2018: BOC still on tour forever!!
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The BÖC swept in to the Washington DC Metro this weekend with Saturday night's show being at the Tally Ho Theater in historic Leesburg, Virginia. The opening act was another band hailing from NYC by the name of Streetlight Circus -- they played eight songs from their four albums to date and provided a heavy warm-up for BÖC. By the time changeover was complete, the Tally Ho Theater was near capacity.
BÖC techs had the sound and lights well-tuned to the small venue as Jules Radino came out to make final adjustments to his kit while the techs tuned Eric's SG and Richie's 'Slimeburst' Musicman Axis.
The lights went down and in a few moments you could make-out shadow cast by the unmistakable chapeau of bass legend Danny Miranda along with the signature silhouette of the Master, Buck Dharma, and his famed headless 'CheeseBerger' guitar as the band worked their way onto the stage.
The stage was backed by two side-by-side projected Kronos symbols that were white on black and remained throughout the show. BÖC was off to the races highlighting tunes from their 1972 debut album in addition to a smattering from a range of albums to comprise the following set list:
Setlist, Tally Ho Theater Leesburg, Virginia 20-Jan-2018:
Here is the set list for the 21 January 2018 Show at Maryland Hall in Annapolis:
This was the first day of the "Rock Legends Cruise VI" on the Royal Caribbean's "Independence of the Seas".
18:15pm: Blue Oyster Cult
20:30pm: Uriah Heep
10:45pm: Eric Gales
01:00am: The Damn Truth
11:00am: Elvin Bishop
15:30pm: Todd Rundgren
17:45pm: Quiet Riot
20:00pm: Blue Oyster Cult
10:15pm: Rik Emmett & Resolution 9
12:30am: Eric Gales
Two extra items of interest on this second day were:
12:30pm: Elvin Bishop
15:00pm: John Kay & Steppenwolf
17:30pm: Todd Rundgren
20:00pm: Blue Oyster Cult
10:30pm: Quiet Riot
Set List Day 4 of the Rock Legends Cruise VI
This is the third time I have seen BOC. The first time was in September 1986 on the Club Ninja tour at the O'Connell Center in Gainesville, FL. I was 15 years old at the time and my older sister, her husband and some of their friends were kind enough to take me along.
Now, as a 46 year old dad, I thought tickets to this show would be a great Christmas present for my 13 year old son, Evan. He is a big fan as well and knows the BOC catalog starting with the first album, not just what you hear on the radio. We kind of equate the lyrics as the X-Files put to music.
Central Florida is real friendly to BOC. I have to believe the show was a sell out. Since parking in downtown Mt. Dora can be challenging at best, I thought it best to get him from school at the end of the day, change shirts and drive straight there to get a decent parking spot.
As luck would have it, I found a free spot right next to the building! At about 4:30 we could hear the sound check playing ETI. Three fellow attendees we met outside were impressed a teenager knew the song. With time to kill, we went eat, tossed the ball around the park for a bit and headed back to the venue. We spotted Buck Dharma talking with some people on the sidewalk, but I didn't want to interrupt him.
The Mt. Dora Community Center is a small and intimate venue. Very clean facility with super friendly staff. Our seats were five rows back. We got seated and the show was delayed a few minutes so the venue could fill up. The band came on roaring with Transmanicon MC and played an absolute spot on set. They played just about a two hour show with no sign of fatigue or "going through the motions".
Venue: Mt. Dora Community Center
Time: 7:30 pm
Attendance: 621 seats. As of about 3:30 pm all but two were sold. Most likely a sell out show!
Promoter: Get Off the Bus Concerts
Special thanks to Joe Bamford and Get Off the Bus Concerts for the meet and greet opportunity. Please go see one of their shows if you are in the area.
Here is the set list from last night, Mt. Dora Community Building Theater, Mt. Dora, FL 2/21/18:
I was at their show in Jacksonville, NC at the Tarheel Concert Lounge last Saturday, and I noticed that the setlist for that show wasn't on your site.
I have the setlist here if you would like to post it.
I was in the front row right in front of Buck, so I could see the setlist at the mic, and Joan Crawford was not on there.
At the end of Buck's Boogie, Eric Bloom went around to the other band members telling them to play Joan Crawford next.
