For years, the Blue Oyster Culture Club’s pre-Thanksgiving concert was a tradition in the area.
After taking two years off, the ’80s tribute group is hoping to make shows an annual event again.
“It’s always more amplified, even in normal times. So, not having had the chance to do it for two years, I think it’s even more energetic than before, ”said BOCC guitarist Todd Cooper.
At 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, November 24, the show will continue as the band performs their “Night Before Thanksgiving” concert at the Metropolitan, 107 S. Sixth St.
After taking two concerts, one due to conflicting schedules and the other due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the band began to cry for that pre-Thanksgiving energy.
“There are going to be new songs, new arrangements of old songs… I would say at least half of them are new songs or new ways of doing old things. It’s going to be really cool, ”he said.
The band’s sound is complemented by what Cooper considers his secret weapon: Jessyca Russell.
“She has never been more involved, focused and ready to face this than she has been in the past two years. It also made us very youthful. There is so much vocally (singer Chris) that Clark and I can pull off. There is nothing she cannot do, ”he said.
While the group keeps the setlist a surprise, it wouldn’t be impossible to hear from some of the fan favorites like Simple Minds and Billy Idol.
Keeping BOCC fans happy is what the group loves to do. For Cooper, it’s still a shock that what started out as a lark over a decade ago has built up a loyal following.
“I still can’t believe it because BOCC was only supposed to be a show 15 years ago anyway. And here we are, all this time later, and we’re talking about the people who make our shows traditions. It’s something that’s so humbling and I’m so grateful, ”he said.
Calling the pre-Thanksgiving show a tradition is no joke. The group has heard of people using it as a reunion for expats from St. Joe’s returning to visit family or those looking to reconnect in a less awkward way than sitting around a table.
“There are two parts: there is the part where people are in town and there is no pressure to work the next day and families or people see each other and many of them choose to do so in this show, ”he said. “It’s amazing that there is also such a story about having this show now that he has his own sentimentality built around it.”
As the show has moved around the city over the years, being performed in almost every concert hall in the area, the group’s state of mind is that they are grateful that people continue to show up. .
Personally, for Cooper, it’s the fulfillment of the rock star dreams he had as a kid, and he doesn’t take it for granted.
“I relive a bit of those childhood dreams, just looking at a sea of people and thinking back to when I was 15 and thinking, ‘We’re gonna do this, man! “And I can still have some of that reality,” he said.
As the group prepare for the show, Cooper said his emotions were running high, both to perform and to take stock that he could live out his dreams with his friends.
“The camaraderie is incredible. Like, it’s just such a good feeling. It’s so positive… After all this time that the same people are still in it and can do it, it’s pretty amazing to me, ”he said.