2017: BOC still on tour forever!!

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Gordon

I took a nice little plane ride down to San Diego for some BOC!

The casino is near El Cajon, about 30 minutes east of San Diego. Nice little place, not too smoky. I was almost ejected for sneaking in a beer. Dry casino? Who knew? There was a couple of bars in the theater.

Danny Miranda on bass for this show. My first time seeing him since 2003. The band performed a ripping set for the appreciative audience. It was great to get some Tattoo Vampire!

It appeared we would not get an encore, Buck was pointing at his watch. Then boom! Out they come for some Hot Rails and Cities!

Another rock star performance form the Oyster boys! Thanks guys!

The setlist:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Before the Kiss (a Redcap)
  5. Shooting Shark
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME 262
  8. Then Came (the Last Days of May)
  9. Tattoo Vampire
  10. Godzilla
  11. Don't Fear the Reaper - with noodle
  12. Encores: Hot Rails to Hell
  13. Cities on Flame
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Michael Henderson

January 20, 2017- Albuquerque, NM: Danny Miranda playing in-place of Kasim...

The setlist:

  1. The Red & the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. Before the Kiss, a Redcap
  5. Shooting Shark
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME 262
  8. Then Came the Last Days of May
  9. Tattoo Vampire
  10. Godzilla
  11. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  12. Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
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Jerry Chesebro

Danny M. on bass showed late had some kid Andy fill in for a few songs.

The setlist was same as Albuquerque, except for Hot Rails as opening encore.

Gordon

Cache Creek is a casino about 45 minutes North East of Sacramento.

Almost did not make this one. There were car accidents blocking all the roads. I left my office at 6:30 for a 45 minute drive. Ended up arriving at the casino at 8:15 for an 8 o'clock show. Boo!

I run to will call, run to the music hall, run to my seat, the Game of Thrones starts. I can't believe it, the one time I am happy that a band starts late.

The guys almost burned down the place. They absolutely killed it. Wonderful audience. Richie received a tremendous ovation for his Last Days solo, deservedly so.

When it was Buck's turn, he kicked out one of his cables, oops! He got it back in and started his solo on time like a champion. He did it again during Cities.

Great energenic performance! Same set they have done for the past few shows, minus Hot Rails.

Thanks guys!

Bill Quinn

We made the 4 hour trip to Everett WA to see The Amazing Blue Oyster Cult!!! This was show 44 for me.

A great show. The band was into the show. I had a blast hanging out with great friends before the show and making new friends during the show.

I can't wait to see them in March.

  1. The Red and Black
  2. The Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin for You
  4. Before the Kiss, a Redcap
  5. Od'd on life itself
  6. The Shooting Shark
  7. The Vigil
  8. ME 262
  9. Buck's Boogie
  10. Lips in the Hills
  11. The Last Days of May
  12. True confessions
  13. Tatoo Vampire
  14. Godzilla
  15. Noodle - Don't Fear the Reaper
  16. Encores: Hot Rails to hell
  17. I Love the Night
  18. Cities on Flame
Gordon

My morning started by running into Mr. Radino in the Sacramento airport. He was kind enough to chat with me for a bit. While this was going on, Mr. Sulton walks by.

Then I go to the gate, Richie and Andy sit right behind me. Am I on the same flight? Yes!! Eric, Buck and the other crew member (sorry I forget his name) sit down. I am in fanboy heaven!

It was hard not to bother them, I did not. Entering the aircraft, folks are having a bit of trouble stowing their luggage, no worries, I will chat with Mr. Roeser while I wait! Score! What fun to be on the same plane.

Give it up for the folks in the Pacific Northwest. They stood up right when the band came on, not many people sat down all night. I believe the band felt it too.

Strong, rocking performance for two hours! 18 song set list! Wow! Last Days was an event! ME 262 was f'ing metal. All around wonderful performance!

A local group called Medicine Hat opened. 8 piece band. I guess I would classify them as Canada rock. They were alright. Very good musicians.

Another fantastic evening of BOC! Thanks guys!

Gordon

A freight rep I deal with invited me to hang out in Vegas the same weekend BOC was in town - score!! The Golden Nugget casino has a really nice showroom. Nice comfy chairs. Not a bad seat in the house.

A slamming, awesome rock show from the Oyster boys. Good audience. These guys just keep getting better with every performance.

Mr. Radino has been on fire this year! Nice ovations for Buck and Richie for the Last Days solos. Thanks for the rock guys!!

Setlist:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. Before the Kiss( a Redcap)
  5. Shooting Shark
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME 262
  8. True Confessions
  9. Last Days of May
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Don't Fear the Reaper
  13. Encore - Cities on flame
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Gordon

BOC at the Saban for the fourth year in a row. I arrived early and listened to the soundcheck, I heard Black Blade, In Thee, Dancin in the Ruins and Harvest Moon.

The show was opened by a hard blues/rock group calling themselves the Fat Daddy Special. I did not see them play, only heard their soundcheck. Really good.

Up next was a group called Archer Nation. Power trio playing old school metal. Sounded a bit like 90's Megadeth. Shredding lead guitarist/lead vocalist, good bassist. They were good.

BOC took the stage around 9pm. Really good show. Nice long set. Good audience. Another fun evening of rock!!

Set list:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age
  3. Before the Kiss
  4. Burnin for You
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME 262
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Last Days of May
  10. True Confessions
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Don't Fear the Reaper (with noodle)
  14. Encores: In Thee
  15. Black Blade
  16. Cities on Flame
Bill Quinn

What a great show! I made the 3 and an half hour drive up to Washington.

The crowd up front was a little weak as they didn't stand.

We stood some of the time but had others around us complain about us singing and standing.

I couldn't believe the 7 song encore.

They love coming to the EQC and they treated us to a great long show.

I picked up a set list and my 2 friends got drum sticks. I ended up with one of the sticks:

  1. The Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Before the Kiss, a Redcap
  4. Burnin for you
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME 262
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Then Came the Last Days of May
  10. True Confessions
  11. Tatoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Buck's Noodle (4 minutes long)
  14. Don't Fear the Reaper
  15. Encores: Dominance and Submission
  16. I love the Night
  17. Black Blade
  18. Perfect Water
  19. In Thee
  20. Hot Rails to Hell
  21. Cities on Flame, with Rock and Roll
Gordon

BOC back at the Emerald Queen! Always a good decision to fly up for this one. I missed it last year because I was in the middle of an Iron Maiden bender.

This may have been the show of the century!! Over two hours of pure rock!! The guys were on fire. A lot of fun interaction between Kasim and Richie.

I love the new bass break in the Red and the Black. Eric said it is their favorite place to play, and it showed. A fun, enthusiastic audience.

Always nice to experience BOC in the Seattle area. These folks love their BOC!

The encore just kept going and going. Wow!! 7!! Perfect Water had eluded me for years. Nice to finally hear it again. Ripping Black Blade! Thanks for extra long set guys!

