1988: As usual, this page, as with a great part of the rest of the site, would not have been possible without the help of ex-BOC roadie, Sam Judd, and it's his notes which inform many of the facts contained herein...
Have you got anything to contribute to this page? Reviews, missing info, ticket stubs, posters etc etc - if so, let me .
I saw BOC at the Channel in Boston in 1985 and 1988. Here's the 1988 setlist:
January 1, 1988
Unfortunately, I wasn't able to attend the BOC Channel Show 1 month earlier but was super psyched to see another BOC listing so soon after the 12/1/87 show! I snapped up some tickets and the boys were loose on the town of Boston that Friday evening.
There really didn't seem to be a lot of people there that evening, which was totally fine by me! With it being New Years Day, maybe a lot of people partied it up too much the night before?
The Channel was one of those classic dive clubs that had a lot of great shows over the years back in the 80's and early 90's. It sat at the edge of the Fort Pont Channel, which separates South Boston from the Financial District. The area definitely looked like it was in a rough part of Boston. I do remember feeling this way for every show I drove in to see there.
I will confirm that the set list found on the back of my ticket stub is the same as the one printed on John A. Swartz's review. The show was another great experience. We staked out our territory right in front of Buck and waited patiently. I was literally 5 feet away from Buck and his guitar for the entire evening!. When you are that close, you really get to see the band interaction with each other as musicians.
Tonight was a great example of that as Eric, Buck, and Allen seemed to be really playing off each other all night . Other notes from the set: ETI was great, as usual, and the Veterans was another jaw dropping experience! Also got a great Harvester of Eyes, which was one the songs I was hoping to hear that evening!
One final note... we came into the Channel about an hour and half before BOC came on, so we got the chance to experience the "WORST" opening band I have ever had the pleasure (misery) to listen to. It wasn't printed on the ticket stub but I will forever remember this band. The band's name was Knightmare (or as my friends and I called them... "Nightmare...with a K!").
I have seen over 400 concerts and I can't think of another opening band that has even came close to being that bad. They finally finished their set and instead of leaving like they should have... they came back for an encore! Just amazing! Just glad that we got the bad music out of the way before we got to the excellent music!
After the show, I remember it being extremely cold walking to the car in the parking lot across the street and that I was really glad I went out that night! Great way to bring in the new year of 1988!
I found a listing for this gig in the Thursday, 7 Jan 1988 edition of the "Muncie Evening Press" - there was no info on any other bands on the bill, unfortunately:
Blue Oyster Cult remembered for the 1976 rock classic "Don't Fear The Reaper," will perform in concert Jan. 23 at the Vogue Theater, 6259 College, Indianapolis.
Tickets are $14.25 and are available at TicketMaster outlets, including Freddie's Records, 413 Tillotson.
Later ads gave tickets prices of "$12.50 advance, $13.50 day of show"...
If you know who else was on this bill, please let me know...
I'll never forget this one. Small venue, we were in arm's length of the band. Eric Bloom grabbed a beer right out of my friend's hand. Fantastic show. Loved it.
Here's the tunes, but not exactly sure about the order. (It was a long time ago)
Highly unlikely they did "Hot Rails" in 1988 - they stopped doing that one after Joe left in 1986.
I found a listing for this gig in the Thursday 21 January 1988 edition (p14) of the "Ohio State Lantern":
Blue Oyster Cult; the veteran hard rock band returns; 8 p.m. Wednesday; The Newport, 1722 N. High St.; 291-8829.
Also have opening band for 2/1/88 concert at the Iron Horse in Crystal, MN. It was Touched (have ad if you want copy).
It was in Crystal MN which is a small town (we call them suburbs in the states here) right next to Minneapolis.
Here's a link to some photos by Gene Kulin from this gig:
The Brat Stop in Kenosha WI, my home town at the time, venue 7 miles from my house. Could not believe they were playing there. The place was packed.
The cool thing about this show was we knew the guy running the sound. He had told me that he could get me back stage to meet and greet, so I put together a photo album of all my choice pics that I was going to present to the band, which I ended up doing. We were happy to see Alan back.
This was the first time I had Buck sign for me. He was walking thru the crowd before show, noo one recongized him at first. He walked right past me and I stopped him and had him sign a piece of paper from my wallet. I had brought a pen in antcipation of meeting them afterward.
So the show gets over and the sound guy leads me down a flight of stairs to the dressing room and I present these photos to the band. I was the only fan down there. I had them all to my self. What a nervous thrill.
