BLUE COUPE – Albert Bouchard, Joe Bourchard, and Dennis Dunaway

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BLUE COUPE

INTERVIEW BY MARKO SYRJÄLÄ

 LIVE PHOTOS BY MIKA PENTTINEN. PROMO PHOTO BY WWW.BLUECOUPEBAND.COM

Blue Coupe is a classic rock band featuring original Alice Cooper Group bassist Dennis Dunaway, and brothers Joe and Albert Bouchard, both ex-Blue Öyster Cult. The band was formed in 2008 and have released two full-length albums to date, TORNADO ON THE TRACKS (2010), and MILLION MILES MORE (2013). The band is currently mixing their third studio album of all-new songs with a release expected later this year. Blue Coupe performed at Sweden Rock Festival in early June 2019, where I had a chance to meet the legends. We covered a large number of topics including the upcoming album, how the guys first met in the ’70s, and the formation of the band. We also found time to chat about the one-off Blue Öyster Cult reunion show in New York in 2012, the original Alice Cooper Group tour in the UK in 2017, and much more. Read on!

 

WHAT’S GOING ON?

First of all, a warm welcome to Sweden Rock, you’ve waited for a long time to be here.

Blue Coupe: Thank you. It’s good to be finally here.

Let’s start with the obvious question, what’s going on with Blue Coupe? It was 2015 when I last spoke with Dennis in New York, but a lot of things have happened since then. So what’s on Blue Coupe’s plate at the moment?

Dennis Dunaway: As soon as I get back from Sweden, which will be in a couple of days, I’m going to be doing some of the final tweaks to the new Blue Coupe album. As soon as Joe and Albert get back, which will probably be in another week or two, we’ll go into the studio and mix the album. We’re excited about this one because we spent a lot more time in the same room creating the songs. Rather than sending each other the song and then sending back suggestions, we’re doing it all like the old days in the same room, and it shows in the music. We’re very happy with the songs as they are and they’re not even mixed yet. Joe and Albert, and I wrote the songs, and then we had Tish and Snooky sing background. They sang on our other two albums. We call them “the darlings of the demented.” So, we have the two sisters who run Manic Panic and their dye company, but they– because siblings’ voices blend well, just like Joe and Albert’s voices blend really well. It sends chills up my back. We play live gigs, and I feel like it just takes it to this other level. They’re the icing on the cake. So, we laid down the tracks, hashed out all of the arrangements and everything, and then we did the overdubs, and now we’re ready to head into the final stretch here to get it out.

Albert Bouchard: Right, as Dennis said, the thing is that on the other albums we would send demos to each other and we’d make suggestions and redo the demo. This one we did everything in a room together and so even when we did the overdubs, like the vocal overdubs, we were all in the room together, and we all sang together. We’d get that blend instead of me sending it to Joe, and he puts his part on, and I put mine, it’s different when you do it all together.

Dennis Dunaway: It made it a lot more difficult to talk about each other behind our backs. (laughs)

Albert Bouchard: Oh, almost impossible! But yeah, it’s a great record. It’s got some intense songs our fans are going to love, and hopefully a lot more people will love them then our fans. I’ve got another thing about the new record, which is, that one of our goals with doing it was– because we’re like– we’d love to sell a million copies, but nobody’s selling records anymore. Everybody’s streaming, and it’s a singles world and all this stuff. But for us, it was we wanted to make a record that had a substantial number of songs that we felt an emotional connection to every single one of those songs. It’s something that touched our hearts. That really got us. We worked a long time getting these songs together, just writing and figuring out the arrangements; and that was the main thing. It didn’t matter if it was a fancy lick or any of that. It was just how– did it make us feel something inside? That kind of visceral thing.

Who is going to release the album or will you release it independently as with the other Blue Coupe albums?

Albert Bouchard: It’s going to be self-released as the others.

Blue Coupe in Sweden Rock 2091. Photo by Mika Penttinen

THE MOTIVATION

It’s not a secret that you’re not young guys anymore, you have seen it all and done this many times before. Where do you get the motivation to make new music and continue touring?

Dennis Dunaway: It’s the same: we all love music. It hasn’t changed. We have fun doing this, and well, the other part of that is what else am I going to do? It’s like–

Albert Bouchard: What else you know?

Dennis Dunaway: What else do I know? Right, exactly.

Albert Bouchard: For me, I can do– I think I’m a very capable person. I love to fix things. I do all kinds of different things, construction, I’m a teacher. But the thing is that in the beginning, we’re like, “Well, would this make a good single?” And then we decided that that’s probably not important at this juncture it is not important. We’ve all got walls filled with gold records. We don’t need more. I don’t have space I would have to–

Dennis Dunaway: I need one more.

Albert Bouchard: Just one more. Just one more. One more gold record.

Dennis Dunaway: My wall needs one more.

Albert Bouchard: Yeah. Yeah. It’s just that it’s out of space–

Dennis Dunaway: Two more won’t work.

Albert Bouchard: The space in the left corner needs to be fixed! (laughs) That was part of the thing of realizing that yeah, we’ve done it all. We’ve had these dreams since when we were in high school, we had dreams, that we’d hear our song on the radio or something. That’s not a goal anymore. The goal is just to make a great record, that’s all.

Dennis Dunaway: And on that token, we can make an announcement here that we haven’t made before, but we’re going to do a thing at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame on July 14th, which is Alice Cooper Fan Day in Cleveland at the museum. Joe, Albert, and I are going to do an interview inside that’s going to be on Sirius XM Radio. And they said, “OK, well, you’re an inductee, but I’m not sure you want to come into the museum and do this.” And I said, “Yeah. With two future inductees and that’s our goal.” We got to get these guys into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame where they belong. Am I right, Joe? “Laughs”

Joe Bouchard: Yes. He’s right!

Blue Coupe soundcheck. Photo by Mika Penttinen

LEARNING TO KNOW EACH OTHER

You have a lot of shared history, but if we go back in time, how did you get to know each other originally?

Dennis Dunaway: Well, it was a long time coming because we did a show; Dr. John was opening for the Alice Cooper Group when we first became headliners. We did like three gigs, and then he started using a snake. I’m saying, “Dr. John, you can’t use a snake, we’re using a snake.” And he’s, “Why? I used a snake a long time before you did.” “Well if you use a snake again, we’re going to have to get somebody else to open for us.” So, he refused, and now we needed somebody to replace Dr. John, and I loved Dr. John, don’t get me wrong. Anyway, we did this outdoor festival in North Carolina, and Alice, Neal, and I were walking around out in the crowd, and Blue Öyster Cult came onstage. They had the big backdrop with the logo, and they started playing, and I’m going, “Let’s get these guys.” So that’s when we met.

Do you remember when and where you did the first show together?

Albert Bouchard: The very first show we did was in 1972 in Massachusetts at a university. I didn’t get to meet Alice or Dennis or Mike, but I did meet Neal and Glen; those two. I guess they didn’t watch our show or something, but that was the first time, it was like an audition for Shep. I think Shep was your manager then?

Dennis Dunaway: Yeah, Shep, Gordon.

Albert Bouchard: We were told it was an audition for Alice Cooper. We opened the show and didn’t get paid. From what I heard, they liked it. I went back to talk to Neil because I wanted to talk to him. It was drum talk or whatever, yeah. I ran into Glen first, and I said, “Can you tell me where Neil is, and he said, “Yeah, he’s over there.” That was the first connection for us, with Shep and the management, and then it was a couple of months later when we were playing this outdoor thing, and I think you had already fired Dr. John.

Dennis Dunaway: Yeah, we were looking for another opening act then.