Yorkshrman

Sheboygan setlist:

  1. Red & the Black
  2. Golden Age
  3. Before the Kiss
  4. Burnin'
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. Vigil
  7. Me 262
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Last Days
  10. True Confessions
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Zilla
  13. Reaper (dedicated to Chuck Berry)
  14. Encores: Johnny B Goode (Richie on vocals)
  15. OD'd
  16. Perfect Water!!
  17. Hot Rails
  18. Cities

Fun show, but the night was made by seeing Mark (first time since the fans show), Lynnie (first time we've met her) and others.....

Eric Bloom

At our show last night I dedicated DFTR to Chuck Berry. For the encore I suggested we play one of his tunes and we settled on "Johnny B. Goode" which Richie sang. We'd never played it before (as BOC) but everyone knows Chuck Berry's repertoire. Between Chuck and Little Richard, they created our genre. His music and lyrics are the bedrock of rock and roll.

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Joel Kolsrud

Saw BOC again last night. Great show. And a full show at that, being it was just them. Very responsive crowd and all smiles from the band as they left the stage. Looking forward to seeing them again this year a couple more times.

Friday, March 24, 2017
Isle of Capri Casino Waterfront Convention Center:

  1. The Red and The Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Before The Kiss, A Redcap
  4. Burnin' For You
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME 262
  8. Then Came The Last Days of May
  9. True Confessions
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Don't Fear The Reaper
  13. Encore: Cities On Flame

They dedicated Reaper to both Sib Hashian, original drummer for Boston, who passed away on March 22nd at the age of 67 and also to Chuck Barris of The Gong Show, who passed away on March 21st at the age of 87).

Another cool thing was Eric Bloom introducing all of the non-hit songs to the crowd. Whether anyone thought it was helpful or otherwise, I loved it because none of the mainstream fans would have known any of them anyway. For me, it gives me a chance to check those songs out and also the albums they were recorded on. Definitely a win-win lol.

Dave Packard

The opening band was Dan Lawson...

Gordon

BOC at the Coach House in San Juan Capistrano. This is a coastal town in south Orange county, famous for the swallows migrating en masse every year. A nice little bar/restaurant that has bands play while you eat an overpriced crappy meal. Similar to the Canyon Club in Agoura Hills. Picnic tables in front of the stage, bar in the back. I did not want to spend big bucks to eat so I was stuck watching from the bar. Not a bad view though. Decent sound. Of course it was hard not to be bothered by all the f'ers running their mouths instead of enjoying the band.

A local group called the Gunboat Kings opened. Very good musicians. Sounded like a mash of Steely Dan and Pablo Cruise.

Another slamming, awesome performance from the Oyster boys. Black Blade for the first encore sans the Cave of Flesh speech. Nice Perfect Water for the second encore. Fun, enjoyable evening. Thanks for the rock!

Set:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. The Vigil
  6. Dancin' in the Ruins
  7. ME 262
  8. Before the Kiss
  9. Last Days of May
  10. True Confessions
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Don't Fear the Reaper
  14. Encores: Black Blade - no intro
  15. Perfect Water
  16. Hot Rails to Hell
  17. Cities on Flame
Gordon

OC at the Libbey Bowl in Ojai, CA. The Ojai valley is located 20 minutes north of Ventura. Quaint little mountain town. The venue is located in Libbey park, a popular hangout for the locals. Awesome little ampitheater,nice seats with a pit area in the front that had table seating.

The first opener was a garage blues band. I did not catch their name, nor did I watch them. I heard them from afar. The second opener called themselves the Malibu's. Not the UK sixties band. They featured a fella named Walter Egan who had a big hit in 1978 called Magnet and Steel, written for Stevie Nicks. A couple other guys said they played with Spirit. Decent band.

BOC comes on and kills it! They took the audience on a wild rock journey. By the end of the night, everyone was standing and dancing. There was a young lady in front of the stage that was exhibiting some interesting dance moves. I noticed Andy was filming her for a bit when she got really crazy. The rest of the band seemed to enjoy her skills too. This was also one of the loudest shows I have seen from them. Joan Crawford for the first encore, yes! Thanks for the rock!!

Set:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME 262
  7. Before the Kiss
  8. Last Days of May
  9. True Confessions
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Dont Fear the Reaper
  13. Encores: Joan Crawford!!
  14. Hot Rails to hell
  15. Cities on Flame
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Buck Dharma

Danny is with BOC for the remainder of the year. It's all good, I really like the BOC with Danny on bass... We're gonna rock.

Joel Kolsrud

Saw Blue Oyster Cult for the second time this year on May 24th in Cedar Rapids, IA. They were the opening act for Boston. They played a 45-minute set with no encore, as follows:

  1. The Red and The Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Before the Kiss, (A Redcap)
  4. Burnin' For You
  5. ME 262
  6. Godzilla
  7. O.D.'d On Life Itself
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

I'll be seeing them at least two more times this year (10/6 St Charles, IL and 10/7 Waukegan, IL and maybe 9/3 Elkhorn, WI)

Brian Chaloux

Setlist [ Danny Miranda on bass] :

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burning for You
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME 262
  7. Before the Kiss a Redcap
  8. Then came the last days of May (*extended solo)
  9. True Confessions
  10. Bucks Boogie
  11. Godzilla
  12. Don't Fear the Reaper
  13. Encores: Hot Rails to Hell
  14. Cities on Flame

Notes: I've probably seen close to 30 BOC shows to date. This by far is in the top 3. The band was feeding off the energy Danny brings to the set. During the solo section of "Then came the last days of May", I saw Eric getting into it (headbanging almost) at the keyboard and motioned for the band to continue the solo section (assuming due to the amazing jam they were getting into between Richie & Danny). Jules let loose quite a bit during the set, too.

Mark Santore

Here is the setlist from the 26 May 2017 gig at the Game Changer World Event Center, Allentown PA:

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. Me262
  7. Before The Kiss
  8. Last Days Of May
  9. True Confessions
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  13. Hot Rails To Hell
  14. Cities On Flame

The venue had audio production problems. BÖC did not come on until about 11:30 and they played until about 1:00.

Phill Ash

7:30 - Opener: DNA (Damien Anderson) - one guy on an Ovation Acoustic/Electric - he did a song that vaguely sounded like Rooster by Alice in Chains. With the exception of a Cornell/Allman medley, all his stuff was original.

8:45 - MC guy...
8:47 - Game of Thrones - Danny Miranda on bass

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin For You
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME-262
  7. Before the Kiss, a RedCap
  8. Then Came the Last Days of May
  9. True Confessions
  10. Tattooed Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Noodle --> (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  13. Encores: Stairway to the Stars
  14. Screams (1st time in 30-some years, said Eric)
  15. She's as Beautiful as a Foot
  16. Cities on Flame
Ralph

Eric - I love the idea that you've just played SEVEN songs off the 1st LP... now I know that you've spoken slightly disparagingly of the idea in the past, but could now be the time to make it EIGHT, and find yourself "by a song, Redeemed"...? :-)

Eric Bloom

Anything can happen in Space and Time.

