Earth, I left my home city of Torino at 7:30 pm with a direct flight to Rome. The plane landed some 15 minutes late respect to its schedule. I hopped on the first taxi available and made to to Stazione Birra at about 10 to 10 pm. As soon as I arrived I saw quite a few people hanging around the venue entrance, many with various BOC tees. For the occasion I had on the 35t anniversary tee I bought from the official BOC merchandise site.
I made my way into the venue, which is a very nice one, to discover with dismay that the tour t-shirts were already sold out! Maybe they did not expect so many devotees showing up. A bit disappointed, I moved toward the stage area. Inside some screens were showing the KISS live show and already a good number of hard core fans were placed in front of the stage. I took place second row almost in front of where Danny Miranda would play during the show, just to the right of Buck's spot. From my vantage point I could clearly see Buck's effect pedals.
Time was passing by and the crowd started to rumor after the indicated concert starting time (10:15 pm) slipped by. Finally, at 10:30 pm, the light went out and the speaker announced from NYC, THE AMAZING BLUE OYSTER CULT!!!!!
The crows (several hundreds) went wild and the band started with an amazing (This Ain't) The Summer of Love. I immediately noticed that Allen Lanier was not at the keyboard contrary to the info relative to the concert I saw. Richie Castellano was at keyboards instead. Summer was executed very powerfully with some subtle and effective differences from the album version. I noticed that the overall sound was very well balanced and good and all the players could be clearly heard. Eric's and Buck's voices were full and powerful.
We did not have yet time to recover from the Summer of Love blast that the band moved along with a stunning Before the Kiss (A Redcap). Buck had the lead vocal and played guitar with a neat style. After the introduction of the band's members, BOC started with the classic Burnin' For You. The song provided an example of Buck's guitar ability, with an extended solo toward the song's end that provided a refreshing taste to a song that was played this time pretty much as in the album. The crowd singed along all the way. Danny Miranda started hopping on his side of the stage in a crescendo that carried out through the end of the concert also showing an amazing bass playing ability (more on that later!).
Burnin' For You ended with a crowd going crazier by the minute, but the delirium was increased tenfold by the start of one of my favorite BOC song: Black Blade! Again, the crowd sang along the entire track. Danny showed some excellent bass playing and Jules Radino went after him in an excellent way providing the song with an unique rhythm section that supported Eric's inspired singing.
As understanding that the audience could not be stretched rocking any further, BOC, wisely played Shooting Shark immediately after Black Blade. Shooting, with its melodious guitar riffs and great Buck vocals "cooled" down the crowd but heightened its emotional status.
But then, back to "kick-in-the-butt" hard rock with a speedy ME 262 from the Secret Treaties album. Again, a tune the audience sang-along for the most part. Great Eric vocals. The "kick-ass" continued with a powerful Cities on Flame, played very "metal" by Buck with sharp riffs and backed up by an excellent Danny and Jules on the rhythm section. Eric and Richie provided devastating supporting guitars.
At this point of the show I was thinking: "Man, tonight they want to bring the fan to their limit. This is serious R-n-R!" Roaring "Rock'n'Roll" came from the crowd but the song was also played in two parts, where an interlude was made by the Eric presenting Danny and indicating his Italian origins and of being a member of Queen, as well as the Italian origins of Richie and Jules. In response to that, part of audience started to sing a traditional Neapolitan song that Eric and Co. accompanied with some waving gestures. But then back to rock!
As Cites on Flame closed out, Eric suggested we all play some Buck's Boogie. At that the audience went wild again and Buck started to play in his outstanding manner probably the best version of the song I heard live, dueting with Danny and Eric, but most important, having a lot of fun while playing it!
Eric then introduced the next song with praises for the beer brewed at the venue and we all knew what that meant: Golden Age of Leather. Eric invited the audience to "raise you beer can high" and the song started with a massive sing-along from the crowd. Again, it was magnificently performed.
Eric indicated again Danny Miranda's legacy with Queen and invited him to show the audience something. With a few cheers of encouragement from the crowd, Danny started an impressive "slap bass" intro of Another One Bites the Dust, but then it was followed by Buck's guitar on a few chords of We Will Rock You that melted into a brief Queen's medley. I was amazed on how easily Buck changed his playing style to match that of Brian May (I dare to say, Buck was even better than May......).
After this "wild and crazy" episode that delighted the audience, back to BOC with another of my favorites: Last Days of May. I have only one comment on this song: it gave me the shivers. Too beautiful! At the beginning the guitar solo was left to Richie Castellano, then Buck entered for the second part and it became simply amazing, so smooth and passionate at the same time.
Sounds of heavy footsteps "coming this way", as Eric said announced the next song. Godzilla, besides an entranced audience singing along, allowed Danny to show why he plays (also) with Queen. I had the luck to be standing just in front of him while he was doing his bass solo during the song and then played with Jules in a great bass-drum duet before leaving Jules to a superb drum solo, this time not so much tied to the battle between 'zilla and its human opponents, but to show Jules skills as drummer. Powerful but inventive at the same time he enjoyed a prolonged applause from the crowd at the end of his feat.
(Don't Fear) The Reaper followed suit and again the audience experienced the suavity of Buck's guitar and voice combo. The song played very similar to the album version, with little but significant changes that made the listening experience an unique one. The guitar solo parts were particularly poignant.
Eric and the band waved goodbye to the audience and left the stage after The Reaper. The crowd shouted for more and after a couple of minutes, here the BOC back again on stage. Eric has just the time to say "one more" that Hot Rails to Hell starts on his fast tracks.... this time with Richie Castellano on vocals. It did not sound as powerful as Eric, but nonetheless Richie showed an amazing versatility and the whole audience sang along.
With some disappointment, the band left after just one song, as previously indicated by Eric. The lights went on that road crew started to dismantle the equipment. Some copies of the set list was given to the audience and reading through it we discovered that black Blade was not in the official list and that the encore included Dominance & Submission that was not played. Overall a good tradeoff.
Again an outstanding act from the NYC band. Regardless of the time that goes by, the band is always a pleasure to watch and to listed, they are able to capture the audience and to bring it to its limit. As the good wine, BOC gets better aging.... and most important they are clearly showing they like to play and have fun with it.
As a perfect close out of one Enchanted Evening, Jules Radino came down on stage after the shown and was kind enough to sign autographs. I got my 35th anniversary tee signed and then an idea dawned on me: I better have all the band sign it.... but how? I was lucky to just pass by the backstage door at the time one guy asked to access backstage to present the band with an artwork he prepared. He was asked whether he knew English and the guy said no. I took the chance and offered my serviced as translator if they would have let me go as well. The deal was done and the guy and me walk upstairs in time to see Eric, Buck, Danny and Richie stepping out of the dressing room and approaching a buffet for a last drink and bits of food.
The guy presents his nice artwork on the BOC album covers and get it signed by the band. I then step in and ask if they could also sign my t-shirt. All agree gladly and Eric asks whether that's the shirt on sale on their web site (yes, it is! Picture is attached). We exchange a brief conversations about Italian wines and food and compliments about the gig just ended. The time for a picture of me between Eric and Buck (picture is attached) and the band is off to the hotel for a very brief rest before an early departure for Athens, Greece for the gig on June 5th.
we should thank the guys for these last days.
Many sound and vocal sound problems due to air flight delay... the band arrived at the airport at 18:30hrs...!!!!! that's why i didn't see them... they went to the hotel for a shower and then straight to play without SOUNDCHECK !!!!!!
i met the band after the show... pics... etc... very cool...
when they arrived on a jeep/van there were 200 fans near by i run behind the van and was naving them and then the van stops !!! they opened the door and Eric says to me "come in... come with us to the show..." but i was with wife and nephews and couldn't
the lady of the booking agency told me after the show what really happened... i was running and Castellano show me and was shouting in the car "Stop the car... stop the car..." and she was "my god... what happened ?? What's wrong ??" and Richie says "Stop... it's Makis..."
the crowd was AMAZING, VERY HOT SCREAMING etc... made the band hold video cameras to capture the show and their personal cameras between the long solos etc and they were taking pictures and they had THAT BIG SMILES looking each other watching the crowd...
(the songs aren't in order..)
Although I'm not very good at estimating crowd capacities, it must've been something larger than 3.000 fans.
The theater was beautiful and the atmosphere very warm. Crowd ranging from teenagers to people in their late 50s!
The support was a greek metal (heavily-maiden-influenced) band named 'The Ivory Tower'.
BOC started with 'Red & the Black' at 22:05 o'clock and finished their set with 'Hot Rails to Hell' at 23:55.
The setlist was:
The sound was excellent (especially Buck's) and Eric's vocals in a preety good shape. It was also amazing how much passion was put into the gig by the other 3 band members!
Biggest reaction from the crowd on: Burning for You, Joan Crawford, Godzilla, DFTR, Dominance!
Excellent live! The crowd was left shouting for more (although we were treated with 3 encore songs, which is not bad at all)...
On your Feet & On your Knees... Bands like BOC are eternal...