After the applause after Buck's Boogie, Eric Bloom introduced Richie on piano and then the band played Joan Crawford.
Jacksonville NC setlist. Here's a cut 'n paste from "JFarley500":
We made the 3 hour trip up to Tacoma Washington from Keizer Oregon.
This show is "The Super Bowl" of the Northwest shows each year. The band will play longer set lists and some of the classics. They played ETI, I Love the Night, and Joan Crawford and that made it a great show.
We met more BOC fans and it was great to hear where the fans had first seen their first show. Texas, Oregon, California, Washington, Idaho. Met some really great people. The band played great and were tight, Jules was amazing on drums. I'm looking forward to more shows this summer.
Here is the set list.
Wow, What a show...
Hung out with the Northwest BOC brothers, a very elite group of buddies I have met from multiple shows, they are mainly from Ore, I have met sooo many people around the states at BOC shows, There hard core fan base is Rabid...
This show is always a band Fav and a fan Fav... The boy's came out firing on all cylinders, smokin thru a 21 song setlist, Jules was unreal, really good...
The boy's rocked, Killer show
Setlist from the Tivoli Theatre show on March 15th, 2018:
Saw the boys in Rancho Mirage Sunday night, free show! What a great set and they sounded great!
Highlights for me were ETI, Perfect Water and Joan Crawford! Great show! BTW, Richie nailed the piano part on JC:
This was looking like a great show before we pulled into the town of Keene on Friday afternoon. My friend Mike was celebrating his 40th anniversary of his first concert ever this day. And it was BOC that he say 40 years ago. He saw the 3/30/78 Music Hall show in Boston back in eight grade. How could we not miss this huge event. Plus we heard that a bunch of our friends that you only see at BOC concerts were going to be there.
We got a room at a hotel right in town and literally had to walk 2 blocks and cross the street to get to the Colonial Theater! Very friendly place with a nice layout that had great sound pretty much everywhere.
Got my first Transmaniacon MC ever to open the show. Took a couple of songs to get the sound up to the level we wanted but once it was there, the show sounded great! I had seen them starting to play ETI on set lists this year and absolutely loved this version the played that night.
Great energy throughout the show. Buck was on FIRE! Nice soloing all night from the man! Loved the ME-262 after the Screams/Foot combo. And another great Last Days. Starting to think that they can't play a bad version of this song. I've never heard one!
One of my highlights of the evening was Buck's Noodle before Don't Fear The Reaper. Longer than normal and very out there. I am seeing these improvisations leading into that song getting longer and longer and I love it. This one tonight was excellent.
And Eric dedicated the DFTR to the Late, Great Rusty Staub before launching into the song. As Eric is a Mets fan and this great baseball player that played for the Mets died the day before this show, it was nice to see him pay some respect to the man.
OK, loved the 19 songs the band played. When you get over 2 hours of music, it is a very good evening. But you could make a case that they played 20 songs that night.
Eric began the Encore saying that he was a regular at summer camp in the Keene Area back when he was a kid, he was going on about a camp fire song they were taught called the Mount Monadnock song based on the large Mountain in the area. He wasn't impressed when nobody said that they knew the song so he sang the song a cappella. He had mentioned this song a couple of times during the set so it was nice that he actually sang it! He even mentioned that of 8 summers coming up here he climbed this mountain 150 times, got bit by mosquitos over a 1000 times, and used gallons of Calamine lotion! Most bizarre song/dialogue I've seen performed at a BOC show!
Then a nice version of Love the Night and then Eric comes out and says that they are going to do something that they haven't done in a while! Boy, suddenly my mind starts thinking of the possibilities of what they might break out and was super psyched with the Workshop of Telescopes! Never saw that coming!
A nice Cities on Flame to end the show and we decided to hit the bar that was attached to our hotel for a couple of adult beverages. So we walked over there and about 30 minutes later, Buck, Danny, and Jules walk in and suddenly it is a very private party with the 3/5th of the band! Nice way to cap this night off and the Colonial is now on the list of very attractive venues to see a show.
Very small place and for a 3rd floor of an old Mill building, it had excellent sound. Located down on the waterfront so there was a nice sea breeze coming off the river. Very refreshing once the show was over!