There was a table there and Buck and Eric were sitting there with Allen and I looking over their shoulders looking at the pics and them commentig on them. It was so cooooool. I have excellant pics from this show as we were very close it being a club. I still didn't intoduce myself properly figuring they would never remember me anyway next time which wasn't until '89 around the Imaginos album.
I was originally told that the support act for this gig was David Surkamp, of Pavlov's Dog fame. However, I recently came across the following review of the gig in the Monday, 8 Feb 1988 edition of the "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" (and check out the author!):
'Oyster Cult' Performs at Westport
By David Surkamp
The rock group Blue Oyster Cult performed at the Westport Playhouse on Saturday evening to an audience of head-banging fans. The New York City-based quintet performed most of its classic songs in a bare-knuckled onslaught of guitar-driven abandon.
Out of all the acts that dominated the radio airwaves of the '70s, Blue Oyster Cult remains the title-holder for the most bruising heavy rock sound of the era. The current line-up carries on the hard-rock tradition and crunching melodic formula in songs such as "Dominance and Submission" and "Take Me Away" with a no-holds barred attitude.
The band's original members, including singer-guitarist Eric Bloom, lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and keyboardist Allen Lanier hold the key to the band's vitality. With a firm grasp of the quintet's history and arrangements, the group roused the crowd with uncompromising power.
Although Bloom remains the band's focal point, the group's secret weapon remains in Roeser's fleet fingered guitar excursions. Taking over the lead vocals on hits such as "Don't Fear the Reaper" and "Last Days of May," the guitarist balanced his vocal prowess with his rapier-sharp fretboard mania.
Highlights of the performance included the band's 1981 hit "Burning for You" and the hair-raising guitar bravado of "Buck's Boogie".
The concert got off to a fine start with a tight set of polished funk-rock sounds from the local act Splash. Although the band has made a name around town for its varied catalog of cover material, the band pulled a few surprises with some exciting original music including "I'm Not the Enemy" and made a number of new fans in the process.
So there you have it - David Surkamp was there alright, but as a reviewer - the actual openers were a local funk-rock band called Splash.
Recently there was a torrent of an audience recorded 1st gen VHS of this gig on dimeadozen... I recently watched it, and have a correction to your setlist info. There's a track missing. Flaming Telepaths was performed between Joan Crawford and Burnin' For You.
This was an interesting show to see, as they performed in the round. Slight "glitch" which was pretty funny - the intro tape for Born To Be Wild was mistakenly played at the beginning of Godzilla ("Sounds like something coming this way now... A dinosaur on a motorcycle!")
Thanks for the correction - the error has now been rectified...
Hi, the special guest was "Mama's Boys"...
The supporting act at Babenhausen was Mama's Boys.
The 1988-03-07 show in vienna was opened by burning vision (again an austrian band - nowadays nearly unknown) and mama's boys...
Mama's Boy opened the show.
It was promroted by Mama Concerts.
25/03/1988: Coach House, San Juan Capistrano, California
Early show setlist:
Late show setlist:
I went to see my favorite band once again with my great friend Russ Jones. This was a great show for me. I was really becoming a so called "expert" on THE Blue Oyster Cult! This was really a great venue. So different than the usual arena or concert hall. more like a cocktail lounge or club. Very cozy!
Lots of band merchandise at this concert. More than any other concert I had been to. Of course I had to have everything, bumper stickers, key chains, buttons and t-shirts too. A great table right up front and whiskey and cokes all night long. the sound and lighting was as good as any other time, great atmosphere.
It was great to hear ETI, one of my favorites. Of course at this point, i knew every song inside and out. and felt like I was an old expert, learning and knowing the history and members of the crew and band. Jon Rogers and Ron Riddle fit in nicely although it was very strange not seeing Joe.
Eric and Buck were awesome as usual. We went to the first set and then rushed home to record the second set which was being broadcast on a local San Jose radio station. Still have those cassettes to this day!
Once again, a great show, but I have not been to a bad show yet! Miss you Rusty, my brother. You are surely on tour forever.
I probably hold some sort of record for being the longest-time fan before seeing BOC in concert. I have been a huge fan since 1974, when I was an 18 year-old soldier in the U.S. Army. We used to sit around getting stoned on Oaxacan spears and Jack Daniels in the barracks, with our stereos cranked up with everything from Aerosmith to Zeppelin, but there were only two bands that really did it for us. A certain group called kiss, and another by the name of Blue Oyster Cult. We wore out our copies of the first album, T&M, Secret Treaties, and when it came out, OYFOOYK. I just loved this band from the first time my buddy Brian turned me on to them.
Well, for one reason or other, though I attended many concerts over the years, I had never seen BOC until March of 1988 at a bar in San Diego known as The "Rockin'" Bacchanal, where many past-their-prime rock bands made their tour stops.
The band was in town for two shows, one on March 30, and one the following night. I could only go to the first night, and I am so glad that this was the one I went to, as it was the better of the two.
For the occasion, I drew a large Kronos sign in permanent black ink on my left bicep. Then my friends and I got liquored up a bit, toked a few, then made our way to the venue.
The Bacchanal was a great place to see a concert. It held a couple hundred folks, so it was intimate, plus the added convenience of several built in bars, with waitresses bringing drink orders before the band came on. Unfortunately, the Bacchanal is no longer in existence, as it went out of business (I don't know why).
Anyway, it's time for the show to start. My friends and I are right up front, about 5 feet from the stage, which is only a platform about a foot off the floor to begin with, so we're right in their faces. No back-up band, just Blue Oyster Cult. Yippee!
It was really awesome is all I can say. It was great to see Eric, Buck, and Allen finally! Jon Rogers and Ron Riddle were also excellent as well (I missed seeing Albert and Joe, but what can ya do?).
As per usual, the started the set with R U Ready to Rock, Dominance & Submission, ETI, Buck's Boogie, and Flaming Telepaths. Very hot indeed.
We were all expecting Astronomy to follow Flaming Telepaths, as it has such a natural intro, but when we all started calling for it, Eric told us that the band was not performing this song in their set until the new version was released on the upcoming Imaginos album. Kind of disappointing, but they more than made up for it with the remainder of the program.
They went on to play 17 songs altogether, including 4 encores. This is how the rest of the songs came at us:
Take Me Away
Then Came the Last Days of May
Harvester of Eyes
Burnin' For You
(Don't Fear) The Reaper
Golden Age of Leather
Summer of Love
Cities on Flame
Wow, what a show!
After the show, we got to hang out with the band out behind the club, and got to talk to Buck and Eric. How cool is that? I was to say the least, really stoked!
I saw them again at the Bacchanal on May 5th, when they came back into San Diego. That night they rocked with a 16 song lineup, including 3 encores: Summer of Love, The Red & The Black, and Cities on Flame.
I am 51 now, and still remember those Army days partying to BOC just like it were yesterday. Where is that time machine when you really need it?
30/03/1988: Bacchanal, San Diego, California
Support: Little Caesar
31/03/1988: Bacchanal, San Diego, California
I found a listing for this gig in the Sunday, 20 March 1988 edition of the "Arizona Republic":
Blue Oyster Cult - With King's X, April 4, Studio West.
King's X definitely opened for BOC on April 6, 1988 at the Denver, Colorado - the gig actually took place in a northern suburb called Northglen - show.
I was there and distinctly recall being impressed by them. Of course, I was really there to see BOC and although I didn't note the setlist, I do recall loving every minute of the show.
That's odd - the ticket stub above says the support act was "The Fluid"...
Don't remember who the opening act was. The Rock Exchange bar/club was in Thornton as the ticket states correctly located on E 88th Avenue (not in Northglenn). It was torn down and is no more.
Were Kings X the support?
The date for the Fort Worth show was 8th april 88. It was at a place called Tommy's.
Not a great deal of info from the show but here some points.
B.O.C.'s April 08, 1988 show at Tommy's was not in Ft. Worth. It was in the Deep Ellum section of downtown Dallas.
I'm not sure, I'd have to dig out my ticket stub, but I think the club at the time was known as Tommy's Deep Ellum. It had so many different names through the years.
And, yes, King's X did open for the Cult. It was the first time I'd heard of King's X.
The 24 March edition of the Houston Chronicle said this in a piece on King's X:
"The band has signed to open 10 Blue Oyster Cult dates across the South, but will not appear with the Cult at the Houston show at Xcess in April..."
The only gigs I know about for sure with the band are the 2 Apr - Reseda, 4 April - Phoenix, 6 April - Denver 8 April - Dallas and 10 Apr - San Antonio gigs - perhaps all the shows (except this 11 April Houston gig) between the two sets of CA dates featured King's X?
If there was indeed 10 shows, then some would appear to be missing...
05/05/1988: Bacchanal, San Diego, California
Outstanding show, they were having a great time that night. Sounded fantastic, as usual.
Very small bar, maybe 100 capacity, mostly standing, some (maybe 10) tables along two walls and a bar with maybe 14 stools.
I've seen them many many times since their 1974 concert at Winterland in San Francisco. They were in top form this night in 1988.
Blimey!! Scratching my head over some of the songs listed above - I've asked around and here are the areas of difficulty:
There's a review of this show here:
In the review, Steve indicates that 20 songs were played - however only these were mentioned in the text:
The "Birthday" inclusion was interesting - I know Meltzer's birthday is 11 May (the date of the show), but I can't think how that might be relevant to a 1988 gig in Vancouver...?
If anyone knows why they did it, please let me know...
The official site has this down as the "Viking Tavern" but in the 6 May 1988 edition of "The Spokesman Review", it said the venue was going to be "The Convention Center".
Then in the 12 May edition, on the day of the gig, it said the show was being switched to "Gatsby's", "due to lack of ticket sales"...
According to the original BOC schedules, the venue for this gig was "Montana's" - but Pollstar says it was "99 Club".
Can anyone shed any light on this conflict?
Do you know of any BOC gigs for June 1988 that I'm missing?
If you do, please let me ...
I don't remember the complete setlist at this show, but I do know they played 4 Imaginos songs: In the Presence, I Am the One, Astronomy (Imaginos version), and one I didn't immediately see in your setlists of that era, the song Imaginos.
I wanted to let you know that they, in fact, have played the title track live (you probably knew that already, but just in case).
I'm not completely sure, but I don't think they had an opening act then either.
if that's so, that would be a pretty unusual addition to the setlist - it's not been known to have been played in any other gigs.
Does anybody else know different?
OK - according to Pollstar this gig occurred on 11 July, instead of exactly a week later on the 18th, as I have it here.
I wasn't quite sure which date to list it under, but in the end, I decided to stay with the 18th, which was the date taken from the original BOC schedules as it seems to fit in better, logistically-speaking...
However, if you have any information to the contrary, please let me know...
I found a listing for this gig in the Sunday, 10 Jul 1988 edition of the "The Orlando Sentinel" - (unfortunately, there was no info on any other bands on the bill):
Blue Oyster Cult will be at Brassy's Take II in Cocoa Beach July 21.
Tickets are $10 in advance and will be $12 at the door.
If you know who else was on this bill, please let me know...
I found a listing for this gig in the Friday 15 July 1988 edition of the "The Palm Beach Post":
Blue Oyster Cult - July 22, 9 p.m. at Summers on The Beach, 219 S. Atlantic Blvd., Fort Lauderdale.
Tickets: $10 in advance at BASS outlets or $12 at the door.
If you know who else was on this bill, please let me know...
Another great outdoors show in downtown St Pete. General admission, so i got pretty close.
I think this was the first time I had seen BOC at this venue. It seems that many more shows were to come here.
I believe with Foghat? I can't remember who opened for this show.
I found a couple of listings for this gig - neither provide any info on the support act, unfortunately. Here's the one from the Saturday, 23 July 1988 edition of the "Tampa Bay Times":
Music: Blue Oyster Cult - 8 p.m. Jannus Landing, Second Street between Central and First Avenue N, St. Petersburg. Tickets $12 advance, $15 day of show. Call 896-1244 or 896-0155.
The other listing mentioned this at the end: "b. Club Detroit". So far as I can tell, Club Detroit seems to be the venue next to which the outdoor Jannus Landing shows used to take place...
Anyway, if Foghat would have been scheduled to appear, I think they'd have mentioned it in the listings, but if you happen to know who else was on this bill, please let me know by clicking the link on the right...
I only know of the existence of this gig because Pollstar have published figures for it...
This gig is confirmed on the venue website:
However, they refer to BOC as "Euro Rockers", so obviously you can't take anything on that page as Gospel...
Cool Toys opened up this show...
You're missing a gig - I went over to Birmingham AL to see BOC in 1988 - it was on July 30 1988 - I was able to peg the date by the fact that I also remembered it was the day before the Diehard 500 at Talladega...
My mate Ed Brimer and I went over to Bham in his brand new car to visit with my sis for dinner, then go see BOC... returning to ATL at dawn the next day (July 31), we hit the massive traffic for the Talladega race (seating for 250K), but we knew back roads to get around it...
The venue was in fact a TINY little 2 room club that Hydra had played back in 73 when it was called Diamond Jim's Warehouse (on 1st Ave N), but I'm not sure what it was called when BOC played there...
The handbill above doesn't really indicate whether or not BOC played on Day 1 (Saturday 30 July) or Day 2 (Sunday 31 July) of this festival... but thanks to Sam's help above, I now know that they must have played on the second day...
The full 12 band-list over the two days was (presumably in reverse order):
I currently have no idea which of these bands actually played before BOC on the Sunday, however...
