Monday, September 7, 2009

Blue Oyster Cult @ Olympia Paris Sept 6th 2009

Blue Oyster Cult / Uriah Heep
@ Olympia Paris Sept 6th 2009
Second on stage just after Uriah Heep, is american rock band Blue Oyster Cult ,last time they were in Paris was in 1993.
Down the front the sound & the light show is perfect in the sold out Olympia theater.
Lots of line -up changes : Richie Castellano is playing guitar & Keyboards ( Allen Lanier is no more ) , Jules Radino is on drums , Danny Miranda is back on bass ( Rudy Sarzo couldn't be here ).
Buck Dharma & Eric Bloom are the only original members.
Is it still The BOC without Allen ?
The audience is wild straight from the beginning of the set.
This is amazing how many great songs this band has.
They've played them all , " ME262", Hot rails to hell", " Godzilla", " Don't fear the reaper", Buck's Boogie" , Burning for you" , " then came the last days of may" ...

They've played songs they don't do too often like " Black Blade" + another one i can't remember & " Harvest Moon" from Heaven Forbid plus one song from their last cd Curse of the hidden mirror.
I'm not really objective as The BOC is one of my favorite band , but they've done a killer show.
Buck hasn't change at all during all these years, his guitar playing is as fluent as it was in the 70's same voice as well.
Eric is playing a bit more keyboards leaving guitar work on some songs to the new guy Richie who's doing well.
Also funny to see how Eric Bloom is looking like french DJ Francis Zégut.

As Danny Miranda was playing in Queen for the last couple of years we had a short Queen medley on Bass in the middle of " Godzilla"



The last song before the encore was a killer version of " Born to be wild" ( here on video ) with Eric getting on stage riding a Harley davidson.
GREAT !!!

Certainly one of the best concert I've been to this year so far.




SETLIST:
  1. The Red & the Black
  2. Before The Kiss (A Redcap)
  3. Burnin' For You
  4. Cities On Flame (With Rock'n'Roll)
  5. Harvest Moon
  6. The Vigil
  7. Buck's Boogie
  8. ME 262
  9. Stone Of Love
  10. Black Blade
  11. (Then Came) The Last Days Of May
  12. Godzilla
  13. (Don't Fear) The Reaper
  14. Encores: Born To Be Wild
  15. Hot Rails To Hell




Aftershow meeting ( right )

Born to be wild :