1976 was a notable year for Blue Oyster Cult. May 1976 saw the release of "Agents of Fortune" containing a little ditty by the name of "(Don't Fear) the Reaper".

DFTR has become BOC's signature song - it's their hit - despite never reaching higher than no 12 or whatever it was in the charts. This was the song that started to open doors for BOC but the jury is still out whether this was good or bad for BOC in the long run...

Many of the dates contained on this page are from the road diary of ex-BOC roadie, Rick Reyer, and many thanks go to him - as well as Sam Judd for his assistance.

Once again, I owe a big debt to Peter Nielsen of the thinlizzyguide.com and Bert Gangl for their invaluable assistance with a number of gigs on this page. Thanks also go to Art Liming for help uncovering some new gigs.

Have you got anything to contribute to this page? Reviews, missing info, comments, ticket stub/poster scans etc etc - if so, let me .

Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Help!!
Rick Reyer

1st Jan - Cancelled due to Buck's stone - rescheduled for the 23rd Jan...

Ken Michaelis

I have attached another scan of a stub I have that will either help (or deepen) a mystery!

Although your site lists a Chicago Aragon date of 1 Jan 1976 as the original date for this show, I have a stub that seems to indicate it was actually scheduled for 2 Jan 1976. (This show was cancelled and made up on 23 Jan 1976).

The stub shows a date code of "102" and a partial date of "02 1976", so I believe that may be the actual originally scheduled date.

Ralph

Although roadie Rick Reyer had this cancelled gig down for 1st Jan, I think Ken's ticket evidence seems pretty clear.

His Ticketron stub clearly shows a date code of "102" as he says, plus there's also a "12/30" on there which I believe to be the purchase date.

Therefore, accordingly I've re-dated this gig to 2nd Jan 1976...

The only strange thing for me is that the stub appears to be used!! To get a refund, I imagine you'd have to surrender the original ticket at the box office. But even if you didn't, that still wouldn't account for it being ripped.

I suppose it's possible they honoured these tickets for the later gig on the 23rd?

Steve Smelser

I was at that show. Cant remember many details, I was 15 at the time. I'm 46 now.

Ted Nugent seemed to play every concert that came to the Cap Centre. Rush was great, BOC was even better.

I do remember the Laser light show from BOC, I dont think many bands used that then, it was pretty new.

I remember all members coming out to the front of the stage playing guitars, awesome. Tickets were like $8.00 US.

By the way - BOC headlined!

Robert W. Busch

I went to this one - It was general admission I believe.

All the bands were great. I was right up in front of the stage. Very loud - took my ears a few days to recuperate.

Leslie West did Mississippi Queen !!

Ralph

Can you confirm that there were these other four bands on this bill: Ted Nugent, Rush, Leslie West and REO Speedwagon, and do you have any idea of the actual running order?

Robert W. Busch

It was definitely those five bands. I've been telling friends about this concert for years.

The fella I went to the concert with moved to Texas after college and I haven't spoken to him in years but I may try to get in touch with him and see if he remembers more about the show.

I don't remember BOC as being the headliner but I would say they were the most well known of the five groups. The only band that I didn't know anything about at the time was Rush and I think (?) they were the last band to play. My memory isn't what it should be.

I went to the concert mainly to see Leslie West because I was a big Mountain fan, but all of the bands were great.

By the way, the Capitol Centre was torn down a few years ago and a shopping mall was put in it's place. I went to probably 20 concerts there including the Rolling Stones, Elton John, Three Dog Night, Grand Funk Railroad (In I believe 1973), Queen, Rod Stewart and the Faces, Grateful Dead, U2, Clapton, etc...

Those were the days !

Sparky

BOC did indeed headline this all day show (must have been a Saturday or Sunday). However, for whatever reason they chose to have Leslie West close the show. There was a mass exodus to the doors which was too bad, because Leslie gave us a pretty good set - Mississippi Queen and Nantucket Sleighride being the obvious highlights.

Rush opened the show and was actually pretty horrible. I think Neal had been with the band less than a year. I saw them 2 years later at the same venue (the Cap Centre was a fantastic place to see shows - incredible acoustics for a hockey rink) and I couldn't believe it was the same band - they cooked.

Back to 4 Jan 76 - REO was up next, followed by Ted. We're relying on a 32 year old memory that's pretty shaky anyway, but I seem to recall that Ted tore the place up. Lots of loud, fast guitar for the whole set. Sadly, I can't recall anything about REO's set which is really too bad because I think they were recording these shows for their "You Get What You Play For" album - gotta be one of my all time top 5 live albums.

BOC, as usual, were stellar. Highlights for me were Last Days of May and Born To Be Wild with 5 guitars. Your Ears Will Melt And Then Your Eyes!

Somewhere in my parents' basement in District Heights, MD there should be a box with this ticket stub ("A Holiday Spectacular - 5 bands for 5 bucks" was how the show was advertised) and the review from the Washington Star. If I ever find them again, I'll scan & send your way.

Thanks for the chance to relive some great times!

This gig was apparently a make-up gig because the originally scheduled 2nd Jan show at the Aragon Ballroom had to be cancelled due to "Buck's stone".

Quick Gig Facts
Steve DelSignore

There is a show that I attended that is not in your 1976 lists. It was 27 January 76 also at the Palace Theater in Albany, NY.

Bob Seger opened the show.

Mike Powers

I was at the Jan 30 1976 BOC show in Mt. Prospect Illinois. I got there early and was in the front row and took photos of Rory Gallagher and BOC.

I also grabbed the BOC guitar pick Bloom threw out at the end of the show.

What happened in February? Anybody know?

Ralph

For a long time, there have been rumours that BOC played this venue with Slade on this date. I've remained skeptical. Then Bert Gangl got in touch...

Bert Gangl

As it turns out, BOC almost surely did NOT play the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium on Mar 31, 1976. A quick look at the Los Angeles Times archives shows that Supertramp played the Santa Monica Civic on Mar 31, 1976. I found this by searching on "Santa Monica Civic" and "Supertramp."

When I typed in "Santa Monica Civic" and either "Slade" or "Blue Oyster Cult," the results came back empty for the time in question.

Also, the Pasadena Star News lists Supertramp and Gallagher & Lyle on Thursday, Apr 01, so the same two bands almost surely played the evening before on Mar 31.

What happened in April? Anybody know? Probably work on Agents of Fortune but what exactly?

David Tyler

A gig I remember well! I worked as a stage hand for Cedric Kushner Productions. What a great show.

Southerland Brothers and Quiver had a hit "In the Arms of Mary". Styx had "Lady" and "Lorelei" and that's about it. No Tommy Shaw yet.

BOC did essentially the Live Album type of stuff. I got to talk to Buck before he went on. Many people - 7000 with a sell out being 7700. No real hits by BOC yet, but everyone knew every song! They closed with ME262. They did Born to be Wild almost every show then.

Ralph

Notice the date on the advert above - "Sunday 3rd May" - the only problem with that is that the 3rd was a Monday!!

Stop Press: Ken's stub above confirms the gig took place on a Sunday so that would suggest "Sunday 2nd May" - looks like the newspaper ad got the date wrong...

Rich Sardo

This gig took place on the 2nd May at Dutchess Community College (in the gym) - I know it was the 2nd because I have kept a diary of every show I've ever seen and May 2 is the date.

The opening act was The Beaver Brown Band, then Styx then BOC.

Eric Schusterman

May 08 at Capitol in Passaic, New Jersey was definitely with Dr. Feelgood and Slade - I went to that show and as I recall DFTR was the second song in the set - and they did a great I Ain't Got You...

Ralph

This date is confirmed by the Capitol Giglist on Moyssi's website.

Bill

They opened with Tattoo Vampire, as I recall.

Great show.

John Neely

This was only my third concert, but I was already a huge BOC fan.

I remember that they played a lot of "Agents of Fortune" but as this was before the LP came out, I didn't know any of the songs.

"This Ain't the Summer of Love" stood out to me, but obviously DFTR became the hit. They did the 5 Guitars during Diz-Busters, if memory serves me right.

Styx were good, and I enjoyed Starcastle. They had a very similar sound to Yes. And their singer was Terry Luttrell(sp) who was the original singer for REO Speedwagon.

Just a quick note. You had the venue down as the "Stanley Civic Arena". This concert took place at the Civic Arena. The Stanley Theatre is a separate (and much smaller) venue.

Ralph

21 May 1976 was given as the release date for this record on the All Things Music Plus FaceBook Page. I don't really know how much faith to put in this date as they don't quote their source, but I suppose it'll do for now...

For more details on this record, please visit the Blue Oyster Cult Songatorium page...

Mark Wilson

My 3rd BOC show. Rush was the opening act. Great show! Thanks for all your efforts on this website - very cool having all this data.

Ralph

On 23 May 1976 BOC played Duluth Arena. There's poster/ticket stub evidence, as well as other indications, to show that this was the case - see Duluth Arena below for some more info on that.

But I've always been intrigued by the above clipping, sent to me by Peter Nielsen of the thinlizzyguide.com.

Published in the "Lima (OH) News" dated Saturday 22 May 1976 (the day before the gig), the article tells of a gig with Slade at the Handcock Recreation Center, Findlay OH "on Sunday". Now, logic would suggest that the "Sunday" they're referring to would be the next day - the 23rd - the Duluth date - otherwise, they'd have said "next Sunday" or else printed the actual date.

Of course, it might have been just a typo - maybe they meant "a week on Sunday" - meaning Sunday 30 May 1976?

The gig line-up was always going to be a credible proposition, in that Slade were definitely around and had already played with BOC recently, so I found the whole thing intriguing... and confusing...

And then I got the following email from Jim Fry...

Jim Fry

I came across your incredible website while doing a BOC search and came across the BOC concert listing for Duluth on May 23, 1976. I can tell you without a doubt that the Duluth listing is probably legitimate, and I will tell you why.

The Cult were indeed supposed to play on May 23, 1976 in Findlay Ohio as support for Slade. The newspaper clipping you show is legit and was intended for the next day and not the next week.

My best friend, sister and girlfriend were huge BOC fanatics and eagerly anticipated the upcoming show. We all lived in Lima Ohio which is 40 miles south of Findlay. We drove up pumped beyond belief to see the Cult .

We arrived at the Hancock Recreational Center and shortly before the concert was to begin an announcement was made.

Before a packed house it was announced that the Blue Oyster Cult would not be playing due to equipment problems. As a result they did not travel to the show! I was pissed beyond belief.

Replacing Blue Oyster Cult will be the Michael Quatro Jam band. Incredibly the crowd did not seem phased at all and I figured that all hell would brake loose. Apparently the throng were there to see Slade.

The show was actually memorable in that I literally had to be persuaded to stay after Quatro played his set. I had no interest in Slade and no desire to stay for their performance but I'm damm glad my buddy convinced me to stay.

Slade opened up with "hear me calling" and I was hooked from that moment on. The show was incredible and the Hancock Center rocked like no tomorrow.

I went out the next day and bought 5 Slade albums and became a lifelong Slade fan and supporter.

So although it was dissapointing that BOC failed to show it would explain why considering they were in Duluth putting on their incredible sound and visual onslaught of music and mayhem.

Hope this clears up that date and I now have some closure knowing why the guys never showed up in Findlay...

Ralph

Thanks for that info, Jim...

It does throw up another mystery, however. Those Duluth posters and tickets (below) weren't printed at the last minute - they've been printed a fair bit of time in advance of the show, so it can't have been a last minute switch of gig. BOC and Rush in Duluth must have been known about well in advance of the gig itself.

So - this leads me to ask - what on earth was the "Lima (OH) News" doing advertising the gig as BOC/Slade only the day before the show if it was already apparent - if only to Yanqui Productions (the promoters), if nobody else - that BOC would not be coming??

And as if that wasn't misleading enough, why did the venue let people turn up on the day - and even pack the hall - before telling them what seems to be a downright lie: that BOC wouldn't be playing due to "equipment problems" and hadn't travelled to the show??!!

Well, they got the last bit right - but the reason BOC didn't travel to the show was that they were travelling to another show. Equipment problems, indeed...

I can't help thinking that something else might have something to do with all this... namely, the prospect of headlining an arena show with Rush possibly producing a better payday for BOC than supporting Slade at a recreation centre gig...

And the promoter and venue left it to the very last minute to tell anyone in the hope of reducing the likelihood of having to pay out any refunds!! ... and the BOC fans who turned up at Findlay that night could either like it or lump it...

Ralph

I'm now fairly happy that this gig did indeed take place in Duluth on this date. Here's why:

  1. There's the above poster, kindly sent to me by Bob Beresford, giving the full info and band-line-ups...
  2. There's also the ticket stub above - although it doesn't say "Duluth" as such, it was part of an eBay auction consisting of five Duluth stubs (of various groups) so I think it's reasonable to assume it is from Duluth...
  3. blueoystercult.com has this gig down as Duluth...
  4. BOC roadie Ricky Reyer's diary says "5/23 - Duluth Minn..."

See the cancelled Findlay Ohio gig entry above to see why previously there was some confusion over this date...

Tim Betthauser

I do have some additional information for you on the May 26, 1976 date in La Crosse, WI.

This show was cancelled and although the reason was never given to me at the time, I did hear much later from a box office employee it was cancelled due to lack of ticket sales.

The opening bands were supposed to be: Rush and Sunblind Lion. I did have a ticket to this concert but I did return it for a refund... I believe the price was $5.00.

Ralph

Like the clipping above, boc.com has this gig down as Brown County Arena, Madison WI - but ex-roadie Ricky Reyer's diary has this gig down as "Civic Auditorium, Green Bay WI"...

Does anybody have any info on this gig that might help me nail it down one way or the other...?

Rich Atomic

Just found your site after having interest renewed after seeing BOC at the Harley-Davidson event this past weekend (30-31 Aug 2008).

Just wanted to confirm that this gig was at the Brown County Arena in Green Bay, Wisconsin.

Ralph

Thanks Rich - I've changed the town to Green Bay. I should have checked at the start just what town Brown County Arena was in...

Hugh Clement

I and my wife to be were at this gig. Dont remember much. We thought that is was Queen. Still married after all these years...

Ralph

Some Rush websites have the following info down for this date: "29 May 1976: St Paul Civic Center Arena St Paul Minnesota (supporting Blue Oyster Cult / Reo Speedwagon)".

A Thin Lizzy site reckons Lizzy played this date: "29 May 1976: St Paul Civic Centre (with Rush, BOC, REO Speedwagon)"

Then a complication arrived in the following email:

Dan Helmbrecht

A record store I frequent in St. Paul, MN (about 75 miles away) has an old BOC concert poster hanging in their back room. When I was up there today I checked it out to see where and when the concert was. When I got home I checked your list to see if it was on there but I can't find it listed. Just one problem, I don't know what year it was.

My guess is it has to be 1973, 1974 or 1975. I think it was held at the St. Paul Civic Center. I didn't pay much attention to this detail since I didn't think I would need it. My son seems to remember it as being the civic center.

Anyway, they have their picture on the poster and are the headliners. Also appearing with them were Steve Marriot's Allstars and REO Speedwagon. The date of the concert was May 29 (no year of course) and the ticket price was $4.00. I seem to remember my friends brother going to a BOC concert right about the time I started getting into them. That would be around 1975.

The more I think about it and looking at the "Giglopaedia" I think the year for the May 29 concert would have been 1976. They were in the area then and that would work out better for my memory.

Regarding the possibility of Rush being on the bill - it's quite possible that Steve Marriot canceled and Rush took their spot. Wow what a concert that would have been.

MartinBOC

My first show was in about May of '76 in Minneapolis, MN, not sure of the Arena. They had their Laser Show and Rush, Reo and Mott were the warm up bands.

At least, I think it was Mott. I remember that who ever it was, the first act got booed off stage then REO came on, then Rush and the Almighty BOC!

Cindy B

I was at this concert. It was the best show I've ever seen, great light shows. Blue Oyster Cult, Rush, REO Speedwagon, and The Boys all for $4 at the St. Paul Civic Center, May 29, 1976... 2 weeks before my graduation.

If I remember right, It was this line-up order... First band (and I could be wrong) was either The Boys or The Baby's, unknown, we'd never heard of them, they weren't very good. They're sound system was very poor, and we were anxiously awaiting the next bands to come on.

Next came Rush, again, fairly new, they were just starting to become well known. After The Boys/Baby's went off the stage, it was only seconds it seems before there was an explosion followed by red lights and smoke, Geddy Lee appeared with an organ/keyboard rising out of the center of the stage, playing the simple doodoodo do do do dododoooo. Chopsticks... There was an oriental theme to the stage. Again an explosion of red smoke and lights and the band was all standing on the stage and went into the 2112 overture and Temple of the Syrinx.

If you'd like to see what I mean you can check out this live youtube video... it's the same opening for them except this video didn't have the chopstick beginning with the red smoke and lights before the whole band appeared on stage. I would imagine the setlist was a little different at each show, but don't know why they wouldn't keep the red smoke and lights as that was amazing and the crowd went wild.

Their whole show was filled with spectacular light shows and at the end a holographic UFO flying above the audience.

Next up was Blue Oyster Cult, also pretty new on the scene at that time. They're light show was amazing as well, "Don't Fear the Reaper" was the only song we knew of from them at the time, but the rest of they're set was unbelievable.

Then came REO Speedwagon, but to tell you the truth, I was so blown away by Rush and BOC, that I can't remember much about REO playing, except that we knew none of their songs on the setlist. REO was also just becoming huge in the music world.

The bands appeared in pecking order, like is done at shows still, least known to best known, but all of them in the "just coming up stage". Either way, the best show I'd ever been to was only $4. Advertised as "Four bands, four bucks". Unfortunately, I don't have anything to remember the concert by other than my recollection, and discussions over the years that I've had with friends who were with me at the concert. I just found that youtube video tonight when I was trying to find the chopstick type of music that started off the concert.

Regarding confirmation of the date, the following site link states that Rush opened for BOC and REO and also lists the same date that I remember (which was important because it was 2 weeks before my graduation):

I hope this helps. Sorry I couldn't tell you more or offer a stub or something more.

Ralph

I wonder if Cindy's mention of "The Boys or The Baby's" as the opening act could actually refer to The Babys?

Perky

THE BABYS did not tour the US until April 1977, matter of fact they were still letting the ink dry on their recording contract, hadn't even recorded their debut album...

I am absolutely positive they didn't tour in 1976; however they did tour the US extensively with bands like REO and Rush during mid to late 1977 and 1978...

Check out my Babys sites:

Cindy B

I just checked with a friend of mine, he said it was Thin Lizzy, and that they were very "green".

Wow, to think I heard Thin Lizzy in the early days without even realizing it. And then to be part of the $4 bill...

Peter Nielsen

Thin Lizzy did not play with BOC on 29th May 1976 - check out the following link on www.thinlizzyguide.com:

Ralph

Thanks to the advert above sent to me by Eric Hansen from powerWindows, I now know that it was in fact Steve Marriott and his Allstars who were the other act on this bill.

This, in fact, chimes in nicely with Dan Helmbrecht's account above, and the advert also confirms that BOC definitely headlined...

Douglas Brugman

Steve Marriot's All Stars were held up. The Boys played. They didn't even turn down the house lights while they played and they were booed off stage.

Rush was supporting 2112 and the Cult played the "On your feet or on your knees" set.

Following a drum solo Bouchard scooped up a guitar and all played guitars to strobe lights. Think it was "Cities on flame"...

Dangerous Dave

I believe I was the friend Dan H referred to. It was a FABULOUS show!

It was the Boys as the first warm up band and the lights were on as Douglas said. The lead was wearing a leather jock (over his jeans) and they were BOOED off the stage. They sucked.

It was the era of General Admission tickets and I was in about the 5th row. RUSH play as the Allstars canceled. I remember one of the guys I partied with was really bummed about this cause that's who he wanted to see.