You can use my review for BOC's gig in Athens, Greece if you want for your website (great work!), as it's posted on Metal Temple mag:
Greg "Manimal" Chronis
Publishing Director - "Old-School Metallipedia" Editor
i wrote a review about BOC's gig in Athens, Greece last thursday. here is the link:
please feel free to use it for your website!
chief editor of the Greek web magazine www.rockpages.gr
A few pictures from the show (taken by my wife Helga) can be found at:
Some more photos of the show can be found on the page of the boerderij:
I found the setlist for the June 7th show at Sweden Rock Festival on another website and I figured I'd send it to make sure it ends up on the page.
Here's a link to the site I found it at:
BOC @ Sweden Rock Festival 2008 setlist:
They're on great form... from the opening "This Ain't The Summer" for an hour and three quarters - I don't think that I've seen BOC having so much fun onstage... the playing was (as ever) brilliant... and Mr Miranda seems to have brought back some real life into the band. Jules seems to be more comfortable too-giving his kit a real thrashing.
The best in ages and hopefully they'll be that good in London on Wednesday!
Check out this link for some great Bilston pics:
The hardcore fans were waiting at the entrance HOURS before the show... unfortunatelly when it was time to enter the venue there was some kind of bag-searching... so the ones who had video cameras, audio recorders and cameras were kind worried but finally besides one good friend it worked out...
A small but very good venue... not more than 900 fans I would say (almost full).
There was a support band (trio) named ANGEL HOUSE. They played Hard Rock... maybe sounded like Thin Lizzy a bit... not so sure... They played for 35 min...
Then it was time... BOC on stage...
Eric welcomed the British crowd and mentioned a guy from Greece on his right near the stage... They opened with "Summer of Love"... the sound was PERFECT... the band was more energic than the previous night at the "Brook" in Southampton...
They continued with "Before the kiss" and "Career of evil"... WOW !!!!!! It was my first time listening this song live... a VERY good version...
Then it was "Burning for you", "Buck's Boogie", and "Harvest Moon"... .
The next intro sounded familiar... and WOW !! WOW !!! it was one of my favourite BOC songs of all times... "The Vigil"... never did it b4 at any show I was... it was F-A-N-T-A-S-T-I-C...
Then we had "ME 262" where Buck had to approach his amps with distortion set to max to make the bombing sound right... after this one Richie took control on the keys on "Joan Crawford"... they played it very heavy...
Then Eric takes the microphone and says "... this song start like this: Raise your can beer on high... BUT Hey Makis,you can sing it in Greek... raise your ouzo on high... "... of course it was "Golden age of leather"...
Danny was making faces to Jules and they were laughing... the band seemed to enjoy every single moment... Eric mentioned the band's sites and RichieCastellano.com and his solo cds and said "Hey you Makis ... you have those cds don't you... ?"
Then it was time for the fans to select the next one: Last Days - Veteran - Astronomy... though I wanted them ALL... i preferred to scream on Veteran but the fans wanted and got ASTRONOMY...
Then it was time for the big monster... suddenly a huge plastic Godzilla appeared among the crowd and it was thrown on stage where Eric got it and put it on Castellano's head...
"Don't fear the Reaper" was the next one... and after that one it was the end... Jules Radino left his drums and run towards me and put in my hands his drum stick (later when me and Andy were back home I saw he had sent me an email saying he would do that)... GREAT GUY... and ALWAYS friendly with the fans...
The crowd was screaming for the encore... and the band came back on stage to play (only one... we were lucky in Athens to get 3... ) "Hot Rails to Hell"...
Another great BOC gig...
What a great site - well I have to say it was surreal the day I found out that one of my all time favourite bands would be playing in my home town for the first time ever, and I booked my tickets immediately.
Unfortunately The Regent didn't appear to have done any meaningful promotion of the concert, so I would estimate there were only around 400 tickets sold, out of a 1650 capacity.
The support act featured John Coughlan - the original drummer from Status Quo, with a lookeylikey Status Quo tribute band. If there had been a compettion for Status Quo tribute bands, they would have come last - enough said...
All of which made the BOC seem even better - they were slick and professional from the moment they hit the stage and launched into The Summer Of Love and through till the encore, The Red and The Black... awesome. I'd not seen any of the three 'new' members live before - and I'd say they were all very impressive.
My only moan - well my wife came with me and she prefers their newer music. The newest track they played was Shooting Shark, so although she really enjoyed the whole thing, she would have liked a Perfect Water/Harvest Moon or something else post mid eighties onwards in there somewhere... but these are small quibbles.
Looking at other reviews, I didn't know how much we'd hear from Eric, but he seemed in fine voice and very at ease with the audience. Despite the small turnout from the people of Ipswich, BOC played it like it was a full house and all looked to be enjoying themselves. Buck's playing was pristine as always and he always makes it look so effortless.
The highlights for me were The Golden Age of Leather and the The Last Days of May turned into a guitarfest. My wife's highlights - Burnin' For You, Godzilla and Dont' Fear the Reaper
I doubt they will ever come to Ipswich again, but for my wife and I, it was a night to remember... now someone please give them a record deal and lets see some more new material out there.
I'll watch this site with interest from now on - keep up the good work.
Above setlist procured from the mixing desk. Great gig, Cities a bit below par but the guys done good as always.
First chance to see Jules and Richie who were just great. A belting Astronomy replaced Last Days, two encores - See you in Black and can't remember (no doubt you'll get it though).
Here is tonight's show in Kentish Town at the Forum:
The highlights were, believe it or not, Cities on Flame and Astronomy - crowd favorites, everyone here in the fabulous UK seems to know the words even to obscure bits (no-one in America sings along with "Harvest Moon", let alone Me 262) (...and this last seemed to me to take a lot of b*lls to play in England).
The old men were great, the kids on guitar/keyboards and drums have matured wonderfully. It seems somehow fantastic that it has been 20 years since I interviewed them for my college newspaper at the Bayou in Washington, DC...
Fantastic Gig, met the band outside the venue pre-show. The venue is a great little place with good bars and staff
The band were on great form but thought the set was a little brief... Never been to a bad BOC gig yet have probably seen them about 10 times
"Hot Rails to Holmfirth"
It's been a long time coming...
I first got into BOC some 26 years ago and due to the band very rarely touring in the UK and concentrating mostly on their home turf of the states the chances to see this band live were very few and far between.
To be honest they are/were the last band that I really wanted to see live that I never had had the chance to see.
Last night after a long wait I finally got to see the band play live.
The picture drome in Holmfirth was the setting (A strange one for sure, not exactly the rock capital of the UK) and with a maximum capacity of probably not much more than 1,000 I didn't expect the turn out to be great. (I must just say though that this venue was perfect). I ended up front row in the gallery and got an awesome view. Great venue.
Many bands from the 'classic' eras of rock/metal are still going with varied success, and some of them really need to give it up as they sound terrible and just don't know when to stop. Turnouts for some of these classic bands when they tour the UK is low or tours cancelled altogether and I feared this may be the swansong in this country at least for BOC and they may be a shadow of their former selves.
After last night I was gladly proved so very wrong.
The place was packed to the rafters,probably not capacity but at worst a minimum of 700+ came out to see this classic band.
Now only Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma remain from the original line up but to be fair to them and BOC they were always the main focal point and chief writers anyway.
Sure, things have been hugely toned down as the years have passed, and whilst the flashing whip and mirrored guitars are a thing of the past, the band simply let the music do the talking,and it talks. . Volumes.
The band kicked off with 'Summer of love' and settled into a slow groove,just testing the audience to gain reaction and to set the tone for the evening. When the song finished and the applause was deafening you just knew you were in for a great evening.
The thing with BOC is that they are ultimate musicians. The band have a huge wealth of albums to choose material from,and they are the only band that I know of that simply can play anything on request from their back catalogue and randomly slot and swap songs night after night.
So far on this UK tour they have played over 30 different songs over 4 nights. And tonight was no different.
They simply plucked old opener 'Stairway to the stars' up out of nowhere next and really got the crowd going. 'Burnin' for you' is up next one of my all time faves, then 'Teen Archer' and then the shock of the night.
Cultosaurus Erectus was released in 1980 and is my fave studio album of BOC. I really wasn't expectin to hear anything from it tonight. So when Eric Bloom simply walks to the mic and says 'Unknown tongue' you could have knocked me over with a feather. The track is rarely played live and to hear it was something I'll never forget. Stunning.
Ritchie Castellano takes over on guitar from Eric to free him up to sing 'Cities on flame' next. Which has one of the greatest riffs ever written through it. Buck Dharma is on fire tonight too and his solo spot in this song just shows that whilst this band have been going for well over 30 years and they are still a force to be reckoned with.
A 10 minute long 'Shooting shark' is next where again Ritchie shows just how good he is. Eric is now sat quietly down on the keyboards.
Not for long though as the 'Secret Treaties' album is now vistied with 'Career of Evil' and then 'Harvester of eyes' with its AMAZING riff takes hold of Homlfirth and the crowd once again is revelling again.