Show opened with the School Of Rock All Stars. This group was a bunch of Jr High and High School kids playing music. There was about 20 of them there and they kept on swapping out after every song so there was always a fresh set of musicians on stage. They pulled out some really great songs and really did a nice job. To the point that I wanted to hear them do some more when they finally left the stage. Especially loved the girl on guitar playing Dazed and Confused by Led Zeppelin with the violin bow! Will definitely see them again if I can!
Transmaniacon MC and Workshop of Telescopes to open up the show and man, they can continue to play any song off the 1st 3 albums as much as they want.
After Dancin' In The Ruins, Eric decided to give the audience a choice next, Harvest Moon or Shooting Shark. I yelled for my Shooting Shark but alas the rest of the crown wanted Harvest Moon so they played that instead. I didn't sulk too much as it was a great version of the song.
The Vigil, ETI, and Buck's Boogie stand out as highlights also. More awesome guitar by Buck. But the big surprise for me this show was my first Joan Crawford in a LONG TIME! Wow and did Richie nail the keyboard intro!
The nice double encore sent us out into the night with a smile on. I was also hoping for a Black Blade so that just capped the evening for me. And Richie did a great job on vocals for Hot Rails to close the show. Such a great time.
Saw the Mighty BÖC at the 650 seat Showroom at Talking Stick Resort and Casino in Scottsdale, Arizona last night.
The Band came on at 8PM and, as usual, was on fire!
Eric had a fun rant about the New York Mets 11-1 start of the baseball season. He also offered a choice between Harvest Moon and Shooting Shark (dammit Eric, just play 'em both!)
The almost sold out crowd roared with approval throughout the show. I enjoyed rocking with Casper and Captain Jack.
We met Mark from "Vegas4BOC" and Bolle Gregmar after the show, which was really cool.
BÖC - On Tour Forever!
Not much to add to Courtney's excellent write-up, except the news that Buck was playing a new guitar. Another headless guitar, but with a body that looks like polished granite.
He brought out the Cheeseburger for Reaper and the encore.
Set list for the April 18, 2018 show at Fort Hall Casino.
* They only managed to get into the first chorus of "Tattoo Vampire" before stopping.
Set list for April 20, 2018 show at the Wildhorse Casino.
BOC back at the Cache Creek casino outside of Sacramento, CA.
This one started out a bit rough. Buck's guitar was not functioning properly when the opening music stopped. They attempted to start but had to abort. After a few minutes of figuring out the problem they were ready to try again. Transmaniacon MC for the opener. My first time hearing that one in about 15 years. It was absolutely painful to miss the Emerald Queen show this year, where I would have heard it played. The band then proceeded to slam through a wonderfully rocking set.
I have been to many shows at this small casino. I have never seen an audience so into a performance there. The Oyster boys had everyone moving in their chairs, in the aisles, at the bar. Several standing ovations! A beautiful night of Rock!! Thanks guys!
Here's a review which appeared on the sflinsider.com site:
Eddie Money, Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat and Livesays Rock Mizner Park
(May 12, 2018) The show started with some old school cover tunes with the band The LiveSays and then followed with these rockin' musicians that really know how to put on a great show... Foghat.
In just a short time Foghat won over the older crowd with popular tracks like I Just Want to Make Love to You, Slow Ride, Drivin' Wheel and Fool for the City. Rock nostalgia was definitely at a high as the audience seemed to relive their teenage years in the music dancing and hollering throughout the set.
Between sets, the concerts sponsor, Doc Brown's Really Bad Rum, got up there like someone out of Saturday Night Live with his 'Bad' routine, giving out raffles to help celebrate the no kill shelters in the area. The evening was all about our loving pets in between sets.
Another huge draw was the sponsor The Community Cannabis Center, which is a program designed to maximize benefits by recommending specific products based on conditions. The sponsor turned out to be a huge success as tons of people signing up to get on board.
"I'm a founder of the center, because I know the regiment that saved my life will to do the same for others," said Steve Bate. "This is my altruistic venture for humanity," added Bate, Founder & President, Community Cannabis Center and former concert organizer.