Albert Bouchard: Yeah, so we were trying out, and I think Shep said, “Oh, well, this act might be good.” The other thing about it is that we had seen Alice Cooper live several times before that. And they blew us away. We watched them, and we were like, “That’s the kind of thing we should be doing!” We’d have this band meeting, like, “We got to be exciting to see.”

Joe Bouchard: That was Alice’s thing, you’ve got to give them something to see. We didn’t have a lot of theatrics.

Albert Bouchard: We were trying to be cool. We were the cool guys. You know, but we were wearing cardigans and shit. Sweaters. “Laughter”

Dennis Dunaway: And everybody knows when you’re playing heavy rock and roll on stage you should be wearing a sweater “Laughter” Yeah, but the little Blue Oyster Cult stepped up to the path because I was in the audience in Madison Square Garden with their laser show and with “Godzilla” and everything, and it was really spectacular. That’s when we had to get rid of them as an opening act [laughter].

Albert Bouchard: We were good students, very good students.

Joe Bouchard: We learned our lessons well.

BÖC in 1974: Joe, Albert, Allan Lanier, Eric Bloom, and Don "Buck Dharma" Rose.
BÖC in 1974: Joe, Albert, Allan Lanier, Eric Bloom, and Don “Buck Dharma” Rose.

THE FORMATION OF THE BAND

Those things happened over forty years ago, but you’ve stayed in touch since then. How did this relationship develop into a band?

Dennis Dunaway: We did shows together, became friends, and then all those years we were doing different things off and on, getting together at parties and jamming, or doing demos together and everything. Then one day, I think we were on the train, and we found out that Joe lived in the same town as us, and we didn’t know it. Then at one of the final nights of CBGB’s in New York City, all these bands were getting up and playing, and the three of us ended up on stage at the same time. This guy was in the audience and said, “That was amazing; I’m going to hire you.” We’re going, “Well, we’re not really a band.” We did this show, three hours we played without any rehearsal.

Albert Bouchard: This was a friend of ours, a club owner. It was at CBGB’s, and they saw the three of us playing together. Actually, it was Dennis’ band, the Dennis Dunaway Project. This guy only wanted us three and said, “I’ll give you a whole bunch of money to come and play at the opening of my club in Pennsylvania.” So we went there, had never practiced, and played two sets. By the end of the second set, we’re just pulling all kind of songs; we’re playing “Pipeline” and “Friend of the Devil” and…

Dennis Dunaway: Joe called out “Fire on the Mountain.” I’ve never even heard that song, and I knew I was playing the wrong bass part, and everybody in the whole room knew the bass part that I should have been playing, but the crowd was so good.

Albert Bouchard: Yeah, so we finished the second set and were like, “Oh, wow. I can’t believe we got through that.” We start packing up, and the club owner goes, “What are you doing? The place is packed. You’re going to kill me if you don’t play another set!”

Dennis Dunaway: You were like, “We don’t have any more songs,” then he said, “Well, here’s another chunk of money,” we go, “Okay.” [laughter]

Albert Bouchard: Yeah. Yeah. We said, “Okay. Is it okay if we play the same songs over?” He goes, “Yeah,” so we play the same songs over on the last set.

Dennis Dunaway: It was great, and we had so much fun, and the crowd had so much fun. We had so much fun that we said, “Let’s make this official.” That’s when the band started.

When did this happen?

Dennis Dunaway: It was ten years ago, right?

Albert Bouchard: It’s 11 years now, and it was in January because it was on– I remember where I was– because we all came from our houses. We all drove in separate cars, and I was going from Long Island to Pennsylvania, and I was on Route 80, and there was terrible weather. It was snowing, and two cars in front of me both spun out. I had a Mercedes at the time, four-wheel-drive and just gently pressed on the brakes, drove around the wrecks, and kept going to the club [laughter]. It was crazy, but it was in January.

FIRST BLUE COUPE SHOWS

So that was the first time you performed together, but when was the first official Blue Coupe show as a band?