'Last days of May' follows this and comes in at well over 10 mins long with an unforgettable guitar dual battle (for a long time too) from Buck and Ritchie.
Good ole 'Godzilla' is up next and showcases bass player Danny Miranda who is going to be Queen's touring bassist as of next week.
This guy is phenonemal on bass. And his solo spot then drops into a quick Queen medley from the band, featuring 'We will rock you,Another one bites the dust' and the end of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' but not for long before Godzilla reurns and then the place erupts as 'Don't fear the reaper is produced'.
For the encore we get a dual hit of 'Black Blade' and the frantic 'Red and the black' with an extended triple guitar solo. And then they're gone.
I've waited years to witness this band and it was worth the wait.
People were shakin their heads walking out not believing just how good these musicians are.
It was quite simply a master class.
I got to meet Buck and Eric at the end which rounded off a perfect evening.
I just wonder if there's any chance of Blue Oyster Cult coming back to the UK after this reaction from the british public, time will tell?
I HOPE SO.
Photos are up in my gallery:
They came, they saw, they kicked our ass!
It was always going to be a killer, given that the mighty BOC seemingly always pull something out of the bag for Newcastle, but this was full-on and no mistake. Due to the strange curfew of 22:00 - there's a regular 'Acedemy rock disco' on Fridays - we knew the gig had no support and that the band were due on at 20:00, so my mate Keith and I dragged ourselves into the venue just before 8 and stood about 10 feet back from the stage amongst the smattering of people there. And waited. And waited.
Lots of roadies ambling about, lights flashing on kit. No band. We did wonder if they were watching the footie, but just as the natives got restless, the lights went down and "Laydeez and Gentlemehn, are you ready to rock?" And off we went...
A stonking version of 'The Red & The Black' followed by 'Before The Kiss, A Redcap' a metallic KO, Richie Castellano throwing some shapes and trying to perfect the 'Guitar Hero' grimace, looking like a bizarre mix of Eric Bloom 1980 and Alex Lifeson 2008 as he wrung some neck.
The standard inclusion of 'Burnin' for You' showed Buck's voice was a little edgy but his fingers were in fine form, indeed. A slight lull, for me at least, in the shape of 'Harvest Moon' meant a trip to the bar but in the few minutes I turned my back, the place seemed to have double the number of people. Keith informed me that a 'coach trip' had arrived en masse by the looks of things!
A few digs from Eric regarding the forthcoming 'disco' - "You wannna hear some disco beats?" with Jules thumping out some 4/4 while the band grooved along - lead into a sublime 'The Vigil' with the whole band locking down the song, great harmonies from Richie, Eric, Buck and Danny. A great version of a great song. Then, well, blow me down, 'Flaming Telepaths!' The last time I'd heard this live was practically 20 years ago on the "Imaginos" tour, it almost brought a tear to the old glass eye to hear it again! Everyone was buzzing and roared along to 'Cities on Flame' to much appreciative nodding from the enigmatic Mr Bloom. The online contingent got a few words of praise, I heard Yorkshireman get a mention along with a couple of guys from the USA who'd seen a dozen BOC shows this year and hundreds in total.
'Perfect Water' is another so-so song for me, but it was delivered impeccably in it's mid 80's sub Rushian way. Followed by a crazed 'Harvester of Eyes' - right up front to the back of your skull, baby! Astoundingly well played and sung and it picked the tempo up again. Then Eric got into his best Michael Moorcock mode and told the story of a dark cave, Elric and Yrkoon, the clash of Stormbringer and Mornblade and the stealer of souls, the awesome 'Black Blade'. Ah, I love 'Black Blade', I really do, and this was almost perfect, but seemed to end a little too soon and lacked a 'you poor f*cking humans' payoff line.
Another long intro from Eric, sitting at the keyboards, telling the true story of some of Buck's friends who went out West with the idea to 'buy some, smoke some, sell some' and how that deal came to an end in the back of a rented Ford... 'Then Came The Last Days Of May' an absoulte killer version, with two blinding solos, the first a fantastic fret shredding showcase for Richie, then a heartbreaking economic use of notes from Buck as the song just spun up and around until the final verse then into that fantastic ending. Knockout.
Much glancing at watches from the crowd at this point as we knew we had 'Godzilla' to get through and 'Intro' and 'Reaper' as well. Could the guys fit in another song? A very funny welcome back to Danny Miranda, which included a hilarious take on 'We Will Rock You / Another One Bites The Dust / Bohemian Rhapsody' took us into the shortest bass / drum solo / Godzilla combination in living memory then into 'the song called intro to Reaper' then 'Don't Fear The Reaper' itself. Of course, the whole place went mad and the band were practically drowned out by the crowd and much leaping about and spilling beer ensued.
Off they went to tumultuous cheers and the crowd quickly took up 'one more song' and 'we don't want no disco, we don't want no disco, la, la, la lah'. A minute later, the boys were back, Eric taking the mike and said "hey, we'll have to be quick, there's guys with sideways caps waiting outside for the disco!" and then straight into 'Hot Rails To Hell' a 1277 express to heaven with Richie lead vocals, lead guitar, lead running about crazy....
Sadly, they ran out of time, Eric saying "sorry, guys, we took it right to the wire, right to the wire", the lights went up and that was it. The end of one of the truly great BOC shows, the band firing on all cylinders and a brilliant setlist. The spoiled child in me would have 'ME262' and 'Astronomy' instead of 'Perfect Water' and 'Harvest Moon', but hey, you can't get every toy for Xmas, right?
Every time I see BOC in the 21st Century, I think that's probably the last time and this show was no exception, but if that was it then what a fine, fine way to go out. I'll raise my can of beer on high, and salute you, the mighty BLUE! OYSTER! CULT!
This was an astonishingly good gig with the band (and audience) on top form.
Jules Radino and Ritchie Castellano bring quality musicianship to the current BOC line up, mind you Jules did spend the entire set playing under a very low ceiling on one side of this converted car ferry!
Stunning set list which included several surprises including a 32 year old Teen Archer and a rarely played Unknown Tongues, topped off by renditions of a couple of Queen songs in tribute to the fact that Danny Miranda is touring as their bassist in September.
This was my sons first ever gig (he is 10) and it blew him away!
Not so much a review... just a quick moan!
Last time they played Manchester (July 2006) was excellent, they played as a 4-piece as Allen had gone, but they did a great set including rare ones like I Love the Night and 7 Screaming Dizbusters. This time I went to Manchester - the final show of the UK tour - hoping for a surprise for this show... and we got one!! Unfortunately the surprise was not a rare song (I was hoping for WotT), but NO ENCORE !!
Anyway the 12 songs they did play were all good to see. Maybe I'd been spoilt by seeing 2 of the previous shows that week (Bilston and Holmfirth, both great with a big change to the setlist from one to the other), but after these, Manchester was a bit of an anti-climax. Roll on the 2009 tour?!
Having driven from Denver the day before the concert, what I expected from the group was a bit of a surprise. Especially Buck, who instead of being the Maestro was very humorous. That was great with me, he was stopping after songs in a frozen stance. I thought that his guitar was turned up plenty bit the vocals seemed to be not LOUD enough... But it may have been because I was in the Front Row.
Richie had a marvelous Guitar Solo, which got an elbow knock from the best there is - BUCK. Jon Rogers had a fun sing a long Bass solo. Jules was amazing last year in La Junta, Co. and was the same here in Kansas City.
Eric set up all the songs including 'Golden Age of Leather' and sang great. BUCK was the coonsumate Pro with the Guitar and VOCALs...
Here is the setlist from West Fargo:
First up was Slaughter, then Dokken and BOC finished off the evening, or night I should say as Blue Oyster Cult left the stage at 12:20 AM. BOC took about an hour to get their gear and tuning ready.
This is understandable, as they have 3 guitars, a bass and keyboards as well as 4 people singing. The previous two bands had one guitar, a bass no keyboards and less people on vocals.
BOC did sound better than the other two bands, so the set up time was worth it. The only problem was it eliminated the time for encores. BOC hit the stage at 11:20 pm and left the stage at 12:20 am.
The crowd was into them, and emotional high points of the set seemed to be Buck's Boogie and then the guitar interchange between Buck and Eric towards the end of DFTR.
BTW: There was no into before DFTR. Buck just started playing the first notes. That was really kind of anti-climactic, I prefer it when they play an opening teaser to set the table for the drama of DFTR.
The moon was bright yellow, it was a calm beautiful night, and the music at times seemed to spiral off into the stars. The crowd appreciated the pumped up version of Od'd on Life, it got a big response.
The concert was supposed to finish up inbetween 11 and 12, and BOC left the stage at 12:20. One thing I was sad about was that the 50 to 60 minute set up and tune time caused some folks to hit the road early, and they did not hear any of the BOC set.
I cannot estimate how many people attended the concert. It was a half mile oval racetrack with a large grandstand, (for a local dirt track) There were not that many people in the stands, probably 500 , but then the area on the ground, in front of the stage was quite packed. A rough guess would be a total of 1500 to 2000 people. The price was sure right, 20.00, and that included the 5.00 admission to the fair.
