2020: BOC still on tour forever!!

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Gordon

BOC Rockin' the Central California coast! San Luis Obispo is a lovely little college town on the coast between Santa Cruz and Santa Barbara. Half an hour south of El Paso de Robles, where they play the mid-state fair.

The California Polytechnic University is known as the Harvard of the West. Go Mustangs!

First up was a local group calling themselves Rusted Stone. Well executed 80's cheese rock. They did a good job.

BOC hit the stage around 9:30. Once again they killed it! They performed so flawlessly, I thought for a moment that they must be miming! Great performance, nice audience, neat old theatre=ROCK!

They were shutting down anyone who tried to film, so there won't be any videos from this one. Boo! There may be an audio recording, but I don't know who would do such a thing!

Set:

  1. Red and the Black
  2. Golden Age
  3. Burnin'
  4. ME 262
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. ETI
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Last Days
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Reaper - dedicated to Neil Peart, who'd died earlier in the week...
  13. Encores: Hot Rails
  14. Cities
Thu 16 - Sun 19 Jan
Anaheim Convention Center: NAMM (North America Music Merchandisers) 2020
Ralph

This year NAMM ran from Thursday 16 - Sunday 19 January, and - according to their FB posts - Eric, Buck and Richie attended as interested spectators on Friday 17th and Saturday 18th.

I'm not currently aware of any performances by them at the event, impromptu or otherwise, but if you know different, please let me know...

Mcamp

Here's the setlist from the Palace Theater last night:

  1. Trans MC
  2. Golden Age
  3. B4U
  4. ME 262
  5. Shark
  6. Vigil
  7. ETI
  8. Bucks Boogie
  9. LDOM
  10. Hot Rails
  11. Godzilla
  12. Reaper
  13. Encores: Flaming Telepath
  14. COF

When I called the box office earlier in the day, they told me the band was slated to play two sets, but got nixed.

The obvious somewhat surprises: Hot Rails mid set, and Flaming encore.

Hot Rails was played instead of Tattoo according to Woody's setlist.

Reaper was dedicated to Woody's father who recently passed away... send him well wishes, he seemed a bit down.

Weird moment of the night... I swear Jules was beginning the night playing the drum into to Dr. Music... and then a false start, and into Trans MC...

The venue was far from sold out... capacity 880, with a few hundred seat unsold.

Nice old theater; friendly staff... good food/ drink across the street.

There was no opener.

K. Hekkus

Setlist:

  1. Dr. Music
  2. Golden Age
  3. Burnin
  4. Career of Evil
  5. Ruins
  6. HMoon
  7. Vigil
  8. ETI
  9. Bucks Boogie
  10. Last Days
  11. Workshop of the Telescopes
  12. Godzilla
  13. Reaper
  14. Encores: In Thee
  15. Flaming Telepaths
  16. Cities on Flame
Mark Santore

08 February 2020 - American Music Theatre, Lancaster, Pennsylvania

  1. The Red & The Black
  2. Before the Kiss
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. OD'd on Life Itself
  5. Shooting Shark
  6. The Vigil
  7. ETI
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Then Came The Last Days of May
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. The Reaper *
  13. Encores: Harvester of Eyes
  14. Hot Rails to Hell

* Dedicated to Orson Bean, Robert Conrad

262Pilot

No big surprises in the setlist last night but another great night with some of my best BOC friends: Ed, Paul, Ryan, Steve and Dale, with a very enjoyable dinner together before the show at Lancaster Brewing Co.

Feeling very lucky that I have seen them 3 times in less than a year and that at age 58, I still get to see them at all, 40 years after my first BOC show.

Fingers crossed they will return again to Valley Forge Casino in the fall, by then they will regularly be playing some new songs.

Here's the setlist:

  1. Red & Black
  2. Before The Kiss
  3. B4U
  4. OD'ed
  5. Shark
  6. Vigil
  7. ETI
  8. Bucks Boogie
  9. Last Days
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Noodle -->Reaper
  13. Encores: Harvester
  14. Hot Rails
Clifford Tichenor

Set list tonight:

  1. Dr Music
  2. Teen Archer
  3. Burnin for you
  4. OD on Life
  5. Shooting Shark
  6. Vigil
  7. ETI
  8. Bucks Boogie
  9. Then Came The Last Days Of May
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Noodle / Reaper
  13. Encores: Dominance and Submission
  14. Hot Rails
  15. Cities on Flame
Andy Thompson

Set list for Golden Nugget Casino, Las Vegas, 14.2.20.

  1. The Red & the Black
  2. Teen Archer
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. OD'd on Life Itself
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. ETI
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Last Days of May
  10. Tattoo Vampire
  11. Godzilla
  12. Reaper
  13. Encores: Flaming Telepaths
  14. Hot Rails to Hell
  15. Cities on Flame

Notes: Buck messed up the first verse of Burnin' (!), first time we've seen Teen Archer in over ten years.

Bill Quinn

Great show, the sound was good. 6 song Encore after Don't Fear. The band was having fun!

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. Career of Evil
  5. OD'd on Life Itself
  6. Shooting Shark
  7. The Vigil
  8. E.T.I (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
  9. Buck's Boogie
  10. Then Came the Last Days of May
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Bucks Noodle/Don't Fear the Reaper
  14. Encores: Flaming Telepaths
  15. Hot Rails to Hell
  16. ME 262
  17. I Love the Night
  18. Workshop of the Telescopes
  19. Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
Worldwithoutend

Great show - quite an enthusiastic crowd. Kells Irish pub for a burger before the show.

Setlist:

  1. Transmaniacon MC
  2. Golden Age of Leather
  3. Burnin' for You
  4. Career of Evil
  5. OD'd on Life Itself
  6. Shooting Shark
  7. The Vigil
  8. E.T.I.
  9. Buck's Boogie
  10. Then Came the Last Days of May
  11. Tattoo Vampire
  12. Godzilla
  13. Noodle/Don't Fear The Reaper
  14. Encores: Flaming Telepaths
  15. Hot Rails to Hell
  16. ME 262
  17. I Love the Night
  18. Workshop of the Telescopes
  19. Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
James Sparks

Here is a review of the Portland show (with pictures):

Quick Gig Facts
Rob Reich

A well timed business trip had me in Atlanta tonight for the UFO/BÖC show.

The venue announced, however, that UFO had to cancel due to illness and that instead BÖC would play two sets for an extended show. Well all righty then!

The venue was packed with a high energy crowd and the show was fantastic. The set list:

  1. Dr Music - I knew it was going to be a hot night from the crowd's reaction to Buck's first solo
  2. Before the Kiss
  3. Burnin
  4. ME 262
  5. Harvest Moon was so good I cried a little
  6. The Vigil
  7. ETI was so amazing I wept. Seriously. EB was on fire.
  8. I Love the Night
  9. Hot Rails
  10. Cities on Flame

...and thus ended set 1 with a rabid crowd. After a 20 minute break:

  1. The Red and The Black
  2. Golden Age
  3. Career of Evil
  4. Shooting Shark
  5. OD'd on Life
  6. Teen Archer
  7. Transmaniacon MC hell yeah
  8. Buck's Boogie
  9. Last Days
  10. Black Blade
  11. Godzilla
  12. The Noodle --> DFTR
  13. Encore: Dominance & Submission

Yep. Great night. And it was my birthday. Best birthday party ever!

The whole point of this performance was to play the full AOF album in the correct track order... the only problem is that they're not including the first track on the DVD!!

Missing off that first track, "Summer of Love", they've effectively negated the whole raison d'etre for the existence of the record... What a mess... :-(

Don Farmer

Amazing show tonight in Kansas City! They really rocked the house!

Here is the set list:

  1. Dr. Music
  2. Before the Kiss
  3. Tattoo Vampire
  4. Burning for You
  5. OD'd on Life
  6. Shooting Shark
  7. The Vigil
  8. ETI
  9. Bucks Boogie
  10. Last Days of May
  11. Godzilla
  12. Noodle --> Don't Fear the Reaper
  13. Encore: Cities on Flame
Iain Cavins

BOC fan from Kentucky. Went with a couple of friends to Belterra Casino, it was my first time seeing BOC live.

There was no opening act, they just came out to The Mandalorian theme on tape like they apparently have the last couple months.

We recorded the setlist during the show, but when we came down close to the stage for the encore, one of my friends got the printed setlist from a stagehand or somebody like that.

  1. Dr. Music
  2. Golden Age
  3. Tattoo
  4. Burnin'
  5. ME 262
  6. Shooting Shark**
  7. Vigil
  8. ETI
  9. Buck's Boogie
  10. Last Days
  11. Godzilla
  12. Buck noodling --> The Reaper
  13. Encore: Cities on Flame

** this was marked as Shark/Harvest on the setlist. After 262 ended, Eric asked the crowd to vote via cheer whether we wanted to hear Shooting Shark or Harvest Moon; Shark won the vote pretty clearly

It was a great show, but the audience wasn't very hot until the last few songs.

