2017: BOC still on tour forever!!
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I took a nice little plane ride down to San Diego for some BOC!
The casino is near El Cajon, about 30 minutes east of San Diego. Nice little place, not too smoky. I was almost ejected for sneaking in a beer. Dry casino? Who knew? There was a couple of bars in the theater.
Danny Miranda on bass for this show. My first time seeing him since 2003. The band performed a ripping set for the appreciative audience. It was great to get some Tattoo Vampire!
It appeared we would not get an encore, Buck was pointing at his watch. Then boom! Out they come for some Hot Rails and Cities!
Another rock star performance form the Oyster boys! Thanks guys!
January 20, 2017- Albuquerque, NM: Danny Miranda playing in-place of Kasim...
Danny M. on bass showed late had some kid Andy fill in for a few songs.
The setlist was same as Albuquerque, except for Hot Rails as opening encore.
Cache Creek is a casino about 45 minutes North East of Sacramento.
Almost did not make this one. There were car accidents blocking all the roads. I left my office at 6:30 for a 45 minute drive. Ended up arriving at the casino at 8:15 for an 8 o'clock show. Boo!
I run to will call, run to the music hall, run to my seat, the Game of Thrones starts. I can't believe it, the one time I am happy that a band starts late.
The guys almost burned down the place. They absolutely killed it. Wonderful audience. Richie received a tremendous ovation for his Last Days solo, deservedly so.
When it was Buck's turn, he kicked out one of his cables, oops! He got it back in and started his solo on time like a champion. He did it again during Cities.
Great energenic performance! Same set they have done for the past few shows, minus Hot Rails.
We made the 4 hour trip to Everett WA to see The Amazing Blue Oyster Cult!!! This was show 44 for me.
A great show. The band was into the show. I had a blast hanging out with great friends before the show and making new friends during the show.
I can't wait to see them in March.
My morning started by running into Mr. Radino in the Sacramento airport. He was kind enough to chat with me for a bit. While this was going on, Mr. Sulton walks by.
Then I go to the gate, Richie and Andy sit right behind me. Am I on the same flight? Yes!! Eric, Buck and the other crew member (sorry I forget his name) sit down. I am in fanboy heaven!
It was hard not to bother them, I did not. Entering the aircraft, folks are having a bit of trouble stowing their luggage, no worries, I will chat with Mr. Roeser while I wait! Score! What fun to be on the same plane.
Give it up for the folks in the Pacific Northwest. They stood up right when the band came on, not many people sat down all night. I believe the band felt it too.
Strong, rocking performance for two hours! 18 song set list! Wow! Last Days was an event! ME 262 was f'ing metal. All around wonderful performance!
A local group called Medicine Hat opened. 8 piece band. I guess I would classify them as Canada rock. They were alright. Very good musicians.
Another fantastic evening of BOC! Thanks guys!
A freight rep I deal with invited me to hang out in Vegas the same weekend BOC was in town - score!! The Golden Nugget casino has a really nice showroom. Nice comfy chairs. Not a bad seat in the house.
A slamming, awesome rock show from the Oyster boys. Good audience. These guys just keep getting better with every performance.
Mr. Radino has been on fire this year! Nice ovations for Buck and Richie for the Last Days solos. Thanks for the rock guys!!
BOC at the Saban for the fourth year in a row. I arrived early and listened to the soundcheck, I heard Black Blade, In Thee, Dancin in the Ruins and Harvest Moon.
The show was opened by a hard blues/rock group calling themselves the Fat Daddy Special. I did not see them play, only heard their soundcheck. Really good.
Up next was a group called Archer Nation. Power trio playing old school metal. Sounded a bit like 90's Megadeth. Shredding lead guitarist/lead vocalist, good bassist. They were good.
BOC took the stage around 9pm. Really good show. Nice long set. Good audience. Another fun evening of rock!!
What a great show! I made the 3 and an half hour drive up to Washington.
The crowd up front was a little weak as they didn't stand.
We stood some of the time but had others around us complain about us singing and standing.
I couldn't believe the 7 song encore.
They love coming to the EQC and they treated us to a great long show.
I picked up a set list and my 2 friends got drum sticks. I ended up with one of the sticks:
BOC back at the Emerald Queen! Always a good decision to fly up for this one. I missed it last year because I was in the middle of an Iron Maiden bender.
This may have been the show of the century!! Over two hours of pure rock!! The guys were on fire. A lot of fun interaction between Kasim and Richie.
I love the new bass break in the Red and the Black. Eric said it is their favorite place to play, and it showed. A fun, enthusiastic audience.
Always nice to experience BOC in the Seattle area. These folks love their BOC!
The encore just kept going and going. Wow!! 7!! Perfect Water had eluded me for years. Nice to finally hear it again. Ripping Black Blade! Thanks for extra long set guys!
Fun show, but the night was made by seeing Mark (first time since the fans show), Lynnie (first time we've met her) and others.....
At our show last night I dedicated DFTR to Chuck Berry. For the encore I suggested we play one of his tunes and we settled on "Johnny B. Goode" which Richie sang. We'd never played it before (as BOC) but everyone knows Chuck Berry's repertoire. Between Chuck and Little Richard, they created our genre. His music and lyrics are the bedrock of rock and roll.
Saw BOC again last night. Great show. And a full show at that, being it was just them. Very responsive crowd and all smiles from the band as they left the stage. Looking forward to seeing them again this year a couple more times.
Friday, March 24, 2017
Isle of Capri Casino Waterfront Convention Center:
They dedicated Reaper to both Sib Hashian, original drummer for Boston, who passed away on March 22nd at the age of 67 and also to Chuck Barris of The Gong Show, who passed away on March 21st at the age of 87).
Another cool thing was Eric Bloom introducing all of the non-hit songs to the crowd. Whether anyone thought it was helpful or otherwise, I loved it because none of the mainstream fans would have known any of them anyway. For me, it gives me a chance to check those songs out and also the albums they were recorded on. Definitely a win-win lol.
The opening band was Dan Lawson...
BOC at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. This is a coastal town in south Orange county, famous for the swallows migrating en masse every year. A nice little bar/restaurant that has bands play while you eat an overpriced crappy meal. Similar to the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Picnic tables in front of the stage, bar in the back. I did not want to spend big bucks to eat so I was stuck watching from the bar. Not a bad view though. Decent sound. Of course it was hard not to be bothered by all the f'ers running their mouths instead of enjoying the band.
A local group called the Gunboat Kings opened. Very good musicians. Sounded like a mash of Steely Dan and Pablo Cruise.
Another slamming, awesome performance from the Oyster boys. Black Blade for the first encore sans the Cave of Flesh speech. Nice Perfect Water for the second encore. Fun, enjoyable evening. Thanks for the rock!
OC at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, CA. The Ojai valley is located 20 minutes north of Ventura. Quaint little mountain town. The venue is located in Libbey park, a popular hangout for the locals. Awesome little ampitheater,nice seats with a pit area in the front that had table seating.
The first opener was a garage blues band. I did not catch their name, nor did I watch them. I heard them from afar. The second opener called themselves the Malibu's. Not the UK sixties band. They featured a fella named Walter Egan who had a big hit in 1978 called Magnet and Steel, written for Stevie Nicks. A couple other guys said they played with Spirit. Decent band.
BOC comes on and kills it! They took the audience on a wild rock journey. By the end of the night, everyone was standing and dancing. There was a young lady in front of the stage that was exhibiting some interesting dance moves. I noticed Andy was filming her for a bit when she got really crazy. The rest of the band seemed to enjoy her skills too. This was also one of the loudest shows I have seen from them. Joan Crawford for the first encore, yes! Thanks for the rock!!
Danny is with BOC for the remainder of the year. It's all good, I really like the BOC with Danny on bass... We're gonna rock.