One more thing I need to report from last night's show. Before I mention that, it is important to realize that I am a Santa Claus at Christmas time, and have the necessary beard. I dye it completely white for the holidays, but the rest of the year it is part red, part brown and part white.
So, just as it became apparent last night that BOC was finally set up and tuned up and ready to go, a woman standing in front of me turned around and announced in a loud voice, "Well it's about time!" Then she grabbed hold of my chin hairs and proclaimed, "This guy's beard was one color when they started tuning up."
They sounded great, but only played 9 songs that lasted less than an hour.
The crew was having trouble changing equipment from Dokken. In fact, it took them an hour.
B.O.C. didn't go on until 11:30. It was still great to hear them though.
Check out this link for some great Niles pics:
I saw them in Clinton Iowa on July 5th, opening band was Shadows of Knight, and here is the set list in order:
We drove up from Kentucky to this small Iowa river town for their River Days festival. They played in a grassy field just over from the river. The stage wasn't much to look at, but they did have VIP seating up front which was cool.
We got a pretty great set list- Teen Archer, Me262, Joan Crawford, Harvest Moon... A nice outdoor show despite the blistering July heat.
Here's a link to some of my photos from the gig:
I saw BOC at the Pittsburgh Civic Arena on May 10th, 1976. I would not have remembered the day without your website. The first band was Starcastle, then Styx, followed by BOC. It was great. Over the past 32 years, I was never close by to any of their performances. About every 3-4 months, I would check TicketMaster to see where they were.
About a month ago, a friend of mine saw a little blurb in our local newspaper. The Mayo Civic Center - Down by the Riverside, was trying to get BOC. Low and behold, I checked BOC website and they had a date, July 6th. I couldn't believe it, they were coming to my town.
I was there last night, front row. After not seeing them for that long, I was impressed by the sound and enery that was projected by them. Totally amazing. I can't believe it's been 32 years. I can't help too much with the song list. They opened with "This Ain't the Summer of Love". The other songs that I was familiar with that were in the set:
The encore started with Hot Rails to Hell, then another that I wasn't familiar with. There was at least one other that I didn't know. I wish I knew about your site before the concert.
Also, after my first concert in 76, my friends and I took some forks from our high school cafeteria. In shop class, we made the "Kronos" - BOC symbol out of the fork. 3 of the prongs were used for the 3 lines out from the center. We curled on prong into a tight circle down to the bottom of the prong. The fork handle was curved and shaped to the bottom of the Kronos. We painted them blue. I still have my after all the years. I was hoping to give it to Buck after the show, but never got the chance. I guess I'll put in back in my desk drawer. I will try to get a picture of it and send it to you. You might appreciate it, being the true BOC fan.
Also, they had a different bass player. I wish I could remember his name. He was introduced by Eric. He was the original bass player for Quiet Riot, then went to Whitesnake and did a tour with Ozzy. Hope that helps you find his name. He was fantastic and did some solos.
Thanks for sharing your website for all the BOC fans in the world.
I saw Blue Oyster Cult last night (July 18th) in Pittsburgh. It was a free outdoor show, it was very hot, very humid, and I would guess there were well over 1,000 people there.
There was no opening act, just a little under 2 hours of pure BOC heaven! Here is the set list:
They sounded great. Eric's vocals were a little ragged, but not different than when saw them 10 years ago. The new band members really bring alot of energy, and complements the aging Eric and Buck rather well.
I only wished they would have played longer! I wanted to hear "Red and the Black", or "ETI", or "Astronomy", or even "Lips in the Hills", but, you know, they could have played 4 hours and I still would have wanted more!!
I went to the Erie, PA BOC concert at Liberty Park Amphitheater on July 19, 2008. They were the only band playing and it was outdoors.
Rudy Sarzo played bass. I got Buck's pick from the show and another, but whose that is I don't know. It is green, with an eagle on it that says Clayton beneath it. If you like a picture of them, I can do that.
Here is an approximate set list: Summer of Love, Before the Kiss, Burnin' for You, Cities on Flame, ETI, Golden Age of Leather, Harvest Moon, Harvester of Eyes, Perfect Water, Last Days of May, Godzilla, Don't Fear the Reaper, and for an encore The Red and Black
There was a bit of a switcheroo in the set (in both content and running order). The one posted on the stage (which the crew was gracious enough to share with me after being asked nicely - thanks!) called for ME-262, Cities On Flame, Golden Age Of Leather, and Black Blade before Last Days... so rather than ME-262 and Black Blade, we were treated to Harvester Of Eyes, and ETI found it's way back...
Stage time 7:30 - 9:00 PM. A relatively short 90 minute set (I'm guessing due to local ordinance), but one that delivered the goods! Here are a fewreflections on another fantastic performance:
The weather was threatening to upset the proceedings - it was overcast, hot, and humid for the better part of the afternoon, and as showtime approached, it did begin to sprinkle a bit. The passing shower was thankfully brief, and never returned.
This year's "Roar On The Shore" was a great success - and the turnout for the show was exceptional - there were people as far as the eye could see... I actually turned around with my camera to get a few "crowd shots", but the pictures don't tell the whole story, as there were far too many in attendance to fit in one (two, or even three) frames.
Despite this vast sea of humanity, I was able to successfully navigate through to the front and center, in the 2nd "row" of sorts. The $15 ticket proceeds from the show were donated to our local Shriner's Hospital for Children, and it should be interesting to see how well they did from this evening. I will have to check tomorrow's paper and see if there is an attendance estimate, or a total $ raised for the Shriner's - I will upddate if this information is available.
I haven't experienced this kind of tunout at a BOC show in many years, and it seemed like the Oysterboys were catching a really good vibe from the concertgoers. Moods were good, with smiles all around, and their performance was simply inspired. The energy that was being channelled from audience to band and band to audience was simply amazing...
Sonics were well done, and the mix sounded really good regardless of location (which is no small feat). I am hoping that someone with the technology had the ability to capture the audio of this one... I'd love to get my hands on a copy!
Eric was in particularly good voice this evening, and sounded fantastic - which was a real treat when Harvester Of Eyes was played. I haven't witnessed it quite like this since '95/'96 - it was surreal, as if I had stepped out of a time machine.
Another big surprise came in the least expected of places - (Don't Fear) The Reaper. This evening's rendition was breathtaking... and was much more lengthy than I recall ever happening. Not counting Buck's instrumental interlude lead in, DFTR had to run almost 10 minutes this evening - I was gobsmacked! I've said it before, and stand by the opinion, that one of the greatest talents of this band is the way they can dive into their tremendous catalogue, dish up a tasty morsel or two, and keep it ALL fresh and new!
Special thanks to messrs Bloom, Roeser, Castellano, Radino and Sarzo (and all those who have come before, for that matter) for creating years and years of inspirational music, and continuing to deliver consistently fine performances!
What an awsome show! The Cascade is known for it's great sound, and the boys were spot on! Pretty roudy croud, and everybody was rocking.
Special for me also. My daughters first B.O.C. concert with my pal Russ, Ron, and Homer. Thankfully, my daughter Ashley was the designated driver! She also got a drumstick signed by Jules and delivered by Che'.
Last Nite BOC played two great sets at the Boardwalk in Santa Cruz (CA). The first set began at 6:30 PM, beginning w/(This Ain't) The Summer Of Love and concluded w/a wonderfull jam that was both inspiring and surprising.
The second set began at 8:30 PM and was as promised: a very different set than the first. I'm not sure b/c it was a night gig, or what, but the set was very unexpected and (i used the word "surprising" B4) thrilling.
i guess i didn't really know what TO expect from them, not having seen them since around 1987 when they played the Catalyst here in Santa Cruz, but i've seen other bands perform at the Free Friday Night (Summer) Concerts at the Boardwalk and it was "carbon copy" "crackerbox" and somewhat "manufactured" but BOC was not like that.
They did "Harvester of Eyes" which sent me into a frenzy and also "Black Blade" which almost made me pee. i think i expected them to do both sets the same, playing all the "hits" and none of what "fans" might want them to do. It was a fabulous concert and something i'll never forget.
The place was absolutely jam packed, both on the beach (sand) and on the Boardwalk itself; there were ppl as far as the eye could see. i was wearing a BOC Baseball Tee that i got in 1979 at a (Bay Area) Day On The Green (where i'd seen them like 5 times) and i felt proud in wearing it (and the fact that it still fit me fine).
I was talking to someone who said they played at Slim's in SF not more than 5 months ago. That would have been a great place to see them, but last nite's concerts was fix enough; they were great and left me wanting more.
On the 2nd set, they did come out and do one more song as an encore (i don't think they're "supposed" to do that but the audience just wouldn't let up!) w/Richie Castellano singing.
All-in-all it was a great time and like i said, i'll never forget it.
