Blue Oyster Cult, Foghat, and Whitford/St. Holmes: 10/9/1981

Here is why it was so cool growing up in the 70s and 80s. A great triple bill for a whopping $9.00! Even though I had seen Blue Oyster Cult earlier in 1981 with Heart, I could not pass up on this one.

First to play was Whitford/St. Holmes, a band comprised of Brad Whitford from Aerosmith and Derek St. Holmes from Ted Nugent’s band. This was one of those moments in rock history, where I had the chance to see a band that really was not around very long, but was very cool.

Next up was Foghat, and if memory serves me well, this was the first time I saw them. I admit I was into Foghat as a teenager, so seeing them live was a big deal for me (I would see them more times than I care to admit afterwards). They played a short, tight set that included all their hits, and the generally intolerant Sportatorium crowd was appreciative.

Then came BOC. As always, they were nothing short of excellent. This was the Fire of Unknown Origin tour, which was definitely a high point in the band’s career. I have some distinct memories from this performance, like the amazing version of “Godzilla” and “Roadhouse Blues” for the encore, at the end of which Buck Dharma systematically popped his guitar strings one by one during the closing solo, grasping and tearing the last string as the final note decayed. It was rock and roll at its finest.

So as I was researching this show online and I found the setlists for Foghat and BOC, I discovered something ultra-cool. It seems that “The Red &The Black”, “Joan Crawford”, “Burnin’ For You”, “Godzilla”, “Veterans of the Psychic Wars” and “E.T.I (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)” were all recorded at this show and released on the Extraterrestrial Live album (here is track list on Wikipedia). Once this Shelter-in-Place restriction is lifted, I will definitely be scouring the record stores to get a copy of this.

Anyway, here are the setlists. Rock on!

Foghat Setlist:

  • Stone Blue
  • My Babe
  • Eight Days on the Road
  • Wide Boy
  • Fool for the City
  • Third Time Lucky (First Time I Was a Fool)
  • Honey Hush
  • Live Now Pay Later
  • Slow Ride
  • I Just Want to Make Love to You

Blue Oyster Cult Setlist:

  • The Red & the Black
  • E.T.I. (Extra Terrestrial Intelligence)
  • Joan Crawford
  • Burnin’ for You
  • Cities on Flame With Rock and Roll
  • Veteran of the Psychic Wars
  • ME 262
  • Godzilla
  • Born to Be Wild

Encore:

  • (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
  • Roadhouse Blues

ZZ Top, Sammy Hagar, and Foghat: 5/29/1983

My youngest brother recently reminded me that this was his first concert, so I felt obliged to search for the stub and write a post about it.

I had seen ZZ Top prior to this, but Eliminator was a huge commercial success for them (you could not watch MTV for an hour without seeing a ZZ Top video). So it was not surprising that they were headlining a triple bill, and although I had also previously seen Sammy and Foghat too, I felt it was my brotherly duty to go with my lil bro to his first show.

My memories of this show are somewhat fuzzy, and I’m sure my brother is going to remember a lot more than me (first rock show always leaves a lasting impression). I did recall headlights beaming from the stage as the show was getting ready to start, and then the bearded rockers kicking right in with a huge Eliminator backdrop behind them.

I located, on Wikipedia, the basic setlist from this tour, which sounded right to me. As I looked over the setlist, I remembered specific songs, particularly “Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers” and “Jailhouse Rock” (a nice surprise).

Anyway, this would be the first of many concerts with my brother. Here is the full setlist.

ZZ Top Setlist

  • Got Me Under Pressure
  • I Got The Six
  • Gimme All Your Lovin’
  • Waitin’ For The Bus
  • Jesus Just Left Chicago
  • I’m Bad, I’m Nationwide
  • Francine
  • Sharp Dressed Man
  • Legs
  • Ten Foot Pole
  • TV Dinners
  • Manic Mechanic
  • A Fool For Your Stockings
  • Heard It On The X
  • Pearl Necklace
  • Cheap Sunglasses
  • Beer Drinkers and Hell Raisers
  • Dust My Broom
  • Just Got Paid
  • Arrested For Driving While Blind
  • Party On The Patio
  • Tube Snake Boogie
  • Jailhouse Rock
  • La Grange
  • Tush

Steppenwolf, Foghat, and The Outlaws: 10/18/1987

The Miami Marine Stadium was located on Key Biscayne. It was a floating stage where people could pull up in a boat, sit in crappy bleachers, or tread water to watch a show. But it was a fun place to catch a concert and usually they would have a few decent bands performing together for a cheap price, like this one: John Kay & Steppenwolf, Foghat, and The Outlaws, all for a whopping $15.

I went with a group of friends and we hung out in the stands. The details of the show are kind of fuzzy at best (I’m sure it was the Miami heat). I vaguely remember the Outlaws jammin’ on “Green Grass and High Tides.” I also have some dim images of Foghat playing their usual hits. But the one thing that really stands out for me about this show was Steppenwolf playing “Monster.” Hands down, this is my favorite Steppenwolf tune.  They also played all the hits you’d expect: “Magic Carpet Ride,” “Born to be Wild,” “The Pusher,” and so on. Fun times!

“Close your eyes girl
Look inside girl
Let the sound
Take you away”

(from Magic Carpet Ride)

Molly Hatchet, The Outlaws, and Foghat: 5/22/1987

This ticket stub proves beyond a shadow of a doubt that I will go to just about any concert. I used to refer to Molly Hatchet as “Molly Hack-shit,” the Outlaws I had seen before, and Foghat I had seen more times than I care to recount. Still, I spent my $12.50 to spend the evening with the South Florida southern rock drunkards and marveled at the hootin’ and hollerin’ that occurred between each song.

I got nothing else to share regarding this show. I feel like I have intentionally purged all memory of this from my brain.