April 8, 2000 was an evening that would go down in comedy history.

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Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and the cast of Saturday Night Live did an absurd recreation of the recording of "Don't Fear the Reaper" by Blue Oyster Cult. Will Ferrell bounces around the stage while a dry Christopher Walken demands, "I've got to have more cowbell!"

The sketch was an instant classic that sparked a renewed interest in B.O.C. and their music. After the sketch aired everyone wanted to know more about the actual recording session which took place in 1975 and that is where a rock controversy was born.

According to Goldmine several different BOC members "have indicated they played the cowbell on the song, including Bloom, producer David Lucas and drummer Albert Bouchard." 

So who actually was responsible for the world's most recognizable cowbell sound? We went right to the source and spoke to original Blue Oyster Cult bassist Joe Bouchard who is a Connecticut resident and a friend of our show.

Bouchard was our guest on the Tuesday (1/16/24) edition of the I-95 Morning Show with Ethan, Lou & Large Dave and we asked him.

Lou Milano: Several different members of the band, there have been 20 over the years, have claimed that they were the one playing cowbell on the song. This includes Eric Bloom, David Lucas and your brother Albert Bouchard. Who actually played the cowbell?


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Joe Bouchard: "I was there, I was an eyewitness and I will say it was my brother Albert Bouchard playing the cowbell. That would be Albert."

In case you're wondering Joe is Connecticut to the bone. He's lived in New Milford, Weston and now he is somewhere in Killingworth.

Left to Right: Lou Milano, Joe Bouchard, Mark Rivera from Billy Joel's band and Ethan Carey
Left to Right: Lou Milano, Joe Bouchard, Mark Rivera from Billy Joel's band and Ethan Carey
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We love Joe, he has been very supportive of our show and I-95 in general. He's joined us at multiple charity events over the years and even agreed to play at one of our anniversary parties.

Ethan Carey & Joe Bouchard
Ethan Carey & Joe Bouchard
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You can listen to our complete (1/16/24) interview with Joe Bouchard below. We also discussed the early years of BOC, Joe's favorite collaboration and I apologized to Joe for my last text.

Later, I explained the favor I asked Joe for.

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Ridgefield Playhouse Exec Shares Revealing Tales About Richards and More

The Ridgefield Playhouse and I-95 have had a longstanding and fruitful business relationship.The Playhouse, it's leadership and staff have always been welcoming to us and we like to think we've been good to them as well.

I've been doing the I-95 Morning Show for 15 years and in that time I've had so many wonderful memories in that building. We performed our Ethan and Lou 10 year Anniversary concert there, I've met countless celebrities at the Playhouse and have attended many of their shows.

Many of the top flight guests we've booked on the I-95 Morning Show have been courtesy of our association with the Playhouse. But it wasn't just the rock stars that got invited to our studio, the people behind the curtain have always been regular guests on our shows.

Jared Shahid is the new Managing Director at the Ridgefield Playhouse but not a new face to us. Ethan and I have hung with him backstage, we've had him in the studio and he and I even worked on a TV project together.

Jared is one of the best storytellers I know so we were delighted to invite him back on the show. Recently, Shahid joined us on the the I-95 Morning Show with Ethan, Lou & Dave. Whenever he comes in, he brings tickets and stories for our audience. These are some of the amazing behind the scenes tales he shared with us on Thursday (5/25/23).

Gallery Credit: Lou Milano

Danbury Resident Has Astonishing Close Encounter With Famous Moose

His name is Daryl Pitman, and he's a Danbury resident who recently had a super-close encounter with a moose that has become famous in the Greater-Danbury area. In the past few days this moose has been seen in multiple Danbury locations, it's been seen in Newtown, New Fairfield, Woodbury and even Pawling, NY to name a few. 

I saw Daryl's pictures in a different moose related thread and reached out to him. I asked him to tell me more. I wanted to know if these photos were real? Did he take the pictures? Was this in Danbury? When was this? How did he feel. An excited Daryl got back to me with the following responses. 

Gallery Credit: Lou Milano

In the Limelight: 2023's Top Celebrity Guests on the I-95 Morning Show

In 2023, we welcomed a ton of exciting guests to the Ethan, Lou & Large Dave Show. We had athletes, musicians, entertainers from a variety of eras and backgrounds. These are the 8 Most Memorable Celebrity Interviews on the I-95 Morning Show

Gallery Credit: Lou Milano

15 of Connecticut's Most Wanted Bank Robbery Suspects of the 2020's

Imagine if you will, being passed a note that says "give me all the money." It sounds like a cheesy line from a low-budget Hollywood stinker but for some CT bank tellers it was a terrifying, real-life scenario. These are 15 of Connecticut's Most Wanted Bank Robbery Suspects of the 2020's.

NOTE: These are photos of suspects and all parties are innocent until proven guilty.

Gallery Credit: Lou Milano

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