Let me start off by saying that not only were these two concerts my first concerts ever, they were also my first Blue Öyster Cult events! And I was newly 15 at the time! Now that we have that out of the way, I'd like to let it be known that I had a great time... WITHOUT drugs! :D
When we began packing the car on the morning of the 25th, I remember saying to my parents: "Come on, let's go, we're going to be late!" Typical morning rush from me, actually. I always do that... Fast forward a lot up until we finally arrive at the beach at exactly 5:30. Now, the place was packed, and I start to panic, because I didn't want to stand all the way up on the boardwalk. Apparently the word had gotten out that there were free concerts on Friday nights, and people were always coming out in the thousands to watch these bands play, no matter who they were.
I began to walk around and over a bunch of concert goers until someone shouted out "Oh my God! That Kronos you're holding is so cool! Can I please see it?" (A little background here: I had packed my BÖC plaque that my dad and I had made out of sign foam in hopes that I could get it signed. I have a picture of it around here somewhere... I'll see if I can find it.) So I say 'of course' and pretty soon, I have a seat right in the front next to some fans named Rob Miller and Georgia (didn't catch her last name). They managed to talk me up a lot about the band, asked me about my knowledge (since I was only 15, I guess they thought I didn't know who sang Dominance and Submission on ETL or why Albert was fired or who was the drummer after Jimmy Wilcox), and said that I was really in for a hell of a show.
At this point, I think it's a fair statement to say that I was dying of anticipation.
At 6:30, the roadie named Andrew came up on stage and finally announced that it was time: "On your feet or on your knees, here they are, the amazing Blue Öyster Cult!"
They started off right away by ripping into SUMMER OF LOVE, apparently the opener for the year. As an opener, I would have preferred The Red and the Black, but that actually came later in the night... Anyway, it was a very powerful version, and the sound was actually pretty decent for an opener.
Right after they struck the last note, Eric went straight into O.D'D ON LIFE ITSELF, which I had been dying to hear live ever since I first heard Tyranny and Mutation. At this point I'm thinking to myself, "they could leave right now, and I'd be perfectly happy", but it didn't stop there.
BURNING FOR YOU was up next and it was exactly what I expected. Buck is a great guitarist, and I'd normally be pouring out affection for his playing at this point, but no one wants to read that.
Next up was CITIES ON FLAME, and Eric's vocals were spot-on this night. I remember watching A Long Day's Night and being concerned about his voice not holding out as well anymore, but this was certainly a very good cover version of the Cities from OYFOOYK. :P Buck's finger cracking and Eric's cymbal bashing were interesting to watch, but I love the way Buck just messes around with the whammy bar. Always makes me laugh when I see a video of it.
SHOOTING SHARK. Another song I was really hoping for, although it really would be nice to see Veins or Eyes on Fire sometime next year... probably won't happen... but I digress... Anyway, Richie blew me away with his solos tonight which IMO were just BARELY topped by Buck's. I think that Buck was just a little bit off that night, and it showed in the solos he was playing against Richie's. This was also a great song to showcase a little bit of Rudy, because Godzilla oddly wasn't in the first set. Great bass playing.
Finally, the last non-irritating song of the set, BUCK'S BOOGIE. Man, this was the highlight of the set for me, and probably most everyone else. It was an absolute face-melter; Buck ripped the hell out of those strings... so much in fact, that he had to change guitars for the next song because he busted a string...
DFTR... no intro... It started out ok... Eric made a joke about the whole More Cowbell sketch... ok, fine. But then. That's when it all went downhill. Eric told everyone out in the crowd that had a cowbell to play it, "just as long as you keep it in time, OK?" Well... that's not exactly how it went down. There was actually this idiot right next to my dad, that was banging the stupid thing so hard and off time, I could barely hear the song. That's not really my issue though... I've heard the song so many times I couldn't care less about whether some moron wants to ruin it. My problem came at the beginning of the next set...
SET 2! Alright, I was excited! After a mostly good Set 1, I couldn't wait to see what Blue Öyster Cult had in store for me next! Maybe Black Blade? ME 262 "The King of Battleships"? Golden Age of Leather? They were all certainly possible... in the weeks previous all 3 had been played, multiple times.
THE RED AND THE BLACK was the opener, and boy, was I happy... until that idiotic cowbell guy started up again right in the middle of the song. Man, I was irritated. It ruined the song for me, and now I have to wait until 2009 to hear a proper version with no cowbell. (I must sound like a serious prick, please excuse me.)
REDCAP was expected, and it was great, also as I expected. Not much to say here, except a small comment about Rudy. This guy really knows how to play to the crowd. It's almost humorous watching him pick every single note of his little solo in the middle; he gets so into it!
BURNING again... Still Burning...
Next was ME 262's replacement for the night: HARVESTER OF EYES. Not complaining, it was a great tune, and had the background vocals crooning "Harvester of Eyes" along with Eric's lead. Sounded great!
Continuing the harvest was HARVEST MOON. Not a bad rendition, to be honest, but it really doesn't seem fresh anymore (I should just stop writing this review, I feel so bad about all of these negative comments).
BLACK BLADE was next, and I gotta say, when those dark green lights hit the stage, I was cheering louder than the cowbell that started up at the beginning of the song. I wouldn't let anything ruin this one for me. That said, it was probably one of the best moments at the concert that warm Friday night.
Uh oh... who's that coming up the beach leaving giant footprints in the sand? Is it Joan Crawford? Gamara the flying turtle? No! It's GODZILLA! How'd you like that entrance? Pretty good? I think I could make a tribute band... Anyway, this song was exactly as was expected, great solos from both Jules and Rudy.
Then REAPER again... this time we got an intro though. Also, I forgot to mention... the guy behind me banging the cowbell was actually escorted up onto the boardwalk by security for interrupting Rudy's solo in Zilla; it was freakin' hilarious! That made the night for me...
ENCORE!!! HOT RAILS of course! It was a fantastic rendition of the 1973 not-hit. Richie really has a great voice... I don't want to say it rivaled Joe's because I'm a relatively new fan and... well, you know. Anyway, that's my shortened review of the night's events... I may write more later, but it's about midnight here and I have school, so... good night everyone and keep on rockin' in the free world!
Sound check - Perfect Water
Just wanted to let you know during The Last Days Of May, Vinnie Moore (UFO) came onstage to jam with them. Pretty Kick Ass.
UFO was playing the next night. It was called Rocks The Fox Weekend.
Redcap has kindly uploaded a clip of Last Days of May from this gig on youTube - before the song kicks off, Vinnie Moore says "My first concert ever was these guys..."
The highlight of the balloon festival was this show.
Bad Company went on first and the show was very good. BOC was late due to plane delays and they got a police escort to the festival so they weren't unreasonably late. They lost their instruments in the plane shuffle and had to borrow from Bad Company and whoever else had (See pics). Their clothes selection was limited as well!
The set was excellent and you'd never know they were playing everyone else's equipment... Gave a different feel to the music - Teen Archer, Shooting Shark, and Last Days of may cooked! Awesome outdoor concert!
A very good show. Band had transportation problems. Got there late, but their gear didn't get there at all. Had to borrow equipment!
I am doing this from memory, I think it went like this:
There may have been another encore (or I may be missing one from the set list), but I didn't catch it (had two kids falling asleep with me).
I saw them in Peoria, Illinois on August 16th, opening band was Waterstreet, and here is the set list in order:
At both this show and the show I caught in Clinton on 5 July, the solos were in Godzilla, both times Eric announced the bands Rudy was in and they broke into quick little pieces of Quiet Riot (Bang Your Head), Whitesnake (Still of the Night) and Ozzy (Crazy Train)
The difference between the 2 shows was Jules Radino played in Clinton and had the main solo during Godzilla, and it was very good to see Bobby Rondinelli back for Peoria.
In Peoria Rudy broke into this crazy funky bass solo that he did not do in Clinton. Thank the man above I caught the whole solo on my digital camera, it was awesome!!!!!!!!!!!
August 18, 2008 at Ocean City. Same set list as August 15th:
Great show though! Buck and Richie were awesome!
I was there, and the setlist DEFINITELY went as follows:
PS: The venue was actually "Two Rivers Amphitheatre". The concert was not held at the Casino, which I believe owns the amphitheatre, but they are actually seperate properties.
I saw the show in Frisco, Colorado on Saturday night. It was the twenty-first time I have seen B.O.C., but had not seen a show since, I think 2003 or 04 in Windsor, CO. Too long in between. As always B.O.C. put out a quality product.
To the best of my memory the set list was-not in order:
I know I'm missing one or two - Heck, I can't remember the whole set list anymore. I use to be really good, but I guess I'm getting old...
I did not see any of the support acts. Just a few local bands This was an outdoor free show called Music on Main Street. The City of Frisco brings in a few acts each summer to help bring in revenue during the off season.
The opener was Marcia Ball a rockin' band. I thought they were great.
I checked the set list for Frisco on August 23 but have a difference.
I noted the songs down during the gig so it should be correct. Also, I note that the set is identical to the previous night and identical to the set the following night except for the encore.
The location was a amazing, with a backdrop of the Rockies as the sun set. It was a free concert arranged by the city (!) of Frisco, which is a small gateway town to some of the main ski resorts in the area. The stage was set up in the middle of Main Street.
After some pre-gig technical hitches, the band played for nearly 1hr 40mins with extended versions of most of the songs. Last Days of May just gets better every time!
Black Blade was probably the wrong encore - the crowd was really buzzing by that stage so it needed something more upbeat (Hot Rails? Dominance?) and hardly anyone knew the song. At least there was a great intro (about 2-3 minutes) with reference to Michael Moorcock.
Please note the venue name was "On The WaterFront Festival - Oasis Stage"...
Harley Fest. You do not have set list for this, or the venue. Harley Fest was held on the Summerfest grounds. The summerfest grounds have numerous stages. They played at the Harley Stage [go figure].
I have the set list from the stage.
This show we got to watch them from backstage again, from above in a VIP area. It is this show that my brother Eric and I took Buck out to a Mexican resturant with our wives and two of their friends.
This was awsome. I had to keep pinching myself. I sat to the right of Buck and the wife to the left. I showed him all the pics I had taken over the years and we just talked and talked about anything and everything.
He signed my remastered SEE cd on the inside pic where they are all pouting. He had no idea about this pic. He signed it "everybody pout, Buck Dharma" and drew their logo next to his name. Very cool.
This is the show the day after Harley Fest on a street near downtown Milwaukee.
You don't have this set list either. Here goes :
During Reaper, Aaron the roadie held up a huge cowbell and the whole band got a great laugh out of it.
Here is the set list for the 9-1-2008 Rib America Show in Indianapolis. You did not have it listed and BOC did not have it on their site either.
It did happen - I was there.
Here was the line-up for the day:
9/1/2008 Indianapolis RibFest setlist:
On a scorching day in the humid midwest Blue Oyster Cult came on, hit their mark, and made my day. Another indicator of how good this band is was demonstrated by their resilience. With John Micelli sitting in on the skins, they never missed a beat, and really rocked the crowd, most of whom were there to see 38 Special. I respect that band, but BOC were smoldering in the hot days sun.
Thunderous and having fun, they gave the crowd more than it expected and won over many that realized what they had seen was a driven band of no relent.
ON YOUR FEET, OR ON YOUR KNEES
God Bless Them!, LET IT ROCK!
Here's my review of the rescheduled show that took place at Tuxedo Junction, Danbury, CT.
Tuxedo Junction is across the street from the City Center Green, where the show was originally scheduled. Tuxedo Junction is a small club with a maximum capacity of 500, which was not met that night.
There was myself and a few other hardcore fans waiting in line from about 5:00pm till the doors opened at 6:30. Despite the hurricane leftovers which caused some fairly heavy flooding, we all swapped stories of concerts past & waiting wasn't too unpleasant.
Rudy showed up and greeted the fans before he went in to do a sound check with the rest of the band. The soundcheck was actually pretty impressive, they played full versions of Summer Of Love and Shooting Shark, and a bit of Golden Age Of Leather.
After everyone was nice and wet, we were let in promptly at 6:30pm, and the Dave Powers Band started playing at about 7:00pm. They were quite loud and not that great, but at least the music seemed fitting for a B.O.C. show, better than the Heavy Metal cover bands I saw open for them at Toad's Place in 2006.
The crowd expanded to about 150 people by the time B.O.C. came on, I think a lot of people figured the show was cancelled due to the inclimate weather.
Here is the setlist I wrote down at the show:
The saxophone player was Chris ?, from the David Letterman Band, his playing on Shooting Shark was excellent as was his playing on the encores. Never thought I'd hear Black Blade with a saxophone solo, but it sounded pretty cool, thought that song and Shooting Shark were really smokin'.
John Micelli replaced Jules on drums, he was also excellent. After the show Richie and Buck talked to folks and sighned some autographs, I got my Super Hits CD sighned by Buck.
All in all it was a great night with a very small an intimate crowd, lot of parents brought thier kids and a fun night was had by all.
The band played great as usual with Ritchie covering the parts Allen used to do with notable skill.
As much as I miss Allen I have to say they still sound great and I'm looking foward to todays show at the City Center Green.
I was at the Danbury show and it was excellent! The weather was perfect, you could walk right up to the stage or walk around and get a good view from anywhere.
The setlist was great and it was nice to see John Miceli again - we played great despite the time that has passed since he played with the band before.
For me ME 262 was the highlight of the show - great sound, tight playing...
I took over 1,000 pics of the band that day although the background wasn't great and the sun was bright on everyone's faces.
The second of two free shows in Danbury, this one was held on the City Center Green in the bandshell.
Easily over a 1,000 people, about 10 times the amout that attended the previous nights show. Surprisingly the set was pretty much the same both shows, with one or two songs changed.
The weather was beautiful for this show, unlike the soppy mess people waded through the night before.
The sound mix was better and the performance was a bit more inspired than the night before.
Here's the setlist I wrote down at the show:
No saxophone this time, guess he had to get back NYC for Monday's David Letterman Show. A very cool weekend of B.O.C. I must say, definitly got my fill till they come around next time.
This was always going to be tight timewise, the UK being an hour behind France. School commitments meant Simon and I couldn't leave home until 1600 (1700 in France), allowing time to drive to the port or the tunnel and a minimum 30 min check in time meant that realistically we couldn't be on the train or boat before 1700 (1800 in France).
On the tunnel a 35 min crossing time meant an arrival somewhere between 1830 and 1900 in France, on the boat a 90 min crossing meant an arrival in France at about 1930 - 2000 local.
Glyder, Dom informed me were due on at 2030, BOC at 2130. Add in the 30 min drive from Calais to Dunkerque, the tunnel was the best option and was duly booked, an RV at hotel was arranged with Doug and Anita and things were looking good.
Cue Thursday and the fire in the Tunnel! Dilemma... will it open again by Friday afternoon? Will I get a refund if I decide to book a ferry? Will there be space available on the ferries? This close to travel, how expensive will a ferry be?
Anyway, decision made, arm and a leg duly donated to ferry company and crossing booked for 1700. OK it will be close but should still be able to RV with Doug and Anita and then get to see Glyder as hotel is only 3 miles from venue. Good news then arrives in the form of an e mail from Eurotunnel, they have themselves cancelled all tickets for Friday and will refund in full.
1600 Friday, Simon and I leave home and fight the traffic chaos that is Dover as hundreds and hundreds of trucks and cars are blocking roads to the port all desperate to get across the 21 miles of the English Channel.
Eventually arrive at 1630 at the port to check in. "There's a delay of 25 mins we are told"... OK still not disastrous... drive to the car lanes and wait... and wait... and wait... phone call to D&A - they are en route but stuck in traffic... we wait some more... let's ring Dom we think, to advise we will be late.
Hello Dom... explanations follow, no problem he says, I'll see you at the venue... oh by the way, you do have tickets don't you? No... we say, we're buying at the venue... ah. says Dom... IT'S SOLD OUT... ALL 1200 TICKETS!!! ... what... don't worry I'll put you on the guest list says our friendly promoter. A BIG thank you for that Dom
Anyway.. there we are... waiting... still... ferries come, ferries go, but not ours, until at 1750 we finally board and at 1830 UK time (1930 in France) we sail out of Dover harbour. Further phone calls to D&A result in an agreement to RV at the venue. Come on Captain, we pray, put your foot down.
2030 French time comes and goes with our boat still sailing merrily past Cap Blanc Nez, still 30 mins from Calais. Approaching the harbour, we then heave to, awaiting not 1 but 2 ferries to depart the harbour... minutes tick by, we enter the harbour, we berth, the ramps go down and we drive off the ship, 30 odd miles to drive, and the time is 2110 local.
French motorways are good, 130 KPH (80MPH) limit... until you get close to Dunkerque, one speed camera flash later, we leave the motorway and find the hotel... 2135.. aagh they'll be on stage... check in... come on can't you do that quicker... dump bag in room, back to car, sat nav already programmed, 3 miles to go... red light... red light... red light... red light... 2150 drive past venue... where to park? Answer a good half mile away.
2200 Simon and I both out of breath race up to the door, as Shark starts... there's a crowd of about 50 plus milling outside listening, these people couldn't get in but were all hanging around outside listening to the music!
5 min delay while our tickets are located then in... huge hall, packed with 1200 people enjoying the music. Miraculously find Doug and Anita not far from the sound desk, Doug in stitches that I have walked in during Shark (my dislike for that particular track being fairly well known I believe).
And the show went on, Simon showing amzing prescience in saying I hope they play JC, seconds before they did, and likewise he screamed for Black Blade at encore time and duly got it... Eric later claimed it was a lucky coincidence but the vibes must have made it across the hall...
French crowd responded very enthusiastically, particualrly to Boogie, both LDOM solo's and intro/noodle. The latter was particularly enjoyable, one of the best I have ever heard, starting with a rougher edge/feel to it than I have heard before. Hot Rails also enthusiastically received.
French crowd was a total mix, typical rock fans, families with young kids, the town's local dignateries/chamber of commerce all in attendance.