Darrell Vandeleur

Setlist from tonight's show:

8:00pm: Game of Thrones intro

  1. Stairway to the Stars
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME 262
  7. Before the Kiss, A Redcap
  8. Last Days of May
  9. Buck's Boogie
  10. True Confessions (Eric & Buck acknowledge Allen Lanier)
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Don't Fear the Reaper
  14. Encores: Transmaniacon MC
  15. Hot Rails to Hell
  16. Cities on Flame

Band:
Eric Bloom
Buck Dharma
Ritchie Castellano
Jules Radino
Danny Miranda (surprise!)

Outstanding setlist, band was super tight, really nice hearing the older tunes, especially True Confessions / Tattoo Vampire!

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Gordon

BOC back at the House of Rock for the one year anniversary of the establishment.

V2 once again opened the show. They were a bit sloppy, but rocked. They started about half an hour late, which seemed to cut BOC's set short, F'ers!

Stairway to the Stars for the opener! I have not heard that one in about 15 years. They then proceeded to slay the audience.

These people came to drink and yell and scream. Seriously folks, 60 year old men yelling whooooo and yeeeaahhhh every five seconds is getting a bit tired. Oh well.

Another night of rock from the mighty BOC!! The set list going around is accurate.

Gordon

BOC back at the Jackson Rancheria. They played here about 5 years ago. Jackson is a town about an hour southeast of Sacramento. Nice casino. They do a great job with concerts here.

No opener. BOC came on about 7:15. Pure rock! A flawless performance! Screams and She's as beautiful as a foot were quite a treat. They were played the night before, however it was difficult to hear with all the drunk hillbillies in Santa Rosa. The audience this night was into the show just as much, but a bit more polite. Several standing ovations that were well deserved.

For the encore, Eric said they were going to play a rare treat for us. I am thinking Transmaniacon or Workshop of the telescopes, nope. It was I love the Night, yeah, super rare! Just kidding guys.

Thanks for the great evening of rock!

Set list:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME 262
  7. Screams
  8. She's as Beautiful as a Foot
  9. Before the Kiss
  10. Last Days of May
  11. True Confessions
  12. Tattoo Vampire
  13. Godzilla
  14. Don't Fear the Reaper
  15. Encores: I Love the Night
  16. Hot Rails to Hell
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Schedule for "Main Stage 1":

11:30 - 12:10: Slydigs
13:10 - 13:55: Battle Beast
15:00 - 15:50: Blue Oyster Cult
17:00 - 17:50: Black Star Riders
19:05 - 20:05: Dee Snider
21:25 - 22:25: Europe
00:00 - 01:30: Rammstein

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Schedule for "Indigo at the O2":

12:25 - 12.55: Bang Bang Romeo
13:25 - 14:05: The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown
14:35 - 15:15: GUN
15:45 - 16:30: The Answer
            17.15: Blue Oyster Cult

Martin Varley

The band came on bang on schedule (17:15), they were headlining the Indigo at the O2 afternoon session of the Stone Free Festival.

Eric said 'We are Blue Oyster Cult and we are here to play Blue Oyster Cult' before launching into the full first album in sequence.

He later said that this was only the second time they have ever done this (the first was on 8 June this year). It was a great show.

Setlist was:

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. I'm on the Lamb
  3. Last Days Of May
  4. Stairway to the Stars
  5. Before The Kiss
  6. Screams
  7. Beautiful As A Foot
  8. Cities On Flame
  9. Workshop of the Telescopes
  10. Redeemed
  11. Burning for You
  12. Buck's Boogie
  13. Godzilla
  14. DFTR (no noodle - dedicated to Peter Cushing and Christopher Lee)
  15. Encores: Tattoo Vampire
  16. Hot Rails to Hell

Great to see the full first album, I had never seen 6 of these songs live before in the 25 BOC shows I have seen previously from 1978 to 2016. Highlights for me were I'm On the Lamb, Beautiful as a Foot and Workshop of the Telescopes.

Eric stated that they would be doing some songs that would be more familiar to fans who 'don't give a s**t about the first album'. BFY got a big cheer, Buck sang the two verses the wrong way round ('time' verse before 'home' verse), I think this was probably a mistake.

No drum solo in Godzilla, no noodle before DFTR. Some severe headbanging from parts of the crowd for Tattoo Vampire!

LDOM was the long version with guitar solos from Richie then Buck (as usual after the '... did they know a trap had been lain?' lyric, and before the 'They're OK the Last Days of May...' lyric).

The other 1st album songs were quite close to the album versions except for CoF which again was similar to the version they usually play these days. An extra bit was added after (I thought) it had finished, where they jammed from Buck's 'widdly-widdly' bit and then re-did the end of the song with Eric, Buck, Richie and Danny all lined up like they used to do during '5 guitars'. Fantastic!

Eric said they would stretch out and play some other stuff at the UK shows starting in Manchester on the 25th. I will be at Manchester and Nottingham... looking forward to them!

Steve Franklin

Made sure we got there early which was just as well as I believe many people didn't get in to see BOC. A quick mention for the other bands on the bill.

Arthur Brown was a delight and one of the most entertaining sets I've seen for a long time. People all around were smiling and what a voice at age 75. It's a pity Eric's vocals are not holding up so well.

Didn't know much about Gun before their set but enjoyed them and also The Answer played a great live show. And so to the main event.

Despite their triumphant return to London last year I was surprised to see them back so soon (if at all).

The day had started badly with the waiter at our hotel pouring scalding coffee down my back and it seemed for a while we might not make the gig at all.

However patched up I decided to soldier on but for the first time in nearly 30 BOC gigs without a BOC T-Shirt to show my colours as mine had fallen foul to the hot coffee. Fortunately my wife's was still intact so on we marched.

Off with the Answer and up went the BOC backdrop featuring the first album cover. Several pints of Stella in and huge expectation. However when any band play a whole album in sequence it can dull the natural flow of a gig that a more ingrained setlist gives, but this is a small gripe and it was great to hear some of these songs live for the first time, the pick of which was "Screams" beautifully sung by Ritchie.

The rest of the set was as expected and the main favourites so I doubt any one went home disappointed except by the fact it was a shortened set due to the timings of the other bands in the main arena.

Overall another fine performance and you can never complain about a constantly changing setlist which gives all fans young and old something new.

Still up for more we toddled over to the main arena. What a disappointment. Don't get me wrong it's a nice place but it is massive. Once we found our seats up in the Gods (and I'd booked early because of BOC) I feared the worst. You needed binoculars to see the stage and so felt apart from what was going on on it.

I've always wanted to hear The Sweet's songs live and I wasn't disappointed by the setlist but I so wish I'd seen them in a smaller venue. It was similar with Rainbow despite their set and light show. After a few numbers we just lost interest. Managed to hold out to see Child in Time followed by Stargazer which is another song I can now tick off my list and then left early to beat the masses to the one available tube station.

Great to see BOC again and hope they come back soon. I am just missing Baby Ice Dog, Wings Wetted Down and Cagey Cretins as songs not seen live off the first 3 albums. How about it fellas...?

