Blue Coupe roll supergroup into Rocket BarWritten by Matt Liasse | | firstname.lastname@example.org
Toledo will play host to three iconic rock stars on Aug. 11.
Blue Coupe consists of Rock ‘N Roll Hall of Famer Dennis Dunaway, bassist of the Alice Cooper group, and the “angry orphans” Al and Joe Bouchard of Blue Öyster Cult. The band will play at the Rocket Bar as part of their Million Miles More tour.
Collectively, the three men have sold over 15 million albums and were awarded more than 30 gold and platinum records worldwide, according to a news release.
Blue Coupe pays homage to their roots at their shows. A Godzilla replica appears during the set, something Blue Öyster Cult shows were known for. The band also frequently plays Alice Cooper’s hit “School’s Out,” which Dunaway co-wrote.
“That is a signature Alice Cooper song,” Bouchard said. “Every time I sing that, I get a thrill to the bottom of my toe.”
In 1973, Blue Öyster Cult opened for the Alice Cooper group during a world-wide tour.
“I’ve been playing with my brother since we were little kids,” Bouchard said. “Things worked out really good … we’ve known Dennis since 1972. Fast forward about 35 years and here we are and we’re still making music, having a great time.”
Bouchard said if they were still part of their original bands, they would have to play certain hits.
“With this group, we are able to explore a lot of new music that wouldn’t be possible in those other groups,” Bouchard said. “We liked the idea that we have collective hits … but also we get to do our new [stuff].”
Since forming seven years ago, the band has released two albums of original music. The band collaborated with many people on their latest, including Jack Douglas, known for his work with Aerosmith, John Lennon and Cheap Trick. Alice Cooper’s vocals appear on one of the tracks.
“The guests didn’t take over, but they enhanced the project,” Bouchard said.
The album’s title “Million Miles More” is a metaphor for how much further their career will go.
“It’s really the best album we’ve ever done,” Bouchard said. “It’s definitely been a million miles collectively for sure in our careers and we have many miles to go.”