Wow. Amazing concert. Two sets for the price of one!

First off, they’ve refurbished and reopened the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC, and it is an awesome venue. Small place, with dinner theater-type seating, with a full bar and great food (ex. I had shrimp & grits, Mike had a duck salad follow by a burger and fries; dessert was apple pie or fruit salad with sorbet). They had a nice selection of single malts and bourbons at the bar. And our seats were way up front, literally leaning on the stage. Unbelievable. If you can get to a show there–go. They’re doing everything from rock (Lindsey Buckingham) to reggae (Ziggy Marley) to country (Leann Rimes). Something for everyone.

I haven’t seen BOC since just before we moved out of New York, when they played the State Fair. About three years. Every time I see them, I marvel at how damn good they are all over again. They rocked incredibly. Worth the two hour drive each way. Totally.

High Point: The Howard Theatre let everyone who paid for the first show stay for the second show, free, but we had to leave the stage area and hang out in the bar while they cleaned the tables and mopped the floor. While we were waiting, Buck came through and say “hi” to everyone, shaking hands and generally being a great guy.

Details:
They came out on stage to the Game of Thrones theme–I guess they’re fans, too. Eric was wearing a Star Wars t-shirt . . . .
First Set: The Red and The Black; The Golden Age of Leather; Burnin’ For You; Shootin’ Shark; Cities on Flame with Rock n’ Roll; Then Came the Last Days of May; Godzilla; Don’t Fear the Reaper. Encore: Hot Rails to Hell.
Second Set: The Red and The Black; Burnin’ For You; Career of Evil; Harvest Moon; Buck’s Boogie; The Vigil; Then Came the Last Days of May; Godzilla; Don’t Fear the Reaper. Encore: I Saw Her Standing There.
I may have the order on the end of the second set a little wonky, but the songs are all there.

Personnel: Eric Bloom, Buck Dharma, Richie Castellana, Kasim Sulton (bass), Jules Radino (drums).

I never thought I hear BOC sign Lennon & McCarthy–but they did it well! Totally.

Already looking for somewhere to see them again.

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