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Schedule for "Valley Stage":

10:30 - 11:00: Bright Curse
11:40 - 12:10: Vodun
12:50 - 13:30: The Vintage Caravan
14:20 - 15:00: Crippled Black Phoenix
16:00 - 16:40: Ufomammut
17:40 - 18:30: Pentagram
19:40 - 20:40: Blue Oyster Cult
21:50 - 22:50: Clutch
00:00 - 01:00: Hawkwind

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Schedule:
15:30 - Sarah Olivier
16:45 - Wilko Johnson
18:30 - Blue Oyster Cult
20:15 - The Stranglers

Philip Birtwistle

Amazing gig last night. Venue about 2/3 full, but very lively. T-Shirts all sold out by time the support had finished.

My daughter almost came to the gig, but based on the setlist probably good that she didn't. Not much she would have recognised.

Astonishing to hear the whole first album, and then into Red & Black, which Eric said was the first time that and I'm On The Lamb had ever been played in the same show.

Lots of Buck vocals, maybe resting Eric's voice a little???

Roger Williams

My 22nd BOC show plus 2 Soft White Underbelly shows in 1981. I've seen Allen's last show in Nottingham in 2006 and Albert's last show in Dunstable in 1981 but this gig was the best ever. The band played superbly for 2 hours and to hear the 1st album played in its entirety was amazing.

Buck's guitar seemed a little lost in the mix at times but otherwise the show was outstanding. Eric was smiling all the way through the show and it was great to hear the tribute to Allen on his 71st birthday.

All we need now is Secret Treaties in it's entirety at Nottingham tomorrow and I will be a happy man for the rest of my life

BOC forever!

Roy Knowles

First time I'd seen BOC since Holmfirth in 2008 - and 14th time in all, the first being the Free Trade Hall in 1975. The Holmfirth show was superb but over the following 9 years (& 2 weeks!), I kept saying "I'll be happy if I get to see them again" - and finally it happened.

The support act Jared James Nicols was OK and tried hard, but there was too much posing for me; holding high notes and not much variation in the songs. Somewhere between Ted Nugent and The Darkness but maybe I was being harsh because I just wanted BOC to get on.

I'd been very jealous when I saw the announcement for London, playing the first album in its entireity. I had thought about going down but as it turned out I couldn't make it. Then they came out, on the stroke of 9.00 without any announcement - I still like the "On your feet or on your knees" lead in but hey ho.

They started with Transmaniacon MC, and then I'm on the Lamb. Could it be the entire first album? Next came Last Days of May and it became clear. Again a fantastic solo from Ritchie, followed by Buck's blistering solo. This really is BOC's "Freebird" and is probably as important as Reaper in the set list in my view.

Long time since I'd seen Before the Kiss, which again is a favourite, but to be honest the sound wasn't great on this. By the end of Redeemed I was checking the London set list on my phone to see what might come next. Red and Black was a real surprise, especially as they had played "I'm on the Lamb", and Eric said it was the first time they had done this.

Of the remainder, not a massive fan of The Vigil but enjoyed it live. True Confessions was a nice tribute to Allen on his birthday, and I liked Tattoo Vampire. Godzilla was superb and a bit of a surprise as the clock was ticking towards the 11.00 curfew.

Finally came Reaper which always hits the right notes, and there was just enough time for Hot Rails as an encore with Ritchie on lead vocals - he looked as though he really enjoyed this and it was as good as I'd ever seen it.

One can only hope that if and when Eric and Buck decide to call it a day, he takes up the mantle. Eric was not leading on as many songs but still largely nailed the ones he did, especially Lips in the Hills.

Looking back, it is always possible to reflect on the songs they didn't play - Buck's Boogie, ME 262 and Black Blade come to mind - but that would be churlish. 21 songs and probably the best set list they have played in years -we were treated royally.

My one complaint was that it wasn't filmed because to me this was the best that I had ever seen them. Still, I understand that London was so lets hope that it gets released. I even stayed behind to meet Buck, who was very patient as I was poncing around with my camera phone.

Who knows if they will tour the UK again but to be honest they will have difficulty in topping this - all in all a perfect night.

James Summerson

Support: Jared James Nichols

Set List:

  1. Stairway to the Stars
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Before The Kiss
  4. Burnin' For You
  5. OD'd On Life Itself
  6. Harvest Moon
  7. The Vigil
  8. Lips in the Hills
  9. Dancin' in the Ruins
  10. Black Blade
  11. Last Days Of May
  12. True Confessions
  13. Tattoo Vampire
  14. Godzilla
  15. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  16. Encores: I Love The Night
  17. Cities On Flame

The Old Gods Return!

When BOC last played Newcastle in 2008, I thought that was probably the last time I'd see them live. Oh ye of little faith! Back they come to do it one more time with a decent sized tour. When my good friend Keith and I strolled around the corner from the venue, I was amazed to see a HUGE line before us. It very quickly became a huge line after us too. Perhaps everyone though it was possibly the last time too?

After negotiating both the over strict security and the frankly amateurish box office, we finally got in. Wasn't too struck on a t-shirt, though was taken aback at the "45 years" tag. I was reminded that my first BOC gig was 1978...

Support band came on, Jared James Nichols - sub Ted Nugent cock-rock posturing. Drummer was good.

A bit of stage clearing and the inevitable 1-2 / 1-2 malarkey meant that the clock was creeping around to 21:00. I was wondering what the curfew was, haven fallen foul of that in 2008.

When I saw the setlist from Manchester, 21 songs with the first album in it's entirety, I did hope against hope that the same thing would happen, though I knew that it probably wouldn't. The Game of Thrones intro blasted out - no "R U Ready 2 Rock Newcassel" - they came on to much whooping and cheering and went straight into 'Stairway to the Stars' as a statement of intent. Now this was my 12th show and my trusty spreadsheet tells me that I've never heard this live. Go figure.

Eric was in v chatty mood and was moving and singing much better that any 72 year old should, especially considering their punishing touring schedule! He mainly used the black SG with a gold Chronos embossed on it, but swapped to a custom Reaper model late on. Buck used his 'Cheeseberger' exclusively.

Other highlights - a 'oh, let's do this one' moment gave us a stonking OD'd on Life Itself; Black Blade, one of my faves; a sublime Last Days of May with two incredible solos; Tattoo Vampire; Lips in the Hills and I Love the Night, all first time live for me.

A singalong Reaper closed off the set, with the aforementioned I Love the Night and a powerful Cities on Flame as the encores. I would have swapped any of True Confessions / Dancing in the Ruins / Harvest Moon for Workshop of the Telescopes or ME262, but hey, I don't make the setlist.

As it was, it was a fantastic 2 hours 17 song set, performed brilliantly, with just a very few wobbles with tuning and vox. Did I mention Eric is 72? The 'young guys' Richie, Jules and a returning Danny Miranda all played out of their skins once again. Could this be the last time? Maybe, but I don't know...

Photos: https://goo.gl/photos/LKN8aktng6fd9iB97

External Review

Here's a review of this gig - plus photo gallery - from "metalexpressradio.com":

Roger Williams

My 25th BOC/SWU show having managed to see them at least once on every tour since their first one in 1975. Having seen them perform a spellbinding show at Manchester 3 days before wasn't quite sure what to expect tonight but the band came through with possibly any even better performance than Manchester.

They started with Transmaniacon MC and first thoughts were could we possibly be getting the 1st album again.Although its a song I have not given too much attention to over the years I now think its as good an opening song as the Red and Black.

Golden Age next so now we knew we were going to get a normal show but the whole band was giving it 110% throughout the 2 hours.

Next up Eric gave us an explanation of how Before the Kiss, A Redcap was conceived including Sandy Pearlman's involvement.

After a great version of BFY Eric announed they were going to f**k with the setlist because they can and a blistering version of Harvester of Eyes followed.

At last we got something from the majestic Secret Treaties. Great versions of The Vigil and Shooting Shark followed and unlike Manchester Buck's guitar was crystal clear and boy did he play some superb solos.

After a superbly powerful Lips in the Hills we got the next set list change with the introduction of the great combination of Screams/She's as Beautiful as a Foot.

Dancin in the ruins followed which I'd not heard live for about 30 years. Last Days of May followed and both Richie and Buck's guitar solos were breathtaking, Buck's nearly brought tears to my eyes it was so beautifully constructed.

True Confessions/Tattoo Vampire brought us to something big coming from Sherwood Forest was it Friar Tuck no its the Lizard King Godzilla. I like the fact they have taken it back to how they played it on Spectres - it has so much more power.

Time for Buck to build up the one man wall of sound and then into a superb version of DFTR. Some time left before curfew and the way Eric's stood with the mike could it be a second song from Secret Treaties yes the best encore song anywhere Dominance and Submission, great singing from the audience and then finally Richie gives us a great version of Hot Rails to Hell and its time to leave after once again BOC prove they are the greatest rock and roll band on the planet.

Standing so close to Eric you realise how he builds the foundation for most of the songs with his guitarwork and hats off to him with the effort he has to put in to sing his songs.

I just hope they will be back next year to celebrate 45 years since Tyranny and Mutation and hopefully follow it up the next year with the greatest of them all Secret Treaties.

I've loved this band since the moment I dropped the needle onto Secret Treaties for the very first time in 1974. Thank you Max Bell for writing your review in NME all those years ago and thanks to BOC for coming over to this small island on so many tours over the last 42 years.

CaOboy

A personal reflection on a special gig which I hope captures some of the feelings hardcore fans have for this band.

I hadn't seen BOC since their last 2008 gig in Manchester. That was very good but there was frustration that no encores were played - a small but sour note on which to finish a tour.

In the intervening 9 years much has happened to fans, the band and music marketing. And I was busy with family, holidays and work when the Agents dates came last year. Was BOC becoming one of those things I did in the past?

I read the dates for this tour with mixed feelings. Would they still have that buzz? I'd already bought tickets for the Ritchie Blackmore gig in Glasgow so was peeved when I saw it clashed with BOC in Manchester. And could I haul myself across country to Newcastle? Would it be worth it for those drum and bass solos? Would they still be able to surprise?

So it was that on Wednesday evening I brooded about BOC and how I'd enjoyed them so much in the past. I thought of the rave reviews from Newcastle and Manchester, of the homage to their first album. And I thought "you've followed this band for 41 years. Try one last go because you never know if you'll see them again."

Glasgow it was then - a stressed hour on the internet booking tickets from agents who made a fortune out of me, then a train seat and the hotel room on trivago. Would it be worth it? The expense, the time, dashing from work, 2 hours on the train, a late night and up at 6 for the early train to be at my desk for 9 am Friday. For a band I've seen more than 20 times already.

Off the train at Glasgow, a taxi dash to my hotel and then out in the same taxi to the 02. 6-50, and a crowd beginning to form. A real buzz in the atmosphere and then we started to enter the hall.

And suddenly it all became worthwhile. Near the front I saw Yorkshire Sue, the Irish contingent, Simon - old friends all and it was delightful to exchange grins, handshakes, hugs, beers. There was much speculation about the set length, set lists and opening numbers. Frustration at the length of the support act - and then at 8-30 BOC hit the stage.

The emotion I felt was tremendous. All doubts were gone. A great sense of gratitude for the enormous pleasure they had given me over the years, for opening the doors to history, sci-fi, poetry and literature, language, the world beyond my small English village. They kicked off with Transmaniacon MC and it was all marvellous from then on. Slick, tight, participatory, with sparkling gems - Career of Evil, Lips in the Hills, Tattoo Vampire, all good punchy rockers - Dancing in the ruins, which is such a hook line, and the splendid tribute to Allen Lanier - Joan Crawford and True Confessions were marvellous.

Killer bigboys were Last days of May, and a clear indication that they were listening to the fans who want to hear the classics - Godzilla kept short and punchy by dropping solos, which thrilled me to the core. It implied surprises later on. Reaper sounded more like the original than any I've heard before, and all the better for it, and then back for the encores we missed at Manchester. Astronomy and a chunky Cities on Flame.

This crowd were enthusiastic, BOC clearly enjoyed themselves and the mutual appreciation and respect were marvellous. People know this band deliver. And they make it look effortless. When Blackmore showed flashes of genius, I felt relief. But BOC were permanently astounding, and we just thought "THIS IS WHAT THEY DO! IT'S WHAT THEY'VE DONE FOR YEARS!"

Afterwards about 8 of us had a brilliant two hours reminiscing, sinking beers and bumping (briefly) into Jules in the Pizza parlour next door. I hit the sack at midnight, got up at 5.40 for the 6-30 train, and was at my desk for just gone 9. I then sleepwalked through my day, got home and drove my wife and her friends to see Tom Jones whilst I returned home for a nap. Too tired for Tom, I said, I probably won't be seeing BOC again with it being so knackering.

Unless there's a day with a 'd' in it.

Set List:

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Career of Evil
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. Lips in the Hills
  7. Dancin' in the Ruins
  8. Last Days Of May
  9. Joan Crawford
  10. True Confessions
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  14. Encores: Astronomy
  15. Cities On Flame
External Review

Here's a review of this gig from "fabricationshq.com":

Ralph

I'm not sure why this got cancelled, but it's now gone from the BOC schedules...

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Schedule:
12:40 - Lords of Black
13:30 - Dirkschneider
14:35 - Nu
15:40 - Sodom
16:45 - Gotthard
17:50 - Carcass
18:55 - Blue Oyster Cult
20:00 - Emperor
21:05 - Deep Purple
22:55 - Rosendo
00:00 - Alice Cooper
01:40 - Saxon

Tiger V Khukhbar

Set List (I might have messed up the order):

  1. The Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Lips in the Hills
  5. Then Came the Last Days of May
  6. Tattoo Vampire
  7. Godzilla
  8. Don't Fear the Reaper
  9. Cities on Flame with Rock N Roll
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Joshua Flores

I just attended my fourth BOC show and was lucky enough to get Buck's setlist (and a Buck pick)!

As far as the setlist is concerned there's some changes from what's listed and what they played. See below for the actual list.

Las Cruces, New Mexico Setlist:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Before the Kiss, A Redcap
  4. Burnin' for You
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME 262
  8. Then Came the Last Days of May
  9. Tattoo Vampire
  10. Godzilla
  11. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  12. Encore: Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
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Jamie West

BOC also played Dancin' In The Ruins.

I believe, but I am not 100% positive, that it was played prior to The Vigil. They said that it was an unplanned addition to the set list.

