Welcome to Hot Rails, a site dedicated to attempting to document every gig Blue Oyster Cult ever played as well as providing a complete gig, setlist and fan review resource archive.
Bear in mind, this site is absolutely unofficial and whereas the blueoystercult.com site is the ultimate source for all official BOC information, Hot Rails is written by fans for fans. If you've ever seen BOC live, please check out the site to make sure I have the gig listed - and any reviews/gig info you can will be gratefully received.
Please note: Hot Rails now also provides a new home for John Swartz's excellent BOCFAQ, so check it out if you haven't seen it before.
me if you have any queries or something to contribute.
John Swartz's BOC FAQ is back online:
If you have any old BOC ticket stubs, please consider scanning them and sending me jpegs for the history section...
Click the link to see the latest BOC items on eBay...
Click to see the BOC items in Wolfgang's Vaults...
If you know of any BOC support acts missing from the giglopaedia lists, please let me .
OK - so now there's a guestbook - feel free to leave a message if you want...
I've been asked why I don't include the umlaut in BOC's name on this site. Isn't this desrespectful? The reason is purely practical - in general, people don't include the umlaut when they Google - making it harder to find pages which do use it. Hence: no umlauts. Sorry !
I'm trying to get every BOC gig ever played listed in the giglopaedia. Please help and let me know if I'm missing ...
I'm currently after info (dates, venues, reviews etc) on any of the following:
Please check out the relevant pages in the giglopaedia to see if you've seen a show not listed there.
Also contains info on Joe's acoustic gigs (both solo and with his many friends), Blue Coupe, BDS as well as Cult and X Brothers gigs/setlists and reviews. If you've seen any Joe Bouchard gig ever, please get in and send us a review...
Contains Underbelly, Brain Surgeons and Regaltones gig/setlists and reviews... Gig reviews are always welcome so if you've ever seen any Albert-related show, please get in .
There's a Blue Oyster Cult links page - let me if you have a link or BOC site you want me to add.
Blue Sky Bag is the 'Blue Oyster Cult Features' section - if you have an interview or article or road diary or anything BOC-related which you think might be of interest, don't hesitate to it along.
Ugh! The site's gone all white. I HATE it!! I want my music websites to be BLACK, damn it!!
First of all, you can have it black if you want - at the top left of every page - just below the banner - are links to change the site display to black or white whenever you want.
Reason I did it was that I was making some basic changes to the site anyway - especially modifying the structures of the Joe and Albert sections - and I've never been a fan of reading white text on a black background. It can be fine for a small amount of text - the high contrast lends dynamic impact to the subject, but for lots of text (which is what this site largely consists of), giving it this treatment makes your eyes tired if you read for more than a minute or two. That's why most blogs seem to be dark colours on light in style - so that you can read them more comfortably.
Anyway, that's why I've switched but like I said, if you disagree with my choice, you can turn it back.
I'm often asked: "Where's all the BOC News on this site? You didn't even mention there was going to be a reunion gig!!"
The answer's simple - this site doesn't do "news" - to find out the latest news, check out the official blueoystercult.com site or Eric Bloom's facebook page or something like that - they're in the loop and have all the latest up-to-date info.
Hot Rails is for when the event has passed and people want to comment about it...
Check out the "History Project" in which I attempt to give an accurate day-by-day, gig-by-gig chronology of the history of the band - starting with the SWU and then through the years right up to yesterday...
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If you have any information for inclusion on any year, please send it along and I'll add it to the relevant page.
And if you can, scan in your ticket stubs, newspaper ads, flyers, gig posters and to me for inclusion...
Laying out these pages is proving tough going with lots of unknowns and conflicting gig information!! As well as sending me any scans or info as mentioned above, could I ask if you could check in your attic or basement for old '70s/'80s copies of the following magazines:
Or any music magazine which carried gig listings and/or reviews...
If you do have some, please check through them for any contemporaneous BOC gig data and get in ...
Another way you could help is by jotting down a list of the known gigs played in your particular town, and then popping down to your local library to visit their archive/microfiche department.
Once ensconced in a comfortable chair, you might check out the back issues of the local paper and see if there any adverts for the show (pre-gig) or any reviews (post-gig). If there are, print them out and send me scans.
I don't ask for much, do I?
Remember the first time you ever saw Blue Oyster Cult? You do? Then why not jot down your recollections of that wonderful day and send them along for me to include on this site.
A lot of the accounts will already be included elsewhere on Hot Rails in the form of individual gig reviews, but I thought it'd be interesting to extract just those stories that dealt with people seeing BOC for the very first time.
Click here to visit the page.