LIVE: Blue Oyster Cult & Blotto @ Alive at Five, 8/6/15

August 25th, 2015, 4:00 pm by Greg
Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Eric Bloom, Richie Castellano and Buck Dharma (photo by Stanley Johnson)

Photographs by Rudy Lu, Stanley Johnson, Ed Conway, Tim Reidy, Richard Brody

The Blot & Blue Tour, back together again for one night only!

Blotto and Blue Oyster Cult originally teamed up for a tour that took place back in February and March of 1983. They reunited for one of the largest Alive at Five concerts in Albany’s Corning Preserve in August of 1996.

Earlier this month, the two bands shared the stage again, this time at Jennings Landing, wrapping up the 2015 Alive at Five concert season in front of the largest crowd of the summer.

From “Godzilla” to “Goodbye, Mr. Bond,” from “Don’t Fear the Reaper” to “I Wanna Be a Lifeguard,” the evening jam packed with rockin’ riffs, some hearty laughs and too much fun.

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Live: Blue Oyster Cult @ the Colonial Theatre, 10/8/10

October 12th, 2010, 12:01 pm by Greg

For the sake of full disclosure, let me say upfront that I’m a Blue Oyster Cult fan, having traveled all over the Northeast to catch them. Last Friday night they brought their high-energy show to Pittsfield’s beautiful Colonial Theatre for a sold-out concert. The venue first opened in 1903, and gazing around at its wonderful, recent restoration started the evening off on a perfect note.

With the roughly 700 seats filled with a nice mix of young and old, BOC set the tone with “The Red and the Black.” It was clear from the beginning that the two original members, Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser were not merely going through the motions. They were there to have a good time and bring the audience along with them. They may not run around the stage like they used to, but they can still rock.

Throughout the night, Buck and Richie Castellano (the replacement for the ailing Alan Lanier) traded leads on such songs as “Burnin’ For You” and “Then Came the Last Days of May,” with Richie’s high-energy solos nicely contrasting with Buck’s more subdued, but always mesmerizing style.

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