If you are a fan of Blue Oyster Cult, you are in for a treat! Albert Bouchard, who is one of the founding members of the band, will be performing a rare concert at the Narrows Center in Fall River, MA, on Saturday, January 15, 2022. He will be playing with a full band songs from his Imaginos saga and other Blue Oyster Cult classics. Guitarist Paul Bielatowicz, of Carl Palmer’s ELP Legacy, opens the show. Purchase tickets HERE.
Albert Bouchard is best known as one of the founding members of Blue Öyster Cult. The original band sold millions of albums for Columbia Records with such classic songs as “Don’t Fear the Reaper” and the #1 hit on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart “Burning For You.”
As a songwriter, Bouchard wrote many BÖC songs including the very popular “Astronomy” which was covered by Metallica on their 1998’s release Garage Inc. and the live staple “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” which he also sang lead vocals.
Bouchard’s famous cowbell on “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was the basis of the popular SNL skit with Will Ferrell and Christopher Walken, which has gained over 13 million views and spawned the phrase “More Cowbell.”
Last year during the pandemic, Bouchard released a reimagined version of his old band’s 1988 classic concept album, Imaginos, aptly titled Re Imaginos. The second record of the Imaginos saga, Imaginos II — Bombs over Germany (minus zero and counting), was released on October 22. It continues the story based on the writings and poems of late Blue Öyster Cult manager, producer and songwriter Sandy Pearlman about an alien conspiracy that comes to fruition during the late 1800s and early 1900s through the actions of an evil character named Imaginos.
The new album features guest contributions from longtime Blue Öyster Cult members Eric Bloom and Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and the group’s former bassist, Joe Bouchard, and current multi-instrumentalist Richie Castellano, as well as from Dictators guitarist Ross the Boss.
It also features new versions of a variety of early Blue Öyster Cult songs, including “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” “The Red and the Black” and “Dominance and Submission.” Click HERE to check out Bouchard’s new music video for his reworked version of “OD’d On Life Itself.” This is one of the many songs we expect him to play at this show.
For this special show at the Narrows, Bouchard will be playing many songs from the Imaginos saga live for the first time with a full band. Don’t miss this once in a lifetime show!
ABOUT THE OPENER – PAUL BIELATOWICZ
Paul Bielatowicz is best known for his virtuoso guitar work with some of the biggest names in progressive rock. He’s played, recorded and toured with Carl Palmer (ELP), Neal Morse (Spock’s Beard, Transatlantic), YES, Todd Rundgren, John Lodge and The Alan Parsons Project.
In 2014, he released his debut solo album Preludes & Etudes, featuring solo electric guitar arrangements of virtuoso classical showpieces. When COVID 19 halted all touring, Paul spent the best part of two years working in the studio, writing and recording music for three albums… one of those projects is this soundtrack to the classic 1922 Nosferatu film.
The Nosferatu Live show brings together a variety of musical styles and instruments (guitars, keyboards, analog synths, vocals… even a Theremin) in an exciting theatrical production that breaths new life into the undead classic!
The Narrows Center for the Arts is located at 16 Anawan Street. Tickets to this show can be purchased online HERE or by calling the box office at 508-324-1926. For those wanting to purchase tickets in person, box office hours are Thursday through Saturday, 12 noon to 5 p.m.