Saw Blue Oyster Cult for the second time this year on May 24th in Cedar Rapids, IA. They were the opening act for Boston. They played a 45-minute set with no encore, as follows:
I'll be seeing them at least two more times this year (10/6 St Charles, IL and 10/7 Waukegan, IL and maybe 9/3 Elkhorn, WI)
Setlist [ Danny Miranda on bass] :
Notes: I've probably seen close to 30 BOC shows to date. This by far is in the top 3. The band was feeding off the energy Danny brings to the set. During the solo section of "Then came the last days of May", I saw Eric getting into it (headbanging almost) at the keyboard and motioned for the band to continue the solo section (assuming due to the amazing jam they were getting into between Richie & Danny). Jules let loose quite a bit during the set, too.
Here is the setlist from the 26 May 2017 gig at the Game Changer World Event Center, Allentown PA:
The venue had audio production problems. BÖC did not come on until about 11:30 and they played until about 1:00.
7:30 - Opener: DNA (Damien Anderson) - one guy on an Ovation Acoustic/Electric - he did a song that vaguely sounded like Rooster by Alice in Chains. With the exception of a Cornell/Allman medley, all his stuff was original.
8:45 - MC guy...
8:47 - Game of Thrones - Danny Miranda on bass
Eric - I love the idea that you've just played SEVEN songs off the 1st LP... now I know that you've spoken slightly disparagingly of the idea in the past, but could now be the time to make it EIGHT, and find yourself "by a song, Redeemed"...? :-)
Anything can happen in Space and Time.
Setlist from tonight's show:
8:00pm: Game of Thrones intro
Danny Miranda (surprise!)
Outstanding setlist, band was super tight, really nice hearing the older tunes, especially True Confessions / Tattoo Vampire!
BOC back at the House of Rock for the one year anniversary of the establishment.
V2 once again opened the show. They were a bit sloppy, but rocked. They started about half an hour late, which seemed to cut BOC's set short, F'ers!
Stairway to the Stars for the opener! I have not heard that one in about 15 years. They then proceeded to slay the audience.
These people came to drink and yell and scream. Seriously folks, 60 year old men yelling whooooo and yeeeaahhhh every five seconds is getting a bit tired. Oh well.
Another night of rock from the mighty BOC!! The set list going around is accurate.
BOC back at the Jackson Rancheria. They played here about 5 years ago. Jackson is a town about an hour southeast of Sacramento. Nice casino. They do a great job with concerts here.
No opener. BOC came on about 7:15. Pure rock! A flawless performance! Screams and She's as beautiful as a foot were quite a treat. They were played the night before, however it was difficult to hear with all the drunk hillbillies in Santa Rosa. The audience this night was into the show just as much, but a bit more polite. Several standing ovations that were well deserved.
For the encore, Eric said they were going to play a rare treat for us. I am thinking Transmaniacon or Workshop of the telescopes, nope. It was I love the Night, yeah, super rare! Just kidding guys.
Thanks for the great evening of rock!
Schedule for "Main Stage 1":
11:30 - 12:10: Slydigs
13:10 - 13:55: Battle Beast
15:00 - 15:50: Blue Oyster Cult
17:00 - 17:50: Black Star Riders
19:05 - 20:05: Dee Snider
21:25 - 22:25: Europe
00:00 - 01:30: Rammstein
Schedule for "Indigo at the O2":
12:25 - 12.55: Bang Bang Romeo
13:25 - 14:05: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
14:35 - 15:15: GUN
15:45 - 16:30: The Answer
17.15: Blue Oyster Cult
The band came on bang on schedule (17:15), they were headlining the Indigo at the O2 afternoon session of the Stone Free Festival.
Eric said 'We are Blue Oyster Cult and we are here to play Blue Oyster Cult' before launching into the full first album in sequence.
He later said that this was only the second time they have ever done this (the first was on 8 June this year). It was a great show.
Great to see the full first album, I had never seen 6 of these songs live before in the 25 BOC shows I have seen previously from 1978 to 2016. Highlights for me were I'm On the Lamb, Beautiful as a Foot and Workshop of the Telescopes.
Eric stated that they would be doing some songs that would be more familiar to fans who 'don't give a s**t about the first album'. BFY got a big cheer, Buck sang the two verses the wrong way round ('time' verse before 'home' verse), I think this was probably a mistake.
