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
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
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...