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Blue Öyster Cult

Live In Beloit, WI, 2002

Review by Gary Hill

If you hear Godzilla, but he is nowhere to be seen, what does that mean? The last time I checked it meant that Blue Oyster Cult was in town.
The last time that happened to me it was in Beloit, Wisconsin on July 13th of 2002. BOC came into that small burg and delivered their usual blend of classic rock tinged with sci-fi and full-hearted jamming. They made their way through many of the expected pieces including "Harvester of Eyes", "Don't Fear The Reaper" and the aforementioned "Godzilla" with every bit as much energy as their arena hey days.
The guys in the band might be older, but that doesn't seem to equate to any less of a show. They still like to prove that they can rock with the best of them and play circles around many of the newer bands. On this particular afternoon they played before a suitable appreciative Wisconsin crowd and had them singing along.
Blue Oyster Cult may be the band that is "on tour forever", but they still deliver the goods - giant Godzilla or no giant Godzilla.

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