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!!
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...