2011: BOC still on tour forever!!
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The set list:
The short set with double bill constraints.
Compared to the next night's show in Vegas this seemed like a warm up show.
Buck did do a solo/song before Reaper, not cords from Buck's Boogie but more of a short rhythm piece as a type of extended intro.
Nods to Rudy in the Godzilla extended section with some Quiet Riot and Ozzy chords from the band.
The musicianship at this show was really off the charts! Since it was Super Bowl Eve, Eric said "Who's rooting for the Steelers?" (That brought several cheers), then "Who's for the Packers?" (Even more cheers). "Okay it sounds almost 50-50. We're from New York and the Jets aren't playing, so we don't really give a f*ck."
With me being a native New Yorker and a Jets fan, that was the greatest comment I'd heard in a long time!
I was a little disappointed with the setlist, to be honest. "May" and "Godzilla" seemed to go for 10 minutes each. I would've preferred if they saved some time for any of the following:
Excellent show, but so many great songs omitted. Even just 2 more of them would've helped, but hearing "The Vigil" made up for a lot!
I agree with the other review in that this was a great show from the current lineup.
Good energy level throughout. Eric definitely being more up than the night before.
The jam during The Last days of May was outstanding, Richie, Crook and Buck each doing solos.
Paul Crook was a great walk on surprise.
Buck also did an extended boogie/solo piece as an intro to Reaper.
Sarzo and Radino solos in Godzilla.
Eric made some complaints about the lighting issues with venue.
It did seem like The Vigil wasn't initially planned for the setlist as the guys had to discuss matters before playing.
Audience sing along on intro to Golden age of Leather.
A number of vintage shirts in the audience, I'm not a native but it seemed like the old guard Vegas fans turned out in force.
I'm envious if they get BOC in that venue on a regular basis as it's a good intimate place, just wish the owners would let the band do longer performances.
Eric Bloom was ill and did not appear on stage.
Been a while since BOC has been in the DC/Baltimore area, and sadly Eric was MIA (out sick tonight, and last night in CT according to Buck), so it was "One Oyster Cult" ("You Oyster Cult"?):
Saturday Feb. 12, 2011 Bourbon Street, Baltimore MD
No Eric; Richie sang lead on TR&TB and HRTH...
2125 - take the stage - no Eric:
Eric was absent, so there was no stun guitar. Richie sang The Red and The Black, and did an awesome job. I knew there was something up when before the show a roadie taped the lyrics to R&B on the floor, under Eric's microphone stand.
The highlight of the night was Buck playing part of the LDOM solo on his knees, similar to the version recorded for A Long Days Night.
BOC looked like they were having fun, which always makes the show more enjoyable. They did not come out to greet the fans and sign autographs after the show, which was disappointing.
The "Luke Mulholland Band" opened the show, and they were excellent. The band is from Boston, and were very tight. They played original music, which I have never heard before.
Their sound is a blend of Eric Clapton, Doobie Brothers, Skynyrd. They were so good the crowd demanded an encore, and they were happy to come back for another song.
Here is the setlist for Sycuan in San Diego:
Eric only sang Godzilla. Hot Rails sung by Richie. All others Buck. Eric Hacking between some songs. Great set. Small venue.
Great venue -- sound/mix was so good this geezer did not even need/want his earplugs, and the video monitors were so huge that I sometimes found myself watching TV rather than the stage. I sat next to Pat, a cool guitar-enthusiast who knows Buck and offered to introduce my wife and me to him after the show. Alas, this never came to be.
One bozo who somehow got front-row center seats screamed "YES! Stairway to the Stars!" (when the band had actually launched into Red&Black), eventually got thrown out of the show by security because he was throwing fists and elbows all over the place and making contact with appropriately-behaved fans.
Band was in good form -- glad to have Eric back after his illness, Rudy's slap-bass on Shooting Shark was funky, Ritchie was clearly having a great time, and Eric and Buck were in command.
Great show. Wish they did "I Love the Night," though." And "Dominance." Oh, and Harvest Moon. And... OK, I will stop now.
So here it was 7:15 p.m., Saturday, February 26, and I was at the Sycuan Casino in front of the Concert Showroom. I approached a table selling Blue Oyster Cult t-shirts and joyfully purchased an army green t-shirt with the white lettering, "Blue Oyster Cult", the emblem in beneath it, and "Est. 1972" below. I was so proud, it was my first B.O.C. t-shirt.
