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    Saw Blue Oyster Cult / Mark Farner Last Night

    I saw Blue Oyster Cult with opening act Mark Farner at The State Theater in Kalamazoo MI last night.

    Farner opened things up doing a little over an hour set of classic Grand Funk music. Although I had seen the current version of Grand Funk earlier in the summer, I had never seen Farner. For 69 years old, he is still in great physical shape, and his voice was pretty much flawless. I did not realize he played as many instruments as he does, as he switched from guitar to keyboards and even threw in some percussion. His band were all very good too, with the keyboard player singing the Don Brewer parts of the Grand Funk songs. The drummer was particularly impressive. I was never a huge Grand Funk fan, but like some of their stuff and it ended up being a fun enjoyable set.

    SET LIST ( I may be missing a few):

    ARE YOU READY
    ROCK N ROLL SOUL
    WE’RE AN AMERICAN BAND
    HEARTBREAKER
    CREEPIN
    BAD TIME
    SHININ ON
    THE LOCO MOTION
    SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
    I’M YOUR CAPTAIN

    Blue Oyster Cult came on next. I have seen this band around 20 times over the years, and the first thing that became apparent when they walked on stage was that Eric Bloom was not there. After the second song, Buck said that Eric was ill an unable to perform. He said it was nothing serious, but you always get a little worried with guys their age. So….we had a show with no Eric and Buck playing the front man role all night which is unusual for him. Richie Castellano took over the Bloom vocal / key / guitar parts and they also had an extra guitarist / keyboardist on stage who it appears was just filling in for this show. Also absent was Kasim Sultan who has been their bass player for quite a few years now. Taking his place was ex BOC bassist Danny Miranda who is back after being a touring member of Queen the last few years. It was an overall odd night, and the set list was definitely skewed more towards Buck’s songs than Eric’s. Richie did a nice job on vocals, and did some great guitar work, but he had a little teleprompter next to his microphone and from our seats he was having to glance over at it for his lyrics quite a bit. Buck, was amazing as always and he really stretched out some incredible guitar solos over the course of the night. His voice is still in good shape as well. I am not sure how comfortable he is as a front man, but he gave it his best shot. I would say the theater was only about half full (it holds 1500). I thought the ticket prices were a bit steep which may have kept some people away, considering the band played a summer festival a year ago for something like $10. The band don’t bring any production with them either, so the lighting was pretty pedestrian, especially compared to old school BOC standards. I did really like the set list though, as they pulled out some rarities that being the big BOC head that I am I totally dug. All in all it was a good, but weird BOC show. Far from the best I have seen, but the band did the best they could with an adverse situation.

    SET LIST:

    DANCING IN THE RUINS
    THIS AIN’T THE SUMMER OF LOVE
    GOLDEN AGE OF LEATHER
    BURNNIN FOR YOU
    LIPS IN THE HILLS (Richie was great on the vocals for this one)
    HARVEST MOON (one of my favorite rarities)
    THE VIGIL
    BUCK’S BOOGIE
    THEN CAME THE LAST DAYS OF MAY (both Richie and Buck tore this one up!)
    TRUE CONFESSIONS (tribute to Alan Lanier)
    TATTOO VAMPIRE
    GODZILLA (not quite the same without the Eric intro)
    DON’T FEAR THE REAPER

    ENCORE:

    HARVESTER OF EYES
    HOT RAILS TO HELL

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    SET LIST ( I may be missing a few):

    ARE YOU READY
    ROCK N ROLL SOUL
    WERE AN AMERICAN BAND
    HEARTBREAKER
    CREEPIN
    BAD TIME
    SHININ ON
    THE LOCO MOTION
    SOME KIND OF WONDERFUL
    IM YOUR CAPTAIN
    That's not a half-bad set list.
    Creepin' & Shinin' On are some good deep cuts...sad that he felt obligated to include The Loco Motion....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supersonic Scientist View Post
    That's not a half-bad set list.
    Creepin' & Shinin' On are some good deep cuts...sad that he felt obligated to include The Loco Motion....
    I wouldn't pay a dime to see the fake Grand Funk Railroad.

    I'd love to see Farner!

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    Good list. Richie is great. Alway thought Lips in the Hills was one of their best rockers. And these days I can picture Dancing in the Ruins!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Supersonic Scientist View Post
    That's not a half-bad set list.
    Creepin' & Shinin' On are some good deep cuts...sad that he felt obligated to include The Loco Motion....
    Loco Motion is not a favorite of mine either, but it got all the girls up dancing / clapping which was kind of the whole point when they recorded it in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Giant View Post
    Good list. Richie is great. Alway thought Lips in the Hills was one of their best rockers. And these days I can picture Dancing in the Ruins!
    Love "Lips" and Richie really crushed it. Also, was really happy with "Dancing In The Ruins". I always thought that song should have been a big hit.

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    Cool setlist. No Eric, and Danny was back? Interesting. Still sounds like a good time. "The Vigil" and "Rails" are two of my favorite BOC songs.

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    Yeah nice setlist - "Shooting Shark" would have been a nice addition too - with Buck being the lead singer.

    is a new album simply not in the cards anymore for BOC?

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    Who knows? Would cost them more to make that they would get back probably. Plus they're always on the road, so it would take away from that as well.
    Thought they'd release the 40th Annv show (they never did, did they?)
    I have a bootleg of the show. Pretty interesting but a bit rough. Has Arthur Comics on it though. And Alan's last time with them.
    Far too soon to lose Eric, so get well dude! I have tickets for January!
    Since 1979, I have to estimate I've seen them at least 25 times in many States (and states of mind!)
    I think the only bands I've seen more than that were 805 and Cold Sweat when I lived in Syracuse.
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    very cool BOC setlist seen em a few times but there are a few tracks there I have not seen live. surprised no shooting shark though as mentioned above great live track.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRS View Post
    is a new album simply not in the cards anymore for BOC?
    Probably not. Curse of the Hidden Mirror kicked ass, too!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SRS View Post
    Yeah nice setlist - "Shooting Shark" would have been a nice addition too - with Buck being the lead singer.

    is a new album simply not in the cards anymore for BOC?
    From interviews I have seen over the last few years I get the impression that they just don't think it is worth it to put the time into making a new album that no one will hear and no one will care about. I get the impression that the sales of both "Heaven Forbid" and "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror" were not nearly what they hoped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jimmy Giant View Post
    Who knows? Would cost them more to make that they would get back probably. Plus they're always on the road, so it would take away from that as well.
    Thought they'd release the 40th Annv show (they never did, did they?)
    I have a bootleg of the show. Pretty interesting but a bit rough. Has Arthur Comics on it though. And Alan's last time with them.
    Far too soon to lose Eric, so get well dude! I have tickets for January!
    Since 1979, I have to estimate I've seen them at least 25 times in many States (and states of mind!)
    I think the only bands I've seen more than that were 805 and Cold Sweat when I lived in Syracuse.
    I think BOC may be the band I have seen the most as well. I have lost count over the years, but have pretty much seen them everytime they have played within an hour of me, and for a while there they were coming around at least once a year.

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    I lost interest in Grand Funk after I heard Locomotion. Cornball. I liked them when they were a power trio.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveSly View Post
    d "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror.
    The only album I have by BOC. I'm not a big fan but I've seen them a couple times. I live Curse Of The Hidden Mirror. Great songs. Punchy, muscular production. Buck Dharma is a strong, rock guitarist.

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    I love the album, I don't live it........

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    Quote Originally Posted by Vic2012 View Post
    The only album I have by BOC. I'm not a big fan but I've seen them a couple times. I live Curse Of The Hidden Mirror. Great songs. Punchy, muscular production. Buck Dharma is a strong, rock guitarist.
    If you live it (or love it, lol), get Cultosaurus Erectus, their 1980 album.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    If you live it (or love it, lol), get Cultosaurus Erectus, their 1980 album.
    Yup, one of their best for sure.

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    Cultosaurus is one of my very favorite albums. Most of my friends stopped listening when Mirrors came out. Their loss. So much to love there on.

    As a side note, Mark Farner is featured on one of the songs on the new Ronnie Montrose 10x10 album. He sounds great. That album is one of the best new classic rock albums to come out in decades. Very highly recommended. Probably the best tribute I've ever seen to a musician from musicians. Ronnies last material, finished by his friends in the band.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    Curse of the Hidden Mirror kicked ass, too!
    I just can't get into this album. I've tried more than once. The songs seem rather bland to me, especially coming off of the stellar "Heaven Forbid."
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    I would see Farner anytime. BOC? Not so much.
    To be or not to be? That is the point. - Harry Nilsson.

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    BOC was the second real concert I ever saw way back in March of 78. Horslips opened and I was front and center leaning on the stage. Judas Priest was supposed to be the opening act. I didn't care for Horslips.

    I have never seen BOC since and would like to see them again. I saw Farner solo in '88 and he was great. I also saw GFRR during their reunion tour a while back and really enjoyed them. I would not mind seeing Farner again, but the band that calls themselves GFRR seems to be a bit of a sham to me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    I just can't get into this album. I've tried more than once. The songs seem rather bland to me, especially coming off of the stellar "Heaven Forbid."
    I like some songs off HF, but not the whole thing. "The Old Gods Return" was the best song I'd heard BOC write since the mid-80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nearfest2 View Post
    I just can't get into this album. I've tried more than once. The songs seem rather bland to me, especially coming off of the stellar "Heaven Forbid."
    I like it ok, but think "Heaven Forbid" is better.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dropforge View Post
    I like some songs off HF, but not the whole thing. "The Old Gods Return" was the best song I'd heard BOC write since the mid-80s.
    "Old Gods Return" is a great song, but for me "I'd Like To See You In Black" and "Harvest Moon" rank right up with the best things they have ever written. I was very happy that they performed "Harvest Moon" at the show.

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