What happened in August? If you know, please let me ...
There is actually a 1988 date in Phoenix that very few people know about. BOC "OPENED" a special outfoor concert for a very popular local radio station DJ's band.
Dave Pratt of 98.7FM-KUPD had a band called "Dave Pratt and the Sex Machine Band". My brother was the bass player for his band at that time. I have asked my brother to check with Dave Pratt (they still work together, my brother is his Morning Show Producer at the radio station they work at now) and see if they can get the date of that show.
It's weird, but the venue really isn't anything particular. It was outside for a Carnival like event that was going on during the week somewhere in the desert in Tempe, AZ... I think. Pratt's band was doing it's Anniversary show that night. BOC opened and played about 45 minutes, they did do a couple Imaginos album songs and I recall Eric mentioning they had the "new" album.
I was there! For now you can tentatively put that it was at Tempe Diablo Stadium. I'm not sure about that, but it was definitely held at a baseball stadium that doesn't normally host concerts. We'll see what Mark's brother comes up with.
I vaguely recall it being Spring - I don't remember it being hot enough to be summer, and the show was before sundown.
Incidentally, as I recall the show at Big Surf (1989?) was also a Dave Pratt/97.9FM bash. Man-made beach scene, show was after dark, and whoever was drumming that night (I'm terrible...) donned the full-head Godzilla mask...
I have now been able to date this show - as well as adding a venue, thanks to the September 15 and 16 editions of The Arizona Republic which featured ads for the show.
Personally, I attended a BOC show not mentioned on your site: September 17, 1988 at West Warwick Civic Center in West Warwick, Rhode Island headlining with Robin Trower and Foghat in support.
September 18, 1988 - Kingston Fairgrounds, New Hampshire
BOC was the headliner of the "Indian Summer Jam".
The full bill and running order were as follows:
Remember, Jerry Shirley (drummer) was the only member of Humble Pie at that time (no Peter Frampton) and Foghat had a similar situation, with only original member Roger Earl (drums) being with them.
That left Robin Trower and BOC at the top. They each played 6 - 8 tunes (mostly hits).
Sorry, no setlist - I was hoping to get it from you.
24 Oct 88 was my return to stage right after leaving off 21 Sept 86...
Masi was deffo on the 29 Oct (Bulletboys in the Wiltern as well, bugger me if I can remember who played first) 30 Oct and 6 Nov shows... maybe more...
This was my first ever B.O.C. show. It was the Imaginos tour. I was a senior in High school.
I was right up in front of Eric and I was just blown away. They had 2 opening bands, first on the bill was early Seattle great "Mother Love Bone" (Just a short time after, we heard that lead singer, Andy Wood, died of a heroine overdose on the eve of the release of their album "Apple". Of course, later, when the Seattle scene broke open, members of this band would form "Temple Of The Dog" and "Pearl Jam").
The second band was called "Masi" and the only thing I really remember of them was that they had a really good guitarist (I think the band was named after him), but the mix was awful and all you could hear was him.
Then came B.O.C. Here is the songlist:
I remember during Cities On Flame, Eric held up his beer just above my head and asked if someone wanted it. Before i came to the realisation of the situation, I was jumped on by someone behind me who got it. When I looked back up, Eric kinda shrugged as if to say "Tough break kid".
This was the last show I saw at this venue while it was named the "Starry Night" as it soon changed its name to the Roseland Theater.
Today I heard the sad news that Allen Lanier has passed. This night was a great memory for me and he was most definately a big part of it. I will miss him.
Dizbusters? In 1988? Are you sure about that one?
BTW: what's your source for the setlist you provided? - you didn't say, and I always like to know how confident I can be in the accuracy of given setlists.
Also - I originally had Masi and Impellitteri down on this bill - seeing how Mother Love Bone were on the next night's bill, from what you say it looks as if Impellitteri might have cancelled and MLB took up the slack...
The song list was written down on a sheet of paper the next day by a friend that came with and I recently re-discovered it in my copy of Imaginos on vinyl.
I also have a bootleg from Sacramento that has that songlist - the only difference was the encores were This Aint The Summer Of Love and Golden Age Of Leather, which I know they didnt play at our show. I guess I might be wrong (it's hell to get old).
There is no doubt at all in my mind that we saw Mother Love Bone and Masi that night. I absolutely know that. I've never seen Impellitteri.
Thanks for the clarification. The setlist I originally had for this show was only partial and your one seems to be fuller and more accurate.
