Welcome to the "Albert Bouchard and Friends" Gig Reviews page!! Here I'll be gathering together all the "Albert and Friends" Gig-related gig reviews, reports, images, clips - anything - that I've been sent to date.
Just what exactly is an "Albert Bouchard and Friends" gig, I hear you ask... Well, basically it's a gig Albert's played that I can't fit into one of my other categories in his section. Joe's section of Hot Rails has a "Joe Bouchard and Friends" category, so what's good enough for one brother is good enough for t'other...
So, anyway - have you got anything to contribute to this page? Reviews, missing gig support band/venue information, ticket stubs, posters, handbills etc etc - if so, let me .
Beastie Boys led the list of artists performing for charity at New York's Hiro Ballroom Wednesday (Oct. 4). Debbie Harry, members of Blue Oyster Cult, Nellie McKay, and others also took the stage at the event, which was hosted by Rational Animal and the ASPCA (American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals). "Gimme Shelter: Rock & Rescue NYC" benefited local rescue groups and NYC's homeless animals in an effort to have animal shelters become "no-kill" by 2010.
The set list from the Hiro Ballroom is easy:
Here's the setlist:
Here's a youTube clip of "Astronomy" from this gig:
Here are some other relevant YouTube links from this show which will open in a new window:
Albert played drums and sang on Burnin For You, and Dont Fear the Reaper, He donned a Godzilla head during godzilla and did a remarkable solo.
Mike Pinera played guitar, and Mark Stein played keyboard.
Albert and Dennis took over the drums and bass from the house band for two songs last night, a U2 tune and School's Out. They were terrific, of course.
More details are up on my blog:
When Joe Hurley intro'd Albert before their songs, it went like this: "... and Albert Bouchard... " (pause, good deal of applause) "... from Blue Oyster Cult!" (even more applause). Still some love out there.
Here's a youTube clip of "School's Out" from this gig:
Here's another clip of "School's Out", shot from a different side of the stage:
The concept of Mike Pinera's Classic Rock All-Stars was to form a touring "supergroup" composed of hitmaking artists from the 1960s and 1970s who would perform their hits live onstage.
The original lineup was:
Spencer Davis of the Spencer Davis Group was originally 2nd guitarist in the band, but left to pursue other interests. Dennis Noda, formerly of Cannibal and the Headhunters and the original bassist for the Classic Rock All-Stars, unfortunately died in May 2009.
Apparently during 2010, the various members of the band retired from the road, leaving just Mike Pinera, who set about recruiting Mark II of the band. Here's what he came up with:
So - that's the story as far as I know it - and this was their first gig with Albert. If you went, let me know how it was...
More info on Mike Pinera's site:
After the gig, Mike Pinera and Albert met with students from Windber Area High School about all the aspects of the record industry, from writing music to performing.
Here's an account off the Daily American site:
Bouchard, who teaches music at a college, stressed the importance of getting an education before deciding to give the industry a try. He said up until Saturday Night Live did the famous "Cow Bell" skit, "nobody knew who I was. They would say 'Oh I never heard of that music or maybe my grandparents do'," he said.
The drummer said what also brought the Blue Oyster Cult music to today's audience was the guitar video games.
"Now they all want to learn how to play our songs. That really brought them to our music than just the cow bell thing," he said.
Bouchard told the students, "If you have any inclination to write then that is totally the way to go. If you are not that good of singer or not that good of musician, then it is important to write a very good song. Song writers get paid from the first time the song is performed. Musicians have to promote their music. They have to go on the road. They have to pay everybody. Song writers do not have to pay anybody. They get paid from record one. That is the beauty of being a writer."
Bouchard has written a number of songs over his career, but said a few years ago he received a "big check, five big ones in fact" for a song that he wrote more than 20 years ago and was now being performed.
"I said, wow, how good is that? If you have any inclination to write, then go for it," he said.
In addition to Bouchard's writing career, Pinera added that the song he wrote early in his career, "Ride Captain Ride," paid off handsomely when it was played during the Olympics.
"That was great," he said.
The other two members of the Classic Rock All Stars included Goldy McJohn from Steppenwolf and Prescott Niles from the Knack. All of the band members signed autographs and posed for photos for the fans after the show. While Bouchard and Pinera worked with the students McJohn and Niles sat and talked with fans for well over an hour after the show.
Gosh! That was cool, playing with Robert Gordon in public. It was a duo, me on acoustic guitar, Robert with that huge voice - you really have to see him live and it's always a rush to play a song live that nobody's ever heard before, not to mention 5.
We played 7 songs in all - including Middle of the Night which Robert recorded on the "All for the Love of Rock and Roll" album and Breaking Out Tonight which he played in his set for a couple years in the mid-80s.
The other songs were, Don't Act Like You're In Love, Nowhereville, Look What's Happened to Our Love, Heaven in Harlem and I Guess I'm Not Over You.
The gig was a one off for now but who knows. I'm told we'll be doing more gigs together. I hope we can do it again.