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Bill Quinn

I saw the show with 8 other friends an hour up the road from home. We did a little tailgating in the parking lot before the show.

The show was short because FogHat opened. The band brought it again, Jules was tight on the drums. It was great to see Danny again.

Eric's voice was good on the songs that he sang. Richie and Buck killed it on guitar.

We saw Woody prior to the show, I requested Joan Crawford and he said, we'll see.

When it was encore time Eric asked the crowd what we wanted to hear. Cities, Hot Rails, Joan Crawford, Black Blade. It was close but Joan Crawford won.

Here is the set list:

  1. The Red & the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin for You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. Me 262
  6. Last Days of May
  7. Tattoo Vampire
  8. Godzilla
  9. Buck's noodle --> Don't Fear the Reaper
  10. Encore: Joan Crawford
Jim Duncan

Jack Russell's Great White
Dicki Fliszar (drums/vocals), Robby Lochnar (guitar/vocals), Dan McNay (bass/Vocals), Tony Montana (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Jack Russell (vocals)

  1. All Over Now
  2. Desert Moon
  3. Mista Bone
  4. Lady Red Light
  5. Save All Your Love
  6. Guitar Solo [Robby Lochnar]
  7. My Addiction
  8. Rock Me
  9. Once Bitten Twice Shy

Blue Öyster Cult
Eric Bloom (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Richie Castellano (guitar/keyboard/vocals), Danny Miranda (bass/vocals), Jules Radino (drums), Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar/vocals)

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. Golden Age Of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. ME 262
  6. Then Came The Last Days Of May
  7. Godzilla
  8. (Don't Fear) The Reaper

Ted Nugent
Jason Hartless (drums/vocals), Ted Nugent (guitar/vocals), Greg Smith (bass/vocals)

  1. The Star-Spangled Banner
  2. Baby, Please Don't Go
  3. Gonzo
  4. Paralyzed
  5. Free-For-All
  6. Good Friends And A Bottle Of Wine
  7. Wang Dang Sweet Poontang
  8. Need You Bad
  9. Dog Eat Dog
  10. Fred Bear
  11. Cat Scratch Fever
  12. Stranglehold
  13. Encore: The Great White Buffalo
Rick Neiman

The setlist:

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. The Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin for You
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. The Vigil
  6. Lips in the Hills
  7. Dancing in the Ruins
  8. Black Blade
  9. Then Came the Last Days of May
  10. True Confessions
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Don't Fear the Reaper (with a Buck solo first)
  14. Encores: Joan Crawford
  15. Hot Rails to Hell
  16. Cities on Flame

I have been to about 20 BOC shows from '76 to present and it is always a treat. Of course they are much better when they headline, they seem to get into it more. I wish they could always headline.

Several things that stood out to me. First, Eric's voice is better and stronger than the last few times I saw them and that's a good thing.

Also I liked seeing Danny Miranda back at Bass. I like Kasim don't get me wrong, but Danny give the BOC more of a groove to the rhythm section, in my opinion.

I like this lineup and also Jules and Richie are great and always come out to say hi to the fans afterwards, that's cool.

I had never heard Transmaniacon live before and was happy to see that.

And of course Buck was big time on his game, and a couple of friends that I brought and my son also who has never seen BOC said that Buck was awesome and the show was great.

The opening band Mothership was heavy and very good. Kind of a Black Sabbath sound to them.

Wood Heat Marketing

Spiedie Festival
Otsiningo Park, Binghamton, N.Y.

I was not there. I got this from dimeadozen.org:

  1. Game Of Thrones intro
  2. Red And The Black
  3. Golden Age Of Leather
  4. Burnin For You
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. Lips In The Hills
  8. Last Days Of May
  9. Godzilla
  10. Don't Fear The Reaper
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The Independent Garden Center Convention Show is the world's largest trade show and conference for independent garden center owners, managers and buyers. It is not open to the general public. In addition to the trade show, "IGC's Free Party & Concert is the fun and networking event of the year for independent garden centers and vendors."

Past IGC Show Concert headliners have included REO Speedwagon, the Gin Blossoms, Don Felder of The Eagles, Eddie Money, America, Kansas, Foreigner's Lou Gramm, Charlie Daniels, Styx's Dennis DeYoung and 38 Special, among others."

This year it's BOC... so far as I can tell, a $25.00 show registration fee will allow you to attend the concert on Tuesday....

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Friday 18 Aug Schedule for the "Main Stage" at Fourth and State Streets:

7 p.m. - Blue Oyster Cult
9 p.m. - Dennis DeYoung

Icedog

Set list Erie, PA 8-18-17:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burning For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. Lips in the Hills
  7. Bucks Boogie
  8. Last Days of May
  9. True Confessions
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Don't Fear the Reaper
  13. Encore: Cities on Flame

Great show! Band sounded better than ever with the music, vocals/harmonies spot on.

Been following BOC since 1976 and this show did not disappoint. They seem to get better every time I see them - well worth the 1.5 hr. drive from Buffalo, NY.

After the show, drummer Jules Radino went out of his way to spend some time with us and he made sure my 13 yr. old daughter (also a fan) and I got to meet the band.

Overall it was a great experience.

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Friday, Sep. 1 Schedule for the "Stan Colella Stage at Chevy Court":

2 p.m. - A Tribe Called Red
8 p.m. - Blue Oyster Cult

All concerts are free to Fairgoers with your Fair admission!

Jeff Hurtubise

The show took place at the New York State Fair. There was no opening act (A Tribe Called Red played at 14:00). The Game of Thrones theme fired up right at 20:00 as the band hit the stage. The Chevy Court Stage area was full and the crowd was ready to rock and roll and the band would not let them down. The setlist seemed to be pretty static from recent shows with ME 262 in for Buck's Boogie.

Despite the surprisingly cool temperature as the sun went and the dubious sound issues and feedback early in the set, the band was on point and were firing on all cylinders. There seems to be a different vibe with Danny Miranda on bass. Kasim might be a better technical player, but Danny is no slouch and his energy is evident. He and Jules laid down a solid rhythm all night long. The vocal harmonies were excellent across all the songs once the sound issues were resolved.

Eric is still a great master of ceremonies and his voice held up well on the songs he took the lead on. It would be great to hear him sing some more songs in concert but the fact that he's still getting it done at 72 is amazing.

Richie continues to become more and more confident. Whether it's his lead or rhythm guitar work, tinkling the keys or his vocals, he seems at ease with it all. If rumours of another album are true, I can't wait to hear his contributions. His guitar duel with Buck on Last Days was aural pleasure.

Buck is simply sublime. His playing is always tastefully sublime. There is never a wasted note and he can play it any way that you want. From the heaviness to Tattoo Vampire to subtlety on True Confessions and everything in between, Buck does is all with ease. He...is...the...man.

This is my 7th BOC show and it was my 13 year old son's first. We drove down to Syracuse from Ottawa and it was well worth the 3 hour drive and more. My son is a guitar player and he was amazed by Buck and Richie's skills. In his words, the show was phenomenal. Another convert to the Blue Oyster Cult!

A great show by a legendary band. We can't wait to see them again.