Albert Bouchard: It was in Pennsylvania at the Poker Nose. It’s kind of a ski area, and it was a very good show. We played for three hours or something.

Dennis Dunaway: Yeah, we played three sets.

Albert Bouchard: I have played with Joe for all my life, and then with Dennis for about 30 years so we do have a lot of songs that we can play together really quickly.

Dennis Dunaway: For part of the set we decided to come out and do acoustic stuff, playing some deep cuts which worked out really good too.

Joe Bouchard: Maybe we did “Joan Crawford Has Risen from the Grave”?

Albert Bouchard: We did that, and we definitely did “Death Valley Nights.” From there, we got a great show playing for the Halloween parade in New York City.  “laughs.” Let me tell you about this Halloween show. We were playing on a parade float. We set up our equipment, and we had a sound system. There was, I don’t know, 100 floats going all the way up from the lowest part of Manhattan, all the way up to Midtown. There were easily a million people. It was a beautiful night for a Halloween thing, but every place you looked, there were thousands and thousands of people. We’d stop at every corner and play “School’s Out” and…

Joe Bouchard: “Don’t Fear the Reaper.”

Albert Bouchard: Once in a while, “I’m Eighteen.” So, they’d drive up, you’re on the float, and it’s kind of jerking you back and forth, and then they’d stop, you’d play your song, and then you’d go on to the next thing. That was wild!

Dennis Dunaway: People were jumping on the float. Somebody unplugged the power cord at one point, and we had to get somebody to fix that.

Albert Bouchard: It was wild. And everybody in New York City was in costume. Dennis came as a sailor and Joe, and I were vampires.

Joe Bouchard: I was a vampire. It wasn’t a night for a lot of subtlety in the music. We just played the hits and more hits.

Dennis Dunaway: When the float finally stopped, everybody looked at each other and said, “What just happened?”

Albert Bouchard: There were like giant spiders crawling off these buildings.

Joe Bouchard: There were people who climbed up the light poles; it was just crazy. What was the third gig? I don’t remember?

Albert Bouchard: Was that the Blue Oyster Cult gig, the fan show?

Joe Bouchard: “Nosferatu.”

Albert Bouchard: “Nosferatu”? Yeah. That was a great show, too. The first three shows were terrific. The third show was where we played– Blue Oyster Cult was doing a fans-only show, and the setlist was going to be generated by the fans online. Originally, Eric Bloom contacted Joe and me and said, “We’re doing this fan show. We’d like you guys to come and do it.”

Joe Bouchard: But then after the Halloween show, we decided no, no, no way.

Albert Bouchard: They were sending their invitation first of all, and so we were like kind of bummed. And actually, it was Andy Hilfiger that set up the show. Andy was like, “Why don’t you just do your own show?” So, we did our show the night before their show. Because people came from all over the world and we put it out so that they came a day early so as they could catch us first.

Joe Bouchard: Our show was a free show; they were charging $100 a ticket. All you had to do was send me an email, and you got in, and it was just packed to the rafters. We played for two hours. Les Braunstein, the original singer for Soft White Underbelly, was there. I mean, it was just amazing.

Albert Bouchard: It was a great show, and Andy Hilfiger played with us.

Blue Coupe live at Sweden Rock 2019. Photo by Mika Penttinen

 

TORNADO OF TRACKS FEATURING ROBBY KRIEGER

The debut album TORNADO ON THE TRACKS was released in 2011 and featured the legendary Robby Krieger from The Doors. How did you get an idea to ask Robby, and how did he end up on the record?

Albert Bouchard: It was fantastic. I mean, we started making new records as a result of opening for Alice Cooper one day, and after the show, we’re like, “You know, it would be nice to play with another guitar player on the record, somebody who’s really good, who is not underappreciated, but who’s also a really great guitar player as far as we are concerned, and did not really get the recognition he deserved”. We went around the table, and everybody’s like, “Robby Krieger. Robby Krieger is a monster.” I said, “Well, I know him, I’ve got his number. I’ll call him up.” So, I did.