As I say, the only problem was the presence of Dizbusters, whereas my previous info had a double encore of The Red and The Black and Roadhouse Blues, which seems to be more "in keeping" with setlists from that period.
So what I've done is to use your setlist up to the encore, and then to add the two songs I originally had, and finally to add a note that it might possibly be inaccurate.
I finally found some notes that I had jotted down in a scrapbook I have that mentions most of the songs that were played at the Bremerton Washington show on October 25, 1988. I was mistaken about Baron being played. I was trying to remember why I thought Baron was played. I remember the refrain with Buck, Eric and Jon Rogers singing "Your Master... Your Master" and realized after putting on the Imaginos CD last night that it was 'In The Presence of Another World" that I was confusing it with.
Anyhow, here is what I have written down that was played. Unfortunately it is not the complete setlist (but close) and is not in the order played.
Astronomy (Imaginos version)
In The Presence of Another World
Cities On Flame
Take Me Away
I Am the One you Warned Me Of
Dominance and Submission
Red and The Black
The 'support act' was quite interesting indeed! The band was 'Mother Love Bone'. Andy Wood was the self destructive singer that later died of I think a drug overdose just a few months after that show.
Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament as well as 1 other member of Mother Love Bone went on to become Pearl Jam less than a year after that show, picking up Eddy Vedder as the lead vocal.
I remember how well they played prior to BOC coming on and thinking, 'hey, these guys just might make it someday'. They certainly did.
I also seem to remember that Eric Bloom was sporting a Budweiser Logo Guitar that night for a couple of numbers. I think Budweiser was sponsoring the gig.
Here's the setlist:
I was at this show; rode a Greyhound from Bakersfield to L.A. (I was a poor high school lad with no wheels). The Bulletboys were pretty impressive (remember "Smooth Up In Ya"?), but the other two openers I don't recall anything about.
Stone me if you must, but I've preferred the Imaginos version of Astronomy ever since that record dropped... it's just... more energetic, I guess... and they played it here, along with In The Presence of Another World -- and an awesome Golden Age.
This show was very loud (not as loud as the Coach House shows in San Juan Capistrano---I was deaf for DAYS after those, literally).
I just found your site today and have been a BOC fan since the early 80's. Anyway the first concert I went to in my life was on Oct 29th 1988 at the Wiltern theatre. The opening band was JETBOY not the Bullettboys. I remember the singer coming out with a mohawk and thinking 'oh boy' Great show by the way!
So that's one vote for the Bulletboys and one for Jetboy... anyone else got any input about this show?
I am absolutely certain it was Jetboy and none other. This was my first BOC gig in Los Angeles and I took notes.
Also - the Wiltern is a proper concert hall and they rarely - if ever - booked more than two bands in an evening since Union halls in Los Angeles strongly stipulated an 11:00 p.m. finish or else the bands would be required to pay overtime for the stagehands.
The 1988 concert at the University Of Nevada Reno was a unique experience. It was held in our student union, a very small venue. I was assisting with security for the event.
The Student Body Association did a horrible job of promoting the event. Halloween night with BOC and maybe 150 people showed up. Even in the small venue, the place looked empty.
BOC were highly upset at the lack of attendance. I grabbed a buss tub full of beer and brought it to the band and those who were responsible for the dismal ticket sales while they discussed what happened. I got to crack a beer with all of them.
The band were very professional and stated they would show why everyone should have attended. BOC were awesome! Literally the entire crowd fit at the edge of the stage.
For such a big band, we had a unique and intimate concert that I will never forget. The sound was great and the bands energy was fantastic.
I was at this gig with 3 of my friends that night. Of course we showed up early so we could get tuned up before we went in, but there was hardly anyone around so we were wondering if we got the time wrong or something stupid had happened.
The only stupid thing that happened was the lack of promotion by whoever put on the show (I really hope the band had a guaranteed payout that wasn't tied to ticket sales).
As time came for the show to start, there was maybe 50 people, tops, probably more like 40, but the numbers did not matter (back then in Reno, lots of shows got cancelled for lack of ticket sales, ozzy did it twice, asshole).
When the lights finally went down, most of those people gathered up to the stage, and BOC came out and played a fuckin great show. I could see them look around to see how few people were there, but they didn't let that keep them from playing like there was 50,000.
I can't tell you what songs they played, but they played at least 90 minutes of full tilt BOC. We were so happy to have so few people show up for that gig, it was like having BOC playing a private party or something. This is without a doubt one of my favourite BOC shows ever.
