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!
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!
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!
Aug 10th is at Santa Cruz, CA Beach Boardwalk
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...