BLUE ÖYSTER CULT / JEFFERSON STARSHIP
Thursday, January 28 at 8 p.m.
For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. The Long Island‐based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal community for its pioneering work. Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history because it's one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim and commercial success.
The band is often cited as a major influence by acts like Metallica, and BÖC has been listed in VH1's countdown of the “greatest hard rock bands of all time.”
Upon the release of BÖC's self-titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy, yet heavy, music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny or ambiguous, often all within the same song. BÖC's canon includes three classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from 1976's Agents of Fortune, "Godzilla" from 1977's Spectres and the hypnotically melodic "Burnin' for You" from1981's Fire of Unknown Origin.
The intense creative vision of BÖC's original core duo of vocalist/lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section of bassist Kasim Sulton and drummer Jules Radino.
“We realized we're a 'classic rock' band. That's what we are, that's what we do best, that's what we know,” says the band, proud of BÖC's classic sound, and pleased to be creating vibrant work for disenfranchised music lovers who don't like the homogenized, prefabricated pop, formulaic rap or metal, which monopolizes the radio airwaves and bestseller charts. BÖC maintains a relentless touring schedule that brings new songs and classics to original fans and, as Bloom puts it, "teenagers with green hair.”