No drum solo in Godzilla, no noodle before DFTR. Some severe headbanging from parts of the crowd for Tattoo Vampire!
LDOM was the long version with guitar solos from Richie then Buck (as usual after the '... did they know a trap had been lain?' lyric, and before the 'They're OK the Last Days of May...' lyric).
The other 1st album songs were quite close to the album versions except for CoF which again was similar to the version they usually play these days. An extra bit was added after (I thought) it had finished, where they jammed from Buck's 'widdly-widdly' bit and then re-did the end of the song with Eric, Buck, Richie and Danny all lined up like they used to do during '5 guitars'. Fantastic!
Eric said they would stretch out and play some other stuff at the UK shows starting in Manchester on the 25th. I will be at Manchester and Nottingham... looking forward to them!
Made sure we got there early which was just as well as I believe many people didn't get in to see BOC. A quick mention for the other bands on the bill.
Arthur Brown was a delight and one of the most entertaining sets I've seen for a long time. People all around were smiling and what a voice at age 75. It's a pity Eric's vocals are not holding up so well.
Didn't know much about Gun before their set but enjoyed them and also The Answer played a great live show. And so to the main event.
Despite their triumphant return to London last year I was surprised to see them back so soon (if at all).
The day had started badly with the waiter at our hotel pouring scalding coffee down my back and it seemed for a while we might not make the gig at all.
However patched up I decided to soldier on but for the first time in nearly 30 BOC gigs without a BOC T-Shirt to show my colours as mine had fallen foul to the hot coffee. Fortunately my wife's was still intact so on we marched.
Off with the Answer and up went the BOC backdrop featuring the first album cover. Several pints of Stella in and huge expectation. However when any band play a whole album in sequence it can dull the natural flow of a gig that a more ingrained setlist gives, but this is a small gripe and it was great to hear some of these songs live for the first time, the pick of which was "Screams" beautifully sung by Ritchie.
The rest of the set was as expected and the main favourites so I doubt any one went home disappointed except by the fact it was a shortened set due to the timings of the other bands in the main arena.
Overall another fine performance and you can never complain about a constantly changing setlist which gives all fans young and old something new.
Still up for more we toddled over to the main arena. What a disappointment. Don't get me wrong it's a nice place but it is massive. Once we found our seats up in the Gods (and I'd booked early because of BOC) I feared the worst. You needed binoculars to see the stage and so felt apart from what was going on on it.
I've always wanted to hear The Sweet's songs live and I wasn't disappointed by the setlist but I so wish I'd seen them in a smaller venue. It was similar with Rainbow despite their set and light show. After a few numbers we just lost interest. Managed to hold out to see Child in Time followed by Stargazer which is another song I can now tick off my list and then left early to beat the masses to the one available tube station.
Great to see BOC again and hope they come back soon. I am just missing Baby Ice Dog, Wings Wetted Down and Cagey Cretins as songs not seen live off the first 3 albums. How about it fellas...?
Schedule for "Valley Stage":
10:30 - 11:00: Bright Curse
11:40 - 12:10: Vodun
12:50 - 13:30: The Vintage Caravan
14:20 - 15:00: Crippled Black Phoenix
16:00 - 16:40: Ufomammut
17:40 - 18:30: Pentagram
19:40 - 20:40: Blue Oyster Cult
21:50 - 22:50: Clutch
00:00 - 01:00: Hawkwind
15:30 - Sarah Olivier
16:45 - Wilko Johnson
18:30 - Blue Oyster Cult
20:15 - The Stranglers
Amazing gig last night. Venue about 2/3 full, but very lively. T-Shirts all sold out by time the support had finished.
My daughter almost came to the gig, but based on the setlist probably good that she didn't. Not much she would have recognised.
Astonishing to hear the whole first album, and then into Red & Black, which Eric said was the first time that and I'm On The Lamb had ever been played in the same show.
Lots of Buck vocals, maybe resting Eric's voice a little???
My 22nd BOC show plus 2 Soft White Underbelly shows in 1981. I've seen Allen's last show in Nottingham in 2006 and Albert's last show in Dunstable in 1981 but this gig was the best ever. The band played superbly for 2 hours and to hear the 1st album played in its entirety was amazing.
