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American Rocker: An Interview With JOE BOUCHARD (ex-BLUE ÷YSTER CULT)

By George Dionne, Podcaster
Wednesday, July 6, 2022 @ 1:51 PM

ďI got so lucky with that cover [ďAstronomyĒ] on the METALLICA record [Garage Inc.], that I quit my day jobĒ

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JOE BOUCHARD is best known as the bassist of BLUE ÷YSTER CULT from their debut self-titled album in 1972 to their 1988 opus Imaginos. After his departure Bouchard went on to form BLUE COUPE with his brother Albert Bouchard and Dennis Dunaway (ALICE COOPER). Heís released several solo albums, and is currently touring with his brother as THE BOUCHARD BROTHERS. JOE BOUCHARDís latest solo album is American Rocker. It was released on June 3, 2022. I had the chance to speak with him shortly after its release.

Highlights include:

-Discussion of American Rocker solo album
-Working with outside songwriters
-Stories behind the singles
-Concert scams
-Songwriting lessons with Ian Hunter (MOTT THE HOOPLE)
-METALLICA covering ďAstronomyĒ helping him quit day job
-Touring with Albert as THE BOUCHARD BROTHERS
-Working with Eric Bloom & Buck Dharma of B÷C
-Collaborating on Albert Bouchardís next album
-Chances of Joe & Albert sharing the stage with BLUE ÷YSTER CULT again
-Memories of 1989 project with Charlie Huhn, DEADRINGER
-And much, much more


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