REO played well. I'm sure I have a ticket stub somewhere for this show. I've been to a lot of shows and will always remember this one as one of the best!

BOC ROCKED.

Quick Gig Facts
Ricky Reyer

Yes we played! Three day outdoor festival... BOC was a featured headliner, as was Rainbow and Bachman Turner Overdrive. Nazareth played before us on the first night. We were supposed to leave our lights on stage for the other two days shows... BOC was going to Oakland CA to do Day On the Green in the interim and didn't need the production support; i.e. sound and lights...

Then we found that the promoter had left with the money and from the booking agent in New York we learned that B.T.O. didn't even know they were to play! That's when Rick Downey and I took over the ticket booth. I had a 44 mag. hand gun a security guard lent me. We continued to sell tickets for the three day event not even knowing if we would get past that first day... trying to get the Cult's money. We counted nickels and dimes!!

We started taking down the light rig after our show... that started the riot... the kids had been ripped off by this promoter before and were ready to strike... first thing out of the ordinary I noticed was an ice cream truck tumbling down the grandstands... then some kids got in a Freightliner and started driving around the race track with kids hanging from the mirrors!!!!! There was a 100 foot crane to put up the top over the stage; the top was tied off to two empty forty foot trailers on either side of the stage... kids got in the crane and started moving toward the stage, jerking the boom from side to side!

A lighting guy attacked the crane with a large/big ass fork lift while we were struggling to get the equipment off the stage before the crane strikes (stage hands had left as did the horseback riding security guards)... we just got the lasers in the truck and as I was driving away, in the rear view mirror I saw the crane fall on the stage; the top came down and flipped the trailers that were supporting it!!!!... the kids then burned everything in site: four big genie's, about ten big Winnebagos (used as dressing rooms) the stage, grandstands and every building on the site... WOW!

One of the most dangerous scenes I've ever been part of!!!!!! The highway was on a rise and the state patrol had about ten cars up there (1/2 mile away) just watching the riot!

Ralph

The poster above off eBay gives some useful info as to who else was on this bill.

BTO seem to have been the main headliners - and presumably were due to have closed the final night (6 June) - and then BOC and Blackmore's Rainbow were due to headline the opening two nights BOC (4th June) and Rainbow (5th).

Other bands due to play over the 3 days were:

Here's a post I saw on the Pat Travers board [since removed]:

Randal on Tuesday, April 13, 2004 - 11:43 am:

I hitchhiked 150 miles to Stateline, Idaho in 8th grade to see a 3-day festival. BOC played the first night with Nektar and Bighorn. Allen Lanier of BOC was more ripped than I've ever see him (believe it) - he was so blasted he nearly fell over on the keyboard! Eric looked extremely pissed off, and the band had a hell of a time keeping it together with Allan's botched playing! On the five-guitar jam, they were basically holding him up between their shoulders!

The next day, the promoter split with the cash due to low ticket sales -- and quite naturally, a riot ensued! I watched some guys roll a milk truck down the hill, was issued a stolen doughnut from a guy who was passing them out, and saw a hot wired semi-truck doing brodies around the race track.

It was when I was backstage looking around when I saw a guy whose head was busted open by one of the rocks people were hurling back there that I decided to leave. My brother showed up looking for me (he had arrived the morning after I got there) and we took off JUST BEFORE the state police shut the place down! There was a column of smoke rising as we left -- quite a memorable scene for a 13-year old head like myself!

I was intrigued by this - there were a couple of discrepancies with Ricky Reyer's account - the name "Stateline" and the two named support acts for example - I asked Sam if he knew anything...

Sam Judd

I've never heard it called "Stateline"... MSN has no listing for Stateline ID... but has several for a Stateline Road which is fairly near Coeur D'Alene..

Could Stateline Raceway possibly be the name of the track where this was held??

Ricky Reyer

I think you're right about the racetrack name: State Line. I know Nazareth played before us, not Nektar, in fact Bobby Thompson and maybe John Hougdaul (sp?) (Bugsey) were there and there were other groups...

The milk truck was the before-mentioned ice cream truck I saw tumble down the concrete grandstands... that's when I knew the shit was going to hit the fan. You've got to remember that we were feverishly trying to get our equipment and production (sound and lights) off the stage, with NO stage hands!, before it crumbled...

Many people were hurt... especially the kids holding on to the Freight Liner cab doing burn outs in the infield... Wild and Crazy!

Don't remember Alan being anything but normal, you know... I'd like to hear what George Geranios has to say about it - have you asked?

George Geranios

I think it was Stateline Road, it was a track. Let's not forget the large crane that was tipped and burned!

As a matter of fact, I remember all the concessions on the top of the grandstand hill being looted and burned. I have pics of the milktruck going down the stands. I mostly remember convincing (not untruthfully) a host of angry rioters that B.O.C. was a victim too and they shouldn't trash our P.A. (we provided production), band gear and (I believe) our lasers. I'm pretty sure R.D. Reyer and I loaded a truck with all our stuff and R.D. drove it away, up the long road from the track to the highway and past the police who were sitting a mile away watching the festivities with what, I suppose, was amusement.

I remember that column of smoke and being thankful that no one was seriously hurt and our gear remained intact...

Rick Downey

It's funny how many of my recollections are almost word for word with the account above... the ice cream truck, the semi tractor, the guy that hot wired the crane that put up the stage...

I didn't think we were the first day but then again, so many bands pulled out (I think they were touting 30 live acts etc...) that we were the first and last day...

And yes, as I was talking to Wally Meyerwitz and or Steve Schenck back in New York, on the payphone nailed to a piece of plywood nailed to a pole in the backstage area, while watching the little dressing room trailers go up in smoke, a rock the size of a softball wizzed by my head, hit the board and at that moment I decided it was a good idea to get me and the band the f@*k outta there!

Re the venue - yes, it was the track name and the area, sort of like "tri state area"... I've been passing thru there every year for the past 10 years since I've been in racing....

George Geranios

Sam, it was the second day. We played the first day of what was to have been a three day festival. The only reason we were on-site the second day is that all our production was there and we were "minding the store." None of the bands showed up the second day and that's when the feces hit the fans. (I'm not sure any promoter production people were about either).

I will look for the pics. They may be in 35mm-slide form but I have a flatbed that scans now.

Gary Lewis

I found this site while searching online for any comments on the State Line Racetrack concert/riot in June 1976. I was 19 at the time and drove from Portland, Oregon to Post Falls for the concert with three friends in my car. BOC was the main reason we went, but were looking forward to three days of partying and music.

I remember the show seemed really disorganized from the beginning, and the Friday night show started late. But BOC rocked out and played late, and we had a great time that evening. We camped in little tents in a grassy field adjacent to the racetrack, and the parties in the camping area went late into the night, with a lot of noisy people keeping us awake half the night.

Then we finally got a couple hours of sleep and different noisy people in the morning woke us up. I think a lot of the people there were sleep-deprived on the second day. The concerts were supposed to start late morning, but nothing seemed to be happening, and then when we finally got back into the concert area, the band was packing up all the equipment. The news spread through the grapevine that the promoters had skipped, and we had gotten ripped off. All those peace-loving stoners became angry rioters pretty quickly, and there was a lot of talk about what to do.

Sometime in there was when someone got the idea to drive or push the ice cream truck to the top of the berm where the seating sloped to the track, and down it went, eventually rolling, if I remember right. That seemed to trigger the crowd, and a bunch of people raided the office and concessions stands, where the employees were packing up and getting out of Dodge. I don't think there was any money left, but someone found a ton of concert tickets and tossed them to the crowd. I went home with a couple dozen extra tickets.

All the food in the stands got grabbed, then someone yelled "Burn it down!" and things started getting torched. Some of us pushed a telephone booth over the top of the grandstands, where it bounced a few times and the glass broke before it came to a stop partway down.

I remember the semi truck careening around the field, and thinking someone was going to die. Eventually they kind of crashed it and then set it on fire. I remember seeing the crane going down, and then people were piling fence boards around the wooden light poles and setting them on fire. Eventually everything there was on fire.

In the meantime, the police were lined up along the raised highway as far as you could see, and everyone was speculating whether they could arrest all of us, or if the National Guard would be coming. As it began to get late in the day, things wound down, and we went back to camp to pack up and go home. We didn't have enough money to stay in a motel or campground, so we were going to drive the 8 hours back to Portland that night.

While we were walking back to camp, someone who was leaving drove their pickup up against a plastic outhouse and started pushing it over. We heard someone yelling from inside, and when it hit the ground with a big splash of water and other stuff, the door flew open and a cursing guy rolled out. We had been laughing, but cleared out, because he didn't think it was very funny and was loaded for bear.

That night, I drove all the way home by myself, because everyone else was too tired and I didn't trust them with my car. At about 2:00 a.m. on the freeway about an hour from home, I fell asleep and weaved from the right lane to the center guardrail, then back to the right shoulder before a girl in the back who was kind of conscious asked me what I was doing and woke me up. Scared the crap out of me! I didn't get sleepy the rest of the way home.

Needless to say, a disappointing experience as far as music went except for Blue Oyster Cult, but a once-in-a-lifetime experience otherwise. It was weird watching the tv news later that day about the riot the day before and thinking about being there.

Dave Riggs

I was there this night. It was my graduation night from high school and my friend, Cliff Knutson, a fellow concert photographer and i were on top of a semi with Rick Downey watching the riot. It was ugly. The band was at the Red Lion Inn in the Spokane Valley and my friend Bob Salsbury worked there. The band left a huge tip that no one can forget. The cult was over the top cool. But the promoter, not John Bauer, called himself John Brauer and scammed with the loot. Very chaotic.

Dave Riggs, Seattle

Wish I had been there when they raided the beer vendors! I have a blog recounting an experience at a Nugent show in Spokane. www.etherhuffer.typepad.com. Look for "Where the Cordite Blossoms Grow". It's all true...

Steve Bardsley

I was there - 17 years old. turned into a 3 day riot/keggar. One of the most memorable events in my life. Unfortunately I didn't take a camera. This site was the first I've found regarding this event. Many of these accounts are word for word with my memories.

The friends I was supposed to ride home with took off when things got bad, so I was there for the duration,with no supplies. Some memories I have include cars and motorcycles racing around the track overnight; guys chainsawing down all the tall light poles around the track; huge bonfires made of large tires and sheets of plywood from the fence that had surrounded the track; a guy carrying two large garbage bags full of cartons of cigarettes from the concession stands who also had many feet of linked Kielbasa type sausages wrapped around his body like an ammo belt. There were keggars all night (kegs taken from the beer trucks).

By the 3rd morning a lot of people had left and the police cars finally came in saying we had to leave or we'd be charged with starting a riot. Me and a couple of friends had to walk to the nearest little town and use a pay phone to get one of the guys mom to come get us. (A couple of hours drive each way).

The concert would have been great but this I'll never forget!

Michael Krahn

I was 16 years old and at that crazy gig. The opening act was actually a band named Nektar who put on a fine performance. B. O. C. was stellar. it was a cold night however...

Recently talked with an old friend who was with me at this spectacle. Sad to note there were at least two fatalities at this event, one from a mushroom O.D. and another from one of the kids hitting his head on a lightpole while a passenger on the back of a motorcycle doing laps around the speedway Sat. June 5.

We were up from the Boise valley and my friend confirms that Nektar also played. He says he has his ticket purchased from the Boise area and I will try to E-mail you a copy when I get down to Boise.

Friday June 4th was a cold night and I remember Eric commenting to the audience that it sure is cold. You could see the frost on his breath. B.O.C. put on an exellent show.

Nektar was touring on their Recycled L.P. One other band opened that night I'll try to find out who it was.

Idaho experienced a manmade disaster on June 4th when the Teton Dam burst in southeast Idaho. Rumor had it that was why the National Guard wasn't called in and the State Police kept their distance managing outgoing traffic.

Although we didn't participate in the violence we did sneak home with a keg of beer in the trunk and more coldcuts than 4 of us could eat in a week!

Quite the experience for a 16 year old kid.

Michael O'Daly

I was the guy who inadvertently started the riot - or struck the match to the already smoldering powder keg. Hopefully statutes of limitations are in effect 32 years after the fact. There were four of us who'd come to the festival together from Mountain Home, ID. Day one had been great and BOC was fantastic! (And I remember that it was Nektar as well, the other band was Big Horn) We were looking forward to day two.

Around 12:30 we headed over to the gate since the show was supposed to start around 1, I think. The gate was locked and there were a lot of folks standing around speculating about what had happened. We went back to our van which wasn't too far from the gate and watched for movement. When we saw the crowd going through the gate we headed in. If I remember correctly this was about 4 p.m. and everyone was pretty pissed off.

The bleachers sat on an earthen embankment. You walked from the gate up the embankment and then down into the speedway. The ice cream truck sat at the crest of the embankment along with the concession stands. When we got to the ice cream truck it had already been broken into and someone was passing out "free" ice cream. We looked down at the stage and saw the crew tearing down the equipment. "What the...?" A crowd was gathering in front of the plywood barrier at the front of the stage.

We went down onto the inner circle of the speedway and up to the barrier. At this point someone had started to rip the barrier apart and I slipped through the barrier with my 35mm camera and made my way onto the stage where I proceeded to take photos of the crowd and what was going on. More of what happened to those photos shortly. So I'm on stage taking pictures wearing a t-shirt from a Boise, ID music store wearing a civil war kepi hat, and I guess looking like part of the crew.

The crowd was ugly and yelling at everyone on stage to put things back and put the show on. Really, we all knew that we'd been ripped off and there was no way the show was continuing, but it made people feel good to vent. Some of the venom was directed at me personally, so I pulled off my hat and pulled out my ticket and waved it in the air to show that I was one of them. Mistake #1. The crowd got louder and some people started throwing things onto the stage. A piece of wood almost hit me and pissed me off. I picked up the chunk of wood and threw it back. Mistake #2.

Now everyone on stage ran for cover because the air was then full of rocks, beer bottles, and wood. A rock hit my leg pretty hard as I scrambled - I guess I deserved it. Unfortunately, as I've been reading some of these other recollections, there were others not as lucky. I never saw anyone with their head "busted open" as one commenter stated. I felt badly enough, that would have made me absolutely miserable.

My recollection of the balance of the riot is as it has been described here. I seem to recall hearing that someone was seriously injured by the semi running around the track but I didn't see it. I didn't feel responsible for the truck incident since that kind of crap had already started (with the ice cream truck) before I hit the stage.

Now for the pictures... Mistake #3. I had mis-loaded the film in the camera and I got NOTHING but memories!

Mark Goodwin
Tom Dunne

Holy Crap I cannot believe I have finally stumbled on an incredible past experience.

I will never, I am mean NEVER forget Stateline, Idaho 1976.

BOC was my first laser show and of course the mayhem of Stateline Idaho. Don't Fear The Helicopter.

Laser, Beer, Flames... Bummer.

BOC now one of my daughter's favorite bands.

Good.

Thanks,
Tom Dunne (then 19 years old)

Mick Brockett (Nektar)

I was at Stateline Speedway with the band on the first night (June 4th) and did not realize the overall situation going down. I had just driven Nektar over the Canadian Rockies from Calgary on a relaxing scenic route, we arrived and noticed that security was kinda strange, horseback riders and a lack of unity back stage, not the usual joking and friendliness.

I didn't do a lightshow that night, not because we were not the headline band... but because it was cold, we had water cooled lasers... but no water and not enough power (we'd blown out two city blocks in Edmonton just four nights earlier).

Other reasons were that the FOH tower was too far from the stage for good projection and the stage had too much equipment to raise our screen safely in the wind.

Thus, once our semi was unloaded, we stashed our "genie rigs" under the stage and returned our lighting truss into the truck. After I did house stage lights/follow spot for the Nektar set, our crew decided to wait until BOC had finished before loading our gear... only to find that our genie rigs had disappeared.

It was then that we all realized that there was a serious situation brewing, so we left without those towers, having searched everywhere except inside the BOC stage truck, which was gone.

Although pissed about OUR loss, after hearing about the subsequent riots, I'm just thankful we played on that first night.

Steve Jackson

Thanks for posting the great info about the 1976 Stateline Idaho fiasco!

I can't add a whole lot, but check out this pic I took on Sunday after the ordeal:

Now look at the first response. It is from John Brower, the promoter. Does that jive with your memories of the event? He is trying to say folks started burning stuff to KEEP WARM, what like a semi truck? Also says local people ripped him off???

Without going into too much detail, I can say I was not lucky enough to get a ticket, even though John Brower came out to Coeur d alene and gave away some free tickets to some of my friends.

I am big BOC fan, and saw the band in 75 and 77 at Spokane coliseum, then drove over to see them in Missoula in 78. I just barely missed the stateline show that night. I was at a keggar party up in woods above Coeur d alene, and my friend with the car (an awesome 66 GTO) left me there despite me reminding him over and over to get me before they headed out to the speedway.

They got in for free BTW, said the people at the gate let em in without a ticket!

Jim L

I been thinking about what to write for quite awhile. Have read all the posts, articles, poster and ticket. Now in the light of recent archive and journalistic work by Steve Jackson it's time to really set the record straight!

Seriously though. I was the one mentioned who collected the 400 signatures' (three of which were teachers at CDA HIGH) and felt moved to present positive reasons to have this Music Festival in our back yard at the opposition meeting. I was shocked at how threatening a 18 year old kid with some pieces of paper with signatures on it could create such a reaction!

However my efforts were duly noted by John receiving 4 free tickets to the show. Which was pretty cool! I was there the whole day Friday with some friends. I remember the afternoon was quite cool. A couple of really trippy bands. Then after dark Nazareth hit the stage and we were pumped! Then I think it was over or something. Everybody went out to their cars or where ever and we just partied as we were expecting to see BOC. Then we all piled back in after the "deal" went through. It was awesome!

I had seen BOC the first time in 1975 at the Spokane Coliseum and that was a real trippy time I must say and this was even better! The highlight I think was the Finale when they played Born To Be Wild and they crossed the guitars in the air with the lasers flashing and that was like way cool.

The next day we drove back and was told the concert was cancelled and was told to just drive through and go home. Right! We parked, were spectator's, and participated in the whole rest of the day and evening.

Later on after getting totally polluted on barbs and wine, we went back and helped throwing plywood off of the stage into the Final Effigy of The Rock and Rollin' Storm! I remember climbing up the 9 foot scaffolding, losing my grip and falling to the ground. Fortunately I was not a casualty.

It's funny to remember now the story of the Port a Potty getting pushed over. I remember that. The guy piled out of there his coveralls still down swearing like a mother as we all were just laughing our asses off! He goes, "I don't think it's so fucking funny!" And totally forgot about Sausage, Cigarette Man. He was selling cartons of Marlboros for like a buck.

After coming to early Sunday, we got out of there. What a time that was!

In retrospect... I recently received the latest Musicians Friend Catalogue and you can now buy a portable Laser Rig for $150.00. But a carton of Marlboro's is over 50 Bucks!

I saw BOC two other times. Once more at the Spokane Coliseum and the last time in 1979 at San Diego ball park when I was in the Navy. Cheap Trick was the highlight there for me. BOC headlined. We went up to the top of the stadium 4 stories high and watched them play. The Bass Solo on Godzilla was phenomenal. So were the tracers.

I think it really would be cool if BOC came back up in 2011 for a 35 Year "Reunion Concert." Only this time maybe offer "Reserved Seating" instead of "Limited Attendance."

:-)

Jim L.
Former "Norwester 76" Activist

Ralph

Check out Spokane Public Radio's Facebook Page - there's a great link to an MP3 feature on this festival by Steve Jackson, including an interview with the promoter:

Also - I notice Jim above mentioned that Nazareth played before BOC. This is interesting. Roadie Ricky Reyer whose account kicks this whole thread off further up the page said that it was Nazareth - and not Nektar - who played before BOC.

