There’s definitely something special about the bands that have pioneered the way for so many others in rock n roll. Whilst there are many bands out there trying to make a name for themselves today, there are just some names that people know in an instant. Bands such as Foghat (1971) and Blue Öyster Cult (1967) are world wide hit makers that made many of the coolest tunes in rock music. If you don’t know their names off the top of your head, when you hear their songs you know them. Even with these hits being many years old, these folks are still packing the venues for their tours.
How are they still doing that you may ask? Simple, by having made great music that people wanted to listen to yesterday and are still enjoying today! Unique music that was made to stand out and something for the music fans to enjoy forever. Great music never goes out of style. Music genres expand, sounds change, but when it comes down to it fans are going to listen to music they enjoy. There’s no time expiration on a great song, great rifs, killer vocals and just great fun!
Sunday night the Tulalip Casino and Resort in Tulalip, WA just north of Seattle put on one kick ass show. The outdoor amphitheater was packed with fans in their early 20’s to some quite a bit old than that, but one thing held true…. The fans were there for a real rock n roll show! The weather was perfect for an outdoor summer show in the Pacific Northwest. On the full line up for the night was also a PNW favorite, Spike & The Impalers. They kicked the show off with full energy and some killer cover songs that had the crowd joining in and singing along. This is band to catch live if they come near you. Great way to start the evening off.
Foghat was second in the lineup for the evening. They performed a set that lasted a little over an hour that covered many of their hits, including what some would arguably say were at least 5 of their top all time singles. Their set kicked off with Drivin’ Wheel off the 1976 release Night Shift. One lucky fan in the front row had a great surprise by being in his seat at the start of their show as Roger Earl did an early drumstick toss to the crowd and he made the catch. Foghat were full of showmanship, music and fun. The crowd joined in throughout singing along to their songs as the guys entertained us all. They wrapped up their set with I Just Want to Make Love to You and Slow Ride. If you have never seen Foghat or it’s been a while since the last time, get out and see them on tour. It will be a show you won’t forget.
Last up for the night was a band that needed no introduction, Blue Öyster Cult. Just like Foghat, this is a band that is worth seeing every time they come to town. Always a great show and of course the music is always great too. We’ve covered BÖC a couple of times this year already and this show brought a little switch up with Danny Miranda back on bass instead of Kasim Sulton. Not sure if this is short run or long term thing. We do know that Kasim has been out summer tour with Don Felder and will try to find out if this is going to be a permanent change or just a temporary change off for the summer tour. All the other usual suspects (Buck, Eric, Richie and Jules) were present. The show kicked off a little late due to some technical glitches, but never the less… the show did kick off and that’s all that mattered to the fans. First up for their set and always a crowd pleaser, The Red & The Black that led into the raising of drinks for the Golden Age of Leather. The band has it down with the setlist they pick for their shows. The staple tunes are always there, but I am always thrilled when the guys sneak in a song I haven’t heard in a while, we didn’t get one of those this time around thought, may have been due to the delay in their set start or just not planned for this show. Hopefully next time they come out this way we will get some rare tunes in the setlist again. Blue Öyster Cult ended the night with Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll that had all the fans up on their feet singing along and a few rushing up to the stage to get the last few minutes with the band. The guys are out touring, check their schedule and get out and support them on tour!
Needle & Spoon
It Hurts Me Too
Fool For The City
Home in My Hand
I Just Want to Make Love to You
Blue Öyster Cult Setlist:
The Red & the Black
Golden Age of Leather
Burnin’ for You
Then Came the Last Days of May
(Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
Show photos from Sunday’s show
Review/Photos by: Diane Webb www.Facebook.com/YesterdazeNewsPhotography
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