Blue Öyster Cult / The Tubes
Friday, January 13 at 8 p.m.
Blue Öyster Cult
For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, NY–based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history as one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim and commercial success.
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 in the same song. BÖC's canon includes three stone-cold classics that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: the truly haunting "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from 1976's Agents of Fortune, the pummeling "Godzilla" from 1977's Spectres, and the hypnotically melodic "Burnin' for You" from 1981's Fire of Unknown Origin. Other notable BÖC songs include "Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll," "Then Came the Last Days of May," "I Love the Night," "In Thee," "Veteran of the Psychic Wars," "Dominance and Submission," "Astronomy," "Black Blade" and "Shooting Shark."
The band is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as Metallica, and BÖC is listed in VH1's countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.
The intense creative vision of BÖC's original core duo of vocalist/lead guitarist, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, and vocalist/rhythm guitarist, Eric Bloom, is complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section of bass guitarist, Kasim Sulton and drummer, Jules Radino.
The band members are proud of BÖC's classic sound, and pleased the band is creating vibrant work for disenfranchised music lovers who don't like the homogenized, prefabricated pop or sound-alike, formulaic rap-metal monopolizing the radio airwaves and best-seller charts.
BÖC has always maintained a relentless touring schedule that brings new songs and classics to original fans and, as Bloom puts it, "teenagers with green hair.”
The Tubes featuring Fee Waybill
From humble beginnings in Phoenix, Arizona, to the streets of San Francisco, The Tubes were catapulted into rock ’n roll’s limelight in the mid ’70s, making their most memorable mark on rock history with such classics as “White Punks On Dope,” “What Do You Want From Life,” “Mondo Bondage,” “Don’t Touch Me There,” “Sushi Girl,” “Talk To Ya Later” and their number-one Billboard hit, “She’s A Beauty.”
No matter how memorable The Tubes’ recordings are, the band’s lifeline has always been live performances. From the exuberant and imaginative to the outrageous, The Tubes continue to perform for hordes of fans throughout the world. The current line up—still retaining four original members—consists of the enigmatic and unforgettable vocalist, Fee Waybill, the elusive guitarist, Roger Steen, the solid bass playing of Rick Anderson, the legendary, Prairie Prince on drums, and keyboardist, David Medd.
Ahead of their time in the ’80s, The Tubes haven’t lost a step and continue reinventing themselves. They continue to write clever, provocative material—as heard on their most recent, critically acclaimed release, Genius Of America—and continue to add to their body of work with DVD/Video releases from their live shows, including The Tubes World Tour, Wild In London and a live DVD/CD package of an early ’80s show performed in Bremen, Germany.
Few bands have a more entertaining and over-the-top live show than The Tubes. Their influence can be seen in many of today’s visually oriented groups, such as The Red Hot Chili Peppers, Marilyn Manson and others. The Tubes are not only a great band to watch, but a great band, period!
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