Now, as Nektar were mentioned on the posters, were also mentioned as having played in the newspaper reports, and Mick Brockett (Nektar's lighting guru) himself said Nektar played before BOC (and mysteriously lost a valuable piece of equipment in the process!), I thought Ricky must have got the two bands mixed up - after all, Nazareth are not mentioned anywhere as even being on the bill, never mind actually playing.

So that's why Jim's mention of them interested me, Unless, he meant Nektar, of course...

Jim L

YES NAZARETH Played after dark. Definately... It was wild...

There there was this long delay. We thought the show was over so it's like the story. We went out to the lot and kept partying.

Then the word got out that BOC was going to play so everybody piled on in...

Ralph

Now this is weird - Nektar's Mick Brockett confirms that Nektar did play just before BOC as they were waiting to reclaim their genie towers (which subsequently went mysteriously missing) from under the stage - yet a number of posters claim it was a band not even officially on the bill, namely Nazareth, who played before BOC...

I think you have to place a high level of credibility in Mick Brockett's account, after all, Nektar had their gear nicked and they weren't happy about that so I'm reasonably sure that Nektar preceded BOC that night...

Regarding so many mentions of Nazareth... either this is some sort of weird collective psychosis, or could it be that Nazareth were a late addition to the bill and played before Nektar?

Larry Blackwell

Wow what a blast from the past. These are the only pictures that ive seen other than one's my friend who was with me took. And I had never read any of the newspaper articles at all.

It is one of the most memorable times that I had as a kid growing up in Kennewick, Wash and going to the different festivals in the NW at that time.

I was at the site a couple of years ago and the racetrack is still there. Although most of the other properties in Stateline are now gone. After they built the freeway it was bypassed and kind of died.

I did enjoy your band and Nazareth the first night before it all went to hell on Saturday. Thanks for posting all this info from the past.

Jana R

I was just telling my son about this weekend when I decided to look it up, not surprising that I would find it. The first night started late but was really great, the next day however was not so enjoyable.

I was up in the stands or back in the parking/camping area milling around waiting for the music to start at 10 or 11 am but it did not. We got word that the music would start at 1 pm all the while everyone was imbibing quite a bit and getting more impatient. By late after noon 3 or 4 pm I was very near to the ice cream truck and the looting that had started.

I remember long strings of hot dogs being paraded about and the ice cream truck being pushed down the hill, it started to feel like the energy of the crowd had changed and was heading in a direction that kept you on your toes because stuff was happening all around and getting explosive.

The hot wired semi cab and the people hanging off of it definitely let you know people were in danger, there was stuff being hurled at the stage, reckless driving around the track and people commandeering the cranes etc.

Everything around the stage was being wrecked and or burned, I was aware that anger at the promoters and the lack of on going concert was going to be avenged with no regard to participants safety.

We could see the whole thing from the stands including the line of traffic winding out the single lane back to the highway where there were many cops lined up watching.

I remember that there was this guy who was passed out or sleeping under this winnagago getting some shade presumably, when it started up and drove off driving over part of this poor guy.

We finally left when the crowd had thinned and the destruction had taken it's toll, we drove to some camping spot where we found other escaped festival participants and they had like 3 or 4 stolen kegs and food to feed everyone for the rest of the weekend.

I had a hard time relating to the ongoing party mood because this event made me take pause and hunger for the safety of home, I was 15.

James

A few thoughts about Norwester '76...

My friends and I drove out to the Stateline Raceway on Thursday 03 June from Tacome Wa. and set up a party tent. I was 19. During the day, the weather was good and warm, but at night the temps dropped down to uncomfortably chilly, and the promised free firewood was in short supply. Everybody corrected for that by getting wild and the atmosphere was good. Everybody was primed for a great weekend of partying and rock.

Friday the show started late. Nazareth DID NOT PLAY. I was a Nazareth fan before I'd even heard of Blue Öyster Cult. I'd damn well remember if they showed up to a festival they were not advertised for and played before BOC. Didn't happen. Nectar played before BOC.

I don't remember anyone from BOC being drunk or to stoned to play. I remember a great show. Of course I also remember an enourmous quantity of pot, mushrooms, acid and (your best guess, enerything else HERE) floating around.

I missed the start of the riot because some of us took a road trip back to Tacoma at ca.1:00 to 2:00am to pick up more head bending consumeables. After an Acid fueled 15+ hour drive we drove back through Spokane towards the Idaho border sometime around or after 5:00 pm and saw a huge column of smoke coming from the direction of our goal. Helicopters circling around. WTF!

We were trippin' out over the enormous amount of Idaho State Police and Sheriffs along the highway (Highway 2?). The entrance to the raceway parking was blocked but we parked on the side of the road and walked through the fields down to the camping area. The cops were just lining the highway and doing nothing. Picture us surprised. By the time we got to our tent and then to the berm the largest part of the destruction was over.

Luckily some of my friends had rescued a keg of beer from the consession stand before it burned down and so we decided to stay planted where we were and consume the consumables. Sunday morning we packed up and headed back west. All in all, in spite of the fact that only 3 pands played, for 18 dollars, it was worth it.

Jay Freeman

I was 19 had bought 3 of the passes for this show for my brother and a friend, a huge rock fan wanted to see BOC and Blackmores' Rainbow in particular and so excited about this concert, will never forget it as I was one of those that ended up in the semi going around the race course!

Notice that there were no arrests? every one knew that we got screwed including the police and in those days that was something.

And for any one that is wondering we did not blame the bands but the promoter. (still do)

Rob Ditson

I was at that that concert, met a friends that we went to that gig.

I was living in Kelowna Canada so it was a journey at 16 and we headed to the border not knowing the borders close at 12 midnight, so we found a open field and camped. We partied at that field, and headed to the border.

When we arrived the border security smelled something funny in our veh. so they began to tear our veh apart and found seeds and stems! Sheesh - we did not know what was going to happen to us... While they where testing the seeds and stems, there was this redneck trucker kept saying "book 'em book 'em, these little long hairs", so we managed to convince them that we were no harm and that these seeds and stems were not ours.

We arrived at the concert and we were astounded it was a tent city. We parked and started to walk around we met a few chicks and we thought yeah free love is here, until one of my buds sits down with us, and his cut off shorts were exposing his balls, the chicks took off we just laughed all over the place.

As we carried on we noticed that there was a little street between these tents and people where set up selling all types of materials that would make this gathering pleasant. We were just amazed.

Night came on we gathered at the track BOC, Heart played thats about all I remember of the last evening.

Morning came and we started the the good mood feeling and went to get great seats. We bought a bunch of beers from these trucks Coors we had never seen that before we where hicks, ffs.

Then this guy steps up and announces that there will be no music happening, the promoter took off with the cash and the bands were not going to play.

All of sudden people stood up and started yelling this is a burn, and a beer truck tumbled down the stands partially on the track and some sections were on fire on the track and someone started to race this truck on the track.

Then someone climbed on this tumbled truck and stated yelling PARTY that's when this truck that was racing on the track hits this person that was yelling party.

Then everybody started to leave, so we decided to do the same. We gathered at our car, but we could not find the friend that wore the cut offs. We finally found him at this tent and he was choking and could not breathe - we loaded him in the car and raced to the nearest hospital, where we were asked if we had consumed mood altering materials? We answered Yes. That's when they said you are Canadians and we cant help you! WTF!

So we raced across to the border and they let us through with out any hassle to get attention to our friend.

This was our adventure to this journey of rock and roll.

Rob Bryn Dave Doug

Peace!

Jim Klahr
Quick Gig Facts
Ralph

Check out the BOC line-up as printed on the concert programme page above - it's hilarious:

BOC gains in popularity. They currently list three albums out: "Blue Oyster Cult", "Tyranny & Mutation" and "On Your Feet or on Your Knees".

The band consists of Buck Dharma on guitar, Albert Bouchard on drums, Alan Lanier on keyboards, Les Bronstein on vocals and Andrew Winters on bass.

Ralph

Check out the date on the backstage pass sent to me by Clifford Schuchart above. Intriguingly, it says 10 June 1976.

However, I actually do think this gig took place on the 7th, not just because of the poster above, but also because roadie Ricky Reyer's notes clearly state that Medford was 7 June.

Clifford Schuchart

Oh I believe the concert was on June 7th, but they probably already had a bunch of passes printed up with Jun 10 1976 and used them that night, or maybe even a misprint on their part.

From my memory, back in those days promoters weren't exactly as professional as they are these days, I could almost guarantee they weren't at least in Southern Oregon hahah. I think Albatross Productions was out of Portland though.

Tyler Harter

I know I saw BOC in Eugene with Bob Seger opening. This gig appears to be the one.

Don't remember too much - crowd was small. I do remember there was no good FM rock station in Eugene at that point - so there wasn't a lot of promotion.

Bob Seger wasn't a big band then - I don't think "Night Moves" had been released at that time.

Would have loved to have seen the previous night's show. Frank followed by Buck! That would have been special!

Greg Cagle

Eugene, Oregon - it was Bob Seger opening...

Tommy Starr

I was at this show too. I came to see Bob and the Silver Bullet Band. BOC was louder than hell. Started off with a huge explosion. I think they opened with Fear the Reaper.

I am turning 54 in a couple of days. Good memories...

Jim Matheos

Regarding the above show, I was there and I can confirm 100% that Patti Smith was there and guested on a song.

Also, I seem to recall Mahogany Rush being on the bill (as the first act) as well. I know this wasn't advertised, but I'm pretty sure they were there.

There's a review of the show in the Seattle Times Archives. Unfortunately, it's a pay service so you can't access the whole thing without paying, but you can see an image preview using the following link which will confirm the date and venue.

Hope that helps.

Ralph

I was able to confirm Mahogany Rush from that link - thanks! One thing I did notice - on the 7th June Medford gig, Mahogany Rush were second on the bill, judging from the poster...

Ralph

Despite the existance of the above poster, which had BOC headlining over Nils Lofgren, Mahogany Rush and Bob Seger, this gig was not on Ricky Reyer's lists so I was always rather suspicious as to whether or not it happened.

Then I got the email below which confirmed that it didn't take place.

David Erickson

This show never occurred to the best of my knowledge. I've seen Mahogany Rush with Nazareth and Rush but never BOC. Nils Lofgren never backed up the Cult in Vancouver between '76 and '78.

I'm very sure that BOC did not actually play the Pacific Coliseum venue because if they did, I would have definitely been there. BOC was my favourite band and I would have cut school or my job in a second to see them from '76-'78.

I quit playing in the orchestra pit for a school musical when I found out that Queen was coming on a night of one of the school performances.

I did see a 1976 gig in Vancouver, though - there was only one backing band for the show, Bob Seger, and it was played not in the Pacific Coliseum but in the much cozier P.N.E. Gardens Auditorium. (see 26 November).

I don't have a ticket stub so I can't prove it wasn't a different performance that I saw. Sorry.

It's quite likely that ticket sales weren't great for so many bands at such an expensive venue to use as the Coliseum and it was moved to the Gardens. This happened frequently back in those days because they were located a stone's throw away on the same exhibition ground property.

The Gardens was a very small place and the stage was 6' high or so. Add the platform shoes many of us wore in those days and you saw everything just fine when standing at the stage fence.

NB: I had a 4 AM "flash" about the show and, looking inside my original vinyl copy of "Agents of Fortune", there were 2 newspaper reviews of the Gardens show. However, at the time I clipped them both without the dates.

In both reviews, it states that the concert occurred on a Friday night in the Gardens.

Ralph

Stop Press: Mystery Solved. Check out 26 November below.

Ralph

Is the clipping above the worst ever graphic used to advertise a BOC gig that you've ever seen? I don't think I've ever seen a more inappropriate one, certainly...

Joel Kolsrud

The venue is more than likely Rialto Square Theatre, which was the venue everyone played at back in the day.

Dan Hogan

I saw BOC twice at the Convention Center that year - this show was opening for ZZ Top's "Taking Texas to the World Tour" - the one where they had the steers on the stage and such.

That was the first time I saw the lasers and they blew ZZTop off the stage. ZZ was in their third song before people stopped screaming for BOC.

So, when they came around again in the fall as the headliner, we were there. Still the best two BOC shows I ever saw...

I know there was another band on the bill, but I don't recall Starz from that gig. They played with them in 1977 (I think) at Rich Stadium outside Buffalo, NY -- that show was Starz, Ted Nugent, Lynryd Skynryd and BOC.

Remember Starz from that gig because that song "Pull the Plug" was on the radio then and they all dressed in white.

Joseph Coughlin

My first show was at the sweltering Cape Cod Coliseum in MA (once owned by Vince McMahon of WWF fame - the coliseum, not massachusetts)...

Agents was either just out or due any day, but reaper was already on the radio - the first band was Starz (featuring rex smith's brother on vox), who used to open for everyone back then - i always thought they were underrated and their "violation" album is exceptional - guitarist richie ranno works record shows, sells Starz stuff and is a real cool guy!

Nothing could have prepared me for BOC, however - opened w/Stairway and ripped out one climax after another - thousands of brains visibly liquified during Last Days, as many had never seen a laser show before - the crowd, largely unfamiliar w/the boys, were completely floored!

What really struck me --- and maybe it was the drugs, but it also seemed to happen at later shows at the Music Hall in boston (w/be-bop deluxe and the band Boston opening different shows / tours) --- was that, the lasers actually appeared to fragment after hitting the mirror balls, so instead of a straight beam / reflection, there were these free-floating cylinders of green light, as if they'd "broken off."

i realize this is probably impossible under the laws of physics and whatnot, but i'd still swear under oath that that's what i saw - the music, of course, goes without saying - i saw one of the few performances of "morning final" at one of those shows, plus "kick out the jams" and "we gotta get outta this place." (eric had mentioned they were recording, but i guess none of those tracks made into onto Some Enchanted Evening) - friggin' to die for!

Headliners ZZ Top were an absolute snooze after this, and i ACTUALLY DOZED OFF during their set, something i'd have not guessed possible given the decibels but nothing could have come close to BOC at this point - i was Sworn For Life...

In years to follow, they always headlined and i saw them w/openers like Boston, Rush and Be Bop Deluxe - i most recently saw them in New Haven this year (1998) and the band is simply devestating - you guys keep playing, i'll keep coming!

Ronald Binder

I'd been invited to this gig by Sandy Pearlman when I met him with Helen Wheels at the 18 June Dictators' show at Club 82.

BOC were sandwiched between opener Ted Nugent and headliner ZZ TOP. BOC would be performing songs from their newly released Agents oF Fortune, including DON'T FEAR THE REAPER to their newly acquired laser show.

Sandy said the Cult would talk to a fan all night, and they did!! I met my heroes, had backstage passes, saw a great show and met Ted Nugent, another guitar superhero.

The B-Man

This was one of my early concerts, and one of the best 3-act bills I've ever seen.

We had never heard of the opener, Ted Nugent, when some maniac comes jumping out from atop his amps. Ted rocked it good, and was very impressive, having never heard him before.

Back in the day, concerts in Philadelphia used to include people throwing M-80's and firecrackers from the upper levels. It was nuts! Fireworks going off in crowd every couple of minutes. It was a case where you didn't feel safe to sit in the good (lower) seats. Can you just imagine if someone did that today?

Then Blue Oyster Cult just blew the place away! Their laser light show was absolutely spectacular. To this day, I attribute my bad eyesight to seeing B.O.C.'s laser show (lol).

My friends father (who worked at the Spectrum) came up to us during Albert Bouchard's drum solo and said: "that man has got to be on drugs to play like that."

And even though Blue Oyster Cult was the 2nd act, they played a very long, full set, and basically stole the show.

This gig had giant video screens set up on each side of the stage, giving close-ups of the band where the p.a. was. This was the first time that I had ever seen that.

ZZ Top were on their World Wide Texas Tour with 12 tractor trailers worth of equipment, which in 1976, was an awful lot. Their stage was set up like a Texas prairie, complete with live cattle and snakes etc. etc.

ZZ didn't take to the stage until almost Midnight. Imagine that, this was an 8pm show. I guess in those days there weren't any curfews to worry about because ZZ Top was like: "Don't worry Philadelphia, we're gonna play all night!" I remember leaving at 1:15 am and they were still jamming away.

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I can confirm that BOC did headline over ZZ Top. ZZ top was billed as the headliner, the radio station that put it on (WMMS) said they were headlining and they were advertised as the headliner.

In fact, I remember talking to Kid Leo (the main DJ) and expressed my concerns over ZZ Top playing after BOC and he concurred, but said ZZ Top had it in there contract that they headline. I said fine. Just make sure they play before BOC!

Well any way, we planned our trip to peak just in time for the boys. Oh shit, here comes the band and it's ZZ Top. Cool someone actually took my advice.

Only problem, ZZ Top screwed up the sound system or something like that and BOC didn't take the stage till like 12:30 or so and played close to 2 hours. It was after this show they put in a curfew.

Shawn Harley

I was at the same show. Awesome. Didn't get home 'til about 4am. Lasers in boxes the size of large coffins behind the stage. Steer, buffalo, vulture and rattlesnake. And Seger's breakout tour.

Jamie Ryan

This was the first BOC show I attended. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band opened and were tremendous. ZZ Top, the headliner, played second because they had a long trip to make for their show the next night.

Unfortunately, this meant that their Texas-shaped stage, which was festooned with cages for various animals (I remember a longhorn steer, a rattlesnake and some sort of bird of prey, but there may have been others) has to be disassembled before BOC could load their equipment onto the stage. This process took a couple of hours.

BOC finally came on stage around midnight. I remember Buck wearing his white jump suit. They opened with Stairway to the Stars. I don't remember the set list, but I do know they played Dominance and Submission and Born to Be Wild, the latter with the trademark Buck and Eric guitar neck sawing.

Buck played a white Gibson, and the lasers worked only intermittently.

Doug Oster

This was my first concert, I was 16 years old. I'd never heard of Bob Seger before, but he just blew the roof off the Richfield Coliseum. The sax player was walking out on a triangular extension in front of the stage, balancing on the thin end of a 2x4, it was so cool.

Somehow we worked our way down to the floor between the opener and ZZ Top. We sat in the front row before Top came on, but kept getting kicked out as people came back to their seats. It was wild to see all the animals on stage up close, cows and snakes. A security dude told us if he caught us up here again he would kick us out.

Can't remember much of the ZZ Top set, but I remember the long wait for BOC, two hours between acts. Rumors were that there were problems with the lasers. The Coliseum was probably half full by the time BOC hit the stage.

We had moved to stage left about 30 rows back looking down from the side of the stage. I was sleeping when BOC came on, my buddy elbowed me as BOC hit the stage with an explosion of light and sound. The lasers were so cool.

We got home about 3am on a Monday and our parents were pissed.

Brian Watkins

BOC played at Wings Stadium, Kalamazoo MI on 7-26-76 - Mahogany Rush opened, Mott were on second.

I got the info from a master list of concerts directly from the stadium. Then I went to the Kalamazoo public library to look for any old newspaper articles on this show. This is where I came up with the opening acts. Its been about 3 years since I did this - I can't remember if I got the info from a actual concert review or a flyer. It was one of the two. I know the info was in old Kalamazoo Gazettes.

Ralph

OK - Brian's date of "7-26-76" in his account above is an obvious discrepancy with the date I currently have listed for this show, but I've now got a handbill which confirms it was indeed 2 July 1976...

Buddy Christian

At the July 4th 1976 gig at Liberty Bowl, Memphis, the support acts were ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Outlaws...

Steve Drzal

I was there - I was 15. What I remember is being about the fifty yard line in general admission. I got my ticket for $10 from a guy and his wife sitting in a van in the parking lot - although I am pretty sure it was face value.

If remember correctly - it has been over 30 years - the bill was supposed to be Warmup band - never showed up. I was told it was going to be Point Blank. I had never heard of them, but since no one showed it could have been anyone

I remember seeing:

  1. Outlaws
  2. Blue Oyster Cult
  3. Lynyrd Skynyrd
  4. ZZ Top

I thought Skynyrd was better than ZZ. I remember I was bummed because BoC played and it was still light out so their showed seemed to be missing something.

