Having never seen Blue Oyster Cult perform live before, I was excited when they announced they would be coming to Tacoma, WA on their 2016 tour. I didn’t know what to expect other than some great live music. Clearly that was an understated thought!
Blue Oyster Cult hit the Emerald Queen Casino stage at 8:00pm on Saturday. There was no opening support for their show, just one legendary band starting out with a bang playing “The Red and the Black”. Some would think that these guys would have lost their sound after all of these years, but they certainly have not. Where many of today’s bands rely on extreme lighting and over the top loud shows, BOC did none of that. Lighting was understated and perfect for this show, strobes not required! The sound level was spot on, no distortion in the sound.
The band played song after song while fans where cheering and dancing at their seats and in the aisles. Sadly, some fans stayed in their seats the entire show. How that was possible was beyond me. The music was so energizing that I was on my feet the entire time, many times jumping up and down cheering along with the like-minded fans next to me who were also intent to not sit once during the show.
The hits kept coming one after the other. These guys really put on an enjoyable show and they looked to enjoy it as much as the fans did. If you haven’t had the chance to see them perform live before, I suggest you make a point of doing it. This is a show that any music lover would truly enjoy. If you get lucky you may just walk away with one of Jules drumsticks like I had to fortune to do! What an amazing show!
Blue Oyster Cult is:
Eric Bloom – vocals, guitar, keys
Buck Dharma – guitar, vocals
Rich Castellano – guitar, keys, vocals
Jules Radino – drums
Kasim Sulton – bass, backup vocals
The Red & the Black
Golden Age of Leather
Burnin’ for You
Career of Evil
Then Came the Last Days of May
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Dominance and Submission
Hot Rails to Hell
I Love the Night
Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll