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BLUE OYSTER CULT Manchester Academy, 15 June 2008

As fellow GRTR! Scribe Pete Whalley pointed out, it was nearly 30 years to the day that we’d last seen BOC. Well, perhaps an overstatement, seen through a booze induced stupor during the ‘On Your Feet Or On Your Knees’ tour (More on your knees as I recall). I do remember the “revolutionary” laser lights though.

With their last studio album appearing seven years ago, BOC seem to be content to milk their back catalogue. And now with only two of the original line-up, Eric Bloom and Buck Dharma, supported by Danny Miranda on bass,  second guitarist and keyboards Richie Castellano and drummer Jules Radino. 

With a sweep through the core seventies albums, the hardened fan would be well pleased with the inclusion of tracks like ‘Astronomy’ and ‘Shooting Shark’. Perhaps surprisingly, Buck’s set-piece ‘Buck’s Boogie’ lost its way and revealed that here is a band that is coasting into oblivion. But to compensate, there were solid versions of 'Godzilla' and 'Cities On Flame'.

The lack of an encore disappointed the partisan crowd on this last gig of a short UK tour. There’s a strong suspicion that – instead - Buck was busy organising a golf caddy for his return to the States. ‘On Your Feet, Or On Your Knees’? On your arse, perhaps. See you at the 19th hole.

Review by David Randall


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