Blue Öyster Cult's Laser Show (1976-1978)

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  1. Frank'n'censed

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    We had row three, dead centre, floor seats, on June 29, 1977, for their Edmonton Coliseum concert...recalling the taste of the fog machines & seeing the Harvester of Eyes. Todd Rundgren’s Utopia, opened, sharing BÖC’s lasers, on their pyramid themed stage. A year earlier, The Who were the only other band I’d ever seen, live, using this limited time stage show...only deploying them on I Can See For Miles & Won’t Get Fooled Again
     
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    I had a buddy who was on active duty in the army in Germany along about then. he said the BOC show was declared "off limits" because the laser show could damage their eyes.
     
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    yes?
     
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    fast forward to 3 minutes.
     
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    Set lasers to stun!!!
     
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    I came here to see if anyone had posted this.

    Carry on!
     
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    Pretty cool, my first laser experience was quite a bit later in the 1980’s with Bad Company and I think Deep Purple.
     
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    Hey!

    I was there!

    That was my first "real" concert that I had ever seen.
    I had dead center first tier seats, straight back from the stage.
    It was awesome!

    I moved from Whitehorse, Yukon to Edmonton in 1977.

    As you might imagine, living in Whitehorse as a kid,
    I thought I'd never get to see any of my favorite "big name" bands live.
    Groups like Zep, Stones, Sabbath, Purple, etc...

    Saw the Eagles there too, I think later that year?
     
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    Cool!
    Nope, summer of ‘78...I was there, too
     
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    I saw them in the time frame with the laser show. Emerson Lake & Palmer also had a great light show about that same time. I remember Greg Lake singing Lucky Man with lights radiated out from him.
     
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    Cool, but distracts from the cowbell.
     
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    Epic show. I saw them a month or so before that. Spring quarter, '77, Cullowhee NC. Western Carolina University. They played in the gymnasium with the full laser show. Eric Bloom was walked out on stage and was wearing a shirt that said, "Where the f*** is Cullowhee?"

    Later immortalized in the Drive By Truckers song, Let There Be Rock, "Dropped acid, Blue Oyster Cult concert, fourteen years old And I thought them lasers were a spider chasing me"

    Thanks for the great memory!
     
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    In a book, one of the BOC dudes described their early laser system as amazing, but unregulated and possibly dangerous... Authorities put the kibosh on it and I don't think anybody got hurt ...
     
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    Recalling the story bout Joe Walsh spotted, roller skating down Jasper Ave.
     
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    Also recalling a story about the Eagles trying to get into the Hotel MacDonald dining room not "dressed appropriately" and the door man refusing them entry.
    One of the band members supposedly said, "hey man, we're The Eagles"..... to which the door man replied...

    "I don't care what kind of bird you are, you can't come in here dressed like that."

    Probably not a true story....
     
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    Saw them @1980 in Nashville.
    I felt like the stage was sitting still and we were moving.
     
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    I saw them around '74-'75; opened for The Band along with Souther, Hillman, Furay. They had a lot of pyrotechnics but I don't remember any lasers.
     
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