Next, Blue Oyster Cult came on strong as ever with music that debuted more than 30-40 years ago including (Don't Fear) The Reaper and Burnin' For You. The night's headliner, Eddie Money, later commented that he thinks they should be in the Hall of Fame. While the bands were in full swing, the radio host Peter Wein, Founder of WEINETWORK did a livestream from a tent in the VIP section and interviewed many involved with the show.
"Wei Network got involved as a media hub for veteran organizations. The stream is all commercialized doing internet and broadcasting from Operations 120, one of the booths at the Mizner Amphitheater, to enhance their media outreach for awareness," stated Wein.
Finally, the night's headliner, Eddie Money, arrived on stage and whoa the guy still had it!! The show was more than just hearing his classics, which there were plenty, but also a night of really seeing his fun personality front and center. Throughout the show, he had us laughing and really pulled us in, all the while creating a video for his grandchildren. Some of those classics during the set included Baby Hold Onto Me, Take Me Home Tonight, Walk on Water, Two Tickets to Paradise and Think I'm In Love.
And showing off the predecessor, Eddie's daughter Jesse Money rocked the stage in her glitter long boots. Just a star-studded evening for all!
I attended the BOC concert at Frankenmuth Credit Union Event Center (20 minutes away from me!) this past Saturday night.
Here are the songs in the order they were played:
Had a close view (row 3 seats near center) and was home by 11pm!
The group has 3 more Michigan appearances scheduled for this year and I'm hoping to be able to get to two of them (which would put my BOC concert attendance total to 37!)
The San Bernardino County Fair in lovely (not really) Victorville. This is a desert town in the SW Mojave, located about 40 miles NE of the city of San Bernardino.
I booked a room across the street from the fair grounds. It turned out to be the swanky part of town. A beautiful homeless encampment in the shopping center by the motel, yay! I could go on about this part of town, but I should be quiet. A quick walk to the fair grounds and bam, in the concert venue.
This was a typical parking lot stage set up. Plastic chairs tied together in too close rows, casino style! There was a grandstand for the folks who did not fork over the ten bucks for floor seats. A fairly large audience gathered for this one. I am sure the locals don't get much rock out here in the middle of nowhere, so it was the social event of the season. We were all hammered by the time the band took the stage.
The guys take the stage and deliver a wonderful performance! Many folks stood up the entire concert. So nice to see folks into the band. California audiences can be a bit subdued. Buck sang the second verse of Burnin for You twice, ha-ha! Other than that, flawless!
There was an extra rave up at the end of Buck's Last Days solo. I am digging the drums Jules has added to Buck's noodle. Perhaps the rest of the guys could join in and make it a Spinal Tap like jazz odyssey? I saw some familiar faces, so some BOC super fans made the trip. A fantastic night of rock in the desert. Thanks guys!
June 8, 2018: The Space at Westbury N.Y.
Show date: June 09, 2018
Location: Spyglass Ridge Winery (outside the city of Sunbury, PA) - an outdoor venue, beautiful weather - 75 and sunny
Listed as co-headliners with Loverboy in local advertising, but BOC was first (line up "1" on this site) - played from 7:35 to 8:55 approximately - there was no encore.
Set List for the show was:
BOC back at the Alameda County fair. This is a small community east of the Oakland hills. The last time they were here Rudy Sarzo was in the band. I missed it because RUSH was playing the same night a few towns over.
It was nice to only drive 90 minutes from Sacramento after that 6 hour drive to Victorville.
I arrived a bit early and was able to witness a really good soundcheck. They played In Thee, Dancin' in the Ruins, Tattoo Vampire and Harvest Moon. Almost a mini show!
The band started promptly at 8pm. Then they blew the roof of the MF'er! Around 2,000 folks filled the tiny ampitheater in the middle of the fairgrounds, each one of them screaming, clapping and rocking out! A really excellent audience.
Shooting Shark won the competition between that and Harvest Moon, having heard it earlier, I did not mind. Last Days solos drew a huge standing ovation. Joan Crawford rocked the house. Buck's Boogie was stellar.
They were on stage for 90 minutes, then the lights came on, so no encore. An awesome night of rock! Thanks Guys!
Just a note on the posters that I've seen on ebay advertising this gig. They're done in a wacky 60s SF style, meaning they're hard to read, but so far as I can make out, they all give the gig date as "Thursday 1 June 2018."