Dennis Dunaway: I knew him because The Doors guys used to hang out at our house in the old days.

Albert Bouchard: We all knew him. I mean, he’s a great guy.

Dennis Dunaway: But Albert has worked with him.

Albert Bouchard: Yeah. I worked with him a year before that, and I also made a record with him. So anyway, I called him up and said, “Hey man, I have this band, and my brother Joe from Blue Oyster Cult, and Dennis Dunaway from Alice Cooper, and we’d love to do some shows with you.” He didn’t call me back, and I’m like, “Oh, crap.” I didn’t know what was going on. So I called him again, and he answers the phone and says, “Oh, listen, man. My plate is kind of full right now doing gigs, but you know what I’d like to do? I’d love to make a record with you guys,” So I called up Dennis and Joe, and I said, “Listen, guys, we’ve got to make a record [laughter]. We got to make a record because Robby wants to play on it.” So, he played on “Angel’s Well” and a couple of other songs.

Joe Bouchard: “Man Up,” yeah.

 

BLUE COUPE VIDEOS

Blue Coupe has so far released two albums, but also a couple of music videos. Tell something about those?

Joe Bouchard: Albert’s son did “You Like Vampires.”

Dennis Dunaway: We did three videos, there’s “You Like Vampires” and then “Waiting for My Ship to Come In” and then “Everybody Goes Insane.” The three of them all go together. The T-shirt that we’re selling here, we have the eyes that are in the videos. We looked like ninjas, but we have eyes that light up. When you see our T-shirt, it goes with the theme of the three videos.

Joe Bouchard: “You Like Vampires,” we got the idea for the video from “Reservoir Dogs.” Mr. Pink and all that. Just the feel of it that it took place in a warehouse. And there was this recording studio that looked like a warehouse, so we said, “Oh.” So, they let us rent it, and we just did it there. That was actually the studio that we did the album in.

Dennis Dunaway: So that studio is right next to railroad tracks that go into New York City, and we were trying to think of a name for the album. There was a tornado warning on the radio, and then we were looking outside looking out the window to see what the weather was like because it sounded scary on the news. Albert said, “What does it look like?” I said, “It looks like a tornado on the tracks,” and we both went, “That’s it!” [laughter]

Joe Bouchard: So, another thing about that song though, “You Like Vampires,” is that our childhood friend wrote it. His name was John Edward Cook. He, unfortunately, passed away about in March. We knew him our whole lives, and he was the guy that got us into folk music. He turned me on to Bob Dylan and all of this, Dave Van Ronk and all that stuff.

Dennis Dunaway: And he can definitely write a song.

Albert Bouchard: Oh, yeah. I mean, he was so talented. Joe had to trick him into letting us–

Joe Bouchard: He was so shy that he didn’t like to have his songs recorded. So, I bootlegged some of his stuff, and that’s how it ended up being recorded.

THE REUNION WITH THE OLD B.O.C. BAND MATES

In 2012, the original Blue Öyster Cult performed for the last time together in New York. It was a one-off show, and also the last performance by Allan Lanier (RIP). What kind of memories do you have from that show?

Joe Bouchard: Well, the show actually wasn’t supposed to happen. I was out on a cruise boat with Lynyrd Skynyrd, but the hurricane hit New York. It was the will of God.

Albert Bouchard: They had to reschedule the show. They’d already asked me to play. I actually had another gig that night like about ten blocks away, and I said, “Okay, I’ll just come. I’ll play my gig and come back.”

Joe Bouchard: So the original date had to be canceled or rescheduled because people’s houses were underwater. Cars were flooded.