I also remember they were selling beer in these plastic cups and people were making 20 foot towers out of the empties. The towers of course kept falling and people were getting hit with the glasses. Then eventually people started throwing them around. A friend of my Dad's got hit in the mouth with an Pony bottle - remember miller ponies? - and we left shortly thereafter during ZZ's performance.

Springdalehills

I lived 200 miles away from Memphis in Jackson, Mississippi at the time. However, the big outdoor concert at the Liberty Bowl was being heavily advertised in our area by way of radio and newspaper ads. Our local record shop, Be Bop Records carried tickets to the show. It was a perfect setup for the Summer of '76.

I had just graduated from high school and my girlfriend Angie was living in Memphis that summer. That all the excuse I needed for a road trip. I hyperventilated when I found out four of my favorite bands were going to jam outdoors on our nations bicentenniel. I cut the ad out of the paper and anxiously awaited to see the Headliner ZZ Top, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Blue Oyster Cult and as the ad read....Other surprise guests!

I jumped into my 1974 bronze pinto and cruise on up I-55 North. I remember listening to the local radio station WHBQ as I approached Memphis. The female jockey was talking about Blue Oyster Cult's amazing laser light show. We got to the Stadium early that afternoon and sat outside the gates until they opened. Then we flooded inside and got a seat down on the field about halfway back from the stage. I had my camera and took tons of pictures that I still get a kick out of to this day.

The surprise guest were the Outlaws and they were the first act. They were tight and had beautiful harmonizing vocals.

Next on was Blue Oyster Cult. They really boogied and the music was great. They were riding on the hills of "Dont Fear The Reaper" and this broke the crowd into a frenzy as Buck Dharma pounded out that unmistakable opening riff. I remember were were disappointed we did not get to see their laser light show as it was still daylight and thus, not conducive for projecting a light show.

Next up was Lynyrd Skynyrd. This was one of Steve Gaines first live appearances with the band and they did not disappoint. Prior to their set, the roadies brought Artimus Pyle up to the front of the stage and he sat on the front edge just over the crowd twirling his drum sticks. Leon Russell was shooting off bottle rockets as he left the stage after their final encore Freebird. It got dark toward the end of Skynyrd's set.

ZZ Top was the last of the four bands that day and they brought a whole lot of Texas with them. I remember it took forever to set up. They had an elevated stage in the shape of Texas with a live buffalo, coyote and rattle snake on the stage. Those boys sure were funny but they sure gave us a dose of Texas. Memphis would never be the same.

In my opinion, that had to be the ultimate outdoor concert, especially considering it was our Nations 200th Birthday!

Rusty White

On July 4, 1976 I joined 75,000 other Memphians for an all-day rock concert at the Liberty Bowl Stadium. For a mere $10.00 ticket price I got to see The Outlaws, Blue Oyster Cult, Lynyrd Skynyrd and ZZ Top. Hughie Thomasson's band The Outlaws opened the show. I'd be lying if I said I remembered their set as I was too busy making time with my date. (I wonder what ever happened to Teri Williams?) The third act, I do remember. Ronnie Van Zant leading Lynyrd Skynyrd. Just over a year later that band's plane would crash killing Van Zant, guitarist Steve Gaines and his sister, singer Cassie Gaines. Hughie Thomasson's Outlaws would continue to create southern fried rock for a long time.

Richard Galbraith

I was looking through some of the BOC stuff I had scanned and I had made this homemade flyer for the show to post here in Enid Okla. The xerox copies were made lighter so the lines would not show as much.

It seems that Mott was going to close the show although BOC was top bill, but seems that time ran out and Mott didn't get to play and a small riot took place with chairs being thrown.

Ralph

Did Rush play?

Richard Galbraith

My negatives show some BOC, Rush and UFO right together. Not 100% if UFO was before Rush, but probably...

I just remember Mott was to close the show, not as a headliner or anything, so was a strange setup... seems my pass was not there so took me a while to get in...

Ralph

Mott and UFO were also on the Dallas (10th July) bill - they didn't play, by all accounts, and were replaced by Starz. If Mott didn't play this gig either, then maybe something was going on with them during this segment of the tour...?

In the meantime - can anyone confirm that Rush and UFO both actually played this gig?

Ralph

Did Mott play? I know the poster above lists them, but they don't seem to have played on the 6th at Tulsa, nor did they seem to have played on 9th (San Antonio) and 10th (Dallas)...

Mitch Salisbury

Mott definitely played. I was there with my Army buddies. Rush played just before BOC, and Mott played before Rush. The full running order was:

  1. STARZ
  2. Mott
  3. Rush
  4. BOC

BOC did great. But when I saw the crew bring out Neil Peart's drum kit I thought "Look out!" I became a Rush fan then and there.

I remember Mott because Buffin's drum kit was turned sort of diagonally and a mic stand fell over during their performance.

I was in the Army then and played in a 3 pc rock band in Texas. My favorite band was BOC and we played three of their songs. I sang and played drums to Last Days of May, Astronomy and The Red and the Black.

Duane Starr

My 16th birthday and my first concert. I was hooked on BOC since the first record and it was a great time to be a kid growing up listening to rock and roll. I remember going with my friend Henry Morgan and thinking how lucky I was to get my parents to let me travel from my small town of San Marcos to the big city.

The opening act was STARZ and I remember the big hair, glam suits and the song Cherry Baby which was getting a lot of air play on KISS FM. Oh, and I remember laughing my ass off when the lead singer was crooning on the edge of the stage and got hit the face by a hot dog. He flips the crowd off and everyone busts out laughing.

Then Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow takes the stage and we're sure it can't get any better than Ritchie and his little red wagon full of white guitars. But we were wrong my friends, because nothing prepared us for the spectacle of BOC and the amazing light and sound to follow.

And to quote Ed Thompson's letter (below) about that same tour "BUT... THE WRIST MOUNTED LASER THROUGH A SMOKY CONCERT HALL APPEARING TO ORIGINATE FROM A GUY'S FINGER KICKS BUTT!!!!" is an understatement. We were absolutely spellbound by the laser scattering off the mirror-ball. They were the first band to come to Texas that had lasers if I remember correctly so we were suitably impressed.

From the announcers declaration of "On Your Feet or On Your Knees, here they are the amazing Blue Oyster Cult" it was hands down one of the most memorable rock shows I've seen out of many. I saw them at least a dozen more times after that but that first one made me a fan forever.

Ralph

According to the promoters' website - stonecityattractions.com - the actual openers at this gig were Mott, then Starz, then Rainbow, and then BOC...

Ed Thompson

Starz opened the show at Moody Coliseum. Moody is on the S.M.U. campus and tarps were used on the floor and it was usually general admission seating with no chairs on the floor. First come first served during a time when ones space was respected, and mosh pits were something where pigs wallowed. Being twelve at the time my memories are general but vivid. STARZ had big hair, posed a lot and were generally pretty cool.

RUSH was from another planet! I didn't quite get it and the silk pants and clogs were a bit much for my blue jean mind but they were awesome! I am still in love with RUSH to this day and wish I could hear a tape of this show. It was overwhelming. In all fairness about the silk pants thing, look at the 2112 album band portrait and I'll bet even Alex Lifeson (Guitar God) laughs.

B.O.C was a sight and sound extravaganza. The stage presence of Eric Bloom, all in black with shades on and Buck Dharma, all in white was a great start. They were just cool as sh--!! I am sorry to say all I remember musically is that they played well.

This memory is one that is forever branded on my mind. Watching Eric Bloom point out and have what appeared to be a laser beam come from his finger was one of the coolest things I have ever seen in my life. I believe this was the first time I had seen lasers used at a concert. I remember two lasers moving from the behind drum riser and a grid type laser hi-lighted by all the smoke... BUT... THE WRIST MOUNTED LASER THROUGH A SMOKY CONCERT HALL APPEARING TO ORIGINATE FROM A GUY'S FINGER KICKS BUTT!!!!

The show ended with every member of the band out front playing guitar, which was also very cool!

This was what concerts used to be like and how I wish they still were today. All this for less than ten bucks and all the bands appeared to feel as though they were the luckiest people on the planet to be playing for us. What happened?

Rick Thompson

Although I have some very vivid memories of the concert, my normally excellent memory for details fails me a bit for a very simple reason: I had only heard of Blue Oyster Cult a few days before the concert, and had never heard any of their music. Although I had heard of Rush, I was similarly unaware of their catalog. On the other hand, Starz was getting a lot of airplay on a couple of local stations (including "The ZEW") with their song "I Pulled the Plug", which was obviously inspired by the controversial Karen Quinlan court case.

My most vivid memory of the Rush set is the very intensely focused fellow standing next to me, shouting "Anthem, Anthem!", as if by force of will he could bring about the commencement of this tune. Starz was excellent.

BOC was definitely memorable - in fact, this was the best concert I have ever seen, by an order of magnitude. Unfortunately, other than the opening number, "This Ain't the Summer of Love", I can't tell you what songs played during what were, visually, the most memorable parts of the concert. Since BOC songs up to that point tended to lack hooks, I had no idea what the names of the songs were until the next day when I rushed out and bought "Agents of Fortune". They definitely played "Don't Fear the Reaper", "ETI", "Astronomy", and "Born to Be Wild", "Flaming Telepaths", and "Buck's Boogie". I'm not sure about some of the obvious others, like "Stairway to the Stars" and "Cities on Flame".

I'm not sure which song they used for the Texas Chainsaw Guitar Duel, but it was really cool. One by one, they added guitarists (Joe Bouchard definitely traded his bass for a guitar in this), and the crowd went slightly nuts when Albert Bouchard jumped out from behind his kit and bounced up to the front of the stage with the other guys. Each one stepped forward for a solo, then Buck and Eric, who were on each end, stepped forward, crossed axes, did a couple of back-and-forths, and then raised the guitars, creating a sort of "metal Doppler effect", punctuated by a perfectly timed explosion.

The opening introduction was perfect, too. Starting from total darkness, the announcer intoned, "This ain't the summer of love, it's the summer of Blue Oyster Cult!!", and the flash pot/explosion was timed perfectly with the first note. At the front of the venue, where I was standing, we were temporarily blinded. Our vision returned to see BOC all in position at the mikes just as the vocals began. The guy next to me said, "Cool, where did they come from!?" the first two songs, Buck kept nodding his head in rhythm, with that slight, wry grin of his. This brought on the comment from one of the nearby concertgoers, "Man, he's freakin' me out!"

Aside from the assorted lighting effects, another very cool moment was when Buck sprinted across the length of the stage with the strobe lights. Everyone there also will remember the effect created when lasers were combined to create "smoke trapped in glass" effect just a few feet over the heads of the people on the floor.

The lasers seemed to be working perfectly. They were positioned just to the left and right of Albert's head. One was aimed at a crystal ball in the middle of the right side of the Coliseum, the other was oscillating right to left, and aimed at a crystal ball just opposite the other. When Eric sang Astronomy, his wrist-mounted laser was working perfectly, and my brother and friends farther back later exclaimed, "Man, did you see when the laser came out of his finger!?" He pointed it at the crystal ball on the right side, which was totally cool. It was a truly unbelievable sight in 1976, not that long after "Pong", and before "Space Invaders".

The costuming:
Eric: All black, with leather jacket
Buck: All white, of course, with white coat jacket
Joe: All black
Allen: Black pants, white shirt
Albert: White shirt, black pants and vest

Ralph

The PowerWindows site has an audio clip of a radio commercial for this gig - they bill it as a BOC/Rush gig with special guests "Mott and UFO". From what Ed and Rick have said above, it seems Starz must have been a late replacement...

Les Daughtry Jr.

I saw BOC in July 1976 at the Sam Houston Coliseum. I believe that the backup bands at that show were Rush, Mott the Hoople and Starz. Obviously the back up bands weren't listed on the tickets but I used to write them down on the back of my tickets. My ticket showed Rush, Starz and a ? mark. I'm pretty sure that the ? was Mott because I know I saw them in 1976.

I also found a Rush site that showed these same bands listed as playing backup to Blue Oyster Cult in Shreveport Louisiana on 7/8/76 and in Dallas Texas on 7/10/76. In fact virtually all shows in late July 1976 had these same bands together.

Phil Gammage

I attended this show and the BOC laser show was in full use. It was great. I recall the Coliseum only being about 2/3 full.

Ralph

Right - this next bit of info might not be about this gig at all, but it seems the most likely.

Jim McPherson

I recall seeing B.O.C and The J. Geils Band at OSS, both put on rocking sets. Especially B.O.C. on "Dominance and Submission".

I also believe that was the show where the combination of herb and cheap draft beer got the better of me and I ended up in the upper bleachers "calling the bears", if you get my drift !

Unfortunately ( for whoever was below me ) the upper bleachers were located right above the walkways going to the bathrooms and conncession stands --- I'll just leave the rest to imagination !

In the midst of my misery I vaugely remember hearing a voice below exclaim "SonofaBITCH !!!". Got myself together just long enough to get my ass out of there before someone came up there looking to put their foot in it. My apologies to whoever! Hey, it was the '70s --- if you didn't party till you puked at at least one concert, you probably weren't having much fun ! :-)

Ralph

Could the show you saw have been this one for which I don't have a venue listed?

Jim McPherson

If you have a listing for BOC at an "unknown venue" in Orlando in '76 it would have most certainly been at the Orlando Sports Stadium, formerly known as the Eddie Graham Sports Complex. That was the place that all the big rock acts of the day played at when they came to Orlando. ( Elvis Presley himself played there in Feb. of '77, six months before his death ).

I've been trying to confirm the date of the BOC/J. Geils band show that I saw there but no luck so far. Wish I'd saved my ticket stubs now ! I do believe it was a year or so before "Agents Of Fortune" came out.

I do recall that BOC was the opening act but I think the crowd dug them as much as J. Geils. They were definitely on the way up and "Cities on Flame with Rock-n-Roll" had gotten lots of airplay on local FM radio ( WORJ ).

I've been hoping to find some kind of site that lists all the concerts at the OSS but no luck yet, just an occasional mention here and there. It was as well known for holding professional wrestling tournaments as concerts. It was basically a big airplane hangar with stadium seating and the sound could be pretty dismal. If you didn't need to see the band it was some times better to just sit outside and listen ! But hey, who wanted to do that ?!?!?

In about '78 the more modern Lakeland Civic Center opened about 60 miles south of Orlando and all the bands started playing there. In fact, after years of not hosting concerts the LCC just started having them again and one of the first shows they did was BOC and Foghat ! (in Aug. 2005).

NB: There's another BOC gig in Orlando that you don't have listed...

This was at the Tangerine Bowl as it was known back then, but is now known as the Citrus Bowl. I believe it was briefly known as Orlando Stadium but it is a different venue than the Orlando Sports Stadium.

The T-Bowl, as the locals referred to it, did indeed host many big concerts and I do recall BOC playing at one of them. I didn't make it to that show but a bunch of people told me it was great !

I believe it was in the early 80s and for some reason I'm thinking Boston was the headliner. Our local papers online archives only go back as far as 1985 so I'm going down town one day and hit the library, chamber of commerce, historical museum and what have you till I find a list--- somebody's gotta have one somewhere!

The OSS was demolished in 1995 ---- too many code violations. The T-Bowl held concerts thru the late 80s until the Orlando Arena was built to house the Orlando Magic basketball team and all the concerts started playing there.

Patrick

I saw a BOC gig at the Tangerine Bowl in the 80s... I can't find any mention of this anywhere. It was a line-up of a lot of bands, with ZZ-Top headlining I think. Cheap Trick might have been there too.

BOC was one of the groups on the bill but not the headline act. I'm not sure exactly when it was.

Ralph

Regarding the 1976 Orlando show - Jim's gig with J Geils/BOC would certainly seem a likely prospect.

However, here's another candidate - also from the WORJ board...

Steve Baione

I saw them (Foghat touring with Blue Oyster Cult) together at the Orlando sport stadium back in the day. BOC opened the show. Probably not a good thing for Foghat cause BOC blew them off the stage. I remember going to the back of the stadium and sitting and talking with my friends while Foghat played. Normally I'm right in the front row if at all possible. I guess I'm not into slide guitar that much. At least not every song anyway.

Ralph

Got any sort of date for this gig?

Steve Baione

Ralph... I noticed on www.foghat.com that Foghat played at the Orlando sport stadium on 24 April 1976 - your site has no shows listed for BOC on that date. The fact that they toured together and the year and venue are close to the time and place I saw them leads me to belive that that is the correct date.

One thing I remember about the show was the second song of BOC's encore. The drummer did a flip over his drum kit, picked up a guitar and finished the last song with the rest of the band. I saw them again at Light Up Orlando 11/18/94...

Ralph

So there you go - two possibilities for this gig.

Does anyone out there know one way or the other? Or about the 80s gig also mentioned above...

Bryan Allen

We drove through a south FL monsoon to get to this show. In the parking lot we walk by this Chevy conversion van with a beautiful noctune of night skies, planets stars and wizards. The wavy old english lettering read Fly by Night and that was my very first intoduction to the band Rush.

The set list was probably a lot like the Maryland show from Live 76 and I was kind of proud of myself that at 15 years old I knew by heart just about every song BOC played.

I drank to much alcohol and smoked to much dope because the laser show made me pretty freakin ill. But I was young and held my own no puking or anything just alot of cold sweats.

The only thing that seemed weird about the show and line up is Starz closed the show. We hung out for that and I can remember how good it felt as most of the people left and the doors opened cooling off the auditorium.

Ralph

According to the 14 July 1976 edition of the Miami News, UFO were also on this bill...

Can anyone confirm?

Casey Grosh

The show for 20 JUL 76 at Chattanooga, TN ,was supported by RUSH. It was held at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Auditorium which seats 5,000. Sparse crowd of around 1200-1500. I still have ticket stub of the show, which was signed by Buck and Allen.

I recall that RUSH had equipment problems, which caused a short delay. During the time out Geddy Lee made a role call of US States asking if anyone attending the show was from the various locations; small attempt at humor.

Despite delay, RUSH was excellent. Look at the back cover of ALL the World's a Stage, and the pictures of RUSH performing in dim lighting with tan curtains as a back drop are from the this show.

BOC was also very good with full working laser show and Harley, and left no doubt they were the headliners.

Ticket cost was $3.50 advance, $5.00 day of show.

Ralph

If you check out the ad above, you'll see it says Greensboro was on the 23rd July. However, I came across the first ticket stub above on eBay which said Greensboro was Saturday the 24th!

Now, roadie Ricky Reyer's notes say:
7/23 - Greensboro NC
7/24 - Fayetteville NC

That tends to add credence to the ad above being correct, especially if you check out the images I have for Fayetteville Cumberland County Arena below, you'll see they - also - are both dated Saturday 24 July (I know they're both small, but if you squint you can see!!)

So, in the absence of any other evidence, I was forced to conclude that the Greensboro ticket was wrongly-dated as Saturday 24th July when it should have been Friday 23rd July.

Then I came across the second ticket above, also on eBay. If you check it out, you'll see that it's been stamped over with a new date. Although only a part of the text is visible - "Friday Ju" - I'm still happy that this refers to Friday July 23.

Apart from the wrong date, there are two other mistakes on the ticket - for a start it has Rush down as third on the bill, plus it designates Mott as "Mott the Hoople"!!

Jay Roberts

1976 was a seminal summer for yours truly. My mates and I started listening to RUSH and BOC that spring. Both had put out three albums but we did not know it at the time.

We only knew about 2112 and Agents of Fortune. The former was luck, my friend thumbing through albums at Belk's Department Store and liking the cover. BOC had exploded on to the scene with DFTR getting lots of airplay.

Anyway, when we heard they were coming to Greensboro, we knew we had to go.