This is odd in two ways - first of all, the gig actually took place on Saturday 15 June, and second, the 1st of June wasn't a Thursday anyway, it was a Friday.
Maybe that "1 June" date referred to an original date that subsequently got cancelled? I haven't been able to find any evidence of this, however, so for now, it's looking like the poster designer cocked it up big style - a triumph of style over content...
This venue should be banned in the Summer. I'm sure I lost 5 lbs in Sweat, even though I tried to replenish with way too many Dos Equis (hee hee).
After a scorching 2 week heatwave, the weather finally broke and when BÖC hit the stage at Batavia Downs it was a miraculous 73°.
The show was held on the infield of a horse race track. In front of the stage, there was a VIP seating section that was fenced off.
There was a huge GA section behind that with tons of beer and food vendors. I'm guessing there may have been 4,500-5,000 people in attendance.
The sound was pretty rough for the first few songs, but by the time we got to The Vigil, it was sorted out nicely.
Band was great tonight, and the crowd was really into it. They played into darkness followed by a very impressive fireworks display.
I attended the show BOC played at the Meadows Casino in Washington, PA, on July 7, 2018.
I wrote down the songs as they performed each. Here's what was played; in the order played:
* Note: regarding #12 "Buck Dharma solo"... All band members left the stage after "Godzilla", except Buck Dharma. Buck began playing an approximately 5 to 6 minute solo performance on guitar. The performance wasn't part of the song that came before it, nor the song that came after it. During the latter half of Buck's solo performance, the other band members gradually retook their positions on stage.
The Oyster boys rocking the Central Valley! Turlock is located about 90 miles south of Sacramento. The occasion was the Stanislaus County Fair.
This is a well run fair. Most in California are, by the way. They do a great job with concerts. The facility seats around 2500 I would guess. Benchs tied together on the grass quad in the middle of the fairgrounds, with a section of bleachers in the back.
I would say 1800 strong for this one! Not too shabby for a Tuesday night in blistering heat. They let people start sitting at 5.
The band did their soundcheck in front of about 200 of us. Twenty minutes long. Dancing in the Ruins, Tattoo Vampire and Harvest Moon.
The music started promptly at 8:30. The band came on to an appreciative audience. They did not disappoint! An awesome performance! It is wonderful to still walk away from a BOC show telling myself that was the best one yet. My first time was in 1986.
A beautiful summer evening, a nice audience and Blue Oyster Cult! God is good!
The concert scheduled for Albany New York 7/25/18 has been postponed until 8/23/18. Unfortunately, the Empire State Plaza Concert Series is an outdoor event, and the forecast calls for heavy rain and thunderstorms for Albany all day and into the evening.
The special guest opening for BOC was scheduled to be the Kirsten Capolino Band. It is a free concert and was scheduled to run from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm.
BOC cancelled this gig with the following announcement:
Cancellation Statement BOC Golden Nugget Lake Charles:
We regret to inform you that due to travel circumstances beyond the band's control, the scheduled performance of Blue Oyster Cult at Golden Nugget Lake Charles tonight at 8:30PM is cancelled and will not be rescheduled at this time.
For Blue Oyster Cult ticketholders who need to receive a refund for tickets purchased via phone or online at AXS.com, please call AXS Customer Service, 1-888-929-7849.
Ticketholders who purchased tickets onsite at Golden Nugget Lake Charles may visit our Box Office with their purchase receipts during regular operating hours to obtain a refund.
Casino reservations for this show will be automatically cancelled.
On Jules Radino's FB page, he said this:
First time in 14 yrs can't make it to the gig... thanks American Airlines
Richie Castellano added:
AA screws us every single time.
BOC rocking the wine country!
I was glad this was not canceled due to the smoke and fires. Yay! 90 minute drive to the fair and bam!
The venue was a patch of grass with park benches aligned in rows, with bleachers on both sides. It was also covered by tarp panels. Also a grass "pit" in the front. Many of us chose to stand there.
Once again they allowed those of us who wandered in early to watch the soundcheck. Dancing in the Ruins and Summer of Love.