Dom had done a fantastic job, he got brilliant local press and publicity, had the mayor and town council on side, the interviews saying repeatedly how proud they were to have such a renowned international band in their town. Dom duly pressed flesh and took them backstage post show.
Free programmes had also been printed up, a very nice touch by Dom, along with some excellent poster artwork. Remember he managed to sell 1200 tickets in a small northern provincial French town, and everyone including the band seemed to enjoy it immensely.
Anyway, back to the narrative... band and Dom duly seen on to bus past huge throng begging autographs it was back to hotel for post show drinks in the room of D&A. A couple of bottles of wine later, some delicious cheeses, and tomatoes fresh from the garden at Grosslangenfeld, young Simon and I rolled into bed at around 3AM. His second BOC show and first post show party duly registered.
Saturday dawned... farewells said we parted company with D&A and headed back to Calais, to check in... "There's going to be a slight delay" were the first words as we presented our tickets...
I'd just like to endorse Phil's comments about what a massive vote of thanks all we Western European fans of all things BOC owe to Dom Berard. Whereas most of us are a motley collection of whinging, moaning old bastards, Dom actually goes out and gets things done!!
I take mon chapeau off to him - vive le Dom!!
Some information about this concert - Perhaps in disorder, but I remember in the list of the gig:
It was a good show (2 hours). Sympatically.
In the first part : a french jazz/metal/funk guitarist : Neuwal.
Some information on this Very Good 4th B.O.C. show of my life (huge fan for 35 years) after Paris 84, Nice 86, L.A. 88 and (one of) the best: friendly and confidential scene (around 300 fans), good sound and very good band ...
Rudy sarzo played a fantastic set and so did Richie Castellano (nice guitar solo in last days of may!!)
Eric and Buck still on top !!!
Set list probably with a little disorder, sorry:
It was an incredible show, a fantastic band that i found out only an year ago.
A perfect set list including pearls like : Joan Crawford - Harvest moon - I love the night - Black Blade and a brilliant version of Last days of May.
I still can't explain why BOC are so underestimated in music panorama.
I hope to have them back soon in Italy.
I was in Milan yesterday night, hope you find thiese informations useful :-)
It was a great show, almost perfect performances... especially Buck, Rudy and Ritchie were outstanding, Eric too did a very good job especially on Black Blade an See You In Black (in wich he also had to fight with a rebel microphone without missing a word...)
Italian guitarist Matt Filippini was guest on Last Days Of May.
Setlist was quite different from previous shows:
Maybe the order is not perfect but I'm 90% sure about it...
Ok, that's all... Happy to contribute to your truly great site...
BOC LIVE@LIVE CLUB, TREZZO SULL'ADDA-MILANO 17 SEPT 2008:
Guesting on LDOM an Italian guitarist whose name I don't remember (Max something); he had just recorded a solo album featuring Eric, Glenn Highes and others.
Better than Rome (and a longer gig, running more than 1hr 45mins from 10:30 to 12:20 pm).
Nice place in Trezzo sull'Adda (some 40 km from Milano), the usual 400-people Cult audience, sound almost fine except keys too low and snare drum too loud (you can't beat them all...) Radino seemed a bit uncomfortable and Rudy Sarzo stole the rhythm show.
Buck flawless as usual and at least I got to hear Eric's voice (weaker than in the glory days but still quite good, I'd say).
They had some problems with cables at the start of ILTN (Buck's guitar was dead so they had to start again) and at the start of SUIB also (Eric proceeded to "fuck-off" the mic).
Eric had a new custom guitar (Hallmark i presume) - SG body with Kronos crosses in red on blue;
They introduced Sarzo with a medley of Ozzy/Q. Riot/Whitesnake riffs before bass solo (they did the same in Rome in June with Miranda, just a couple of Queen bass lines)
The five of us (a bunch of friends including a professional Italian drummer, who wasn't particularly thrilled by JR style) had a good time; as I said about the Rome gig, it's basically old time guitar rock with many hints of their glorious past, and a fine way of growing old indeed.
They came out to meet the fans after the show, but I missed my chance since we all had to come back home as soon as possible.
First of all, it's better to clarify that the venue was in Trezzo Sull'Adda, about 205 km east of Milano. The correct venue name is: Live Club Trezzo.
Song list of BOC show at Live Club, Trezzo Sull'Adda (Milano), Italy 17 September 2008:
Band line up was:
BOC was the only band playing and it was an indoor show.
Warm night - a bit far away place for the show, but nice venue and a decent crowd (a few hundreds, maybe 600-700), lot of them with various BOC shirts to show their pride. Placed on second row in front of Eric's stand and waited for the concert to start.
Since I was at their concert in Rome this past June is was almost impossible for me not to compare the two shows. I have to admit that, overall, this gig in Trezzo was better than the one in Rome for two main reasons:
At a point Eric boasted an amazing guitar with a field of the Kronos logo on the body making the same optical effect than the Star Wars opening titles and what it looked like to me an open dragon mouth at the end of the guitar arm. Fabulous!
Brief, cool medley of Rudy Sarzo's former bands (Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, Dio) at a point and I was particularly pleased by Buck's Harvest Moon, one song that always struck my heart.
It was really neat see the folks around me sing along every single line and the encores were to remember with an inspired Eric singing "Like to See you in Black" and Richie singing and leading Hot Rails To Hell.
After the show all the members of the band showed up for the hardcore fans that remained for photos and autographs and I had my More Cowbell (from the Saturday Night Show) signed by all (second time after Rome) and a couple of pictures taken (with Eric and Jules). It was also very nice that all remembered me from Rome!
Great evening, great show. An enchanted evening.
I just returned home tonight after seeing BOC headline at the Capitol One Bank Theatre (formerly North Fork Theatre) in Westbury, NY (9/26). My wife and I had great seats - 6th row from a revolving stage!
Here are some observations and the set list. The opening acts were Vanilla Fudge (who came on at 8pm played for an hour) and were very tight, great vocals. Followed by Foghat, who had great energy and also played for 1 hour.
BOC went on at 11pm and played only 1 hour with no encores. This was apparently due to a town imposed curfew which caused them to wrap up their act prematurely and have the place clear out.
Though it was great seeing Eric and Buck again. Buck's vocals and guitar playing were sharp as usual, but we had some difficulty hearing Eric's vocals on the lead for This Aint the Summer of Love opener. No one was sure if this was due to a technical sound issue with the mic or Eric's voice not being up to par this evening.
Regardless, my wife and I had a great time and here is the set list:
Hello there, Love your site! I too was at this concert 6th row as well Section H.
I saw them last year and they really rocked the house. For some reason they just did not seem up to the task. Where was Alan Lanier? This has to be a new record for short setlists.
In the future they should just play alone and let us hear some of their great music from all the albums.
Vanilla Fudge and Foghat were excellent, but I came for BOC and was left going home and playing album after album to make up for the teaser they gave us. I was grateful for I Love The Night and Summer of Love, but how about something from Imaginos? And Astronomy is a must, Perfect Water all great live jams.
Keep up the site, its great!
I recently say BOC at the Westbury Music Fair in New York a few weeks ago, and I penned short review of the show, and my cousin took some pix.
Here's a link:
I attended the BOC show on October 1st in Jackson, Mississippi.
I noticed you have no info on the setlist. While I did not write it down, it does appear that the setlist was the same as the one they did the next night in Orlando. That's going from my memory.
I know they opened with Summer of Love and the encore was "The Red and The Black". As far as the arrangement of the other songs, I would feel most certain that the Orlando gig was the same. Hope that helps.
The short setlist from UCF 10/2/08 runs as follows:
Just 10 songs and I'd rather not give the review. I'd rather remember them how they were but it was great to hear I love the Night live.
BOC was the headline performers but Foghat was shooting video for something and for an opening act (which I assumed they were because it was billed that way) played a good hour and a half. Their encore Slow Ride was 16 minutes long.
I guess I wouldn't have been as upset but we payed good money to see BOC (there were 4 of us) and I think a little over an hour just didn't cut it. If I saw them at a small club, sure, but as the headline act playing less then the opening band... to say I was saddened and disillusioned would be an understatement.
I've been a fan for 30 years and this is the first time I've felt that way. The only saving grace (if any) was I had never seen I Love the Night live so it was a first.
Regarding the extra lyrics to I Love the Night, as far as I know, there's an extra harmony bit:
"Out in the air, cool and clear
It's free, it's the only way to be..."
And then the extra verse is:
"Now I never rise until the sun falls,
and my vision knows no walls.
I'm looking for ladies walking alone.
They forget the day, when they hear me say
I Love The Night."
Concert Date: 03 Oct 2008: here's last night's setlist and band lineup details at the Veterans Memorial Amphitheater at Jeffererson Barracks Park in Lemay, Missouri (just south of the city of St. Louis' city limits).