My history with B.O.C. started when I first heard "Veteran of the Psychic Wars" on the Heavy Metal soundtrack. No other song caught my interest the way Veteran did; powerful, haunting, ominous, a juxtaposed "We Will Rock You". Listening to classic rock a lot in the early nineties, noting "Burnin' For You" and "Don't Fear the Reaper" on Arrow 93 FM, I bought the Cult Classic CD with an assortment of hits, then picked up "Revolution By Night". Suffice it to say, I was hooked immediately and had to have every album; which led me to Saturday, February 26th, the Sycuan Casino ready for some hard rockin' with the Oyster Boys.
I had already seen an exceptional early showing at 4pm by Foghat (man can they rock; what professionals!) and was pumped for Blue Oyster Cult.
I checked in around 7:45pm and got a cocktail, then went back for a second. I looked behind me and noted that Eric was on stage behind a speaker looking to the crowd in line. He had his signature black shades on as well as his game face. I spoke with another fan who mentioned that Eric had been sick. He shared some of the songs from the recent set-list. Truly one of the greatest aspects of being at a B.O.C. concert is being among the masses that have much love and mad respect for the hardest, grittiest band to come out of New York. So I got my Vodka with cranberry juice and 7-up and noted that "Red and Black" had already started. Thankfully they had a monitor in the cocktail room so that I could watch Eric and the boys go to work.
The band's energy level was very high with Buck and Richie blazing on lead and rhythm guitar respectively, Rudy hopping around the stage with flair, plucking away at the bass with fervor. Jules kept the beat rumbling on hard and steady, Eric leading the pack with his vocals and bravado. After "Red and Black" came to a halt, Eric said, "Buck's going to sing a song called "Golden Age of Leather". There is a chorus in the beginning of the song that we want your help with. I want you all raise your beer in the air and sing, "Raise you can of beer on high and seal you fate forever, our best years have passed us by, The Golden Age of Leather". He then got us started and I proudly did just that raising up my cocktail and proudly belted out the vocals I'd come to know and love. I was stoked that B.O.C. was prepared to sing and play G.A.O.L. I had not heard this live before.
The sound was spectacular. Screaming guitars, thunderous bass and drums, rattling rhythm and soothing, cool, clean vocals from Buck set the tone for a hard-hitting jamming show. Eric introduced the 3rd song, saying, "Now Buck's going to sing a song from our Fire of Unknown Origin album". The band jumps right into a powerful, guitar heavy, bass heavy version of Burnin' for You. Richie and Buck's guitar dueling was awesome. After it was finished, Eric said, "Buck's going to sing Shooting Shark". And so he did, looking cool dressed in black, with red-lensed sunglasses, a contrast to Erik's black sunglasses. The vocals were solid, bass was rumbling, guitar work and drumming, impeccable. Being that this is one of my favorite B.O.C. songs I was in rock and roll heaven. When the final notes closed to the masterpiece, Eric introduced the next song. "Now Buck's going to sing a song from our Mirrors album, the Vigil". The first notes played and everyone went nuts. I was equally thrilled as I had never heard this one live and did not immediately recall how Vigil went. Quickly I reconnected with it, and Buck and the Cult rocked it hard and aptly vocally gently. After this live treat, The Vigil was soon to become another favorite for me.
Some in the crowd asked for "Dominance and Submission" and Eric responded, "How 'bout some Buck's Boogie". Buck, Eric and the Boys broke out into a brilliant version of Buck's Boogie, tearing it up on every level. Always a fun song to see live. One of my favorite parts of the night was next. Eric announced, "Our next song is from our first album. It's about a couple of guys from New York who went down to Mexico to buy some drugs, It's called the Last Days of May". With that Buck and the Band played a very smooth version of the song, with hard hitting bass, drums and guitar to deliver every bit of feeling that the song could possibly muster.
Ever the showman, Eric introduced the next song by saying, "I will need a little imagination from the audience. Back in the fifties when nuclear testing was still done above ground, little was it known that trapped under a block of ice, waiting for 20 million years to return to walk the earth, well who is it?", he asks. The entire audience shouted, "Godzilla!!!". The band launched into a raw, hard, piercing version of Godzilla and when the middle portion arrived Eric gave a shout out for Rudy Sarzo and the band joined him in snippits of Cum on Feel the Noise by Quite Riot, Here I Go Again by White Snake and some riffs from Ozzy Osbourne and the "Late, great" Ronnie James Dio. I thought it was awesome that Rudy had his moment to be the focus and that Eric gave tribute to the rock legend the truly gifted and missed Ronnie James Dio. It is at this point the Jules Rudino breaks out into a drum solo. It was fast, it was rocking and he is a good fit for the band for sure.