Napa is a great music town and these folks brought it. Awesome performance by the band: fired up crowd = Rock! They killed it from start to finish!
Interesting noodle beginning. I don't know it was a mistake or a new riff, but I liked it. Richie has continued to add keyboards, Jules added his drum part, where you at Mr. Miranda? JK! A not too hot summer evening at the fair with BOC. Winning! God is good.
Aug 10th is at Santa Cruz, CA Beach Boardwalk
I noticed you don't have the set list for the 2 shows at Santa Cruz on Aug. 10. I was at both shows and noted the set lists:
Show 1 6:30 pm PT:
Show 2 8:30 pm PT:
Set List for August 11, 2018 - Thunder Mountain Amphitheater, Loveland, Colorado w/ Mark Farner & Jefferson Starship (this is an outdoor venue):
NYS Plaza, Albany NY 8/23/18 Setlist:
No encore, out of time.
Here's the setlist from Thursday night in Bethesda:
Here's the setlist from the Dover Downs Hotel & Casino, Dover, Delaware:
Foghat opened for Blue Oyster Cult for the September 7, 2018 show at Dover Downs Casino in Dover, Delaware.
This past Saturday night my son and I made the hour and one-half hour roadtrip to Jackson, Michigan where I saw Blue Oyster Cult for the 36th time !
Here are the songs in the order they played them:
Opening act was Mark Farner (and his American band). He put on an enjoyable 1 hour show, playing such favorites as "Bad Time To Be In Love", "Mean Mistreater", "Are You Ready", "We're An American Band" and even "The Loco-Motion" which had a number of girls doing the train-line dance throughout the venue.
Eric called some deep tracks tonight and kept us on our toes!
Apparently, from what attendees have reported, Richie missed out "ETI" from the above setlist.
They put on a good show in a small but really cool and intimate venue, here's the setlist:
My son and I drove 100 miles to eastern Michigan to see Blue Oyster Cult perform at The Lexington Village Theatre on Tuesday, October 9.
Set list nearly identical to the one I sent you for their September 22, 2018 appearance in Jackson, MI. Here it is:
I was fortunate enough to attend 3 of the 5 concerts they performed in Michigan this year. Bad timing prevented my attending the other 2.
Hope to catch them when they come my way again.
Setlist from Milwaukee 10.10.2018:
Setlist from the Arcade Theatre show on October 12th, 2018:
Here's the setlist for October 13, 2018 in Steelville Missouri USA (courtesy of one of BOC's printed setlists):
The printout did not state the encores but I can assure you those were "OD'd on Life" and "Hot Rails to Hell" in that order.
* Buck played an instrumental solo before "Reaper" that might be considered an extended intro, or was it a song not shown in the set list? He did take a deserved bow before beginning DFtR.
He was echo looping riffs then playing lead over them and it came across to me as fairly structured maybe not fully improvised or spontaneous.
But is there a name or nickname for that piece? - "Buck's Techno-Noodling?" ? I'd be curious to know. Shame on me if it's on an album and I don't know that
The setlist sheets were grabbed by fans for souvenirs after the show, as the stage was very intimate and accessible.
Me, too, except we found one the morning after in the little cubby next to the stage where the members took their breaks during solos.
A piece of the Wildwood Springs Lodge stucco came with it on the duct tape but I'm not so crazy-sentimental to have kept that. (I suppose that could dramatize the story of 'swiping' it from 'backstage.')
A young married couple in their 20's from southern Missouri grabbed the one Buck had taped next to his pedals. That would have been coolest to have but I'm not that aggressive and like to respect the band's space since they are so giving of themselves.
I'm glad those two got that, also "her" autograph from Buck. The couple apparently met each other because their respective dads were big BOC fans. As I recall this was not at a concert per se, maybe at a ticket line or record store, etc.
My friend and I got handshakes from Buck at the end of the show, as we stood up from our seats directly in front of him. I'd take that over any souvenir!
Drove 6 hours each way to attend the show and well worth it... that was show #6 for me.
The piece you asked about is referred to by fans as "Buck's Noodle" - when he was once asked if it actually had a name, Buck said it was just called "Intro to Reaper". Doubtless he employed a team of marketing consultants to workshop that title with various focus groups before settling on that as the final name...
