Blue Oyster Cult Newcastle City Hall 1984 and 1985

Blue Oyster Cult Newcastle City Hall 1984 and 1985
Blue Oyster Cult underwent a series of line-up changes during the 1980s, and by the late 80s only Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma remained from the early days. I saw the band twice in the mid 80s, in 1984 and again in 1985. The 1984 show was BOC at their best. The City Hall was packed and the band delivered a great show, much better than the very poor performance my mates and I had seen at Donington a few years earlier. Support came from Aldo Nova. Setlist for 1984 gig: Me262; ETI; Hot Rails To Hell; Born 2 Rock; Cities On Flame; Burnin’ For You; Take Me Away; Joan Crawford; Shooting Shark; (Don’t Fear) The Reaper; Godzilla; Born to be Wild; Let Go; Gotta get outta this Place; Roadhouse Blues. Blue Oyster Cult were back in Newcastle the following year, and this time the place was only about half full. At this point the line-up featured three long time members: Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma, and Joe Bouchard. Support came from Girlshool. My memories of the evening are of a half-hearted performance, and little crowd reaction. Setlist: Dominance & Submission; ETI; Buck’s Boogie; White Flags; Take Me Away; Last Days Of May; Dancin’ in the Ruins; Joan Crawford; Shadow Warrior; Burnin’ For You; Godzilla; (Don’t Fear) The Reaper; Cities On Flame; Hot Rails To Hell. I lost touch with Blue Oyster Cult after the 1985 show, and didn’t get to see them for some 17 years. I’ll blog on that gig tomorrow. Looking back and reflecting on these gigs makes me realise just how good BOC were. There legacy is pretty impressive. They are still performing to this day and have released 20 albums; not bad going!

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