After this, Eric said, "Now we're gonna do a song from our Agents of Fortune Album" and Buck and crew went right into Don't Fear the Reaper. Eric motioned cowbell ringing with his hand. It was a funny moment for the fans and the guitar work for the song was simply blazing. Buck's trademark solo was fantastic and his electric guitar battle with Richie was off the charts. Richie really tore it up and earned a lot of respect from this fan for sure. The band said, "Thank you, goodnight" and left the stage.
We cheered loudly, hoping for an encore and sure enough it would come to be. The band came back out, Eric went to the mike and said, "We'll do one more. Hot Rails to Hell, Richie will sing this one". The band then broke out into the fast jammer, with Richie doing the song proud, on vocals and the band laying down incredible energy. It was sweet seeing Eric, Richie, Buck and Rudy all giving it their all, raising up the decibels, the guitars screaming and blowing our minds. It was fantastic. The band bowed a few times, were joking around a bit (nice to see them all having fun), and said goodnight. It was awesome. I jammed to Extraterrestial Live and Some Enchanted evening all the way home on this rainy spectacular night. So glad I invested in the trip. Long live B.O.C., the best in show!
March 11th San Bernardino California show was great although Eric didn't sing much. It was at the California Theater For The Performing Arts with Foghat.
We missed Eric afterward, and I think he was the first to leave. Got autographs from the rest of the guys on my son's drum, and my BOC Secrets Revealed Book. I asked Buck if the book was the real deal. He said he'd read half of it so far.
Richie referred to us as his Facebook buddies which made us feel special once again. We love Richie.
I attended the Blue Oyster Cult show last night at Route 66 Casino in Rio Puerco, NM. This was their set-list:
They dedicated "Don't Fear the Reaper" to recently departed Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr.
I was disappointed on the short set-list, but on the plus side though, the band sounded and played great!!
Foghat opened and they had a short set as well only playing six songs. My guess is that since it was a casino show, they were only contracted to each play 45 minute sets.
I have a review for the March 18 show in Houston. First the opening band was The Marshall Tucker Band. The musicians were terrific, the singing not as good.
Now for B.O.C. Every time I see them I am impressed. They always seem to enjoy playing and the audience knows it. I have noticed that Eric does not sing very much anymore. His voice seems a little weak as if there is something wrong. Does anyone know of any problems?
Also, the setlist that is given is correct. I think B.O.C. was not intending to have an encore song, but the crowd was screaming and they had a group huddle on stage and played Hot Rails To Hell. (I say this because I was sitting by the monitor board and I saw the set list before the show started and Hot Rails was not on that list)
Thank for this website...
Blue Öyster Cult @ the Warner Theater - Erie, PA 05/13/2011 - Setlist:
Foghat opened (they played a 90 min set... so more of a "co-headline")
Bumped into John C (midvid) prior to the show and wished him a happy (early) 50th B-day! Also had a chance to shake hands and say hi to Jules and Richie afterwards while milling around the Warner waiting on a setlist.
A six-song BOC headline slot with no encore!!
You do have to wonder if it's worthwhile for any BOC fan to travel any sort of distance and attend one of these casino-type shows...
Blue Oyster Cult - Casino Rama, Orillia, Ontario CANADA - May 14, 2011
I enjoyed the show while it lasted, but just like most of the people I talked to afterwards, was disappointed with the ultra-short setlist. The show was over before it had even really begun and the crowd didn't cheer loud enough for an encore, so BOC didn't play one!
I was happy to see and hear Eric singing again on the opener, The Red & The Black which got the show off to a rocking start. Eric's voice sounded really good, so I'm not sure why he hasn't been singing more songs lately. I think a song like ETI or Cities On Flame would be ideal for these kinds of casino shows BOC have been playing lately, where you get a general type of audience. I always get the feeling at these shows that half of the audience aren't even fans of the band playing, but are just there because they are casino regulars and got a cheap ticket to the show.
After The Red & The Black Eric greeted the audience and stated they were going to play some songs for us "as fast as we can". It seemed like a curious statement at the time, but I think he must have been inferring that they were under some kind of time constraint placed by the casino. I assume that the casino just wants people back on the casino floor spending money, so I think they have a certain time that the bands have to finish by in order to achieve this.