Curfews and time-permitting, he's played it prior to Reaper for the past 20 years now, and it can sometimes stretch to 3-4 minutes in length...
I originally entertained the idea of differentiating the noodle-led Reaper from the "normal" one in the site setlists, but decided there was no point, as it's not a standalone tune - it's just an (extended) intro to an existing one...
Pueblo is located about 90 minutes down I-25 from south Denver. The Memorial Hall is a beautiful old theatre built in 1919, as the sign above the stage indicated, with great acoustics.
After the customary Game of Thrones introduction, the band opened with Transmaniacon MC. The initial part of the set was fairly low key, with the crowd not exactly rowdy, but it picked up as the set progressed.
Storming version of ME262 and great guitar-dominated mid-section. Being in Colorado, Eric introduced the Last Days of May as a "marajuana song" and later picked up an imaginary cowbell for The Reaper.
Great music, excellent performance but somehow not quite the intensity of some past performances.
BOC back at the Boomtown casino near Reno, NV. Two one hour shows.
They packed a lot of punch into these short sets. Awesome, rocking performance. No noodle both shows. Last Days was abbreviated. First show people received Hot Rails for an encore. The second show did not get an encore.
27 October 2018: Valley Forge Casino, King of Prussia PA:
Solid playing from BÖC, as usual, for this sold-out show.
Two songs were added to the (printed) setlist: Eric called for Harvester of Eyes, and someone in the audience called for Joan Crawford.
There was no encore.
Saturday (1-27) at Valley Forge Casino:
* There was no encore.
15:55 - 16:30: Alms
16:50 - 17:30: Lazerpunk
17:50 - 18:30: Earthride
18:50 - 19:30: Dan Terminus
19:50 - 20:35: Acid Witch
21:00 - 22:45: Claudio Simonetti's Goblin
23:10 - 00:45: Blue Oyster Cult
My brother reports the setlist below from the Days Of Darkness festival at Ram's Head Live in Baltimore this past Sunday (2018 10/28).
He confirmed the songs and I put them in what I suspect is the correct order...
Surprisingly, they started with Before the Kiss and then went into Transmaniacon MC.
I think everything else is right.
Cheers. I wonder what prompted that...? But your amendment is duly noted...
BOC Oct 31, 2018 - Wall St Theater, Norwalk, CT
Same line up as all 2018 (with Halloween surprise at end):
Charlie Farren opened.
Many friends were in attendance, and a great time for all.
One note; the band played nice and loose, and many excellent jams, playing to a close to full house.
I was dishing out the brownies... yum.
The concert was at the Paramount Theatre which is an old style theatre with really good acoustics. The sound was loud and clear after the first song. The band vocal harmonies were as good as I've ever heard them.
The setlist had a few tasty nuggets like Screams and She's As A Beautiful As A Foot. We're sorry Joan Crawford got dropped for this show but it was a solid selection of tunes. Our only complaint was that we wish the concert was longer.
The band opened with The Red & The Black and while it's a great opener, it seemed to lack a little something due to the mix. Eric's vocals weren't especially strong and Buck's guitar was drowned out by Danny's bass. Once the sound got worked out, the band seemed to really get into it.
Eric's vocals actually got stronger as the night wore and he really nailed ETI & She's As Beautiful As A Foot. While he may not have sung the majority of songs, he is without a doubt a terrific master of ceremonies. I wish there were a few "Eric" songs in this set.
Danny's bass was really heavy and he and Jules were really in lock-step all night long. Nothing flashy, just steady backbeat to drive the songs home. Both Jules & Danny were able to shine on Buck's Boogie.
Richie continues to be the secret weapon of the band. Whether he was trading solos with Buck on Harvest Moon and Last Days Of May, playing the tasty Alan Lanier inspired Hammond on Buck's Boogie or taking lead vocals on Screams, Richie showed he can do it all.
As for Buck, superlatives escape me. He playing is more rhythmic and fluid than ever. He takes the solos in places I never expected. Sure, he can shred as well as anyone, but it's his sense of melody and creativity that set him apart from the pack. His noodle before DFTR is taking on a life of it's own and his vocals were clear all night. There are none higher than Mr. Roeser.