I don't remember much, but if memory serves me, they served beer in bottles. It was hotter than hell inside too. The Triad Arena, which we were still calling the Piedmont Sports Arena, was a hockey rink that held about 6K. Festival seating so we got up fairly close.

We were thrilled the most with RUSH playing Side One of 2112, and the oyster boys playing DFTR. At the end of the show, Albert joined the others for the five-man guitar assault. Now that was cool!

Mott surely played "All The Young Dudes" but my brain cells are fried on that one.

An interesting side note:
For years, PowerWindows, a great RUSH site by Eric Hansen, listed this show as being held at the Memorial Auditorium. I finally had enough, and went to the Library of Congress (about a 20 minute drive on a Saturday morning) and looked through the microfilm for the Greensboro Daily News. Found the ad, sent it to Eric and he updated it with the correct info.

By the way, in the newspaper, the Ramada Inn had an ad for "All You Can Eat Seafood Nite." $1.95.

Of course, all the rock heads went to Roy Rogers on High Point Road. Double R Cheeseburger, anyone?

Ralph

Despite me having a ticket for Greensboro NC dated Saturday 24 July 1976 (see previous gig), I'm still reasonably happy that this gig was, in fact, Fayetteville NC...

George Geranios

I vaguely remember that Mott's soundman couldn't make the show and I mixed both B.O.C. and them. That's why I have a Mott cassette of that show.

They jammed quite a bit in their set, something I had long ago forgotten. There's a Mondo Medley at the end!

Greg Smith

There were photos taken back stage with one of the guitarist sitting or standing with or on a 1976 black Harley-Davidson belonging to a good friend of mine whom has now passed on.

We were working the show that night and had a blast. Would love to have a copy of the photos taken that night if possible.

If I remember right the guitar player had on a long black jacket and was playing a black Les Paul. Would have made a great picture.

Rick Reyer

BOC cancelled as Albert was sick - but ZZ Top still headlined...

Ralph

I've seen a (blurred) poster on ebay which gave the venue as Mile High Stadium (aka Bears Stadium), and gave the full band running order as:

  1. Rory Gallagher
  2. Tommy Bolin Band
  3. Blue Oyster Cult
  4. Outlaws
  5. ZZ Top (headliners)

However, the official site has this "gig" down as McNichols Arena and Ken Langford's ZZ Top gig list site concurs, giving the additional information that this gig was "rescheduled from Mile High Stadium", so that fits in with the poster...

Ralph

Was Point Blank the support for this show?

Lee Arnold

On your BOC gig list for 1976, for 2 August, you have "unknown venue" for the Boise, Idaho, USA show. I can tell you it was at the Fairgrounds Expo Building on the grounds of the Idaho State Fairgrounds.

It would have been the only place where rock concerts would have been able to take place in the mid- to late-1970s in Boise. It's my home town and I was in junior high school and high school in the late 70s.

Ralph

In the advert above (from Ken Langford) Rory Gallagher is listed, but I've read a review from this gig and he isn't mentioned.

Does anyone know if he actually played this gig?

Steve Ruddell

No Rory Gallager. (Too bad for us).

The Winters were great and they played with a big black tarp over the top of the stage to block the hot mid afternoon sun.

Ralph

The posters above give two different venue names on them - one says "Charger Stadium" and the other says "San Diego Stadium". Just to confuse matters, another source gives the venue as "Balboa Stadium".

If you know which - if any - is correct, please let me know...

Steve Ruddell

We always refered to it as Balboa Stadium.

Brent Wright

I was at this show and it was at San Diego Stadium not Balboa Stadium...

Jose L Garcia

It was at San Diego Stadium in Mission Valley, I worked a vending stand at the venue. Great Show while getting pay! J

Bert Gangl

According to the Jul 25, 1976, issue of the local newspaper, The Sioux City Journal, BOC played the Sioux City Municipal Auditorium on Fri, Aug 13, 1976, at 8:00 PM, with Rush opening the festivities.

The advert also mentioned the "special laser and flash light show," which, as you know, impressed many a concert-goer during the Agents of Fortune tour.

Special thanks goes out to Nancy Neumann, the Sioux City Library research librarian, for her help on this one.

Craig

Hi. The other bands on the bill on this show were 1. Point Blank and 2. Rush. Great site. Thanks.

Eric Hansen

I'm not sold on the idea of Rush being the support on this Fargo, ND gig. I vaguely recall an interview from around 5 years ago where Neil Peart said they have played nearly all the 48 contiguous states but 2, and I thought ND was one of those states.

Also, that particular date falls during a believed rest between the 2112 and All The World's a Stage tours, so its an oddity...

Michael Roe

I was at this show. Rush was on the bill. BOC headlined. I was 19 years old. long time ago!

Ralph

Was Point Blank the support for this show?

Bert Gangl

Here's some information from the August 15, 1976 edition of the The Kansas City (MO) Star:

The Cult is Coming
Blue Oyster Cult, with special guests Rush and Point Blank, Tuesday, August 17, 8:00 PM at the Topeka Municipal Auditorium. Special laser and flash light show (watch out!).

Tickets are $5.00 in advance.

Ralph

The poster above clearly says 21 August, yet Ricky Reyer's road notes from the period have this gig down as 23 August 1976.

Does anyone know for sure?

swpolhemus

I have a ticket from Aug 21st 1976 in Pekin IL. Also, Angel cancelled and was replaced with Piper.

Mark Sneed

The August 27th, 1976 gig in Louisville, KY (I was there, but wouldn't confirm the exact date) was at Louisville Gardens. It was a great show.

Starz was the opener. This was right after their first album came out, and they were getting a lot of airplay in Louisville. The crowd was into them during "Fallen Angel" and "I Pulled the Plug". Michael Lee Smith popped the cork on a champagne bottle, put it between his legs and sprayed the first couple of rows.

Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush were 2nd billed. They were good, but not as high energy as Starz.

BOC were awesome.

Ralph

The clipping above tells of an Aug 28 festival in Morgantown NC that was going to feature BOC but apparently it was struggling to get the official go ahead.

Now, I know BOC ended up playing in Warren OH on that date (see directly below), so they clearly didn't play this gig, but I don't know if the show actually went ahead anyway with the other bands?

If it did, Rush apparently didn't play as they had a gig in Traverse City, MI on that date (according to PowerWindows)...

Quick Gig Facts
Bsides2

This was a wild one. I remember there were thousands of crickets everywhere. There was some guy walking around with a baggy full of live crickets. Needing gas money to get home, he was offering to eat them for cash. Needless to say we scrounged up a bunch of change to make our donation, it was gross and funny all at the same time.

As for the show, well just as J Geils was setting up, (they had an all white stage, amps, piano everything was white) a lightning storm rolled in (of course). So now they start tearing down as the lightning crackles all around. The crowd started getting really pissed. They set up for BOC as the crowd continues to get rowdy and then all of a sudden, they take the stage as Eric proclaimed "We're not going to let a little lightning stop us."

After the show there was a show of force by the men in blue. They marched shoulder to shoulder in their riot gear to clear the people out. If I remember correctly, I think someone was even killed at this show.

Joe Vivalo

It was my first big concert, I was 15 and spent most of the day in awe of the entire scene - a memory I never want to forget.

I am not sure about a death as mentioned above, but I do know where was a stabbing early on because it was close to where were sitting - also there was a baby born - it was on the news the next day.

I also remember lots of fires being started after the show in the dark - concession stands burning as the police cleared the place. My buddy only had his permit and the rest of were not 16 yet, so he stole his dads car and drove from Youngstown - then of all things he lost the keys and we had to call his dad to come out after the concert - what a day what a night

Ralph

This link to a book about Cleveland rock memories says BOC didn't turn up and there was a riot!!!:

Ralph

Note the date on the T-shirt image above which says "Aug 30th" - the gig was definitely on the 29th August!!

Casey Grosh

The BOC show 29 AUG 76 was at the Fulton County Stadium in Atlanta.

Bands performing in order of appearance were 38 Special (rumored to be their first ever show), Bob Seger, Edgar and Johnny Winter, BOC and KISS. Was poorly attended with about 17,000 due to bad weather and (besides BOC and KISS) weak line-up.

BOC had to stop playing at least once due to rain, and I recall Buck addressing crowd and stating he could not touch his guitar. Laser show did not function properly, yet despite these setbacks, BOC won the day musically.

I have a ticket stub for the show, but only KISS is mentioned. Cost for show including parking was $7.50.

Tim Spain

A friend saw the show at the Fulton County Stadium which hosted many other groups among those being Kiss... anyway...

He said there were a lot of scattered thunderstorms that day and that Allen Lanier had trouble with his keyboards due to the rain... he said it appeared that he was being shocked when he would play... so he would jump back and curse a lot :-)...

Jim Tremayne

Atlanta show 8/29/76: I do recall the rain, the unintended set breaks & the fact that BOC seemed to keep getting zapped onstage. Earlier, Bob Seger broke out some Night Moves material (at that point unreleased, I think) to an indifferent audience-but he did get them going a little bit with "Ramblin', Gamblin' Man."

All I remember from Edgar & Johnny Winter was the crazy, long version of "Frankenstein." At some point, during a set change, the audience began to tear up the tarps covering the bases on the playing field-a basic, inevitable redneck moment, I guess. (When you consider all the rock shows & moto-cross events held in that relatively dire, utilitarian facility, it's no wonder that its infield was considered the worst in Major League Baseball.)

I recall .38 Special opening the show, but they were new to me. Little did I know that, over the coming years, I'd see them more times in Columbus than I ever needed. It was a very long day. By the time Kiss went on, it was pretty late, making for a long ride home to Columbus. (Thanks, mom.) Lots of soggy, drunk & stoned 96-Rockers at that messy gig. Still have the ticket.

Steve Pittard

This show was heavily promoted and early ticket sales were high. Kiss did an entertaining in-store promo at Peaches record store (well known to Atlantans at that time). But despite all of this early optimism, the rainy weather dominated the event by causing long delays between bands and interruptions in BOC's set.

It also turned out the show was on the night before school was due to begin in the metro Atlanta area. Thus overall attendance was low due to no-shows and people trickling out once the rain really kicked in. The headliners, Kiss, didn't hit the stage until midnight !

BOC hit the stage around 9 p.m. and I was anxious to hear their new material from Agents of Fortune. They opened up (after the lengthy rain delay) with a strong presence but they had to stop during a heavy down pour. They resumed but it never returned to the same energy level as before. Also their famous laser show didn't come off so well. They readily acknowledged this though they did a solid job of finishing the set.

However, they made up for this gig the next year in 77 when they played Atlanta's Omni arena and did a spectacular job - Eric even mentioned that it was the "make up" gig for the rain-out at the 76 stadium show.

The other opening bands turned in unremarkable performances- 38 Special opened the show, no one knew them, so there was only polite applause. Bob Seger did better but being a virtual unknown in the Southern US at that time he too only received polite applause (it was only months before his career exploded with Night Moves). Bob was well known in Detroit and surrounding environs at the time of this show but almost no where else.

Everyone thought that the Winter brothers would put on a spectacular show but it too was lackluster with a seemingly interminable version of Frankenstein. Two intensely stoned attendees in the row in front of me seemed to have a spiritual experience during the infamous synthesizer breakdown in Frankenstein and that made for better entertainment than the band. I had hoped that Johnny Winter would have exhibited some of that fiery playing he was so well known for but the flame never got beyond a flicker.

So after the Winter bros there was a long delay because of rain and many people just gave up and left. Originally I had thought this a good thing because, as this was a general admission show, I could then easily walk up next to the stage but the down pour made that a pain. I didn't care about being soaked but it I wasn't going to stand there with no music playing.

As mentioned previously Kiss hit the stage at midnight when the sky had cleared. I must admit they put on a good show but then again everyone was so tired that I don't think we would have cared if was bad or not. I do know I felt really bad having to get up bright and early the next day to start school.

Ralph

I have a strong suspicion that this gig was cancelled, so much so that I have removed it from the giglists. Here's why...

For a start - this gig is not on Ricky Reyer's lists so straight away that makes it a bit suspect, ticket or no ticket...

Now, I often check out eBay for ticket stub/poster info and I can confidentally predict that there will be at least two tickets from this show on sale at any given moment. Not only that, but they will never be used stubs. Always pristine full tickets.

Consequently, I think this gig was cancelled and somebody has since come across a wad of the unused tickets and is hitting eBay with them with a vengeance...

If you know the truth, please let me know...

Springdalehills

You are correct to doubt that this gig took place. I know it did not take place because I am from Jackson and was deeply disappointed that it was cancelled.

I don't recall the reason but I remember hearing about it's cancellation on the radio.

You can still find a lot of unused tickets for this show on Ebay, as of course, the tickets were never used.

You do see a lot of unused concert tickets on Ebay that are from Jackson, MS concerts. Here's the reason. BeBop Productions brought the vast majority of concerts here. BeBop is actually a locally owned record shop.

Since Jackson is between Memphis and New Orleans and is a much smaller town than these other markets, our shows did not always fill up. Drake Elder is the owner of BeBop and I imagine Drake held on to all the leftover tickets over the years. Probably before and after Ebay became a known and valuable commodity, Drake either got rid of a lot of these tickets or sold them to others and then the cycle kept going.

If my memory serves me right, I think Bob Seger was supposed to be the opening act.

Wes Meyette

I was at this show, what a night!! This was the Kickoff event for our senior year in high school. It was the final blowout of the summer. Anybody who was anyone was there. Even a couple of teachers! Hey, it was the 70s. The good old days...

Hara Arena is a dumpy, low budget hockey arena. But it was ours. We dominated that venue. General admission days. It amazes me when I look back at the bands that played at Hara. That night was fantastic. All three bands were really peeking at that time.

Rush was touring 2112, Styx was touring Crystal Ball and the ticket price was 6.50$ Are you kidding?

BOC was out of control. We were out of control. There was some rant about the government and smoking pot, worked everyone into a lather. We were screaming Dominance and Submission all night. it was a crazy night. I was a BOC fan for life.

Michael Phelps

My 1st BOC show was Sept. 4th, 1976. It was an outdoor show, with beautiful weather. The opening act was Wet Willie ("Keep on Smiling"). BOC opened with "Stairway to the Stars". The major highlight for me was the 1-2-3 punch of "Morning Final", "Then Came the Last Days of May" (complete with "true story" monologue), and the instrumental 5 Guitars/Golden Age of Leather.

I was 19 years old - it was 1976 - do I even need to say Major Party Time? During "Dominance and Submission" when Eric was doing his "pot/free speech rules! Government sucks!" rap, someone threw a joint onstage and... you can guess what happened next.

Eric got a standing ovation. Times are different now though, and I would caution you not to make the same decisions that teenagers made back inthe '70's.

Anyway, the encores were "Hot Rails to Hell", "Before the Kiss, a Redcap" which segued into "Bucks Boogie". My only disappointment was they didn't do "Astronomy". I had to wait until I saw them with Black Sabbath to see them do it. But thats another story...

Ralph

OK - this is a strange one.

First off - the post above, which I got off the now deceased "alt.music.boc", doesn't mention a venue or location.

The offical site indicates that - on this date - BOC played:

So I went with that, in the absence of any other info.

Unfortunately, roadie Rick Reyer's notes have this date down as:

As the Dayton show seems to have taken place on the 3rd (and was confirmed on a Styx fan site - now offline), I'm currently still with Evansville. Yet Mike Phelp's review says it was an outdoor show.

Is Mesker Music Theatre an outdoor arena? I'm guessing not.

So this date remains wrapped in a spot of confusion. Can you help?

Greg Conway

I have the stub. 09/04/1976 is the correct date and Mesker Music Amphitheater in Evansville Indiana is the correct venue. The stub says Blue Oyster Cult with special 'guests' and three acts were typical at Mesker in those years.

To be honest, I cannot remember the opening acts. I do remember seeing Wet Willie at Mesker but can't truly be sure it was at this concert. I can say for certain that Wet Willie was the third act when I saw them and this concert most likely had three acts.

By the way - Mesker Amphitheater is indeed an outside venue and it has been known by Mesker Music Theater as well. I believe the name changed to Mesker Amphitheater after some extensive renovations were done there, probably in the late 70's or early 80's.

Mesker is still an awesome place to see a concert.

Ralph

Apparently, according to kissfaq.com there was "a minor fan riot" at this gig, as fans rushed the entrance for the general admission seating trampling some fellow fans... I'd love to know more about this...

Mark Tutton

I was there, no fan riot.

Sterling Gunn

I and my friends went to see KISS - Destroyer was out. BOC had released DFTR and it was getting radio play.

BOC opened and put on an amazing show. Kiss had all kinds of problems, even had to restart a song.

We all left talking about how amazing BOC WAS.

Ralph

I originally had this gig potentially down for 1977 as that was the only year which seemed possible if we're to believe the "Saturday 10 September" as detailed on the above poster...

Then I got emailed first by Kenny Welch of the BOC road crew - who said "BOC was still in the rehearsal hall on that date in 1977" - and then by Eric Hansen of PowerWindows who said Rush were in Saskatoon on that date, so Rush couldn't have been on the bill...

In the face of this info, I decided that this must have been a 'phantom' gig and took it off the lists...

Then I came across the online searchable archives for the Ann Arbor Sun newspaper and in their Friday 10 Sept 10 1976 edition they had this:

So!! That bloody poster got the day wrong - "Saturday", indeed!!!! I should mention that there was no mention of this gig in the preceding week's edition (3rd Sept).

Jeffsinmidmich

I was at this show, although I don't remember the setlist or much more about it other than it was probably my 3rd BOC show and was spectacular. I had just started my new job that I've been at for 33 years, and had to beg to get the night off, I'm glad I did.

Gordie

This was my first big concert. I had just turned 16 and the show was in downtown Detroit at Cobo Arena. I was in awe of the show and had a great time.

Ralph

The 3rd Sept 1976 issue of the Ann Arbor Sun gave the band line-up for this show as just BOC and Spirit, but the 10 September 1976 edition gave more info:

Ralph

Roadie Ricky Reyer had this date down as a gig in Erie PA. No other details.

I know the stub (off eBay) above doesn't give any definitive info as to gig location but it's context does point to it being from a Columbus gig on that date.

First of all, it was amongst a job lot of other BOC tickets - all from Columbus shows from 1975 - 1991. The promoter (Sunshine) was the same on all the tickets and the ticket designs and formats were all consistent with being Columbus gigs.

Now - I do know of an Erie gig for either Sept or Oct 1976 - no definitive date is currently available, but circumstantial evidence points to something like 14 Oct. See that date below for more information...

Doug Curran

The Vets Memorial show was at Veterans Memorial Auditorium in Columbus on 9/12/76 with Bob Seger. Seger was very good but BOC killed. I remember they did "D&S," "Cities on Flames," "ME262," "Buck's Boogie" and "The Reaper," and others.

I managed to interview the band - I got 30 mins. with them after the show. The guys were very friendly, and shorter than I thought they'd be!

Regarding the date, I'm positive it was 12 Sept so the ticket stub on your site is correct for Columbus. Sunshine promoted shows around Ohio.

Also, the Vets Memorial website lists all their concerts and has BOC/Seger as 9/12/76 there - here's a link:

Unfortunately, I don't have my ticket stub but on my list of interviews I've compiled over the years I wrote Sept. 12 at the time.

Alan Tangey

My would be wife and I attended this concert as the first we ever went to together. Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band opened the show as mentioned. BOC was using laser lights in the show, which was the first show I ever saw with them.

I don't remember the specific set list, but I know it was heavy on music from new Agents of Fortune album, and many of the songs from On Your Feet or On Your Knees live album.

After the show, the band signed autographs at the local Buzzard's Nest Records store from behind the counter. It was jam packed and hard to move around to meet all the band members, but I talked to Allen Lanier, who kidded me when I told him my name was Alan, but I told him, "yes, but it's spelled different." He passed the page on to the other members of the band to also sign it.