Whether this is the reason for the short setlist or not, I don't think BOC will be gaining any new fans by playing just 6 songs in a night, no matter how good they are.
Buck was in fine form for the next song, Burnin' For You which seemed to get a good response from the crowd, as well as Shooting Shark which had some nice lead work from both Buck and Richie. The audience was probably not as familiar with this one and it showed. Buck's Boogie is always one of my favorite live tracks and it was again on this night, although I think it was on this track that Buck started having some difficulty with one of his effects cables. His guitar dropped out of the mix on a couple of occasions and made loud crunching noises other times, here and there during the next couple of songs. It was nothing too serious but it didn't help things either.
Godzilla was next and was probably the best song of the night as well as the most well-received. For me it was kind of a let-down to hear them go into this because I knew it also meant that the show would be ending soon and that is when I realized we were getting a really short show. I still enjoyed the song immensely though and I really liked when they announced Danny had been playing bass with Queen recently and they went into a little medley of Queen riffs, including Another One Bites The Dust, We Will Rock You and Bohemian Rhapsody.
The show of course ended with the crowd-pleasing (Don't Fear) The Reaper which for me is always amazing! I've heard the song hundreds and hundreds of times and I still get the same joy out of hearing it now as I did way back when. The song ended and the band said their goodbyes. Buck signed someone's Agents Of Fortune album cover and they were gone.
A few of us who were up at the front were still yelling and cheering but most of the audience were already done clapping and were already starting to exit the venue. A few people around me expressed disbelief that they weren't coming back to do an encore and I told them that if you really want an encore, you actually have to earn it by screaming and yelling and clapping! Who knew? Not these people obviously!
All in all it was a good show but way too short. It is apparent to me that BOC still have the goods to put on a kick-ass show, but this one was just a little under-whelming compared to other times I have seen them, mostly due to the length. I will gladly go see them again in a more suitable venue when they are playing a longer setlist. I would rather see them play in a small club for a few hundred die-hard fans than in a big casino for a few thousand casino "V.I.P.s". BOC still rules!
This was a 200 mile road trip for my friend Rob and I.
The band played with great energy. Eric had mentioned that there was a request on Facebook to play the Vigil. Rob had sent this request to Eric a few a days earlier. Rob had also requested I love the night. After the 6th song Eric announced that they were playing one not on the set list, It was the Vigil.
Richie and Buck continue to prove that they are guitar gods. IE, Last days of May, Red and the Black. When the band plays you can tell that they are having fun.
This show was great because Eric told us that they we not confined to a time limit so we got a 15 song performance.
And now for the set list:
I hope to see them again this year, hoping they come to Oregon.
I was at, but missed, the BOC gig at Miller Motorsport Park in Utah. That weekend World Superbikes were racing at Miller, I flew up as I wanted to watch the racing, and the cherry on the pie was a free concert that was happening on May 29.
Concert was slated to start at 7:00 PM (or 6 PM) I can't remember. Either way, that weekend it was so cold in Utah, end of May almost JUNE and there was still snow on the mountain tops surrounding Tooele Valley and it SNOWED very lightly at the race track.
We got to the racetrack 30 minutes before BOC, the opening act on a BOC/Creedance Clearwater Revisited, was set to go on. Road crews were setting up the stage but I kept looking at the equipment and it did not look like BOC equipment.
What happened was the weather was so bad and another storm front was predicted so BOC took the stage a full hour before they were set to come on. BOC played a 45 minute set, ended their show and cleared off the stage.
When I arrived at the concert, BOC had finished their set and were long gone. They must have played to an audience of less than 100 people.
Creedance Clearwater went onstage about 15 minutes after the original BOC start time and did their set. It was really really cold by the time the concert was over.
In my entire concert going life I never saw a stage get broken down so quickly. Stage gear was broken down in about 20 minutes after the end of the show and before I left the track, less than an hour after the end of the show, the temporary stage was almost completely deconstructed and put away into it's travel trailer configuration.
Free show. Good performance.
sound got good after cities' tightness got good and just check out that guitar work !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Buck could never quite get that blazing tightness during his solos but the oddness of twangism makes up for it.
what a cool show. that other guys solo during 'last days' was top notch energy!
if they don't play [ I Love the night} at fucking ARTPARK next time +++=====+= we are are looking at major lee.s
It was awesome to see the boys back in town. I managed to get to Art Park early, catching BOC doing a sound check on stage, which ended up being a pre-concert show of two songs, "Summer of Love" and "Harvest Moon." So it was a little bonus for fans who came early.