My 15 year old son and I made the 5 hour trek from Ottawa to see the show. It's concert #8 for me and #2 for him. We can't wait to see BOC again.
A fantastic concert by a legendary band.
I read the review given by Jeff above and agree with everything he said.
The night was a quick one as there was no opening band and the guys went on right at 8PM. Was out on the streets at 9:45PM and treated to a nice rainstorm for the trip back to the room.
Nice theater, great acoustics, and a nice set list. Can't complain about that!
My personal favorite songs of the evening were the 5 songs between Harvest Moon and Last Days of May. Just an incredible performance.
Loved this show. Just a touch more than the Rutland show the previous evening. I also had a 3rd row center seat so I got the up close and personal perspective to the performance. Something I have not had in quite a while but enjoyed quick a bit.
My surprise songs of the evening were the versions of Dancin' in the Ruins and Career Of Evil. The band was tight and Buck was literally on fire this entire show. Just incredible as he seems to get better with age! Like a fine wine!
My favorite songs of the evening had to be Shooting Shark, Last Days Of May, and Don't Fear The Reaper. This was my 4th show of the year and the first three shows all contained Harvest Moon's, so I was hoping for a Shooting Shark. This one was epic. Very enjoyable.
The version of Last Days Of May had an intro from Eric. "This next song is about marijuana... 3 cheers for the evil weed!"
And I am convinced that the band is not capable of playing a bad version of this song. Very strong guitar work from both Buck and Richie on this version.
Don't Fear The Reaper contained another fantastic "Buck's Noodle" intro with some more jaw dropping guitar work from Buck. Then Eric dedicates the song.
"In the spirit of Halloween... this song is dedicated to Lon Chaney Sr., Lon Chaney Jr., Christopher Lee, Bela Lugosi, and Boris Karloff!". Interesting as Halloween was 3 days ago but it definitely was unique!
Then to top it all off, you had the incumbent governor of NH (Chris Sununu) on side stage playing an actual cowbell during the song!
11/17/18 - Hiawassee GA is cancelled. Don't have any other info about this date.
Setlist from Hollywood Casino Lawrenceburg, IN 24 November 2018:
Eric Bloom will be performing along with Buck Dharma at this year's "Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding" charity concert on Saturday Dec. 8. in Phoenix Arizona:
Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding adds Gretchen Wilson to bill topped by Hollywood Vampires
Ed Masley || Arizona Republic
Country singer Gretchen Wilson, who won a Grammy for her breakthrough single "Redneck Woman," has joined the lineup for the 17th annual Alice Cooper's Christmas Pudding concert at the Celebrity Theatre on Saturday, Dec. 8.
Cooper himself will headline with Hollywood Vampires, a supergroup that also features Johnny Depp and Aerosmith's Joe Perry.
Rounding out the bill are Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma of Blue Oyster Cult; Sebastian Bach of Skid Row; Larry the Cable Guy, and Beasto Blanco, featuring Calico Cooper, the legend's daughter, as well as Chuck Garric, his touring bassist, on lead vocals.
Proceeds benefit the free music, dance, arts and vocational programs for teens at Alice Cooper's Solid Rock Teen Center.
BTW: the above link only takes you to the European version of the story - I don't use a VPN so I can't get access to the US version to post a link here, so you'll have to hunt around if you want to see that...
I did not attend, but a review of the show in AZCentral said Buck and Eric played Burnin' For You, Godzilla, and Reaper supported by a back-up band.
Here's a link to local coverage of the event:
When I click the above link, I get shunted out to the home page of a Euro version of the site - here's an alternative link for Euro folk:
The Alice Charity show was a lot of fun. And fairly well organized, given the degree of difficulty getting all the performers on and off the dumb revolving stage.
The backing band, Sixwire, did a great job with all the other acts besides the Vampires.
Johnny Depp was a nice guy, and allowed himself to be mauled by about 200 women in the meet and greet before the show.
When I met him, I commended him on his amazing film career, and he said he had to hear DFTR every day. He originally went to L.A. to be a rocker, and much later on, he jams with everybody, but why not? It seems like he'd just like to hang, but he really can't. He's Johnny Depp.
Here's the performance running order, as near as I can determine:
Here are some BOC-related youtube links: