The PiercingMetal Command HQ was saddened to learn of the passing of the great Allen Lanier, formerly of Blue Oyster Cult, who passed away yesterday at the age of 67.
Mr. Lanier was a founding member of the band and played keyboards and rhythm guitar back in their days of being called Soft White Underbelly in 1967. He would leave Blue Oyster Cult in 1985 and then retire from music altogether in 2006. Back in November of 2012, I got to see him perform tunes with BOC at their 40th Anniversary gig at the Best Buy Theater. This was to be his last ever appearance with the band. Thank you for the music Mr. Lanier, may you Rest In Peace and may your fans forever find comfort in the melodies that you left behind.
Artist: Blue Oyster Cult Title: “Setlist: The Very Best Of Blue Oyster Cult – Live” Label: Sony Music Release Date: 7/13/2010 Genre: Hard Rock Rating: 3.5
Even though I was never much the study of their musical teachings, it is without question that The Blue Oyster Cult is, and has remained one of the most influential of all the Hard Rock acts out there. For decades the team supreme of the bands lineup in Donald “Buck” Dharma and Eric Bloom have entertained the masses with some really excellent tunes. If you grew up during the glory days of radio Rock then you are well aware of the band based on tunes such as “Godzilla” and “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” being staples in almost every deejays rotation. Those amazing times for Rock acts are gone in terms of the amount of this kind of music that was at one time very easily enjoyed and now the best place to hear it is either on satellite subscriptions or internet feeds – the times they are indeed ‘a changing. BOC was known for having a very powerful live show in terms of their musical makeup and since they were never a band based on tricks; this was the most important aspect that one would go into a show knowing when this band was on their evening’s agenda. As with the many other “Setlist Live” compilations, this release takes what is believed to be the crème de la crème of the bands gigs and gives you a number of the tunes in one simple place. They are also presenting a couple of tracks that were never before heard by the public and in this particular albums case those tunes would be “The Vigil” and “ME 262”. Some of these albums found me thinking that based on the bands overall impact that they should have been a double or expanded in some fashion by an online connection and this is especially the case when it comes to a band that has over forty years worth of material. Continue reading “Setlist: The Very Best Of Blue Oyster Cult – Live” by Blue Oyster Cult→
Author: Martin Popoff Release: Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed Publisher: Metal Blade Records Date: July 2004 Genre: Rock Rating: 8.0
As someone who religiously mailed a self-addressed-stamped-envelope in order to receive (sometimes months later) early tractor-feed computer printouts of each of Blue Oyster Cult’s album’s lyrics, I found Martin Popoff’s book Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed a thoroughly enjoyable fact-filled analysis and a “keeper” book for continued reference. Although it is unlikely you will sit down and read this book cover to cover, it makes a great companion to the B.O.C. musical catalogue; a perfect resource to browse for tidbits about the germination of songs while you’re listening. Continue reading “Blue Oyster Cult: Secrets Revealed” by Martin Popoff→