This was a big concert for me because I invited some friends to rock out to my favorite band. I always say to them how awesome BOC is live and this concert was no exception.
I'll give an honorable mention to the opening band "Son of the Sun." I thought they were pretty good, the singer had a lot of energy and their style reminded me of "The Doors." They also did a cover of The Who's "The Seeker" which was really cool.
Now onto the main course. Let me just say, oh Eric and his Mets, I'd like to see how concert goers at Boston would react to his shenanigans.
My thoughts on the concert: It's BOC, need I say more! Set list followed:
My friends did enjoy the concert. I especially liked how one of my friends told me: "I know most of these songs but I never knew Blue Oyster Cult did them." I think I got him hooked ;-)
Also, as tradition, the Bassist (Rudy) and Drummer (Jules) had their moment to shine during "Godzilla." Here's what I didn't expect though: Eric started to list bands Rudy has been with before and each time he did, they played riffs I was familiar with but couldn't remember the songs. This was the point my friends started cheering them on. BOC was doing tid bits of Dio, White Snake, Quiet Riot and then Ozzy. I almost freaked out when Buck and Rudy were jamming some Ozzy, even if it was for a few seconds, it was pure awesome!
Part of me is sad Allen had to retire and I only saw him in one concert (I'll never forget how haunting his solo during "Days of May" was). But Richie has become a great asset to the band. It's always cool to see Richie take center stage during "Hot Rails to Hell" showing that he really is a talented musician.
In closing, it's always a treat to have the boys in my area and I really hope they can come to WNY again soon. Till then, peace out and rock on!
A perfect weekend with back-to-back BOC shows scheduled. We made the 7 hour trip up, and stopped in at the Ice Dog's party before the show. Great food and great people!
Got to the fairgrounds early enough to hear the opener Howard and the White Boys. Excellent blues band, who we found out were actually missing 2 of their original members for this gig. You wouldn't know it, though- they sounded tight.
The BÖC boyz took the stage after and rocked the house. Was personally hoping for Summer of Love as the opener, but they shredded on Red and Black as usual. Glad to hear Golden Age, hadn't gotten to hear that one in quite a while.
Richie killed on Hot Rails as the encore. They had to have seen all us J&A junkies on the front row, because they all came to hang out after (never saw Eric, but he could have been there somewhere).
Kira tried to persuade Buck to come back to Ice Dog's for a bit, but he said he'd been up since 5:00 and was beat. They were very gracious to stay, sign, and visit.
A really great night with some really great people!
Link to pictures:
Back- to- back BOC shows for us this weekend. Drove the 2 hours over from Oswego, IL for the show, and it was certainly worth the trip.
The venue (and stage) at the MS Valley fairgrounds were great- got to see a lot of cool bikes, and had a front and center spot in the reserved area.
The opener was a Kiss tribute band called King's Kiss. Apparently they are a regular, as some in the crowd seemed to know them pretty well. They were in full Kiss dress, except for the lead singer, who was in Elvis attire believe it or not. (Hence the band's name.) Their Kiss tunes were very good, but I personally could have done without the commercial Elvis songs thrown in. It was funny- during their last song, out comes a guy in full "More Cowbell Gene" dress, playing "the hell out of this thing".
The BÖC set was good, with Eric in his leather vest and addressing the bikers before Golden Age. Sound was perfect about 7 or 8 feet from the stage. There was some on stage discussion after Burnin', and Eric switched up the Cities/Shark order, then added Bux Boogie after Shark. There was also some pointing and laughing between Richie and Eric during Bux, which I later found out was the cops removal of a couple of biker babes showing some flesh to the crowd.
Fantastic solos from both Richie and Buck on Last Days. The best part was the encore- Born to be Wild, complete with the smoke machine from King's Kiss blowing in the background. A great end to a great night.
Richie came out after and thanked us for making the drive over to the show, but we didn't see anyone else. (They all came out to hang for a little bit after the Oswego show the previous night.)
Link to pictures:
This was a show featuring Foghat and BOC. Foghat was the opener.
BOC put on their usual good show, but it was a very short set with a pretty standard set list.
At this venue, BOC played two shows. One at 6pm and the other at 8PM. Was at the Petaluma show the night before. They played the exact same set minus Buck's Boogie. I thought the Petaluma show was short at only 8 songs. The early show in Alameda only had 7 songs!
The second show had 8 songs in the set. I was glad that they changed the set list a bit.
New additions were ME 262, Harvest Moon & Born to be Wild. The second set was still short, but I enjoyed it more due to the adition of ME 262.
Setlist from Greeley, CO, on July 2, 2011
"Greeley Stampede on Flames with Rock 'n' Roll", Buck yelled into the mike. Not quite, unfortunately. A very hot afternoon in Colorado with the band taking the stage at about 8.30pm as the sun began to drop.
A short set with an extended version of Shooting Shark the highlight. Rudy's bass section included 'Holy Diver' (hadn't seen that add-on before) but otherwise not too much memorable in the set.
The local radio station filmed the show from a few different camera angles, which was projected onto large screens on each side of the stage.
There was a neat camera angle looking across to stage right with Buck and Rudy silhouetted against a back drop of a large, revolving, brightly-coloured ferris wheel at the fairground adjacent to the stampede arena where the band were playing. It would be good to see the film appear somewhere because the quality was excellent.
One interesting nuance - there was a lady at the side of the stage doing sign language for the song lyrics. No idea if she got the translation right for "horn swoop me bungo pony" but she definitely struggled when Eric arrived at the Japanese section of Godzilla! Anyway, nice touch by the Greeley Stampede organisers.
Didn't wait on to see the main act, Cheap Trick, but saw on You Tube that Buck played on stage with the band during "Ain't It A Shame":
Line-up number 1 was intact
...freaking awesome set!!! The band was GREAT tonight!!!! Crowd loved it!
Free fest thing so the set list was a bit short, but a good time was had by all...
Feel free to snag whatever pics you want that I took - I have them here:
According to Jules Radino's site, it was supposed to be two shows at 4:30pm and 6pm - but according to reviews I've seen, it was seemingly only the one show...
BOC filled in for The Fixx at a Velvet Session on 7/28/11 at Hard Rock Hotel:
Here's the set list:
Eric Bloom [vocals/guitar/keys]
Buck Dharma [guitar/vocals]
Richie Castellano [keys/gtr/vcls]
Rudy Sarzo [bass/vocals]
Jules Radino [drums]
Great show Buck and Richie tore it up!
Here is the set list from the B.O.C. show at Hard Rock Live, Orlando, Florida, Thursday 7/28/11:
Another great performance from this line-up of the band (Roeser/Bloom/Sarzo/Castellano/Radino).
Interesting how the show-closing trifecta of Last Days/Godzilla/Reaper that has been their practice of the last few years got changed up for this show, when they added "Cities on Flame" just after "Last Days of May" – and a pleasant surprise too, as I was thinking, it's too early for the end of this show.
When will someone produce a high-quality video and audio recording of this lineup in concert and preserve one of their excellent performances for posterity? Thanks again for this excellent website!
July 31st, 2011 at Edmonton
The airline had lost all the band's equipment so they were using borrowed gear from a local music shop
Wheeling Island Casino, Wheeling, WV: Thu Aug 4, 2011 8pm (No opening act)
As far as I know, this was indeed cancelled, although it is listed on Jules Radino's site...
Can anybody confirm this?
Indian Ranch August 6, 2011:
Indian Ranch is a trailer campground that has recently branched into rock acts. They mostly do country shows at the outside stage.
Sat 8/6/11 Indian Ranch, Webster MA. Outdoor gig.
Line-up 3. Opener = Overdrive
Show was at the Indian Ranch in Webster Ma. Band sounded great, did not write down the set list but here is what I remember:
BOC Set List [August 6, 2011 Webster, Massachusetts]:
August 11, 2011 Orange County Fair setlist with Kansas
The guys sounded great!!!
Blue Oyster Cult appeared at the Pacific Amphitheatre in Costa Mesa, CA on August 11, 2011.
They went on around 8PM, introduced by Uncle Joe Benson, of the local KLOS radio station. During sound check some riffs to Fire of Unknown Origin were playing. I was getting pumped for the show.
I came to the concert with my good friends Kyle G and Lisa B, both classic/hard rock/progressive rock fans. They came for Kansas having seen Kansas before and being long-time fans, who had never seen BOC live. I came ready to see BOC rock out as I am an uber-fan. I've appreciated Kansas' "Carry On My Wayward Son" and "Dust In The Wind" very much but had never seen them live. And so this was a super treat for us, as I was introduced to Kansas live and they were introduced to Blue Oyster Cult Live.
With incredible enthusiasm, showmanship, musicianship and bravado BOC railed through the setlist below:
My friends were impressed, not realizing just how good and entertaining BOC was live; the musicianship being a spectacle for them.
