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John G.
01-27-2007, 06:52 PM
Setlist per album

BLUE OYSTER CULT
Then Came the Last Days of May
Stairway to the Stars
Before the Kiss, A Redcap
She's As Beautiful As a Foot [!!]
Cities on Flame with Rock 'n Roll

BLACK AND WHITE ERA INSTRUMENTALS
Buck's Boogie

SECRET TREATIES
Astronomy

AGENTS OF FORTUNE
This Ain't the Summer of Love
(Don't Fear) The Reaper

SPECTRES
Godzilla

FIRE OF UNKNOWN ORIGIN
Burning for You

HEAVEN FORBID
Harvest Moon

Me and a friend of mine walked into the venue while the band were tearing into the first song, Stairway to the Stars, and immediately I'm struck by the set-up of the place. 90% of the room is filled with tables and in order to watch the show, we have to stand up along the bar towards the back, which would be alright except the high price for beer (8 dollars a pop) immediately undermines plans of getting drunk during the show. It's not bad though... the sound is fine, the venue is pretty classy.

As for the band... Buck Dharma was excellent and Eric Bloom was fine as well... Allen Lanier on the other hand was MIA, with no reason given from the rest of the band (some weird BOC uber-fan next to me, who almost obsessively takes photographs during the entire set and makes me fear not only for my life but the lives of the band members as well, assures me that he was in the band last year, and that they played "a bitchin' version of Astronomy"). So basically it was just the two original members, the bass and drum combo they've had for a while now, and some dude I've never seen before handling the keyboards and the guitars. I also had some slight reservations on the setlist... while it was cool they dug out "She's As Beautiful as a Foot" for the real fans (the song choice literally blew me away), the rest of the setlist was pretty much predictable. Also, the band had a tendency to extend a lot of the solo sections to the songs... "Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll" had Buck Dharma indulging in a dizzying feedback-laced solo that seemed to last 5 minutes or so. Again, it was pretty neat to watch, but given that the band was delivering two sets that night, we only got to see them perform a limited time, so they could have easily given us a few more songs, which would have been preferrable. Also, as you can see, complete albums were ignored, like Tyranny and Mutation (they were selling T&M shirts after the show, but played no songs from the album). But I don't want to sound ungrateful, because a lot of classics were played, and I was entertained.

Oh yeah, and I met Horace. We stayed after the show and we talked a bit about hard rock and metal, the conversation touching on everything from Dio's penchant for smoking cigarettes to Manowar's instrumental proficiency. After that was over, Horace bought (for such a seasoned BOC fan) a horribly inappropriate "More Cowbell" shirt and then we hit the road.

Legendary thrashers Overkill, Belladonna (Anthrax singer, not the porn star), and Metal Church are playing BB Kings this Sunday, and I'm definitely going to that one as well, despite the fact that I have to wake up early on Monday morning for work. I believe Eddie Trunk is going to introduce the show (he was also at the Anthrax show I saw a couple of months back). All Maniacs in the area are encouraged to check it out.

Horace Cordier
01-27-2007, 07:07 PM
Oh yeah, and I met Horace. We stayed after the show and we talked a bit about hard rock and metal, the conversation touching on everything from Dio's penchant for smoking cigarettes to Manowar's instrumental proficiency. After that was over, Horace bought (for such a seasoned BOC fan) a horribly inappropriate "More Cowbell" shirt and then we hit the road.


Yeah well, I had to leave with something, and the TYRANNY shirts were sold out! Now I feel like a geek.

Anyway, John did a good sum up of the show. I did enjoy hearing Buck play (he is a wonderful guitarist) but could have done without the drum and bass solos. Set lists are always difficult for these things, but throwing in "Foot" was a real surprise. Funnily enough, John forgot to mention that they played "Harvest Moon" from the HEAVEN FORBID album and it was a highlight of the set. I'd give it a "B" for a 2-Oyster cult show.

Looking forward to the dvd thats coming with that "Some Enchanted Evening" cd though.

I'm going to try and make the OVERKILL show Sunday (man I have not seen those guys since they opened for SLAYER in the mid-80's!).

John G.
01-27-2007, 07:13 PM
Oh shit, you're right... I totally forgot Harvest Moon, and I love that fucking song! You know why, that was when I was trying to locate you during the set, and then when I was buying some beers for my friend and myself. But yeah, great GREAT song, easily the best thing on their last two studio albums.

You should totally come to the Overkill show... I want to ask Belladonna if Scott Ian is as big of a dick in real life as he appears to be in interviews. :D

Horace Cordier
01-27-2007, 07:17 PM
Oh shit, you're right... I totally forgot Harvest Moon, and I love that fucking song! You know why, that was when I was trying to locate you during the set, and then when I was buying some beers for my friend and myself. But yeah, great GREAT song, easily the best thing on their last two studio albums.

You should totally come to the Overkill show... I want to ask Belladonna if Scott Ian is as big of a dick in real life as he appears to be in interviews. :D

I have a feeling Scott Ian is probably a dick. Somebody should ask John Bush about it :D

OVERKILL should be fun - friends have told me they consistently deliver a solid show and they were good when I saw them all those years ago.

Steve P.
01-27-2007, 09:45 PM
Sounds like it would have been a good show. I saw them last summer with Foghat. BOC were very good but they only played for about 90 minutes and stuck with a very safe setlist. But I stood right in front of Buck Dharma and realized that this guy is severely underrated.

David Huber
01-28-2007, 10:40 AM
She's As Beautiful as a Foot?

Shit! Shitshitshit!

:(

Terry Carpenter
01-28-2007, 01:13 PM
I must say later CD or not....Shooting Shark is a badass song....

Chuk H
01-28-2007, 03:39 PM
What happened to Alan Lainer?

He hasn't looked too good the last few years.