BLUE OYSTER CULT:
Eric Bloom - backing vocals, electric harmony guitar, electric rhythm guitar, keyboards, lead vocals, percussion
Buck Dharma - backing vocals, electric lead guitar, lead vocals
Richie Castellano - backing vocals, electric harmony guitar, electric rhythm guitar, keyboards, lead vocals
Rudy Sarzo - backing vocals, electric bass guitar
Jules Radino - drum set, percussion
Additional Musicians: Aaron Leling - cowbell
Great night of music, as April Wine put on a great show prior to BOC. The gig was in a huge park at a really neat stage with stone walls and cool colored lighting. We sat Buck's side in the front VIP section. Security was pretty cool, they let us stand right in front of the stage all show.
We got a pretty long set- 12 songs- opened with Summer of Love, and the crowd sang the intro to Golden Age. Great night!
Here's a link to some of my photos from the gig:
Set list may not be in perfect order:
Love the site...
Here is the set list from Oct 4th 2008 Grenta Heritage Festival:
Here is the complete set list, in order, for the October 11th show in Cottonwood, AZ.
The show was an outdoor gig in Cottonwood, AZ. Temperature was 46 degrees at showtime (6:45). The band played for 90 minutes. Unfortunately, the sound mix was bad.
One other really bad part of the night is that some tool from the audience threw 2 bear bottles and almost hit Buck and Rudy. The band looked surprised and the crowd started yelling at the guy.
On a brighter note, the band looked like they were having a great time despite the cold temps.
Eric was going to change the set list just before ME262. He went to each band member and said something. He talked about the clear Arizona sky and I got excited thinking that we might hear Astronomy (or perhaps ETI) but then was told that they couldn't play whatever song he was changing it to.
Anyway - great show. Hope to have more BOC shows in Arizona soon!
BOC were tremendous - I cannot let another 30 years go without seeing them
Here's the set list in order:
The opening band for this gig was Shellshocked Churchills. Nice band with an excellent lead guitarist. Only did two covers ("Locomotive Breath/Cross-Eyed Mary" and "Wooden Ships" of all things) and filled a short set with original numbers.
Richie was fantastic on the keyboards (and played with his usual furvor). Rudy was jumping all over the stage all night, and even Eric was a lot more animated than the last time I saw the band in 2006.
The solos were again during "Godzilla", with the medley of "Bang Your Head/Still of the Night/Crazy Train" to showcase Rudy. After "Godzilla" ended, Buck played an instrumental piece that I did not recognize while Jules got a minute or two of rest in.
My only disappointments were in "Joan Crawford" and "Black Blade", where a lot of taped dialogue/special effects were used. I had always assumed that the final voice in "Black Blade" would've been done through a vocoder or some sort of synthesizer, and it was kind of a let down to hear it canned. Otherwise, this was a fantastic show.
Penn's Peak: 10-31-08:
Halloween show at Penn's Peak in Jim Thorpe PA. A beautiful venue at the top of a mountain with all exposed beams on the inside.
In the Last Days of May slot, they let the audience cheer for Last Days of May, Astronomy, or Veteran of the Psychic Wars. I felt that the audience cheered loudest for Astronomy, but they did Veteran, and Buck *tore* it up. Better than Buck's IMO. All in all a good show.
This show was fantastic... How do these guys keep going?? Somewhat of a homecoming for Buck,and the day after his 61st b-day. His wife was from Rome NY, And he got married in Lee NY, just mins. from the TSC.
These guys rocked,it 's 51st show for me Love these guys thanks for the good times...
Here's the song list:
Sold out show loved these guys!!!! Thanks for the web site
Here's a link to a slideshow of my photos from this gig:
Set 1 - (Duration 1 hour):
Set 2 - (Duration 1 hour + encore):
Here's the rundown on Saturday, November 15, 2008 at The Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Casino, Connecticut USA...
Two shows, no opening act...
Woody on sound, of course...
Show One 8pm:
Show Two 10pm:
The "FOR HARDCORE BOC FANS ONLY" show (as stated on the official T-shirt)
Maxwell's Bar & Restaurant
Hoboken, N.J. 07030
Eric, Buck, Richie and Jules once again had Mr. Rudy Sarzo filling the bass role. Quite exciting to watch him play from only twenty feet away. Despite the hair metal heritage that guy is one hell of a musician.
This was a special "FOR HARDCORE BOC FANS ONLY" show. Unadvertised with tickets priced at $150 dollars through the fan club. People were apparently coming in from all over the United States for this once in a lifetime show.
I, of course, got in for free through my brothers connections with the club.
At about three and a half hours the band certainly rose to the occasion. This was the twenty sixth time I've seen Blue Oyster Cult and it just might have been their best sounding show ever.
# 27... Stalk Forrest song--- It was Arthur Comics.
This is some info from last nights Blue Oyster Cult gig at Showcase Live at Patriot's Place in Foxboro Ma.
The venue is new (this year) and it was my first time there. Excellent place to see a band.
I have seen BOC 6+ time the last time being in 1999. They were unbelievable.
Eric Bloom - guitar/vocals/keys
Buck Dhama - vocals/guitar
Richie Castellano - keys/guitar/vocals
Rudy Sarzo - bass/vocals
Jules Radino - drums
Buck Dharma still rules on guitar
I was at the Dec. 12 BOC show in Foxboro, MA, and have a couple of comments.
The set list as given is missing "The Red & The Black," which was performed towards the middle of the show - i want to say between "The Vigil" and "ME262," though i can't say this with 100% certainty. Eric led into the song with a quip about having just bought a '72 Chevy Vega around the time the album (T&M) came out.
There were no other bands on the bill.
The band's timing was solid, though there were some technical problems: Buck's guitar wouldn't make sound at first, and some of the mixing was off throughout the show. Buck was flawless and made it look easy (of course). Richie did a solo during "Last Days of May" that blew the audience away. As mentioned in previous set lists, the band took a break in the middle of Godzilla to give a nod to Rudy's previous gigs, a medley with a few bars each of Quiet Riot, Whitesnake, and Ozzy; then there was a drum solo; and then they finished the song. Then Buck played solo a bluesy riff i didn't recognize, leading into Don't Fear the Reaper.
On the setlist for this show the red and black should be between burnin' for you and shooting shark...
I've fixed it now - cheers!
The Luke Mulholland Band opened the show, and will also be opening for BOC on 3/6/10 at same venue...
We left Connecticut around 3:15 and arrived at 6:30. Driving through western Mass. was dark because of the severe ice storm two days earlier. Most were without power. It was eerie, almost like a war zone. Trees, wires, poles down everywhere and all the houses dark.
Finally, we crossed into NY and noticed more lights and crossing the Hudson river revealed Albany lit up like OZ with surrounding landscape dark. We got to Clifton Park and to our amazement there was power on RT.146.
Got to Northern Lights and the parking lot full with cars and the sign was lit, now we had a smile, but not for long. We walked right in the door and the place was empty of fans.
A woman selling t-shirts saw my Oyster shirt asked me if we were friends of the band. I hesitated for a second and said no. She asked me how I got in. I was going to tell her I was a flaming telepath but I didn't. She told us (my two sons and I) we had to leave. I said, it's 10 outside, can't we please just stay over here by the door? NO! you have to leave now!
So, back into the cold. We went back to the car and started the engine to stay warm. Thankfully gas is somewhat cheaper now.
At 7pm, we went back to the door. Even though the tickets said 7PM, we were told by the bouncer the doors wouldn't open for another 30 minutes. By now there was 40 people outside. There were 3 biker club dudes and one of them was pretty angry they couldn't get in. I thought there would be trouble or a fight between them and the bouncers.
Finally, after much arguing, they let the biker guys in and the rest of us stayed outside. After 10 more minutes, we got in too and made our way to the rail at center stage where we stayed all night.
My youngest son is 10 and is a HUGE Buck fan. He's been playing guitar now for a year since his first show. He's self taught and can play most of the BOC song rifts really well.
The first band (Star Struck) was really good. I loved it when they played Robin Trower's 'Day of the Eagle'. I haven't heard it in years and they did a great job.
We didn't like the second (grunge) band (Swamp Lords). Not my cup of tea and they played way too long.
By now the place had a good crowd. Not packed, but packed next to the stage. We were right in front of Buck's microphone and about 5 feet from him.
They all played awesome as usual. They really jammed out on The Red and the Black, LDOM, and Before the Kiss.
Buck lost a string off his red Steinberger during the end of the Reaper, but unless you were as close as us you'd never know it. He played on without any compromise to the music or tone. What a pro. The sound board gut picked it up after the show and handed it to the guy next to me.
Here's the best part. After the encore, Jules Radino came down from the drum set and pointed to my youngest son. Then he tossed his stick at him. I wasn't sure if my son expected it or would catch it so I grabbed it and handed it to him. The stick has Jules' autograph on it and the Kronos symbol.
Totally cool. My son had a grin ear to ear all the way home. A night he'll never forget for the rest of his life.
Thanks to Buck and the Boys for another awesome show, as usual. All those guys are fan orientated and a class act.
Cancelled due to injury to Buck Dharma (he fell and injured his shoulder whilst coming downstairs at his Florida home...
Cancelled due to Buck Dharma injury.
Cancelled due to Buck Dharma injury.