Albert Bouchard: All the transportation was cut off but the planes…

Joe Bouchard: People had come from out of town. Patti Smith was supposed to sing but had to cancel. Then Patty couldn’t make the make-up date, which was only about—it was a week later, but she had to go to another show. So finally, I came back from the cruise, I heard about the devastation of the hurricane and got a call, “Come on down. Patti can’t make it. We’re going to substitute you in.” So, it was good. It was good. It was a long night, and I wish we had thought about it a little bit more because it could have been a hell of a lot better.

Albert Bouchard: Well, the other thing is that Joe, I mean, I had practiced with them, but Joe…

Joe Bouchard: No rehearsal.

Albert Bouchard: No rehearsal. Well, I can see, he didn’t think he was going to come, and then he’d just got back from the cruise ship, and it was a day or two later, he came and played this thing. So it wasn’t that planned out, but for me, the crazy thing was that the minute the five of us got on stage and started playing, it sounded exactly like it always sounded. It was like not a day had passed.

Joe Bouchard: And my best recollection was actually being on stage with Allen Lanier who is kind of one of the quieter guys in the group. He never really sang that much on stage, but he had some magical chemistry. You find a guy that’s this sort of the odd man out, but you put it all together, and it makes for magic.

Albert Bouchard: Allen would never play the part that you showed him. He would always come up with something that was kind of off in left field a little bit, but it just added that little extra something to the Blue Oyster Cult sound.

Joe Bouchard: Yeah. We did four songs, and we were going to do more, maybe. We didn’t do “Hot Rails,” or a couple of other tracks either.

Albert Bouchard: Oh, yeah. Well, that was the other thing that they wanted the core group to do the regular set. They did all of that then they took a long break. I don’t know what that was all about. And then when it came for us it was– we actually had other songs that we were going to do but the union–

Joe Bouchard: Shut down.

Albert Bouchard: In New York City it was like if you go over a minute–

Joe Bouchard: It’ll cost you $10,000.

Albert Bouchard: We couldn’t do it. We had to cut a couple of songs at the end.

Do you have any plans to work with your former BOC mates in the future, at any form?

Albert Bouchard: Well, sure, I mean, I have another project which is space rock that it’s with a band called Spirits Burning, which is basically– it’s just one guy plus a whole bunch of other musicians like Harvey Bainbridge, and Bridget Wishart from Hawkwind, and just all kinds of diverse people. I have all of Blue Oyster Cult playing on this record, this new one. Well, Joe isn’t on it yet, but yeah. He’s going to do it.

Joe Bouchard: We’ll see, but the last one was good.

Dennis Dunaway: That was really good.

Albert Bouchard: So, it’s a lot of– and I even got Eric Bloom on it. I’m still working with them but not as Blue Oyster Cult, and not as my main thing. That’s just a side project.

Blue Öyster Cult announced last year that they’re working on a new studio album, the first since 2001. Are you guys going to be involved somehow on that project?

Joe Bouchard: I’ve sent them some songs. I work with a lyricist that they work with on some new songs, but I haven’t heard anything back. They are very quiet about it.

Albert Bouchard: I hear Richie was like, “I’m doing all this recording.” And I’m like, “Oh–

Joe Bouchard: He’s doing his own album.

Albert Bouchard: Blue Oyster Cult?” “No, it’s my album.” They haven’t started recording, and as far as I know, they haven’t even practiced. I mean, Eric is not super prolific as a writer, and Don is the opposite. Once every two years, he’ll write a song that’s freaking amazing, and that’s it.

Joe Bouchard: Then he doesn’t do anything for two or three years.

Albert Bouchard: Yeah. I mean, he is very talented. He wrote, “The Reaper!” I guess that’s a lot to live up to or whatever, but even before that, he wasn’t really, I mean, I kind of had to teach him how to write a song in the beginning, so [laughter]. But he’s done all right. He was a good student too.

ALICE COOPER GROUP IN THE UK

In October of 2017, the original Alice Cooper band did a brief in the UK. It wasn’t full shows, but you did a bunch of songs together on each show, and it was just a fantastic thing for the fans, and I think, for the band too. How did that come about?

