As If: 10 year retrospective of the cult Channel 4 teen drama – part 2
Easily clip, save and share what you find with family and friends. Easily download and save what you find. Some movies are like fairy tales — they don’t just tell stories, they cast spells — and Lars von Trier’s lyrically transfixing epic of love, madness, martyrdom, and faith works that kind of magic. The moment we meet Bess, who enters into a marriage of erotic and spiritual bliss, becomes crazed with grief when her husband goes away, and is reunited with him through an act of God that would test Job, as If: 10 year retrospective of the cult Channel 4 teen drama – part 2 Trier dips us into rivers of emotion that run deep beneath the surface of his story.
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Thanks also must go to Bolle Gregmar, for supplying a number of the setlists featured on this page Have you got anything to contribute to this page? Reviews, missing info, ticket stubs, posters etc etc – if so, let me . German tour in January 1980 so what gives? How close did it come to taking place?
I called Steve Schenck to see if we could shed some light on these ‘phantom’ German concerts since I don’t recall any bookings at that time. Steve was BOC’s agent and certainly would know any bookings during that time period. There wasn’t any official statement to say why the gigs were cancelled. Was this the place I walked into a speeding taxi that drove by the truck while I was going around it?
I know you were there wondering why I wasn’t just creamed or dead or something. Rockets were on this run of shows but the only one I have any note on is this one and Springfield Mass. The pass above is clearly dated 5 Feb 1979, but I’ve included it here – for the moment – because I don’t see how it could have been for 1979 – Mirrors didn’t come out til June 79, so the Feb date seems suspect. Band gear late so B-cast was blown off. My memory may be a little off since this was 31 years ago. Concerts at Nassau Coliseum during hockey season are challenging for the audience on the main floor. Plywood is put down on top of the ice and metal folding chairs were set up in rows.
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As soon as the concert started everyone stands on the chairs. It’s not the best way to enjoy a show, but it’s the only way to see the band. My seat was in row 20. The opening act was Twisted Sister.
Worked on Rocket’s Crown and played hockey after loadout. A no pyro date, but I think we did the pyro anyway. I really don’t recall too much about the show itself. It was a good show, as I recall, although my BOC knowledge and “listening experience” was pretty much limited to the A.
I’d love to have a recording of the show because I’m sure I’d appreciate it much more today. We drove six hours in a beat up Pinto to go to this show. Never heard of the Rockets before but they played a kick ass version of Oh Well. I remember that this was supposed to be a Civic Center but it was pretty small. When Buck played the solo for the Vigil I thought I was going to fall over on my ass, but the crowd had me pinned to the barricade. I have some great pictures of Buck flipping out and yanking the strings out of his Strat and wailing on one string.
This date is confirmed by the Capitol Giglist on Moyssi’s website. Check out also Moyssi’s concert programme for this gig. On the 13th we had – and I quote – “Big Day Off”. It was in Allentown, but specifically in “Agricultural Hall”, not at the Fairgrounds. The Fairgrounds is a different, a much better venue located nearby.
Also, The Rockets opened without a doubt. One quick note, both Ag Hall and the “Fairgrounds” are at the same site, the Allentown Fairgrounds. The other venue referred to as the Fairgrounds is bleacher seating at a race track used only in Summer. I have the ad for this show somewhere. These above gigs were the last dates of me using the Mel Welch pyro board. Below the new pyro board made by MPA showed up, thanks to the band agreeing with me that we needed it. I also never used those “flash cannons” again.
It is so cool to see these posts with my brother Michael sharing those past days. Atlanta before we saved the Fox Theater and I was introduced to the band as the little brother! Michael took me to the bus and the band invited me on. The BOC band made me feel really welcomed and the walk off the bus with them into the fox theater is a memory I still share ! Thanks to my big bro Michael, I had that opportunity! Blue Oyster Cult and you are there!
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I figured what the hell, I might as well give it a try Well, to make a long story short, I won the tickets and was soon on my way via Subaru to the Metra. Bill Coffee went along because he didn ‘t have anything better to do. You don’t have a Spokane show listed for this tour, but they most definitely played at the Spokane Coliseum in July of that year. Spokane show as 18 July 1980, although that’s the date your giglopaedia has the band in Vancouver, BC. I can’t corroborate the exact date unfortunately. We were going down Division ave in Spokane before the show, passing a J or two around.
We had a big red Kronos in the back window. And I am almost sure Black Sabbath was not on the bill. But seriously, I dont think Black Sabbath was there. I do remember Eric Bloom, though, resting against the PA cabinet just off stage left watching Riot perform. I saw in the 12 June 1980 edition of the Spokane Daily Chronicle the following: “The Blue Oyster Cult, with its sophisticated laser show, will be in concert at 8pm June 29 in the Spokane Coliseum. 100,000, the laser system is capable of producing dramatic effects according to CBS Records.
It then went into full details of Eric’s wrist laser and Albert’s laser rifle etc. Loaded into Oakland and did soundcheck. The Babys were originally scheduled, but soon after the first announcement they were “replaced” by Triumph — no idea what happened. Triumph followed the opening act of Randy Hansen. I attended the Day on the Green in July of 1980, it was my second major concert, I was 17 years old. As stated, the Baby’s did not perform that day.
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I believe they ended up performing at a prior or later Day on the Green. Hagar is the correct line up. BOC did the 5 guitars routine, and Buck and Eric slid the necks of their guitars together to make wicked sounds. This might have been the gig of the Tom Newman pyro incident, but I’m not sure if this is the correct year. Newman went on to setting Michael Jackson’s hair on fire. But, today he is a big pyro cheese in LA. The opening act on the July 5, 1980 show in Fresno was Randy Hansen.
He came out with the Hendrix afro wig on and played a half hour of Hendrix and took off the wig and played a half hour of song off his album. Great set, but then BOC came out and blew the roof off with many tunes from the fantastic Cultosaurus Erectus album. Day in the Dirt – Jive gig at Speedway with lots of wind and dust. Rick wouldn’t let them use their huge keyboard risers and they were pissed. I attended this show, it was my 4th BOC concert, I was 22. It was windy, dusty, and hot, we locals called that “summertime” I can certainly see your point of view, what with the equipment and all.
Good call Sam, “Day in the Dirt” being you guys had just been in Oakland. I do seem remember there being issues with REO before they took the stage. Played Other End and Everything on Floor. Went to Doctor and got medicine. Hung out with Downey and O’Connell all night. Sub duty all day and night to Houston.
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Hung out all day with Downey. This date seems to keep cropping up – it didn’t happen – I don’t know what I have to do to put an end to this show Sabbath may well have played somewhere that night but BOC did NOT. Weirdly enough, San Antonio was originally down for the 11th! Where this poster got its date from, I have no idea – but it’s wrong. Here’s what really happened on the 12th: we loaded into Houston PM. Sandy Pearlman arranged a co-headlining tour with Black Sabbath in support of “Cultosaurus Erectus”, calling it the “Black and Blue” Tour.