I can't say enough about those guys playing so hard for such a small crowd. That sold me on them forever. So many other bands would have cut their show short, played unenthusiastically or not even played, but not BOC, they just came out and tore it up. Integrity, that's what that is called. Doing it for your fans, no matter how many of them there are. Fuck Yeah!
Long Live Blue Oyster Cult!!!
I was at this show, also. No Greyhound this time (See Oct 29); caught a ride with a buddy in his fastback Mustang... we "felt the thunder" on an Imaginos CD case all the way from Bakersfield to Anaheim, said drive taking what seemed like about fifteen minutes...
Certain there was an opening act here, but cannot remember anything about it.
Similar setlist to the Wiltern Theater show a few days before, but they added a couple, including I Am the One You Warned Me Of, which is probably my #2 fave Imaginos cut... #1 is (don't laugh, or I'll cut ya with muh knife) "Del Rio's Song"... which I am almost positive I *have* heard live SOMEWHERE, but can't recall where.
Maybe it was here?
Regarding opening acts - the guy who posted the above ticket from this gig on eBay said: "As I recall they had some unknown bands opening for them, one was called Rysk."
Can anyone confirm or deny this?
I was checking the tour dates at the BOC Site - for I was part of an opening act for BOC at the Celebrity Theatre in Anaheim California, Nov.3rd 1988... the name of the band was "Unleashed". The names of the 4 players in that band were:
I personally attended at least 6 "Soft White Underbelly" shows back in the day and it was a huge rush to play on that stage that night.
I was at The BOC/Rainbow show in Long Beach Nov. 30 1983.
Always good to reminisce... even if it's with someone I don't actually know.
I was at the November 6, 1988 show at the San Jose Civic Auditorium - though Impelliteri was orginally scheduled to be there, they did not appear. The buzz in the crowd was that singer Graham Bonnett had a visa-problem and they were unable to get in the U.S. No idea if that is true. I was disappointed to miss them.
Masi did play, though.
Can't help with the set-list, though I do remember that they played Imaginos material - specifically "I Am The One You Warned Me Of", "In The Presence Of Another World" and "Astronomy (Imaginos version)".
I found listings for this gig in "The Monitor" [McAllen TX]. In the first one, dated 9 Nov 1988, it said this:
Blue Oyster Cult at Villa Real Nov. 10
A Blue Oyster Cult concert with special guest Foghat and Rock City Angels will be held at the Villareal Convention Center in McAllen on Thursday, Nov 10, with doors opening from 6:30-7 p.m. and the show starting at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are available at all usual Valley ticket outlets.
Then, on the 10th, it gave this info:
Rock City Angels debut artists will perform with Blue Oyster Cult tonight at McAllen's Villa Real Convention Center.
The fact that Foghat isn't mentioned in the above listing doesn't indicate that they were no longer on the bill - the listing was under a large pic of the Rock City Angels, so it was really about them - BOC were lucky to get a name-check, I reckon...
I was at this show. The opening act was a band called National Velvet, a Canadian Goth Rock band.
Don't have a set list for this show, and while the venue was quite dark, BOC put on a good show.
This date was included on the original boc schedules and I used to list it as such. I even had the following corroboration:
Dec 7 1988, Club Dimensions; support was Sgt. Roxx (Very popular local band)...
However, Sam Judd was never very happy with this listing and was positive that they played at a club in Columbus Indiana that night.
And, as usual, he was proved right... see the next entry.
By the way - just to tie up the loose end posed by Ken Kaylor's post above - almost exactly a year later (5 Dec 1989), BOC did in fact play "Club Dimensions" with Sgt. Roxx as support - so it seems pretty clear that Ken is thinking of that gig...
As I mentioned above, this gig was originally down as "Club Dimensions", in Highland IN. Then Sam Judd got in touch.
NB: an important piece of info to bear in mind is that Roy orbison died on 6 December 1988...
On Dec 7 1989 we played at a club in Columbus Indiana (not in Mich) we had never played before... it was a hellhole and when we showed up the stage was only 6x12 ft and about 3" high (I think they'd play that today)... looked like a blowoff, but about 5PM this damn guy came up with a team of carpenters and a truckload of wood and built a damn stage and we had to do the stinking gig... I remember it vividly as it was the morning I found out that Roy Orbison had died the night before...
It was the scene of my famous quote (among certain BOC folk anyway) as we were sitting around during the endless hours of waiting to find out if we were even gonna work that day:
"Roy Orbison's dead, I'm out of cigarettes, and we're playing THIS shithole... fine..."
It was definitely a night that we finished the evening by playing Martin Mull's: "I've played some shitholes in my time, but this place takes the CAKE" thru the PA... (we always kept that tape handy for "special" evenings...
