Original BLUE ÖYSTER CULT members Allen Lanier (keyboards, guitar), Albert Bouchard (drums, percussion), Joe Bouchard (bass), Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (guitar) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, rhythm guitar) reunited for a one-off performance last night (Monday, November 5) at the Best Buy Theater in New York City.
The setlist for the show was as follows:
01. This Ain’t The Summer Of Love
02. Golden Age Of Leather
03. Burnin’ For You
04. Harvest Moon
05. Me 262
06. Then Came The Last Days Of May
07. Lips In The Hills
08. Shooting Shark (with Bruce Kapler – saxophone)
10. I Love The Night
01. Harvester Of Eyes (acoustic)
02. Astronomy (acoustic)
03. Gil Blanco County (acoustic)
04. Death Valley Nights (with Albert Bouchard vocals, acoustic)
05. In Thee (with Allen Lanier guitar, acoustic)
06. Summa Cum Laude
07. Arthur Comics
08. Black Blade
09. OD’d On Life Itself (with Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard, Joe Bouchard)
10. Career Of Evil (with Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard, Joe Bouchard)
11. The Red The Black (with Allen Lanier, Albert Bouchard, Joe Bouchard)
12. (Don’t Fear) The Reaper (everyone)
Fan-filmed video footage of the concert can be seen below.
Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, celebrated the 40th anniversary of “Blue Öyster Cult” — unleashed in 1972, the eponymous debut album from America’s heaviest psychedelic metal band presaged punk, thrash and hardcore — with the release of “Blue Öyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection”, a monumental career-spanning BLUE ÖYSTER CULT library comprised of 16 CDs (the full official canon plus two discs of rarities) and the mythic “Some Other Enchanted Evening” DVD (a blistering concert video from 1978). The highly-collectible boxed set was made available on October 30.
“Blue Öyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection” brings together the group’s 14 official Columbia Records albums — including newly-mastered editions of “On Your Feet Or On Your Knees”, “Fire Of Unknown Origin”, “The Revolution By Night”, “Mirrors”, “Cultosaurus Erectus”, “Extraterrestrial Live”, “Club Ninja” and “Imaginos” — alongside two newly-curated bonus discs: “Rarities” and “Radios Appear: The Best Of The Broadcasts” (a special collection of classic live performances).
In addition, the “Blue Öyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection” box set comes with a special download code good for four live concert broadcasts as well as as a forty-page booklet chock-full of photos and liner notes from celebrated music writer and guitarist Lenny Kaye.
Originally formed in Long Island as SOFT WHITE UNDERBELLY in 1967, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT combined adventurous lyrical themes with an aggressive instrumental sound. With passion and intelligence on display in equal measure, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT became the thinking fan’s rock band and a sign of life in a sea of dull, anemic soft-pop. Anthems like “Godzilla”, “Harvester Of Eyes” and “Don’t Fear The Reaper” stretched the boundaries of rock topics while lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser became a hero to legions of budding axe-wielders. The band’s mystique extended to their album artwork, resulting in some of the most distinctive and iconic LP covers of the rock era. “Blue Öyster Cult – The Columbia Albums Collection” gathers the essential pieces of the BLUE ÖYSTER CULT story into one mind-boggling totality.