Dennis Dunaway: It was a long time coming, but I like to think that my book was a catalyst to a lot of things that have happened. There were other factors, but because I took the high road in my book and I didn’t blast everybody and burn a bunch of bridges and all that, things started happening. It kind of reminded everybody of what the situation really was instead of what it had kind of become in our minds after all the spin for all those years. It also reminded everybody that we started as friends and that we finished as friends. We didn’t sue each other, which wasn’t maybe the wisest decision I ever made for my family and everything, but still, we kept it friendly. So now we had this event because I get a book signing event in October in Dallas, Texas. I got Neal and Michael to agree to come, and as it turned out, it was on a day off for Alice’s tour, meaning Alice would be in town with nothing to do. So yeah,  we planned it all out and did this impromptu thing. Neal, Michael, and I signed books and everything, did a Q&A and then we went over to the stage and played “Caught in a Dream,” just the three of us. Then Alice walked out, and we did seven songs with Ryan Roxie sitting in with us. They filmed it. The guy that owns the record store just called this guy and said, “I’m not going to believe this happened tomorrow if you don’t film it.” So he got eight of his friends to come down with cameras. The primary filming of what turned out to be a film, an actual film, was like 40 minutes. They filmed the set. Then the guy said, “You know what? The sound and the footage is so good at this. I think we got a movie.”

Dennis, Neal Smith, Alice Cooper, and Michael Bruce in 2017

It took him quite a few years to get the color correction right because they only had bright red lights, which is the worst for photography. Now it’s in the film festival circuit. It’s been in four festivals, and it’s won four awards: best documentary short, best documentary– I mean, best editing of a– oh my God, I don’t even know they were. But it’s also got two more now. It’s going to be in some more festivals. Also, because of that, then all of a sudden, Alice saw how much fun we had at that gig. Bob Ezrin was part of this as well because we were in the studio and he said, “You guy are all talking about how much fun you had doing this thing. Why don’t you do more?” Because Bob Ezrin said that, then Shep Gordon allowed us to open for Alice, or participate with Alice in the UK, which was great. I mean, it ended up at Wembley, 14,000 people. The previous time we had played at Wembley was 1972 when we stole the truck with the billboard of Alice nude with the snake to get on the news to be able to sell it out that time. Well, we didn’t have to do that this time to sell it out, but it was a wonderful thing. There are other things in the stars. I mean, we’re riding with Alice and other things. The way I look at it is, Blue Öyster Cult is the priority for these guys because that’s their true history, just like Alice Cooper is my true history. This is what’s really happening, what we’re doing now. It is a real band.

Blue Coup promo picture

THE FUTURE

It’s time to wrap up this discussion soon, but what happens next for the Blue Coupe? Apart from the new album, what does the future look like?

Albert Bouchard: Where is the band? Where are we? Well, we were supposed to do a UK tour after this gig.

Joe Bouchard: And Paris.

Albert Bouchard: But the thing in the UK, it’s not a good time to do it right now for the promoter. So he said definitely next year. The French promoter’s all saying the same thing. Next year we’re going to do it after the record has been out for a few months. So hopefully…I mean, I think that maybe we might get a little deeper into the promotion of it as far as hiring people.

Dennis Dunaway: We’ve got a lot of things going on. We’re going to be doing a festival one weekend on July 21st in Long Island. We’re going to be doing Beachland Ballroom in Cleveland and other gigs leading up to the thing I talked about at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. We have lots of other promotional things happening, radio-wise, like Sirius XM. And basically, we’re going to be getting out and promoting this album.

Albert Bouchard: So that’s our goal right now. Not that we’re retired, we can do this! “Laughs”

Dennis Dunaway: But I have not retired as a student [laughter].

All right. Thanks for this interview. Hope to see on tour next year and best of luck for your gold album hunt!

Blue Coupe: Thank you, Marko.

 

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