Blue Coupe comprises the long awaited reunion of Albert and Joe Bouchard, founding members of Blue Öyster Cult, on drums and guitar respectively, and bassist, Dennis Dunaway, founder of the Alice Cooper Group. Albert is the co-writer and arranger of many of Blue Öyster Cult's biggest hits including "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll," "R.U. Ready to Rock" and many others. Joe wrote "Hot Rails to Hell," "Astronomy" and co-wrote many other well loved BÖC songs. Dennis co-wrote Alice's biggest smash hits including "I'm 18," "School's Out" and "Under My Wheels." Together they have sold over 15 million albums in the United States alone and have been awarded over 30 gold and platinum records worldwide.
In 1962, Dennis met Vince Furnier (a.k.a. Alice Cooper) in Phoenix, Arizona in Art class and as teammates of their high school track team. Their first musical show was for their high school talent show where they were bitten by the rock and roll bug and began their long journey to the top of the rock pile when they hit it big as Alice Cooper (the group, not the current solo artist) in the early 70s. The Alice Cooper group invented theatrical rock shows that set new standards for all bands in their wake. They are credited with spearheading the “Glam” movement as well as Theatrical Rock and Shock Rock. Dennis’ wife, Cindy, designed and made the original sequined and chrome costumes that set the Alice Cooper group apart. After years of touring and hitting the top of the charts, in 1975, the original group decided to take a break to record solo albums. Alice began his solo career and the original group has only reunited for special one-night performances since.
Dennis has recorded several albums with Joe Bouchard, including Back From Hell by Bouchard Dunaway and Smith, the “Smith” is Neal who is Dennis’ brother in law and the original Alice Cooper group drummer.
Albert Bouchard met up with fellow engineering student Donald Roeser (a.k.a. Buck Dharma) at Clarkson College in 1965. After they both dropped out of college, they relocated to Long Island, New York and formed a band called Soft White Underbelly. They recorded two albums on Elektra Records, which the company decided not to release, causing some members to leave the band.
And so Joe Bouchard, who had just finished his music degree from Ithaca College and wanted to postpone his intended music-teaching career, was asked to play bass guitar with Soft White Underbelly. After a year of hustling small club dates in New York and New England, rewriting much of their original material and recording demos, they auditioned for the head of Columbia Records, Clive Davis, who signed them to a seven album deal on the spot. The only thing that they needed was a new name – something that would sit well with the new music of the 70s. They became Blue Öyster Cult.
What does Blue Öyster Cult mean?
Joe says, “It actually was a poem that manager Sandy Pearlman wrote that was part of a larger mythic-historical set of poems called The Soft Doctrine Of Imaginos, A Bed Time Story For The Children Of The Damned. So finding that combination of words was easy for Mr. Pearlman, who is a big fan of novelist HP Lovecraft. The truth is that in Sandy’s fictionalized world The Blue Öyster Cult were 'aliens from outer space that came to earth to influence the history of mankind in a new direction at pivotal points in time’. Currently those aliens could be the reason for the financial meltdown on Wall Street. Or not! But the band loved using their imaginations in a fun way to entertain their fans with such fantastic song themes.
In 1973, Blue Öyster Cult’s career got a great boost when the Alice Cooper group chose them as an opening act because they thought they were unique. And so both bands set out on a record-breaking tour of outdoor festivals and sold-out arenas that socially and musically bonded Joe and Albert and Dennis ever since.
With such an illustrious background, it’s obvious why Blue Coupe shows are an event for fans and new comers alike. Blue Coupe shows feature their impressive list of well known classic hit songs as well as their newly released, Tornado On The Tracks.
In January of 2008, Albert, Joe and Dennis played their first official gig together as Blue Coupe performing three sets for an enthusiastic crowd in rural Pennsylvania. Right then and there, they all recognized the birth of something that promised to be artistically satisfying and loads of fun. And so Blue Coupe began playing some of the best gigs of their lives including New York City's 2008 Halloween Parade attended by an estimated one million people, opening for Alice Cooper himself and headlining several successful international tours.
And now, with great expectations, Blue Coupe have combined their songwriting skills to record Tornado on the Tracks featuring such guest stars as Tish and Snooky from the Sic F*cks and Robby Krieger from the Doors. And the prolific sessions even produced four extra tacks that Blue Coupe will use for an exclusive release.