Chris Martin

Setlist 3 - 8 -20 - Warren Ohio

  1. Trans MC
  2. Golden Age
  3. Tatoo Vampire
  4. Burnin 4 You
  5. ME 262
  6. Harvest Moon
  7. Before The Kiss
  8. ETI
  9. Bucks Boogie
  10. Black Blade
  11. Days Of May
  12. Godzilla
  13. Buck Noodle --> Reaper
  14. Encores: In Thee
  15. Harvester Of Eyes
  16. Hot Rails
  17. Cities On Flame

114 minutes

Ralph

Buck gave the following update on his forum:

Buck Dharma

We're all laying low seeing how the contagion of the Wuhan SARS rolls out. BOC members are continuing to work on the new record at home, and communicating over the internet. Our April tour dates have been cancelled and future appearances are uncertain at the moment.

I understand the importance of protecting the most vulnerable of our population from infection, and cooperating with efforts to slow the spread of the disease. In the near future, I hope we'll have some idea if this flu is managable and normal life can resume.

In the mean time, our energies will be directed toward completeing the new recordings to be released later this year. I know Richie is doing some live streaming. We might consider something as time goes by.

Ralph

"Wuhan SARS"...? Erm... OK...

Fri 27 Mar
RIP: John O. Watkins [01 Dec 1948 - 27 Mar 2020]
Ralph

The "BOC family" grew a little smaller today:

Eric Bloom

I want to mark the passing of former lighting designer/friend John O. Watkins.

Looking back on our private messages, he told me in '16 that he was battling throat cancer and later conversations that he had beaten it.

John worked for us in the '70s when we were all a bunch of "wild and crazy guys". We had a large crew of 20+ back then and a lot of comraderie.

He worked for many bands over the years, big and small, did a great job.

You can read some of his accomplishments on his FB page. A great guy who will be missed.

I looked over John's FB page and here's a brief precis of his career:

Jan 1969	Stage Crew, Concessions - The Fillmore East
Jun 1971	Left Job at The Fillmore East
1971    	Moved to "New York City - The City that Never Sleeps"
01 Jan 1973	Lighting Designer - See Factor Industry
25 Jun 1973	Tony's Asst. - Ziggy Stardust Tours
24 Oct 1973	Lighting Designer - Joe Walsh tours
04 Nov 1973	Lighting Designer - Mott the Hoople
20 Mar 1974	Lighting Designer - Bee Gee's
1974    	Lighting Designer - Blue Oyster Cult
1975    	Left Job at Blue Oyster Cult
1975    	Stagehand - IATSE
1977    	Left Job at IATSE
01 May 1977	Lighting Designer - On Tour with Ted Nugent
Feb 1979	Lighting Designer - TFA Electrosound
27 Mar 1979	Lighting Designer - The Knack
Jan 1981	Left Job at On Tour with Ted Nugent
5 Mar 1981	Lighting Designer, Road Manager Alvin Lee Tour
Dec 1981	Left Job at TFA Electrosound
31 Dec 1982	Left Job at See Factor Industry

BTW: there are a couple of pics of John over on Glenn Cotita's photo gallery page here:

Quick Gig Facts

The Fiesta Oyster Bake 2020 has been cancelled - presumably as a Coronavirus (COVID-19) preventative measure, although their website gives no information - just a cheery "See you in April 2021!"...

However, BOC are down to headline the 2021 festival so San Antonio residents will have to practice delayed gratification...

Ralph

This gig hasn't officially been cancelled yet, but sadly, I think it's only a matter of time until it is...

Quick Gig Facts

The 2020 Pompano Beach Seafood Festival has been cancelled - here's what it said on their site:

The Pompano Beach Seafood Festival has been cancelled for 2020 in light of on-going health concerns related to Covid-19. The City of Pompano Beach has cancelled all larger gatherings in city facilities until further notice. This is in keeping with guidelines issued by the CDC and many other Regulatory Agencies.

"We are disappointed, but with everything happening there is no other option," commented Festival Manager John Good. "It is a great event for the City of Pompano Beach and we hate seeing the loss in revenue for so many of our local charities and civic organizations, not to mention the vendors who count on sales from the festival each year.

"We considered postponing to another date, but with so much uncertainty, the better financial decision is to move ahead with planning for next year. All sponsors and vendors will receive full refunds and fortunately our on-line ticket sales had not yet begun. I want to sincerely thank city officials and staff for keeping us up to date as we moved through this process"

2021 Festival dates are Friday, April 23rd through Sunday, April 25th.

Ralph

Rescheduled for 8 Aug as a precautionary measure.

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Ralph

Hopefully by August this gig will be able to go ahead...

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...