Buck's guitar seemed a little lost in the mix at times but otherwise the show was outstanding. Eric was smiling all the way through the show and it was great to hear the tribute to Allen on his 71st birthday.
All we need now is Secret Treaties in it's entirety at Nottingham tomorrow and I will be a happy man for the rest of my life
First time I'd seen BOC since Holmfirth in 2008 - and 14th time in all, the first being the Free Trade Hall in 1975. The Holmfirth show was superb but over the following 9 years (& 2 weeks!), I kept saying "I'll be happy if I get to see them again" - and finally it happened.
The support act Jared James Nicols was OK and tried hard, but there was too much posing for me; holding high notes and not much variation in the songs. Somewhere between Ted Nugent and The Darkness but maybe I was being harsh because I just wanted BOC to get on.
I'd been very jealous when I saw the announcement for London, playing the first album in its entireity. I had thought about going down but as it turned out I couldn't make it. Then they came out, on the stroke of 9.00 without any announcement - I still like the "On your feet or on your knees" lead in but hey ho.
They started with Transmaniacon MC, and then I'm on the Lamb. Could it be the entire first album? Next came Last Days of May and it became clear. Again a fantastic solo from Ritchie, followed by Buck's blistering solo. This really is BOC's "Freebird" and is probably as important as Reaper in the set list in my view.
Long time since I'd seen Before the Kiss, which again is a favourite, but to be honest the sound wasn't great on this. By the end of Redeemed I was checking the London set list on my phone to see what might come next. Red and Black was a real surprise, especially as they had played "I'm on the Lamb", and Eric said it was the first time they had done this.
Of the remainder, not a massive fan of The Vigil but enjoyed it live. True Confessions was a nice tribute to Allen on his birthday, and I liked Tattoo Vampire. Godzilla was superb and a bit of a surprise as the clock was ticking towards the 11.00 curfew.
Finally came Reaper which always hits the right notes, and there was just enough time for Hot Rails as an encore with Ritchie on lead vocals - he looked as though he really enjoyed this and it was as good as I'd ever seen it.
One can only hope that if and when Eric and Buck decide to call it a day, he takes up the mantle. Eric was not leading on as many songs but still largely nailed the ones he did, especially Lips in the Hills.
Looking back, it is always possible to reflect on the songs they didn't play - Buck's Boogie, ME 262 and Black Blade come to mind - but that would be churlish. 21 songs and probably the best set list they have played in years -we were treated royally.
My one complaint was that it wasn't filmed because to me this was the best that I had ever seen them. Still, I understand that London was so lets hope that it gets released. I even stayed behind to meet Buck, who was very patient as I was poncing around with my camera phone.
Who knows if they will tour the UK again but to be honest they will have difficulty in topping this - all in all a perfect night.
Support: Jared James Nichols
The Old Gods Return!
When BOC last played Newcastle in 2008, I thought that was probably the last time I'd see them live. Oh ye of little faith! Back they come to do it one more time with a decent sized tour. When my good friend Keith and I strolled around the corner from the venue, I was amazed to see a HUGE line before us. It very quickly became a huge line after us too. Perhaps everyone though it was possibly the last time too?
After negotiating both the over strict security and the frankly amateurish box office, we finally got in. Wasn't too struck on a t-shirt, though was taken aback at the "45 years" tag. I was reminded that my first BOC gig was 1978...
Support band came on, Jared James Nichols - sub Ted Nugent cock-rock posturing. Drummer was good.
A bit of stage clearing and the inevitable 1-2 / 1-2 malarkey meant that the clock was creeping around to 21:00. I was wondering what the curfew was, haven fallen foul of that in 2008.
When I saw the setlist from Manchester, 21 songs with the first album in it's entirety, I did hope against hope that the same thing would happen, though I knew that it probably wouldn't. The Game of Thrones intro blasted out - no "R U Ready 2 Rock Newcassel" - they came on to much whooping and cheering and went straight into 'Stairway to the Stars' as a statement of intent. Now this was my 12th show and my trusty spreadsheet tells me that I've never heard this live. Go figure.