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. Golden Age Of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME 262
  7. Last Days Of May
  8. True Confessions
  9. Tattoo Vampire
  10. Godzilla
  11. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  12. Encores: Hot Rails To Hell
  13. Cities On Flame
External Review

Here's a review of this gig - plus photo gallery - from "syracuse.com":

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Michele Williams

Support Act: The Woomblies Rock Orchestra

Setlist:

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME262
  7. Buck's Boogie
  8. Last Days of May
  9. True Confessions
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  13. Encore: Hot Rails

Tonight's show was a benefit concert for Hospice of South Central Indiana. It was held at Mill Race Park in Columbus, IN. Weather turned out just about perfect after heavy rain the day before. The support act was an Indianapolis-based classic rock cover band called The Woomblies Rock Orchestra. Played Led Zepp, The Who, The Beatles, Foreigner... They were impressive- featured a string section in addition to guitar, bass, keys, and drums. Really got the crowd pumped.

BOC's set was pretty standard as of late, but they played a blistering "The Vigil" - the best I had heard from many shows. The mix was spot on - vocals never sounded better, as did guitars on Last Days. Nice to see Danny back on stage, he is a great fit with the band. Great crowd - several BOC shirts in our area. We stayed at the same hotel as the boys, so got to hang a little in the bar after the show. Good times!

External Review

Here's a review of this gig - plus photo gallery - from "therepublic.com":

Marc Jacobs

Setlist:

  1. The Red and the Black
  2. The Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. ME262
  6. Then Came the Last Days of May
  7. Tattoo Vampire
  8. Godzilla
  9. Don't Fear the Reaper
Druid

This show was at the Jackpot Junction Casino in southwest Minnesota. September 9th.

Setlist:

  1. This Ain't The Summer of Love
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME 262
  7. Bucks Boogie
  8. Last Days of May
  9. Black Blade
  10. Dancin' In The Ruins
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. (Bucks Noodle) --> DFTR
  14. Encores: Joan Crawford
  15. Hot Rails To Hell
  16. Cities On Flame

The band was in great spirits and full of energy and passion. Love having Danny back. Eric was witty and joking all evening. His voice sounded excellent.

The venue was state of the art with sound and light. Mix was excellent. A few technical glitches with Bucks guitar and rig between songs...that is when EB stepped in with some wit and joking.

It was fun show. They played a few deep cuts which I expected not to hear at a casino gig. Three song encore. 110 Minutes.

Agent

The Setlist:

  1. This Ain't The Summer of Love
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burning For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. Lips In The Hills
  7. Buck's Boogie
  8. Then Came The Last Days Of May
  9. True Confessions
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Buck's Noodle --> DFTR Dedicated to Harry Dean Stanton
  13. Encores: The Red and The Black
  14. Cities On Flame (With Rock and Roll)
Courtney Rogers

BOC was in Cottonwood, Arizona on Saturday September 16 for an outdoor show at the Thunder Valley Rally.

Opening bands on the bill were Mr. Skynyrd (Lynyrd Skynyrd tribute band from Tucson, AZ) and Mogollon (also from Arizona). Both bands were excellent.

BOC came on at 9:30PM with a beautiful evening for rock n' roll, and rocked until 11PM.

Set List:

  1. This Ain't the Summer of Love
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. Lips in the Hills
  7. Buck's Boogie
  8. Then Came the Last Days of May
  9. True Confessions (dedicated to Alan Lanier)
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla (no bass or drum solo)
  12. Buck Noodle (longer than usual)/ Don't Fear the Reaper
  13. Encores: Born to be Wild
  14. Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll

A nice set mix-up. Danny Miranda on bass. Another exceptional show by the Cultsters!

BOC On Tour Forever!

Gordon

BOC back at the Canyon Club in beautiful Agoura Hills, CA. First time since 2014 in this venue. Nice bar with tables in the open area. A raised platform in the back with more tables. Located in a strip mall.

The opening group was the Fat Daddy Special, who opened at the Saban back in March. Excellent hard blues rock band. The singer shredded just as much as the lead player. Next we had Evolution Eden all the way from the SF bay area. Another excellent,polished performance. I would call them Hard pop. Once again, the singer shredded just as much as the lead guy. Both openers were very entertaining. Great job guys!

Then we had the Oyster boys! The setlist:

  1. This ain't the Summer of Love
  2. The Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for you.
  4. Joan Crawford
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. Lips in the Hills
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Then Came(the Last Days of May)
  10. Black Blade
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Don't Fear the Reaper
  14. Encores: See You in Black
  15. I Love the NIght
  16. Cities on Flame

Another fantastic performance. Joan Crawford early in the set. Black Blade without the Cave of Flesh intro. Reaper was dedicated to Bobby "the Brain" Heenan. See you in Black for the first encore! Yes! I had not heard that one in five years. Thanks for the rock!

Where is Andy? I did not see him in Santa Rosa or Jackson earlier this summer. Did Kasim take him?

Gordon

BOC at Big Bear Lake. Located about an hour from San Bernardino. Three hour drive from Agoura Hills. I had a 71/2 drive home to Sacramento the next day. Twisty winding climb up the mountain. Gorgeous town on the lake. Plenty of bars, restaurants and shopping. The Cave is right on the main street. A very nice bar. Big room that sloped down to the stage. Tables in the back, two sections of GA with a pit. A few seats on the sides.

Opening the show we had a group from the LA basin called Infused By Defiance. Thrashy groove metal. Pantera mixed with Suicidal Tendencies. The musicians were very good, however the singer was a bit of a douche. They did a good job. They were pulling the rock star thing and taking too long to break down their equipment. BOC's crew came out and had to tell them to move it!

BOC came on about 9pm. Nice mix to the set. Joan Crawford two days in a row! The guys were really on it this night. I was about 5 feet from Buck. He was on fire. Eric said they had a bit of an issue with traffic getting there. We had some extremely rude cunts show up and start bothering the band and everyone else around them. Knocking over drinks, slamming into people. Nice! Over all a wonderful day at the lake with BOC tearing it up at night. Thanks for the rock!

The setlist:

  1. Summer of Love
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. Dancin' in the Ruins
  5. Joan Crawford
  6. Harvest Moon
  7. the Vigil
  8. ME 262
  9. Buck's Boogie
  10. Last Days of May
  11. True Confessions
  12. Tattoo Vampire
  13. Godzilla
  14. Don't Fear the Reaper
  15. Encore: Hot Rails to Hell

Eric Bloom rocked up to Long Island High School for the Arts and gave them a talk - here's the excerpt from their FB page:

Master Class: On Tuesday, LIHSA students welcomed famed musician, singer, songwriter, and Long Islander Eric Bloom, frontman for the rock group Blue Oyster Cult.

Bloom talked about the early days of rock 'n' roll, and how the students should follow their drive and their passion.

Professor Norman Prusslin, Director of the Media Arts Minor/Living Learning Center, Stony Brook, moderated the event.

Karl Benner

I was at this show and can give you the set list. Here it is:

  1. This Ain't The Summer Of Love
  2. Golden Age Of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Dancing' In The Ruins
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. ME262
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Then Came The Last Days Of May
  10. True Confessions
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  14. Encores: Hot Rails To Hell
  15. Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll

There was no encore...

