December 3, 1985, Gaumont Theatre, Ipswich
In early 1984, the Air Force sent me from Pope Air Force Base to Bentwaters Air Base in England. (“This is the real Air Force Roberts, chemical warfare suits, the Cold War, do more with less, and you’ll be lucky if you get leave.”)
Working hard, playing hard. After a long day, some darts and pint of ale at the local pub (I lived off base in Felixstowe) evened things out.
England was great for concerts too. We’re talking storied venues like the Dominion Theatre in London (Motley Crue was dynamite) and the Monsters of Rock at Donington (AC/DC, Van Halen, The Crue, Gary Moore).
Also noteworthy is that “Kerrang,” the premier magazine in England at that time for hard rock and heavy metal, were supporters of BOC. I remember one time one of their writers reviewed The Cult, and ended with saying something like The Cult, for me, is Blue Oyster Cult.
And who can forget their album rating skores?