Eric was in v chatty mood and was moving and singing much better that any 72 year old should, especially considering their punishing touring schedule! He mainly used the black SG with a gold Chronos embossed on it, but swapped to a custom Reaper model late on. Buck used his 'Cheeseberger' exclusively.
Other highlights - a 'oh, let's do this one' moment gave us a stonking OD'd on Life Itself; Black Blade, one of my faves; a sublime Last Days of May with two incredible solos; Tattoo Vampire; Lips in the Hills and I Love the Night, all first time live for me.
A singalong Reaper closed off the set, with the aforementioned I Love the Night and a powerful Cities on Flame as the encores. I would have swapped any of True Confessions / Dancing in the Ruins / Harvest Moon for Workshop of the Telescopes or ME262, but hey, I don't make the setlist.
As it was, it was a fantastic 2 hours 17 song set, performed brilliantly, with just a very few wobbles with tuning and vox. Did I mention Eric is 72? The 'young guys' Richie, Jules and a returning Danny Miranda all played out of their skins once again. Could this be the last time? Maybe, but I don't know...
Here's a review of this gig - plus photo gallery - from "metalexpressradio.com":
My 25th BOC/SWU show having managed to see them at least once on every tour since their first one in 1975. Having seen them perform a spellbinding show at Manchester 3 days before wasn't quite sure what to expect tonight but the band came through with possibly any even better performance than Manchester.
They started with Transmaniacon MC and first thoughts were could we possibly be getting the 1st album again.Although its a song I have not given too much attention to over the years I now think its as good an opening song as the Red and Black.
Golden Age next so now we knew we were going to get a normal show but the whole band was giving it 110% throughout the 2 hours.
Next up Eric gave us an explanation of how Before the Kiss, A Redcap was conceived including Sandy Pearlman's involvement.
After a great version of BFY Eric announed they were going to f**k with the setlist because they can and a blistering version of Harvester of Eyes followed.
At last we got something from the majestic Secret Treaties. Great versions of The Vigil and Shooting Shark followed and unlike Manchester Buck's guitar was crystal clear and boy did he play some superb solos.
After a superbly powerful Lips in the Hills we got the next set list change with the introduction of the great combination of Screams/She's as Beautiful as a Foot.
Dancin in the ruins followed which I'd not heard live for about 30 years. Last Days of May followed and both Richie and Buck's guitar solos were breathtaking, Buck's nearly brought tears to my eyes it was so beautifully constructed.
True Confessions/Tattoo Vampire brought us to something big coming from Sherwood Forest was it Friar Tuck no its the Lizard King Godzilla. I like the fact they have taken it back to how they played it on Spectres - it has so much more power.
Time for Buck to build up the one man wall of sound and then into a superb version of DFTR. Some time left before curfew and the way Eric's stood with the mike could it be a second song from Secret Treaties yes the best encore song anywhere Dominance and Submission, great singing from the audience and then finally Richie gives us a great version of Hot Rails to Hell and its time to leave after once again BOC prove they are the greatest rock and roll band on the planet.
Standing so close to Eric you realise how he builds the foundation for most of the songs with his guitarwork and hats off to him with the effort he has to put in to sing his songs.
I just hope they will be back next year to celebrate 45 years since Tyranny and Mutation and hopefully follow it up the next year with the greatest of them all Secret Treaties.
I've loved this band since the moment I dropped the needle onto Secret Treaties for the very first time in 1974. Thank you Max Bell for writing your review in NME all those years ago and thanks to BOC for coming over to this small island on so many tours over the last 42 years.
A personal reflection on a special gig which I hope captures some of the feelings hardcore fans have for this band.
I hadn't seen BOC since their last 2008 gig in Manchester. That was very good but there was frustration that no encores were played - a small but sour note on which to finish a tour.
In the intervening 9 years much has happened to fans, the band and music marketing. And I was busy with family, holidays and work when the Agents dates came last year. Was BOC becoming one of those things I did in the past?
I read the dates for this tour with mixed feelings. Would they still have that buzz? I'd already bought tickets for the Ritchie Blackmore gig in Glasgow so was peeved when I saw it clashed with BOC in Manchester. And could I haul myself across country to Newcastle? Would it be worth it for those drum and bass solos? Would they still be able to surprise?
So it was that on Wednesday evening I brooded about BOC and how I'd enjoyed them so much in the past. I thought of the rave reviews from Newcastle and Manchester, of the homage to their first album. And I thought "you've followed this band for 41 years. Try one last go because you never know if you'll see them again."
Glasgow it was then - a stressed hour on the internet booking tickets from agents who made a fortune out of me, then a train seat and the hotel room on trivago. Would it be worth it? The expense, the time, dashing from work, 2 hours on the train, a late night and up at 6 for the early train to be at my desk for 9 am Friday. For a band I've seen more than 20 times already.
Off the train at Glasgow, a taxi dash to my hotel and then out in the same taxi to the 02. 6-50, and a crowd beginning to form. A real buzz in the atmosphere and then we started to enter the hall.
And suddenly it all became worthwhile. Near the front I saw Yorkshire Sue, the Irish contingent, Simon - old friends all and it was delightful to exchange grins, handshakes, hugs, beers. There was much speculation about the set length, set lists and opening numbers. Frustration at the length of the support act - and then at 8-30 BOC hit the stage.
The emotion I felt was tremendous. All doubts were gone. A great sense of gratitude for the enormous pleasure they had given me over the years, for opening the doors to history, sci-fi, poetry and literature, language, the world beyond my small English village. They kicked off with Transmaniacon MC and it was all marvellous from then on. Slick, tight, participatory, with sparkling gems - Career of Evil, Lips in the Hills, Tattoo Vampire, all good punchy rockers - Dancing in the ruins, which is such a hook line, and the splendid tribute to Allen Lanier - Joan Crawford and True Confessions were marvellous.
Killer bigboys were Last days of May, and a clear indication that they were listening to the fans who want to hear the classics - Godzilla kept short and punchy by dropping solos, which thrilled me to the core. It implied surprises later on. Reaper sounded more like the original than any I've heard before, and all the better for it, and then back for the encores we missed at Manchester. Astronomy and a chunky Cities on Flame.
This crowd were enthusiastic, BOC clearly enjoyed themselves and the mutual appreciation and respect were marvellous. People know this band deliver. And they make it look effortless. When Blackmore showed flashes of genius, I felt relief. But BOC were permanently astounding, and we just thought "THIS IS WHAT THEY DO! IT'S WHAT THEY'VE DONE FOR YEARS!"
Afterwards about 8 of us had a brilliant two hours reminiscing, sinking beers and bumping (briefly) into Jules in the Pizza parlour next door. I hit the sack at midnight, got up at 5.40 for the 6-30 train, and was at my desk for just gone 9. I then sleepwalked through my day, got home and drove my wife and her friends to see Tom Jones whilst I returned home for a nap. Too tired for Tom, I said, I probably won't be seeing BOC again with it being so knackering.
Unless there's a day with a 'd' in it.
Here's a review of this gig from "fabricationshq.com":
I'm not sure why this got cancelled, but it's now gone from the BOC schedules...
12:40 - Lords of Black
13:30 - Dirkschneider
14:35 - Nu
15:40 - Sodom
16:45 - Gotthard
17:50 - Carcass
18:55 - Blue Oyster Cult
20:00 - Emperor
21:05 - Deep Purple
22:55 - Rosendo
00:00 - Alice Cooper
01:40 - Saxon
Set List (I might have messed up the order):
I just attended my fourth BOC show and was lucky enough to get Buck's setlist (and a Buck pick)!
As far as the setlist is concerned there's some changes from what's listed and what they played. See below for the actual list.
Las Cruces, New Mexico Setlist:
BOC also played Dancin' In The Ruins.
I believe, but I am not 100% positive, that it was played prior to The Vigil. They said that it was an unplanned addition to the set list.
I don't know of any gigs booked for December... but check here to see blueoystercult.com's current show list detailing BOC's current gig schedule for all the latest info...