Kansas was incredible. The electric violin and full arrangement was an other-worldly experience.
I was blown away by the musicianship of the band. Consummate professionals, each instrument doing its part and telling its own tale. What a spiritual night, a reminder to seize the day, be grateful with what we have with reminders offered by the artists in the haunting "Last Days of May", "Don't Fear the Reaper", "Dust in the Wind" and "Carry On My Wayward Son".
On a side note, this day will always be remembered as the day that Jani Lane, former lead singer of Hair Metal/Hard Rock Band, Warrant left our world, his soul metaphorically taken by the Reaper to the beyond leaving his body to become Dust in the Wind.
I'm a 60 year old Australian Progressive Rock fan who was touring the USA in 2011 and saw this particular concert live at the Monterey County Fairgrounds. I've been a fan of BOC since the mid 1970s, though few of my countrymen even know of the band, due to the fact that back then the Aussie record market was considered too small to bother sending representatives of many bands to get the local DJs to play their records.
As a result many great bands were unsighted here until many years later. As examples, BOC (only single I saw locally was Reaper) Aerosmith (pretty much unknown until the 1986 Walk This Way collaboration with Run DMC, after which their back catalogue sold heavily) and even Journey who, to my knowledge, released almost nothing here until Perry's single "Oh Sherrie".
I only know BOC and these other bands as I was a former member of the CBS Record club in the 1970s. I used to send away for free bonus LPs and chose the above bands ( among many others such as Starcastle and Strawbs) and was totally into their sounds early. All my close friends eventually became indoctrinated into their styles via my collection of imported records. We had our own little group of fans locally.
I also chose to go to that BOC concert because of the history of the venue - 1967 Monterey Pop Festival etc.
I have videos of two of the songs from the show, namely Last Days of May and Don't Fear the Reaper which I took live at the time. The quality is reasonably good both visually and sound-wise, allowing for some slight shaking of my hand. Holding it up for long songs like these sucks ass. I filmed others but decided not to keep them when I sorted through my photos and videos from that trip.
The only online reference I could find to this gig was on the soundclick forum:
Classic Iron Butterfly Thread:
I'm actually holding tickets to see Vanilla Fudge and Blue Oyster Cult this coming September 4th in San Diego California... at the World Convention of Narcotics Anonymous.
navlanch (May 27, 2011):
Well, he says 4 Sept, whereas I reckon it was 3rd Sept - the Convention only ran from the 1st to the 4th, and the 3rd Sept was the only date BOC had free in their mini-Cal tour to play this gig.
Plus - Jules Radino has the 3rd Sept down as "Blue Oyster Cult - TBA" in his gig calendar...
Here is the set list from the Labor Day show at Ak-Chin Casino in Maricopa, AZ. I got their a few minutes late so I missed the first song:
Here is BOC's setlist for OC Bikefest Sept 17, 2011 for Giglopaedia:
Here are the two Winnipeg (Manitoba, Canada) newspaper reviews of the September 24, 2011 show with BOC warming up for Paul Rodgers and Bachman & Turner:
According to the Sun review, it was a 30 minute show:
Openers Midnight Hike @ 8:10:
Stage: 9:15 - Jon Rogers on bass:
Buck, Eric, Richie, Jules & Jon Rogers(!) on bass
Here is info for last night's show at State Theatre, Falls Chuch, VA; 9 Oct 11; Warm-up band was "Midnight Hike"
Here's the review of the BOC gig that took place last Sunday at the State Theatre in Falls Church (Virginia):
As you can see, it includes a setlist and other relevant information. I also wrote a review of their February 2011 gig at Baltimore's Bourbon Street. Hope you enjoy them!
See you got the set list already. Opening Act: Ashley Matte; Jon Rogers on bass.
Well, this was certainly a different BOC show experience for us (just because of the venue, I thought).
Had never been there before, but it was a relatively small theater that is probably better suited for orchestra type shows, not for a Rock & Roll show.
And there was an opening act- a country/folk acoustic guitar player named Ashley Matte. She was very nice, but didn't really go with the R&R theme of the evening.
Jon Rogers stepped in on bass while Rudy was away on his other project (I sure missed his energy on stage!) No offense to Jon, but he kind of stayed put on the right side of the stage, unlike Rudy.
He and Richie seemed to have a great rapport. It was nice to see Jon back with the band.
Eric was really chatty... of course about the World Series, and even bantering back and forth with some guys down front. He even said: "We'll take requests" right after Harvest Moon. I heard a lot of songs shouted out, but don't think he actually added anything.