Coy Mitchell

I saw Angel, Rush, and BOC at Murray State University in Murray, KY in 1976. I can't find the show listed anywhere. i don't know the date, but I would like to. It was my first concert, I was 14 years old...

Bert Gangl

According to the Sep 10, 1976, edition of the Murray State University student newspaper, The Murray State News, the concert in Murray, Kentucky, was held at 8:00 PM on Monday, Sep 13, 1976, in Roy Stewart Stadium there on campus.

Special thanks goes out to Jeff Henry of the Murray State University library for his invaluable help on this one.

Wally J. Corpse

9-15-76 - BOC, Rush, doing all of 2112, Angel. It was at an armory type venue I think.

Best show ever. Full BOC laser festival, and clear 4-way windowpane...

Ralph

Well, Wally reckons this gig was Wednesday 15 Sept - I think it was Monday 13 Sept. Anybody know for sure?

Brian Carrier

I was freshman at NH College and needed a job. I was at the NH unemployment office and learned that there was a need for roadies at the show.

Having just seen them 9 months ago, I called and got the last spot. Pay was $25.00 and a concert tee shirt food and Bud. Had to sho up at the ice rink (do not remember the name) at 7AM.

There was no stage, so one had to be built. I hooked up with the Laser guy (don't remember his name) and became his worker. Placed mirror tiles on the back walls and hung a mirror ball on scoreboard.

The ball was in danger of falling during the show and we had to lower it during the show. I think we did that between acts.

Working with the Laser had one great benefit. Got to drink the Band's beer. Green bottle, either Molsen, but more likely it was Heineken.

Opening act was Angel, I had never heard of them.

The next act was Rush. They were great.

BOC played just as great as the first time I saw them. We did not finish breaking down the stage and loading the trucks until 7 AM the next morning. S25.00 for 24 hours of work and I got stiffed on the tee shirt.

This show I think was on a Thursday night. I skipped school to go and think I missed most of my next days classes.

Ralph

Stop Press: Thanks to the tireless investigations of Bert Gangl who found out that BOC actually played Murray on the 13th Sept, I can now safely re-date this show back to Wednesday 15 Sept - just like Wally said in the first place!!

Ralph

This gig was confirmed on the the Angel "grndzero.com" tourdates site. Unfortunately, it currently seems to be offline...

Steve DelSignore

I have some info to help with the BOC Gig lists. These come directly from my notebook where I kept records of all the shows I attended and sometimes the setlists also.

For 1976, Sept 20 is listed - Albany, NY. This show quickly sold out and another show was added on Sept. 19.

I attended both shows and have the setlists for each (in my old notebook from that time). Opener for both shows was Tommy Bolin. These shows featured the lazers heavily.

This is the setlist for the show on the 19th (although the order is probably wrong):

Stairway
Harvester
ME262/Dom & Sub
ETI
Last Days
Cities
Bucks Boogie
Born To Be Wild
Summer Of Love
Morning Final
Reaper

Steve DelSignore

I have some info to help with the BOC Gig lists. These come directly from my notebook where I kept records of all the shows I attended and sometimes the setlists also.

For 1976, Sept 20 is listed - Albany, NY. This show quickly sold out and another show was added on Sept. 19.

I attended both shows and have the setlists for each (in my old notebook from that time). Opener for both shows was Tommy Bolin. These shows featured the lazers heavily.

This is the setlist for the show on the 20th (although the order is probably wrong):

Stairway
Harvester
Telepaths
ME262/Dom & Sub
ETI
Last Days
Cities
Bucks Boogie
Summer Of Love
Morning Final
Born To Be Wild
Reaper
Hot Rails

Ralph

Roadie Ricky Reyer had the following entry down for this date:

Now Steve's post above would seem to have put paid to this - the Plattsburgh gig didn't take place... at least, not on the 20th Sept...

Stop Press: See next entry....

Quick Gig Facts
Bernard Pinsonnault

I saw Blue Oyster Cult for the first time around 1976 in Plattsburgh NY. Lead in bands were Angel, followed by Rush.

I am not sure of the exact date, in fact I wasn't even sure of the exact year but according to your gig list the only time they appeard with Rush and Angel was around Sept, 1976. That seems to jive with what I recall. Can't recall an exact date unfortunately.

The concert took place at the Crete Civic Center just outside of Plattsburgh, NY.

First concert I ever went to; was a fantastic concert. Been a die hard BOC and Rush fan ever since. Also liked Angel in their early years.

Bert Gangl

The Plattsburgh show was Sep 21, 1976, at the Crete Civic Center.

The show was reviewed in the Sep 30 issue of the Plattsburgh State University Cardinal Points student newspaper.

Mark Miller

Confirmation on the RUSH, Angel, BOC show September 22, 1976 in Rochester New York at the Dome Arena:

Ralph

This gig is also confirmed on PowerWindows...

Ken Michaelis

The above stub from the Aragon in Chicago has a date of Sat. Sept. 25th but no year. The color scheme and price seem to indicate a date range of 1975 - 1977 however nothing in your database matches those years. My guess would be 1976 since they were in the area (Indiana, Wisconsin) around that time.

They were at the Aragon on 23 Jan 1976 and the ticket stub you have for that show shows a price of $6.50 versus mine that shows $7.00. It kind of "fits" but I'm not sure. Chicago had a HUGE BOC fan base at that time so 2 shows in one year would not be unheard of

Unfortunately, between the "recreational chemistry" of the time and the 35+ years that have passed since then, my memory of these concerts is a little "hazy". ;-)

I can tell you these shows did occur since I only collect stubs from shows I have attended and do not buy them.

Ralph

In the 70s, 25th September fell on a Saturday on only two occasions - 1972 and 1976. I think it's safe to discount 1972 as too early, leaving just 1976 which dovetails nicely with your guess.

Robert Bastian

I grew up in Terre Haute, IN and was at this concert, age 14. I remember Starz and Angel as the openers. I don't remember the setlist order but recall these numbers:

There was a big laser show during a drum solo. It was my first real stadium show and made a huge impact on me, being then a lad of an impressionable age.

My garage band went back, learned a few of their tunes and attempted to play them at a Jr. High School sock hop.

Sport

This show also at Milwaukee Auditorium 9/30/76. We were in the front row for this one dead center.

I have the Starz and Rick Derringer opening. I have one pic of Derringer and about 15 pics of BOC.

My set list lists:

  1. Stairway
  2. Harvester
  3. Cities
  4. ETI
  5. Morning Final
  6. Flaming
  7. LDOM
  8. ME262
  9. Dominance
  10. BB
  11. Summer [5 gtrs]
  12. BTBW
  13. Encore: Reaper
  14. HRTH
Daryl Maxwell

I still have my ticket sub but the date is torn off. It was in the fall of '76 in Oklahoma City at the Fairgrounds International Building (not normally a place for concerts)

I believe the Fairgrounds arena was being used for a rodeo or something. Bob Seger opened for them and they had the full laser show. Buck told me a couple of years ago that he remembered the show because of a limo and police escort to the venue. I do remember Bob Seger mentioning that we were hearing "Night Moves" live for the for the first time ever...

Ralph

Please help me put a date on this gig...

Orville White

The first real show I saw was Blue Oyster Cult (with the laser light show) with Mahogany Rush as the opening act.

Frankie Marino was the guitar player and did a dead on version of Red House. Great show.

Mark Strandburg

I saw BOC at Erie County Field House in Sept. or Oct. of 1976 - Be Bop Deluxe opened, and the second opening act was KGB.

The roadie's date mentioned in the 12th Sept entry give sounds pretty close to the date of the gig I saw. I am quite certain it was in September and a Thursday night ( I went work Friday morning and after I got out ran right to the store and bought On Your Feet Or On YOur Knees !!!! )

I am almost positive about Be Bop Deluxe playing the show. Someone in the audience had painted a cardboard cutout of the Axe Victim album cover and Bill commented on that.

They also did a song I am not sure of the title of, Bill wanted to do an audience respond to a line he would sing and was unfortunatly greeeted with silence. They also did Sister Seagull which I fell in love with. I think this was also the show Bill said was the first show of their new American tour. It was also because of seeing them live I got Live In The Air Age when it came out in 1977.

My best memories for both this show and the 1978 Erie gig I saw was the laser show that they were using at that time. With all the so called big name bands like the Stones and the Who and Zeppelin using lasers in their shows. To see a band like BOC come along and blow them all away with a show that was just amazing said alot for them.

I will always remember the tunnel of light effect during Al's drum solo at this show. It was too bad that the operating expense and the fact the lasers didn't always work caused the band to discontinue their use. But the the music was what we were all there for. The lasers just made a great enhancement to the music !!!

Ralph

Anybody got a date for this show? - Mark reckons it was Sept or Oct - BOC played some dates with Be Bop in October so that's my likely guess.

Furthermore if it was a Thursday, as Mark thinks, that'd make it taking place on Oct 7, 14, 21 or 28. If you look at the gig schedule, you'll see a PA gig with Be-Bop on Friday 15th Oct at The Spectrum in Philadelphia.

Thus my final guess for this Erie County Field House show would be Thursday 14 October.

Does anybody out there know any different?

Jeff Frey

I attended this show at the Erie County Field House in the Fall of 1976. I was a Freshman at Gannon College (now Gannon University) in Erie PA, in 76. I do not recall the exact date, but Thursday October 14th sounds right. I do remember it was a "school" night as I had classes the next day. This was my first date with a new girlfriend so it kinda stays with you. :)

As far as the opening acts, I'm not a 100% sure, but I thought it was Paris who opened. I knew there were two opening acts. I couldn't remember who they were until I saw your web site that mentioned Be Bop Deluxe, and I do remember them. But KGB doesn't ring a bell. That's why I'm thinking it was Paris.

Ralph

I know Paris opened for BOC at Agricultural Hall, Allentown PA on 20 Oct 1976 - could they have also opened this gig?

Bob Welch

I'm pretty sure Paris did more than 1 gig with BOC... although I may be confusing those BOC gigs with the ones that Fleetwood Mac ALSO did with BOC a couple of years before. (I left Fleetwood Mac in December'74 to start "Paris")...

Hope this helps...

Ralph

Thanks for that - check out Bob's site for more info on Paris, plus pics and downloads etc

Stop Press: Thanks to an ad on the Erie County Fieldhouse Concerts Facebook page, I now know this gig took place on Thursday 7th October and the opening act was indeed Bob Welch's Paris.

Tom Chaffin

The show opened with Paris and The Godz - this was my first concert...

John Berry

I went through some other tickets stubs I kept and found one from 10/10/76 where I saw Nektar and BOC at Kiel Auditorium in St. Louis Mo.

Jerry Sutberry

I went to the BOC Nektar show in St. Louis on Oct. 10, 1976.

Nektar opened, and at the end of their set one of the band members complained that they were ripped off, and that they were supposed to be the Headliners!

Sport

Be BOP Deleuxe warmed them up.

I have notes on this set list as the BOC were coming around a lot so I figured I'd keep better track of some shows.

  1. Stairway 2 stars
  2. Harvester
  3. COF
  4. ETI
  5. Morning Final [ this is where my notes start]
  6. Flaming Telepaths [strobe lights like other times,speeding up as song progresses]
  7. LDOM [where Buck is under triangle of green laser light.
  8. ME262 [again with strobe lights when bombing and air raid sounds going off]
  9. Dominace'n'Submission/Kicks [This is when they went into "Kicks are harder to find" and Eric went into this spiel about the "government keeping all the good weed/dope off the streets and using it themselves"
  10. Bucks Boogie into Alberts drum solo when they had the big strobe above his kit and the lasers and strobe at sametime.
  11. SOL [with the 5 guitars]
  12. BTB
  13. ENCORE: Reaper
  14. Maserati GT
  15. HRTH
Ronald Binder

I saw Blue Oyster Cult and hung out with them in the Autumn of 1976 at their gig in Philadelphia - this time they headlined The Spectrum and sold it out with Angel - on their previous visit in June, they'd supported ZZ Top...

Al Dell'Angelo

I was at this gig...

Angel opened, then Manfred Mann. I actually went to see Manfred, so I don't recall much about BOC, but... The 5 guitar bit was very cool... had never seen that before, and haven't since!

The band lineup also confirmed in the Manfred Mann's' Earth Band tour archive:

http://www.platform-end.co.uk/html/1976.html

I would love to have a BOC setlist!!!

Quick Gig Facts
MCamp

When I went to this show, I was only thirteen.

It was a big deal... not too many of my friends had attended a concert before. I didn't really know their music back then... I didn't even own any of their music at the time, but when someone presented me with a ticket to a CONCERT, I had to go!

They still had the laser show: I remember the lazers shining on the mirrors on the back of the guitar and into the disco ball above the stage, and Eric, who had one in his sleeve.

Put it this way, it was my first concert and I was hooked... even to this day, and whatever how many shows later, the concert experience is one that remains special.

Joe Coughlin

All i can tell you for sure is the gigs all take place at the Music Hall, now called the Wang Center, in the 70's.

The show with Boston opening was also supposed to have Angel on the bill, but they didn't appear for reasons unknown. Pretty sure Boston's debut LP was just outta the gate.

Patrick Polio

Part of this show is available for free listening (sorry no downloads) at Wolfgangs Vault. They have digitally remastered copies of many original soundboard tapes from King Biscuit, Bill Graham, Record Plant, other original sources. There are no bootlegs or audience tapes, some shows are available for download, but unfortunately not the two BOC shows they have.

The show is available for listening at:

Shawn Burke

I attended the 10/17/76 BOC show in Lewiston, Maine. The opening act was (at the time an unknown act called) Boston -- they rocked. Angel was scheduled to appear, but didn't.

As usual, BOC opened with "Stairway to the Stars," and closed with "Born to Be Wild." While I don't have a setlist, I know that they played "Astronomy," "Harvester of Eyes," "Buck's Boogie/Maseratti GT," "ME 262," "Hot Rails to Hell," and lots of tracks off "Agents of Fortune," including "ETI." "Don't Fear the Reaper" was one of the encores. Very much like the 1976 show that's on DVD.

The venue is a hockey rink, and not a large one at that. The concert set an attendance record for the state of Maine at that time, around 6,000 people. The place was absolutely packed! There was a local music magazine/paper called "Sweet Potato" that covered this and many other concerts in Maine at the time. It would be fun to find a copy...

Ralph

The 22 October 1976 editon of the Lewiston Daily Sun detailed all the furore caused by this gig over violence, violation of fire-codes, trouble with local residents, etc. Apparently the venue was only allowed to admit 3960 people in but 6000 were let through the doors...

The upshot was a decision by the Committee on Rock Concerts to ban any further gigs in Lewiston... in which case, that committee is then pretty much out of a job...

Jeffrey Boyle

Wed. October 20th Agricultural Hall, Allentown,PA.

I was at this show, the opening act was a band called Paris which was Bob Welch (x-Fleetwood Mac) and the Sales Brothers (Before they were in Tin Machine).

Great show! Remember it was mostly the set from "On your feet or or your knees" with quite a few AOF numbers thrown in.

Remember people in the parking lot selling Tyranny and Mutation Tour T-shirts (guess they had leftovers) but definitely at this concert as my 1st at Agricultural Hall in Allentown.

Eric Schusterman

At the Commack Show - BOC definitely headlined over J. Geils and Styx. That's when the boys threw in Kicks (Paul Revere & the Raiders for the under 45 set) into D&S. Cool.

J. Geils played a full set it seemed and were terrific.

Styx wore big boots, did "Lady" and we hated them.

Chuck Evans

The thing I remember most about this show was that we had trouble finding the arena. We were from Connecticut and had never heard of Comack, Long Island. I don't recall alot about the show, except it was my first exposure to the BOC light show. And back then, we thought Styx was pretty good too. (It was before they got all poppy in the 80's.)

Bob Albin

I got there late and missed J. Geils and Styx. Matter of fact I didn't even know they were on the bill until now! When we arrived we had to park on the far end of the parking lot. I remember the entire parking lot being covered with broken glass. You could not step with out stepping on glass. It was a pretty wild party scene. I went with a friend who was a big BOC fan. I became a big fan after this show. They were great.

Another thing I remember is that someone threw a lite firecracker on the stage near Eric Bloom. Bloom immediately stopped the show and said in a very quick and angered tone.... "if you want to see a rock and roll show you DO NOT throw things at the band" with that the band started right back up and that was the last thing that was thrown at the band that night!

Afterwards we picked up two gals that were hitching home to Smithtown from the show. The one was limbing due to an injury from the show. We went out of our way and dropped them off right at their house. They did not invite us in for coffee.

Paul Rosenblatt

October 23 1976 Providence. With J. Geil's Band and Mother's Finest. BOC was 2nd, J Geil's were headline In fact, I happen to know that BOC and J Geils played together the night before in Long Island NY and BOC was headline.

I did not go to that one so I have no more details as to venue etc. It may have been the Nassau Coliseum, but I am not positive.

George Geranios

At the time I hadn't the faintest idea of who Mother's Finest was. I remember watching their show from the side of the stage. They had a bass player named, I think, Wizard who was some kind of kiss-ass apparition and a killer babe singer. The band was half black-half white and they knocked everybody out!

Lisa Cappelli

i was at the providence show. mothers finest sucked. j giels was alright but boc stole the show. boc had a wicked laser light show and they sounded great.

i have seen boc about ten times in concert and never seen a bad show.

Gerald LeBlanc

Definitely the best concert experience of my entire life.

My second BOC show began with a car trip from Conn. We were four and I had front seat privilege in my friends Fathers big old Buick (probably because I had a cigarette pack stuffed with a dozen red Colombian hooters covered in honey oil)...

Mothers Finest were a surprise, they really rocked.

BOC put on the finest performance I ever saw. I remember me and my three other friends covered in Kronos's (Kroni?) during the part when Eric shot his laser at one of the mirrored balls hanging from the ceiling and him urging the crowd to send a letter to Jimmy Carter to demand the decriminalization of weed.

I also remember the back part of the floor turned into a giant dance floor during J. Geils headline act.

I guess the show was running a bit late because the management of the Civic Center turned on the house lights and cut off their sound around midnight. The crowd turned very ugly and after a few minutes I guess they had second thoughts and the show resumed, they boogied on till around 1 A.M.

What an experience.

Dan Hogan

Seeing that ticket really brings back a lot of memories. My younger brother Dennis went with me to that show. I forgot that it was on a Sunday night, but remember that nothing was going to keep us away. It was general admission - which was the way most shows were before the Who played that gig in Cincinnati.

We headed up early and when we got to the convention center we pulled up to the booth at the parking lot and I told the attendant I was Councilman H****'s son and we signed a sheet and they let us park for free right near the entrance. (My father wasn't a city councilman, but that was how my older brother used to avoid the $2 parking fee when we went to Niagara University Basketball games, so I figured, why not?)

When they opened the doors, everyone headed right to front. I couldn't run because a year before I had broken both my legs and was still having trouble walking, so Dennis ran ahead and got a good space about 20 feet from the stage in what I guess would now be called the "Buck Zone."

First (and only) disappointment of the night was hearing that one of the bands (Styx I think, but not sure) had cancelled. Bob Seger was the opening act and two things I remember: Drew Abbott, (I think that is who it was). his guitar player (he played a cool-looking Gibson Explorer) sucked! (I later found out that Pete Carr played on the studio album!) And his sax player had on a harness that let him be pulled up from the stage and hang out over the crowd during his solo. They were OK, but not great.

In between the bands a guy sitting next to us showed us his tattoo and shared a joint and we got pretty high. He asked if we had any tattoos and I showed him the 13 month old open wound on my left leg and he thought I was pretty sick but he made a point of having me show it to all his friends for the next 20 minutes or so. He kept telling people "you gotta see this man! You can see the bone!"

We had beers - you could take anything into a concert back then - and traded a beer (Genesee Cream Ale) for another joint, which we saved for the show. When all the lights went off, everyone cheered because we knew the show was starting and the music started playing (Wagner maybe? flight of the Valkerie?) There was one maybe two giant kronos behing the backline and the big gong. All you could see was a dark silhouette or two and flashlights pointed at amp and then came the "NIAGARA FALLS NEW YORK ARE YOU READY! ON YOUR FEET OR ON YOUR KNEES! FROM NEW YORK CITY THE AMAZING BLUE OYSTER CULT!" followed by blinding flash pots and Stairway to the Stars. Everyone stood up and no one sat down for the whole show. We all pushed toward the stage.

The lasers were awesome and I think they started with Eric with a hand held laser on HOE - he shot it at a mirrored ball over the crowd at the end of teh song and people went wild! Memory is a little hazy about all the details, but a couple of things I remember were Hot Rails (Joe had a black fender P-bass and a black leather jumpsuit) (also think they did "morning final," Me262, Dominance, Buck's Boogie, COF, DFTR, BTBW) "Last Days" and the laser show during Albert's drum solo.

By the way - Dominance in that show, in addition to Eric's drug rap, features "Kicks" by Paul Revere and the Raiders.

We were stoned but I really think I saw the red and green lasers make all sorts of incredible patterns on the back wall of the hall including a checkerboard! I know I looked directly into the lasers on a number of occasions (I wear trifocals now btw) and can still see smoke going up into the light waves. Buck and Eric had mirrors on the back of their gits and used them to direct the laser beams at the crowd. they did five guitars (Joe played bass and Albert wore the black leather hot pants from the OYFOOYK album cover and played an Sg with p-90 pickups)

It was the best show of my entire life - best of all the 62 BOC shows I ever saw. Best of all the laser shows I ever saw. We had screamed so loud that we couldn't talk when we left and we drove home in a light rain that made the road seem black as ink. We almost got killed when we went to stop at an intersection - skidded on wet leaves and almost hit a car.

When we got home the car was on empty and the next day my father wanted to kill me because there was no gas left and his car wouldn't start when he tried to go to work in the morning! I caught Hell, but it was all right because the show was so great! I was 19 years old, supposedly crippled for life, unemployed and still living at home. I would start working again shortly thereafter and started college the following january. I would go to see BOC whenever I could from that point on, and in August of this year had the great privilege of being able to say that I had hired and introduced the band for a free gig (8/2/06) attended by thousands!

Chuck Saden

The Bob Seger show, we were right on the railing, getting crushed. Bob Seger's Sax Player gave us a can of coke in between songs, and the flash pods during Born To Be Wild blinded us for a few minutes. When we regained sight, Eric Bloom gave my friend, Robbie, a guitar pic, apparently to make up for the eye injury...

A memerable part of that night was that Styx canceled, and Bob Seger AND BOC agreed to play double. Bob Seger was Green and we got to be the first to hear most of "Night Moves" which I do not think was a hit album yet.

They both ROCKED!!

Len Cater

This was the first concert I ever went to. Was not for BOC but for Styx who were touring Crystal Ball. There was another act opening up who we all thought was some Bob Segerini guy.

They announced that Styx had some issues getting their equipment, so the other 2 bands would play a bit longer each (I think I recall BOC doing DFTR twice, once during the show, and once during the encore).

Overall I enjoyed the gig, but was pretty bummed out about Styx not showing up. I thought Seger did a great job, and it was pretty cool seeing him perform what would become one his signature albums. NM was released in October as well.

Thanks for the memory.

Bob Paxon

Before BOC played someone passed some joints our way. They were laced with something... weird... something I wasn't used to...probably PCP. So unexpectedly I started having a bad trip or panic attack or something.

I read another description of the show and it's exactly the way I remember it: the darkened stage, the intro music. A groundswell of noise from the crowd as flashlights became visible on the stage. And suddenly the lights came up, they were playing, the crowd rose up on their feet around me and I started freaking out.

I was barely keeping it under control but when they got to the laser portion it got bad again. I couldn't stop thinking that they were going to kill people with the lasers. Eric had a beam going that he slowly brought down from the ceiling to the crowd and it felt like he was cutting the whole auditorium in half.

By the end of BOC I was happy to be back to normal and was enjoying the music. Seger came out and did his Live Bullet material and for me it was great. Shortly after he started to stink but at that time put on a masterful show.

I regret getting so loaded at some of these BOC shows, missed out on a lot of musical memories. It's funny because BOC aren't really a 'drug' band per se; what was it that brought out the drug beast in people?

Ralph

Whilst browsing the online archives of the Ann Arbor Sun, I saw in the 1 Oct 1976 edition the following gig notice:

I checked the following two issues (8th and 15th October) but could find no further mention - and the online archive stops after the 15th October issue so I couldn't check nearer the proposed gig date.

So - did it happen - or, as the lack of any further mentions seems to indicate - was this gig cancelled?

Ralph

There's a useful blog that charts the story of all the acts who played the Freedom Hall here:

However, they list the Ramones as being on the bill when the ad says it was, in fact, Starz.

Rick Glover
Beatlefan Mag

The notes next to my pass above say 27th Oct, but upon close re-inpection of the actual pass itself, it looks like the faded date could indeed be the 29th, so I am OK with calling it the 29th if you have other documents...

There's no venue on the pass, but is certainly Freedom Hall, as I got the passes from a girl friend whose mom worked at the radio station, and easily found out where the bands stayed [one of two hotels in the area at the time, before Nascar] - and we got to hang out with them after the show a bit at the Ramada!

Scary bad-ass on stage, great guys fun at the bars!

And I am sure the Ramones opened, because they didn't go over too well, and BOC were really big by then, and the crowd was yelling for BOC during their set.

I have a few pictures that I took at this show. EB playing the 'symbol' guitar, buck in white suit - will dig'em out.....

Ralph

Cheers for that clarification. By the way, be sure to check out Rick's great anotated stub collection on FaceBook:

Buddy Christian

The Mid-South Coliseum show in Memphis, TN that you have listed for October 28th, actually took place on Saturday, October 30th.

Well, it could be considered having taken place October 31st. I never did hear confirmation of why the show started so late, but Bob Seger did not come on until almost 9:30. Wet Wille came on about 10:30. BOC finally took the stage a little after midnight.

I remember this well, as I was only 16 and this was my first BOC show! The set was identical to the Live 1976 recorded show without "Astronomy".

Regarding the date though: I am 100% positive it occured on the 30/31.

A friend of mine actually taped the show, and I can remember BOC's announcer doing this 90 second intro about "5 beings on stage with powers far more than those of mortal men" and mentioning that it was now "All Hallows Eve". So, on this I am positive.

ConnieP

Wow, I remember Wet Willie! Halloween 1976 Memphis Mid South Coliseum, Blue Oyster Cult was the headliner, with Wet Willie and a little known singer opening that night named Bob Seger. Bob BLEW US AWAY!!!! He was called back for encore after encore and no one wanted him to leave the stage EVER!!! We all forgot who we came to see! Wet Willie was an established act and I cannot imagine how they must have felt having to follow Seger. Ah memories of the good old days!

Twilight

Correction: This show was definitely on Halloween October 31st, not October 29th (see above images for verification)

Blue Oyster Cult - Halloween October 31st, 1976 - Indianapolis, Indiana @ Market Square Arena

Band Performance Order:

  1. Sammy Terry (Initial speech and then introduced bands between each set)
  2. Starz
  3. Styx
  4. Blue Oyster Cult

Etched in my mind forever. Helium-Neon lasers were aimed at the audience and by using rotating mirrors, gave the effect of 3-Dimensional planes of light going up, down, sideways and everywhere. Absolutely Incredible! The technical know-how for these effects was way ahead of its time. It was amazing how everything worked so well because lasers back in the 70's were very prone to malfunctions.

There were a large number of people dressed up in Halloween costumes that evening which made the atmosphere very surreal. Walking around in the crowds in between bands was a real trip. Ghostly characters were everywhere.

A local TV personality was also on the bill that evening. His name was Sammy Terry (Sammy Terry = Cemetery) [website] and he was a very popular late night TV host and ghoul who showed horror films. He had quite a local following. At this concert he talked about Halloween being his favorite day of the year, etc and he did his TV show routine in which he talked to his pet spider, George. George always dropped down from an invisible fishing line onto Sammy's shoulder.

The act was about a 10 minute ramble and he was making the crowd cheer and laugh a lot! They would always go bonkers when he started talking! Most everyone in the crowd had been watching his TV show since they were little kids. After this opening slot, Sammy's subsequent appearances to introduce each of the bands in turn were much shorter, about 3 minutes long...

I would show up at local record stores and headshops the day after concerts and ask the cashiers if I could have the concert poster hanging in the window. It worked most of the time because I was quick to point out that the concert took place yesterday and they did not have any reason to keep it hanging up anymore. The ticket image above lists this as the 3rd Annual Halloween concert and the attached concert poster image says the 4th Annual. I'm not sure which one is correct. Of all the posters I have collected after concerts I attended, this is my favorite one.

Mark Turner

Nov. 6, 1976. Blue Oyster Cult, Salem, Virginia. The opening acts were Mother's Finest and Starz. My partial ticket only lists BOC, though. It does give the date of Nov 6, 1976. You're in for a little extra luck on this one. Nov 7 was my birthday, so this concert ended on my birthday. So, the date sticks out extra for me.

I also recall that the bands arrived extremely late. The doors were kept shut forever. When we were finally let in, they were still setting up the stage.

Then, there were two opening bands, so it pushed the show to being extremely late. A friend took photos and let me borrow the negatives so I could get prints made. I found the negatives recently and still have never gotten them printed.

So, that's a little extra memory I have, plus some photo evidence which I don't actually have prints of. I have a negative scanner but don't have the software installed currently (compatibility problems with XP). Maybe I can get it working on my old computer.

I also remember that their laser show was messed up and wouldn't work. I think I took photos of this show but I'll have to look. If so, I should have prints of those.

Visit Mark's site.

Ralph

This gig date has been the subject of some contradictory information in the past. Mark's stub and recollections seem definite enough and I'm reasonably happy that this 6 Nov gig was indeed at Salem VA.

However, boc.com has this gig down as BOTH Salem and Chicago! That'd be a good trick if you could do it! I know Phil Collins played both London and Philadelphia Live Aid shows on the same day but he had Concorde to help him!

The thing is - I have received anecdotal reports of a Chicago in this sort of time frame which also - reportedly - had Patti Smith guesting on "Vera Gemini", but I don't have one listed. I really do think there's a Chicago gig yet to be discovered for 1976 - the next one I actually do have listed is December 1977 so it doesn't seem likely that they would only play such a major city once in two years at the height of their popularity.

Indeed, Georg Cizek-Graf also had a mention on his pattismithlogbook.info site that on 6 Nov 1976, Patti Smith sang "Vera Gemini" onstage with BOC. However, I think this date might have been in conjunction with a Chicago gig rather than the Salem show it seems that BOC actually did play on that date...

So once again, I'm asking for your help: can you help me track down this mythical Chicago gig and can you help me find out any shows where Patti Smith guested?

Mike Riley

Mother's Finest and Starz opened this show.

Stormin' Norman

I was kind of a runaway kid in 1976,found myself in Denver and was at the Nov. 11th 1976 show at McNichols Arena... always wondered the exact date and now I know for sure. Thanks.

The main reason I remember is because the opening band was none other than Tommy Bolin. Today I am a programmer at KKFI in Kansas City and am going to do a two hour special on his music next week Dec.4th 2006,the 30th anniversary of his passing.

Stormin' Norman at kkfi.org

Ralph

The original gig lists on boc.com had a show listed at the San Diego Sports Arena on 12 November 1976. However, I always strongly doubted this gig took place as there was a documented show at this venue on 17 Dec - plus there's a stub for that date also.

Two gigs at this venue a month apart was always just plain unlikely.

Furthermore, also according to boc.com, this date also saw Buck Dharma as a guest DJ on the "The Ron McCoy Show" on KNAC-FM, Los Angeles.

Brian Standly

I was BOC's chauffeur for their 76, 77, and 78 concerts in San Diego. I have the limousine logs from my entire career, and I do not have a BOC log for November 12, 1976.

Believe me, I would have driven them if they were in town.

Ralph

The following review of this show (from Performance magazine - 24 Dec 76) is featured on the billnelson.co.uk site (Note: There's no mention of Angel in the review which seems strange if they did indeed play on this bill):

Performance magazine - 24 December 1976

LOS ANGELES: In their guest appearance with Blue Oyster Cult (Columbia) at the Forum (Nov. 13), Be Bop Deluxe (Capitol) delivered a superlative set received as enthusiastically as the headliner's presentation. At a time when concert promoters are struggling to balance bills with potent support acts, Be Bop has burgeoned forth as an artistic rocking force that can reinforce hard line rockers, as well as the more pensive progressive groups.

Bill Nelson, the guiding force behind BBD, approached the Cult crowd almost apologetically. Clad in a sharp three-piece suit and sporting closely cropped hair, Nelson wryly proclaimed, "I'm sorry our hair isn't quite long enough for the wind machines on stage, but we play good music that I'm sure you'll enjoy." The rowdy crowd appreciated the sincerity and from the moment the band launched into their classic "Fair Exchange" the act was sold.

Be Bop's music employs a curious, yet effective array of styles.While their tunes are based on rock progressions, most of the material showcases an intelligent dose of melodic and instrumental twists that works to give the overall sound of the group a sense of originality and diversity. Rather than letting itself get pigeonholed as a simple rock band, Be Bop has carefully introduced jazz and classical elements that shine richly through the songs.

On stage, lead guitarist/ vocalist Nelson assumes an innocent stance that augurs well with the group's persona. It is an unusual juxtaposition for an audience to see a conservatively attired and groomed gentleman delivering punky rock, but Nelson has utilized the gimmick to its fullest extent. Even a rough 'n tumble Blue Oyster Cult crowd rose to its feet during stunning versions of "Dancing In The Moonlight," "Modern Music," "Twilight Capers," and "Forbidden Lovers".

With Simon Fox on drums, Andrew Clarke on keyboards, Charles Tumahai on bass and Mick Close in a supporting rhythm guitarist role, Be Bop Deluxe is well on its way to headline status. For the present, Be Bop is ably filling in many guest slots in a most admirable and convincing fashion.

Blue Oyster Cult's headline appearance provided the anticipated measure of hard rock, with the exception of their lilting single "Don't Fear the Reaper." Their extended two hour performance earned them a standing ovation.

Bill Jenkins

Yes - the band angel was there, they were the opening act, they were less than well received - be-bop deluxe was okay, - but it didnt matter to those of us who came out for b.o.c - this was one of the best shows of all time - i have a cassette tape of this show that i found at a swap meet many years ago, the sound is awfull, still i cant part with it!!!

i really like your site and will be looking in often - my 1st b.o.c. was in long beach in 1974 - since than i have seen them some 50 plus times!

Doug Hill

Saw them in 76' at Phoenix Memorial Coliseum. Closed with Born to be Wild.

Bert Gangl

According to the Nov 12, 1976, issue of the Scottsdale Progress newspaper, BOC was slated to play the Phoenix Civic Plaza Exhibition Hall two days later, on Nov 14.

The Oct 31, 1976, issue of the Phoenix Arizona Republic lists Bob Seger as the opening act.

No other BOC performances in 1976 are mentioned in either paper, outside of the Nov 14 show, so I would imagine that this may be the same as the one Doug Hill mentions, although he lists the venue as the Arizona Veteran's Memorial Coliseum in Phoenix.

William Reed

I can distinctly remember the opening group being announced as "Sasha." I don't remember the "Yuri" part, but that could be me - or they simply went by a group name - I don't know for sure...

Then it was Rory Gallagher, followed by Bob Seger. BOC headlined, of course.

Ralph

This line-up was confirmed by this rather useful link which lists all the Bill Graham promoted shows:

http://www2.cambridge.ma-usa.sugarmegs.org/billgrahm.txt

Scott D

I remember the other bands that played with Blue Oyster Cult at this show: Bob Segar - I remember his sax player getting on top of the speaker stacks on the right hand of the stage. I mean right on the edge. If I'm not mistaken Rory Gallagher was the other act.

I'll say this much, when someone asks "What is the best concert you've been to at Winterland?" Blue Oyster Cult by far. It was the loudest show I had ever been too. No sorry second. Y & T in a bar in Santa Rosa's Railroad Square was.

Blue Oyster Cults laser light show, outstanding. I guess that must have been before they outlawed the laser directed towards people's eyes. But it was the best concert I had been to at Winterland. And I could not tell you how many I had been to there. Not enough fingers and toes.

Ralph

I did have anecdotal evidence that Patti Smith guested on "Vera Gemini" at this gig... however, I've been in touch with Georg Cizek-Graf from the pattismithlogbook.info site and he told me that Patti was playing the Bottom Line NYC that night (source: Bottom Line site).

John Worthington

For two years in a row 1976 and 1977 - Blue Oyster Cult put on two of the best shows I have ever seen in my life. In 1976 they were playing in the Seattle Center Arena, with Bob Seger and Commander Cody. This show featured more songs off of the on your feet on your knees album. I thought that Donald Buck Darma was the best guitar player on the planet at the time.

This Agents of Fortune show with Seger is hard to remember, since I was on a half hit of purple micro-dot both shows..

I do believe that patty smith was there, but I only remember for sure that the guitar work was awesome. Reaper was the encore.

The show was more about Buck's guitar work as the laser show was not as smoky. The thing I remember about both the shows was not being able to look away for a whole show.

The agents of fortune show was some of the best guitar work I have ever seen whereas the spectres show in 1977 was that same guitar work with an incredible laser light show with laser projections on smoke.

I thought commander cody opened for the first show with seger. Both of them were horrible. You almost needed to call rampart and hook us all up to a respirator to revive us.

Seger put everyone to sleep then everyone came back from the dead to rock the place when blue oyster came on... Seger belongs with fleetwood mac or some other mellow back concert. Seger and blue oyster were not a good match at all.

Seger used Peavy sound system while BOC used Marshall. Random Peavy feedback squelches were constant. Peavy seems to be less powerful so the piano doesnt get overwhelmed. Marshall seems to hold power chords and shake the building.

All of the Peavy groups - Journey, Lynard Skynard - were subject to random squelches. It seemed all of the piano/hammond g-3 groups used Peavy, while the Marshall groups used synth.

Anyway Peavy was ok but Marshall sounded better. Marshall also rang my ears for days.

Ralph

The above ticket, poster and newspaper clipping all confirm that this gig took place at the Coliseum, not the Center Arena - I can't get any info on Commander Cody though...

Brian Bearden

I saw BOC perform "The Revence of Vera Gemini" in Seattle with Patti Smith on Thanksgiving Day 1976.

Opening was Bob 'Like A Rock" Seger. The Coliseum was about half full. I think alot of kids couldn't go, it being Thanksgiving and all.

I was about 20 feet from the stage, as they were walking back onstage for the encore, and I screamed at the top of my lungs "It's Patti Smith!!!", and everyone around me gave me a "Who's that?" kinda look, and much to my delight they went right into Vera! WOOHOO!

Ralph

Well that's two people now who saw Patti Smith onstage with BOC singing "Vera Gemini" at this gig, so I'm beginning to think two witnesses in the hand is worth one NY report of Patti in the bush...

Just don't understand the Bottom Line NYC setlists on the pattismithlogbook.info site for this date, though...

Ralph

I've managed to pin a date to this show by gathering a number of pieces of information and piecing them together into a coherent whole.

First of all, further up the page under 15 June 1976 you'll see the entry for a cancelled gig at Vancouver's Pacific Coliseum - David Erickson had kindly got in touch to tell me that the 16 June show didn't happen, but he did see BOC supported by Bob Seger in Vancouver on another occasion in 1976, but he didn't know the date. Review clippings he found, however, did point to the gig being on "a Friday". He also knew the venue, so at least I had that.

Then I came across an interview with Bob Seger in the Saturday 4 December 1976 issue of the Montreal Gazette which said this: "We are sitting in a hot, stuffy Holiday Inn room, just a walk up from the chlorine odour of the pool. The city is Vancouver, where Seger had just opened for the Blue Oyster Cult."

So - a gig in Vancouver fairly recent to the date of 4 December clearly occured but when? Well, thanks to David's reviews, I knew it took place on a Friday. Now, the Friday immediately preceding the 4th December was the 3rd December, but BOC were in Texas on that date. So I would have to go back a week to the previous Friday. No further though, otherwise the newspaper interview wouldn't be contemporaneous.

But would BOC's schedule allow a gig in Vancouver to fit in on the 26th? Absolutely it would - BOC played Seattle on the 25th and Spokane and Portland on the 28th and 29th.

David Erickson

I remember this show vividly because 5 friends and I skipped school in the afternoon and lined up outside the doors so we could get front and center.

Seger opened and he was angry with a roadie about his microphone for the first part of the show. When not satisfied, it culminated with Seger unclipping the mike and throwing it extremely at the back of the unsuspecting roadie. Needless to say, this callous display didn't make a single Seger fan out of any of us, saxophone player swinging on trapeze above us or not.

When a Cult crew member came out to do a sound check, a single A major power chord sent shivers down our spines and we wondered where all this volume had come from. Standing right in front of the stage, I reached ahead, lifted up the stage curtain and saw nothing but stacked Phase Linear power amps as far as the eye could see.

BOC's opening "Stairway to the Stars" was incredible and the rest of the show, lasers and all, was most impressive. After the show, none of us talked because, after trying, we found that we'd gone a bit deaf.

We even stopped at a drive-in to get food and, being the driver, I had to relay the order to the waiter. Being temporarily deaf, nobody could hear that I'd gotten the entire order wrong but I was forgiven just this one time.

Ralph

Could the gig you saw have been on this date? I can't help noticing Bob Seger was on the bill, so that's another link to the gig mentioned on the poster.

Dunno why they'd switch venues though if it was....

David Erickson

I don't have a ticket stub so I can't prove it wasn't a different performance that I saw. Sorry.

It's quite likely that ticket sales weren't great for so many bands at such an expensive venue to use as the Coliseum and it was moved to the Gardens.

This happened frequently back in those days because they were located a stone's throw away on the same exhibition ground property.

The Gardens was a very small place and the stage was 6' high or so. Add the platform shoes many of us wore in those days and you saw everything just fine when standing at the stage fence.

NB: I had a 4 AM "flash" about the show and, looking inside my original vinyl copy of "Agents of Fortune", there were 2 newspaper reviews of the Gardens show. However, at the time I clipped them both without the dates.

In both reviews, it states that the concert occurred on a Friday night in the Gardens.

Steve Jackson

Nov 28th 1976, my second Cult show, after the Spokane show in March of 75, and after missing BOC at the notorious June 4th 76 show at Stateline speedway, when I got left behind at a keggar party.

I can't recall a whole lot, but that's likely from it being 33 years ago, and smoking copious quantities of dope at the show. I guess Bob Seeger opened, but I don't remember that at all. As a young rocker I probably could have cared less for his set.

I DO remember the green lasers being a trip. I also recall the feeling that now that BOC had a hit with DFTR that a lot more people were aware of the band, and it was not "our" secret little society anymore. But even feeling that, I had nothing but utmost respect for the band and their playing. They were still head and shoulders above what other bands of the era were doing!

Steve McCartt

I was a sophomore at Western Oregon University and my roommate Jimmy and I went to see BOC at the Portland Coliseum. It was arena seating and we got there early and were right at the front of the stage. I was a big fan of both Bob Seger (my current dog is named Seger) and Blue Oyster Cult, so the show was a double whammy.

I remember Seger wore this fuzzy green jump suit that looked like it was made from terrycloth (and was way too tight for my liking). Others are badmouthing Bob on this site, but he was very good in my recollection. This was before he got big and was still doing rockers like Katmandu.

When BOC hit the stage an explosion went off and when the lights came up they were all nailing riffs on guitar on Buck's Boogie if memory serves me right. The set was incredible, the laser show was enhanced by the mushrooms we had eaten before the show and by the end of the night we were exhausted.

Sorry I can't remember the set list, but it was during the hit run of Don't Fear the Reaper so I am sure a lot of the songs came from Agents of Fortune. I had been a long time fan of BOC and of course recognized every song in the set. It was by far one of the best concerts of my life and I have seen quite a few. Definitely the most memorable.

Manlio Baylon

Bob Seger opened for them, and he was awful!!! BOC was more than that.

I remember two things of that December 1976 El Paso show. The first one: the lead singer didn't sing any songs, not any word - he had some kind of problem with his throat. The drummer (Albert Bouchard?) sang all of the show and that was an incredible concert without the voice of Bloom( ?) ...I'm not sure of the names.

Second: The Finale was all guitars, five guitars on stage in one line and that was amazing (for a 17 years old teenager) - I wasn't a Blue Oyster Cult fan, but I can remember that they did a really great show.

Buck Dharma

That would have been a memorable evening, I have no particular recollection about it...
[ Buck was responding to a question posed about this gig on the BDTE... ]

Albert Bouchard

Well, of course, I was there but I really don't ever remember a show where I sang the whole set in BOC. I remember around that time I was doing a lot of vocals and for the Agents record I did about 5 lead vocals (not all of them were used) so maybe I sang more songs than usual. I'm sure Donald and Joe did some leads also even if Eric didn't sing.

For years we ended our set with the 5 guitar bit (Eric's idea). It got better every time we did it so it was probably pretty hot in those days. I hope nobody lost any money on this post.
[ Thanks to Redcap for this email extract... ]

Bill Alther

BOC played at Ector County Coliseum in Odessa, TX sometime in 1976. Unfortunately, I don't remember the exact date but was probably during the Texas segment of the tour in December. Bob Seger opened.

I'm quite sure it was 1976. I was a senior in high school ('76-'77) when I went to this show and I've always remembered it being in 1976. The other tour dates in Texas that year certainly coincide.

FWIW, Odessa is midway between El Paso and Dallas (they played both of these cities), so it makes some sense. I generally save all my concert ticket stubbs but I don't have that one unfortunately. I am still in touch with a good friend who went with me. Maybe he can remember more details than I can.

Bert Gangl

The blurb below, from the (Sunday) Nov 28, 1976, issue of the Odessa American newspaper, confirms the date of the Ector county Coliseum show as Saturday Dec 04, 1976:

Bob Seger, Blue Oyster Cult Plan Concert
The sounds of heavy rock will echo off the rafters at the Ector County Coliseum Saturday night when Blue Oyster Cult and Bob Seger combine forces for the first rock concert in Odessa in several months. Advance tickets for the 8:00 PM concert are $5 in advance and $6 at the door.

The concert will feature laser illusions and multi-colored fog spilling from the stage. Blue Oyster Cult had its start at The State University of New York at Stony Brook in the winter of 1970. Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard and Donald Roeser joined with Andrew Winters and Les Braunstein to form Soft White Underbelly, which quickly became a popular cult group in the New York City area. Braunstein left and was replaced by Eric Bloom, while Joe Bouchard Replaced Winter, and the name was Changed to Stalk Forrest Group.

The group adopted the name Blue Oyster Cult from a poem by manager Sandy Pearlman and signed with Columbia Records. The Cult has released a number of albums, including its current release, Agents of Fortune. A single, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper, has been culled from the album for national distribution.

Blue Oyster Cult's stage appearances are highlighted by a laser system costing more than $100,000. The Cult incorporates lead singer Bloom's bracelet into the laser system. It actually is a small prism assembly capable of projecting a swirling cone of light wherever Bloom points his hand. Drummer Albert Bouchard has a laser rifle to explode containers of Mylar-reflective flakes that shower over the audience.

Ralph

I must admit, until I came across the torn ticket stubs above on eBay, I was beginning to wonder if this gig took place...

Reason I thought that was that brand spanking new looking ticket stubs for this gig were continuously appearing on eBay - you'd never seem to see a ripped/used one. Something like that makes you wonder if the show actually occurred, but now that I have a ripped one, I feel a bit more confident the show took place...

Ralph

The 10 December 1976 edition of the Lyon County Reporter says that some sources were listing Pete Seeger as opener for this show by BOC (whom they described charmingly as "heavy metal maniacs") at the Coliseum, instead of Bob Seger, who actually did open.

Rumblebunnie

The alltime best concert i ever saw. riding on the success of their album "agents of fortune" the boys from NY kicked major ass.

The lazer show was stunning and the sound level was unbelievable

SET LIST
Stairway to the stars
harvester of eyes
Tattoo vampire
hot rails to hell
eti
then came the last days of may
me262
dominance and submission
bucks boogie
this aint the summer of love
dont fear the reaper
debbie denise

OTHER ACT(S) ON THE BILL: Bob Seger

The list of tickets on www.LookAtStubs.com/bands/blue_oyster_cult.htm has this gig taking place at the Municipal Stadium (and gives the support band info).

Ralph

The only indication I have that there might have been a gig here on this date was this link:

There's no stub or info about other bands on the bill, just someone called Connie who says she went to it...

Anyone got any info on this?

Hugh Muncie

Montrose opened up. I know I was there...

Michael Cariola

Montrose opened. Very Good Set. Loved it when they all had guitars.

Pbev

Here's a copy of a Ticketron generated receipt that I personally wrote on the back of a gig not on your lists where Montrose opened for BOC. On the back, it says, "BOC and Montrose 12-18-76" but nothing on the front indicates who I saw, just what I wrote. I was pretty diligent about keeping stubs and making sure they were recorded accurately.

Swing Auditorium, by the way, had an airplane crash into it and destroy it a few years later (on Sept 11th, 1981).

Also, the Rolling Stones played their first gig in the USA at the Swing. [Keith Richards - San Bernardino, June 5, 1964.] "Actually (our first ever American) gig was in San Bernardino. It was a straight gas, man. They all knew the songs and they were all bopping. It was like being back home. Ah, love these Americans and Route 66 mentioned San Bernardino, so everybody was into it."

Paige : ) [ Paige's Photo Link ]

Ralph

BOC.com has this gig down as at the "Convention Center" but the ticket above says "Selland Arena", which is just one venue within the Convention Center complex, so that's why I'm listing it as such on this site.

William Neville

I Attended this show with my soon to be, and now ex wife, we were 19, and 18 and living in Carson City NV. We drove to Stockton knowing full well the show was sold out.

My buddies had seen BOC at Winterland in November, and I didn't know about it. Concerts were hard to hear about in C.C. back in them days.

Just a day or two before the show, I was half asleep, listening to cable FM radio (remember that?) out of Woodland Ca. one night and heard about the show.

I had never been to Stockton and decided to take the "back" way, and got lost. We still got there plenty early, and good thing too, tickets were almost non exist ant. We realized we would have to buy them one at a time and pay more than 10 bucks for them!

We did get our tickets,after being out bid a couple of times and the show was great, Yesterday and Today opened for them, and I remember them being pretty good. The lasers were awsome, I had seen "Laserium" in Reno, but nothing like this at a concert. They still shot them in the crowd back then. They did the five guitar thing on I think, ME 262. This was the first time I had seen them, have seen them five more times, maybe go see them again this summer.

Thanks for the memories!

JuniperLea

Wings Wetted Down; The Red and the Black; Teen Archer... I couldn't believe all that music was coming from five men! The full-bodied, raucous, sensual, and horrific music and images became for me a cornerstone for what would come... lasers! Oh dear Lord in heaven, the lasers!

Smoke rolls from the stage as green lasers dance around the room... they flatten and fan out through the smoke, creating a swirling vision right before my eyes. The laser moves up and down, slicing the audience with brilliant light and causing much screaming in delight.

Laser lights are everywhere all at once, coming from all points... bouncing off the backs of strategically placed guitars, emanating from wristband devices gone unnoticed.

A magnificently massive mirrored ball drops from the ceiling... the laser points directly at the ball, creating thousands of smaller lights that dance all around the audience and over the walls and ceiling, creating the impression of floating in space. Yes, I am one of the few, the proud, the blessed, who have experienced the Blue Oyster Cult laser show in full glory, and it is humbling, to say the least.

Dave Morgan

I wanted to make note of the show you list on Sun. Dec. 26 1976 at the Norfolk "Scope" arena. I attended the show and remember distinctly driving to that show with friends from college.

On Dec. 26, college would have been on Christmas Break, so I believe that date is suspect. It must have been earlier in Dec.

Also, the opening act for that show was The Atlanta Rhythm Section.

Ralph

Can anybody help with this anomaly? For now, I'll leave it dated 26 December in the absence of anything else but your help in pinpointing an alternative would be appreciated.

Mark Porter

I must mention that there needs to be a correction as far as Norfolk, Va. Dec. 26 1976. The opening act that night was a southern band called Grinderswitch... which bored me to no end!

Keep up the good work!

Ralph

Wow - more contention. If anybody can help at all on this one, please let me know...

Quick Gig Facts
Kirk Rogers

Great gig as this was the first Concert that I saw with Lasers (I had seen them 3 times before). The lasers caused a major issue with the sound system however and Joe's Bass was a constant problem for the Sound folks. By mid concert they got it all working. Albert's drum solo rocked with the lasers. It was a real highlight.

Buck was a scream as he kept looking at himself in the large TV screens above the arena. On the 76 Concert video you see him doing it. That is what he is looking at!

Once the Sound was fixed, this concert was pure magic. I brought a ton of fans to see them. many where fans of Uriah Heep (who I liked as well). But I told them BOC would blow them away and they did!

Great memory!

Meter Reader

I was stationed on Norfolk in the navy. I drove to Asheboro, picked up my girlfriend, and went to Greensboro. Grinderswitch was the opening act. Some powerful smoke abounded. I fell asleep during Grinderswitch. Don't remember much of BOC. (fortunately the Live 76 can jog my memory...)

Took my girlfriend back to Asheboro, then turned back around and headed to Norfolk, 5 and a half hours away. The droning of my MGB put me to sleep a couple times. I was very fortunate (young and stupid). Finally stopped and napped. Was late for muster on the ship, but I made it back.

Ronald Binder

They knew I was a serious fan, a bandaid you would call it. The year before, I saw BOC strictly as a fan at Nassau Arena in New York where they opened for KISS. I explained to Sandy on the flight that it isn't New Years' Eve for me without BOC. Some love Guy Lombardo, I love BOC.

The Cleveland show was tremendous!!! Everyone was up for it being New Years Eve 1976. The cult was bonafide stars now that "Reaper" was a hit that year. 20,000 fans packed the Richfield Arena! Afterwards, we ate at an all night steak house and we joked how if we were in NYC, we would be eating at our favorite Chinese eatery, Wo Hop.

BOC, their crew and management, were always respectful and kind. There were no prima-donna attitudes among anyone. Everyone was friendly and professional. Anyone expecting to hear about wild groupie parties or drugs or elaborate perks, were sadly disappointed. BOC were just five regular guys who played rock and roll for a living. Four out the five were married with homes of their own and some were soon expectant fathers.

Food was the big vice at BOC shows. Food before, during and after the shows. During my time in the recording studio with them Sandy made a career of going food shopping at boutique eateries.

Buzzardo

I can guarantee without a doubt that BOC played the Richfield Coliseum [near Cleveland] on December 31st 1976 NOT Dec 29th as listed on BOC's website.

At midnight BOC and crew came back out [they just finished playing a few minutes before] We all counted down and they lined up with their arms around each other and sang AULD LANGE SYNE and kicked their legs up Rockette style as a huge balloon drop from the ceiling came down.

They then did another song, some old 1950's song that I have never been able to remember and Eric joked about never having done that song before and probably never would again.

I'm positive it was New Years Eve also because we got back to my girlfriends [now my wife] house that night about 1:30 AM and her parents didn't get home from their New Years Eve Party until about 2:30 or 3 and they were never out that late except on New Years Eve.

I've seen that Dec 29th date listed before but it was without a doubt the 31st...

Gary Baker

I was at the New Years Eve show at Richfield Coliseum near Cleveland 1976-77, I drove up from the south but picked a girl up in Cleveland. It was snowing real bad.

When the show was over, I couldn't find my car for almost 45 minutes. There was over 6 inches of snow on everything which made it impossible to find the right car.

I love Uriah Heep and I musta got there late cause I was stone cold sober and I don't remember them playing at all!!

Kevin Ketchum

Great, Great! concert. I was 17yrs old. Loved the "Agents of Fortune" Tour. I remember the lead guitarist (Roeser) flashing/reflecting the lasers off the back of his guitar into the audience.

I remember one member - I think it was the lead singer Bloom (?) - with a laser strapped to his wrist shooting it out and reflecting it off mirror balls strategically placed around the coliseum.

The streams of light would flash onto the audience and when I got hit with one (or two) I went crazy along with everyone else...

Uriah Heep was great: easy living.

Years later in 1989-90 I met a band member who was selling products through a pyramid marketing scheme like Amway (?!). We talked about "the old days" and he gave me and my friend free tickets to see B.O.C. at a local club in Cleveland (don't remember the name of it now). The guitarist was Roeser or I would have thought it was a rip off band.

I never did buy any of his products though or sign on to sell them. He was very focused on my friend who introduced me to him and was already selling Amway. He was a short skinny guy with black curly hair.

All I can figure is it was Bloom but he didn't seem to sing lead when I saw them at the club?? It's baffled me since but there they (and he) were at this night club in Cleveland playing all the hits like Godzilla, etc.

My friend told me that he was talking to this guy (Bloom?) one time on the phone and somehow the conversation went to his product and why he was selling these Amway-like products (as I think about it, maybe they were nutrition products??) and he said "Well, I wouldn't have to if you would buy my new album!" I thought that was funny... I guess he wasn't rolling in riches anymore?? If he ever was a legitimate member of B.O.C... It was all weird and confusing and didn't seem real somehow.

I think also that these date(s) were played in 1976 - if you have any info, please let me know:

Neal Ross

I can't recall the date, I was stoned out of my mind, but I know I saw Blue Oyster Cult in 76 at Acker Gym in Chico California. It was my very first concert, so I recall it vividly.

Ralph

Do you have ANY clues as to other details that might help me pin this gig down a bit better - for example, are you SURE it was definitely 1976?

Do you recall any other bands on the bill - could it have been Montrose, for example? - or even what time of year it might have been - Winter, Summer, school holidays etc - anything?

Neal Ross

You know, I don't recall if there was an opening act. I just know it was a month or so before I saw Montrose and Earthquake together right after Montrose put out the Warner Bros Released album.

I know it was during Spring/Early Summer because we went up in a Convertable Firebird with the top down doing 110 mph. I didn't have a car back then so I had to hitch rides with whoever had one at school, so I know it was before summer vacation on the Agents of Fortune Tour because the ONLY song I clearly recall them doing was ETI.

Sorry, wish I could be more help.

Ralph

Dr Feelgood opened, followed by Slade - anecdotal mention of this gig on a board... if it took place, then June would be a likely date...

Of course, the guy posting on the board I saw could be mistaken about the town - there's a confirmed Feelgood/Slade/BOC gig at the Capitol in Passaic NJ on May 8 - maybe this is the NJ date he was thinking about?

Also - there are some dates in Feb which were supposed to be with Slade including a Passaic one but these probably didn't occur until June. Probably....

Ralph

The December 76 edition of Creem reviews a gig at a "greasers' palace in Minneapolis" and says BOC opened with Tattoo Vampire, then Stairway to the Stars, Harvester of Eyes, Sinful Love, Cities on Flame, Flaming Telepaths, Last Days of May, 2 songs not named, Dominance and Submission, Buck's Boogie, Summer of Love, Born to be Wild and Hot Rails for an encore.

Needless to say - a date and venue for this would be nice...