Are you sure it was Columbus?
We were deffo in Columbus Ind... Shenck and I got to meet some of the local constabulary after the show... we went to a White Castle and the girl behind the counter had on a most xcellent White Castle satin jacket...
We struck up a conversation with her, offering to buy it off her on the spot (she was big enough that it would have fit either one of us as well)... Shenck even pulled a C-note out of his pocket and offered it to her... all standard chit chat kind of stuff...
After we got our food and were eating, 2 cops came in and talked to the manager... they then came over to us, wanting to know who we were and why we were "causing trouble in here"... they demanded to see picture ID and ran our D/L #'s for possible warrants, finally leaving after they were sure we had seen the error of our ways and seemed to be no further threat...
We were glad that our motel was at least in a different county and considered this a perfect capper to a memorably shitty day, where we had once more won out over the Road Gods and could count our money on the plane...
I looked at the 1988 giglists and thought damn, did we play the same place exactly one year apart??...
Maybe we were supposed to play Club Dimensions in 88, but, for some reason, the promoter had to do it at another venue?? That would explain the scramble-fuck about the stage as well...??
I don't think we went back to that place in Columbus either...
Well, since then, I've managed to come across a mention of this gig in the 4 Dec 1988 edition of the "The Republic" [Columbus IN]:
Blue Oyster Cult
One Night Only - Wed. Dec 7th
Tickets - $10.00 advance $12.00 at the door
Disc Jockey Dave Stone every night
2241 State Street
So the gig was announced at least three days prior to the gig itself - plenty of time to have built the stage in advance!!
Anyway, it's clear that Sam has once again been proven to be right. Just such a crying shame that he's not around anymore so that I can tell him so... :-(
The opening band was Circus of Power.
I found an advert for this gig in the Sunday, 4 Dec 1988 edition of the "Casper Star-Tribune":
Rock'n'Roll Returns For One Final Concert in 1988!
Blue Oyster Cult
Plus Special Guest Circus of Power
Monday, December 12, 7:30 P.M.
Tickets Now On Sale!
$10.50 Advance/$12.50 The Day of Show
Another solid BOC show - wonderful venue, 1930 historic landmark theatre that had a fire that interrupted a George Thorogood show in February 1981. No damage and theatre is still open.
Saw this BOC site today. The 12/26/88 gig was in Pasadena, MD, which is a few miles out of Baltimore.
The opening act was Circus of Power. Besides the obvious, I do recall that they played "The Golden Age of Leather." I shook Buck's hand!
I found a listing for this gig in the Friday, 9 Dec 1988 edition of the "The Baltimore Sun", which confirmed the support act:
Blue Oyster Cult, with special guests Circus Power, will appear at the Network Nightclub, 8501 Fort Smallwood Road in Pasadena, Dec. 26. Call 255-2132.
I found a listing for this gig in the Friday, 23 Dec 1988 edition of the "The Baltimore Sun", which confirmed the support act:
Bayou, 3136 K St. N.W. (202) 333-2897.
Dec 23: Big Bang Theory, Radioblue, Frontier Theory
Dec 24: Mis-Fit, Cheap Thrills, Fuzzy Lipstick
Dec 25: The Johnny Artis Christmas Party.
Dec 26: Child's Play, Escape.
Dec 27: Blue Oyster Cult, Circus of Power
Dec 28: The Good Humor Band reunion.
I was at this gig - good-sized crowd, pretty standard set list, and the opening band were Circus Of Power, who were excellent also. There may have been local bands too, The Chance would usually stick some on, but the ID of those is lost to me in the mists of time...
I really enjoyed this show as it was at a Bar in Delaware, close to Philadelphia, Pa. Compared to the big arena shows this was certainly more cozy as you were as close to them as you could get. I do remember two sets that included Astronomy.
The opening band - Slang Girl - is confirmed at this url:
I think also that these date(s) were played in 1988 - if you have any info, please let me know:
By the way, when I was living in Southern California in the late 80's, I was able to see BOC a number of times in small settings and theatres.
In '88, they did a lot of shows in Southern California. My girlfriend and I saw them once at a club in Santa Barbara. That show is not on your list; but I do not have a stub for that show.
So, I do not know the exact date. BOC's site doesn't have it, either. It could have been 03/22/88, before the Pismo Beach show - no way of telling for sure.
But I was at the back bar before the show and Buck walked up to me and commented on my silver BOC jacket, which I still have.
I mentioned about how many times I had seen them. He laughed and thanked me. I would loved to have bought him a beer.