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Dave Douglass

After weeks of eagerly looking forward to this show, it was shocking to see only four musicians hit the stage - no Eric Bloom! Just before "Burnin' For You", Buck announced that "Eric had to go back home - he's okay, but he had to head back home", with no other info coming out since. Buck also said "we're trying to reconfigure things up here on stage", and they did a great job - even though Eric's presence was missed on many levels, his absence seemed to bring out even better performances from the other four musicians.

There are those moments in a BOC show where the band is able to reach out and take hold of the entire audience and transport it to the center of the cosmos and back, when even the casual fans stop chatting and fall silent as they too become spellbound, and for this show that was especially true during "The Vigil". It's one of their best later-career songs and always a treat to hear, but it had never lifted me off my feet as it did during this show.

As a long-time fan who's seen them over three dozen times, the biggest thrills for me come when they bring out any deep cuts that I've never heard them play live before - so I got the supreme joy of hearing "Lips In The Hills" and "Tattoo Vampire" live for the first time. The band played roughly from 9:45 to 11 p.m. with no encore.

Here's the set list:

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. Before the Kiss, A Redcap
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Dancin' In The Ruins
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. Lips In The Hills
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Tattoo Vampire
  10. Last Days of May
  11. Godzilla (no drum or bass solo)
  12. Don't Fear The Reaper (no "Buck's Noodle" intro)

There was no encore...

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Dave Porter

Great venue, classic old theater. Mark Farner opened, definitely brought his A game.

BOC lineup for the evening:
Buck Dharma, doing front man duties along with lead guitar and more vocals than usual, due to Eric Bloom being out sick. I think Buck is not enjoying his stint as front man. Song intros were a bit choppy and disjointed, with a few awkwardly long pauses while searching for the right words. Eric and Buck are definitely a team that shouldn't be broken up.
Jules Radino on drums
Danny Miranda on bass
Richie Castellano on guitar, keys, and more vocals than usual
Andy Ascolese on keys and stun guitar.

Setlist:

  1. Dancin in the Ruins - Buck on vocals (a personal favorite, which I hadn't personally seen them do live before, so a big plus for me)
  2. This Ain't the Summer of Love - Richie on vocals. Good job, they should give him the vocals for this one like they have for Hot Rails. Heard Eric sing it last year and it was rough.

    Band Intros - Earlier in the set than usual, but needed. Two self-proclaimed 'super BOC fans' next to me didn't recognize Andy or know who he was, and a guy a few rows back could be heard shouting, "where the f**k is Eric Bloom." Buck introduced everyone, and said that Eric was still under the weather, but was expected to return for this weekend's shows.

  3. Golden Age of Leather - Buck vocals
  4. Burnin for You - Buck vocals
  5. Lips in the Hills - Richie vocals. He did ok. When I saw them last year, Eric's voice sounded very strong on Lips.
  6. Harvest Moon - Buck vocals
  7. The Vigil - Buck vocals
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Then Came the Last Days of May - Buck vocals. Richie and Buck trading leads. Richie was ON FIRE for his part. I think he may have outshone Buck tonight on this song.
  10. True Confessions - Buck vocals
  11. Tattoo Vampire - Richie vocals
  12. Godzilla - Buck vocals, including the spoken word Japanese part.
  13. Noodle/DFTR - Buck vocals (Though he missed his own cue for the first line of the second verse. Or maybe his mic cut out)
  14. Encores: Harvester of Eyes - Richie vocals
  15. Hot Rails - Richie vocals

Decent show overall. For all the talk lately about Eric's voice, or lack thereof, his absence as a skilled frontman was evident. Everyone on stage did a decent job. Danny's bass was almost too low in the mix from where I was, difficult to hear him at times. Jules is gaining flair as a drummer, with stick twirls and such. He very much seems to enjoy being BOC's drummer.

Nice to see Andy again. He's a professional working musician, and seems to enjoy being on stage. Last time I saw him with BOC, he was on bass at a show in May of 2016. No knock against him, but best wishes for Eric's healthy return.

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Emily Wilson

Setlist:

  1. Summer of Love
  2. The Golden Age of Leather
  3. I Love the Night
  4. Burnin' for You
  5. Joan Crawford
  6. Dancin' in the Ruins
  7. O.D.'d On Life Itself
  8. Harvest Moon
  9. The Vigil
  10. ME 262
  11. Buck's Boogie
  12. Then Came the Last Days of May
  13. True Confessions
  14. Godzilla
  15. Buck's Solo --> Don't Fear the Reaper
  16. Encores: Hot Rails to Hell
  17. Cities on Flame

Note: Eric came back after being having to miss some shows due to sickness.

Courtney Rogers

BOC was at the Genesee Theater in Waukegan, Illinoise on Saturday October 7, 2017. Waukegan is a suburban town north of Chicago on Lake Michigan.

On the bill was Head East and April Wine. Both bands were great. April Wine was very heavy.

BOC came on at 10:15PM with all members present and accounted for. They played until 11:30.

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. ME 262
  7. Buck's Boogie
  8. Last Days of May
  9. Tattoo Vampire
  10. Godzilla
  11. Don't Fear the Reaper
  12. Encores: Cities on Flame
Mark Santore

Penn's Peak - November 4, 2017 Setlist:

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Harvest Moon
  5. The Vigil
  6. Me262
  7. Buck's Boogie
  8. Last Days of May
  9. Screams
  10. Beautiful As A Foot
  11. True Confessions
  12. Tattoo Vampire
  13. Godzilla
  14. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  15. Encores: Joan Crawford
  16. Dancin' in the Ruins
  17. Hot Rails To Hell
  18. Cities On Flame

Good show at Penn's Peak with half of the songs from the first album played. The guys seemed to all be in a good mood.

Buck broke a string during Buck's Boogie. My nephew was thrilled to get the pick Buck used for the encores. Thanks Buck!

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Rick Neiman

The setlist you have for the Nov 5 2017 Houston show is accurate.

We were lucky to have BOC back in Houston after only a couple of months. Usually it is every 2 or 3 years. Once again the boys didn't disappoint.

The crowd (which had a lot of younger people in it because it was a festival as opposed to a normal concert) was really loud and appreciated the BOC.

As I said in a review a couple of months ago I like Danny back in the band. I did like Kasim also. Danny seems to add a good groove to the rhythm section.

All of the guys were spot on and I am just happy that some of my friends got to see the Amazing B.O.C.

Alex Stourton

Nov 9 Morristown with Jefferson Starship:

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. Golden age of Leather
  3. Burning for you
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. The Vigil
  6. Me 262
  7. Bucks Boogie
  8. Then Came the Last Days of May
  9. Dancing in the Ruins
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Dont fear the Reaper
  13. Encores: Hot Rails to Hell
  14. Cities on Flame
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Eric Barz

Apparently, Kasim was there playing bass for the encore, with Danny on guitar.

I don't know of any gigs booked for December... but check here to see blueoystercult.com's current show list detailing BOC's current gig schedule for all the latest info...