Harvest Moon was a treat, and Last Days solos were fantastic. The guys didn't hang out in front after, (again, because of the venue, I thought).
Did get to talk with a "new" (who I hadn't seen before) roadie, said he went to high school with Richie. He was as nice as he could be- talking with the fans and not "bothered" by us hanging out. Didn't ask his name, but I was impressed with him.
Another great BOC night!!
Link to my Facebook Pic Set:
This was the complete show. Very short
Eric Bloom: vocals/guitar/keys
Buck Dharma: guitar/vocals
Richie Castellano: keys/gtr/vcls
Danny Miranda: bass/vocals
Jules Radino: drums
The Setlist (not positive of the order)
Lineup: Eric, Buck, Richie, Jules, and Danny Miranda
Did these shows take place? There was no mention of this date on the official site, although it was listed on Jules Radino's site...
I was at this show last night ... I didn't have anything to keep track of the set list, but the boys put on a excellent show.
The last time I experienced BOC in concert was in the early '80's, at an outdoor concert in Weedsport, NY. It's great to see that Eric and Buck have NOT lost a step at all. Musicianship was outstanding, sound mix was excellent.
Highlights included "The Red and The Black", "Godzilla", Cities On Flame" , "Reaper", "Burning For You", "Hot Rails To Hell" and "Last Days of May". This was my first time seeing this lineup, and of course, Rudy's resume speaks for itself, but Richie and Jules are very, very impressive players, to say the least.
My only regret is I missed them at the Orlando Hard Rock Hotel's Velvet Session earlier in the year, a very intimate setting. They must've torn it up in there.
Thanks for all your work on this great website !
Here is the set list for this show, in order:
When I first arrived at the venue for this show, I thought to myself, man, this is the most sedate, polite, and quietest-looking bunch of people I've ever seen at any BOC show, wondering if I'd end up being the only one cheering and shouting and clapping. But that wasn't the case at all. Just like every time I've seen them recently, by the end of "The Red and the Black" the band had the audience in the palms of their hands, getting their full attention and compelling them to be loudly enthusiastic all the way through the end of the encore.
This was yet another great show from this line-up of the band. This was the best way possible to see this band if you're really interested in watching the unfolding dynamics of their excellent musicianship - seated in a small theater with a great sound system, and when you throw in reserved seats and a set starting time, the hassle factor involved in seeing a concert like this is almost nil.
Seeing this 12/3/11 show was a totally opposite experience from when I had tried to see BOC back on 10/15/11 at the Coca-Cola Pavilion in Daytona during Biketoberfest. There were other bands scheduled, and 5:30 was the scheduled starting time for the whole event, but I made numerous phone calls to the venue asking about BOC's real start time, and every time I was reassured that they'd start by 7:30 or 8:00 at the latest, so that's what I counted on.
But by 10:20, with one of the opening bands still in the middle of their set with no signs of stopping anytime soon, my fiancée and I decided that we were too physically exhausted to wait any longer, so we went ahead and drove back to Orlando without seeing BOC! Thankfully this 12/3/11 show more than made up for that fiasco.
My only complaint with this show was the predictable set list. They have so many, many great songs in their back catalog that never or only rarely see the light of day (or night), and you'd think this line-up of the band would look forward to the thrill and the challenge of bringing some of those songs back to full, glorious life on the stage.
Maybe it's a question of Eric's voice no longer being fully capable of doing justice to "Flaming Telepaths", "Lips in the Hills", "Veteran of the Psychic Wars", or "Tattoo Vampire", just to name a few, and that's okay.
But I've read entries on your website that in recent shows "The Vigil", "OD'd on Life Itself", "I Love The Night", and even "Unknown Tongue" have made it into their set lists -- however, there were no surprise entries during this show, and for me, that possibility is what's most exciting about going to see them now.
Still, that's a very small complaint, as BOC's ongoing tour schedule has brought them to Florida many times in just the last few years and I've loved the opportunity to see them again and again. Long Live BOC!!!
The opening act was a solo-performing singer-guitarist named Chris Burns who was absolutely outstanding - the guy not only had total command of his strong voice and his assured acoustic guitar playing, he was also a master at using some kind of audio looping device to spontaneously create multilayered rhythm and harmony tracks with his guitar, as a background for his singing and playing.
He was certainly the mellowest opening act I've ever seen for any BOC show, but I'd be glad to see him perform again sometime.