by Andrew Sacher

Blue Oyster Cult

Rock veterans Blue Oyster Cult are still with ’60s-to-present vocalists/guitarists Buck Dharma (who sings their best known songs “Don’t Fear the Reaper,” “Burnin’ For You” and “Godzilla”) and Eric Bloom (though the rest of the lineup joined in the past decade or so), and this year they’re celebrating the 40th anniversary of “Don’t Fear the Reaper” on tour.

The tour includes the “Reaper Residency” in NYC, which has shows on February 13, April 7 and June 17 at BB King’s. No openers announced for those shows, but they’ve also got a Long Island date on February 6 at NYCB Theatre at Westbury with Vanilla Fudge (known for their proto-metal covers of pop songs) and psych/garage rockers Blues Magoos. That’s a lot of veteran talent on one bill. Tickets for all four of those shows, including a 3-night pass for BB King’s, are on sale now.

Just in case you’ve come to associate BOC with classic rock radio fodder (or SNL skits), it’s worth remembering they also started out as a harder proto-metal band and they still play some of that stuff live. In fact, they just opened their Wellmont Theatre show earlier this month with the heavy riffing “The Red and the Black” off 1973’s Tyranny and Mutation. Listen to that one, and their bigger hits, with the list of tour dates, below…

Blue Oyster Cult — 2016 Tour Dates
Jan 28 Potawatomi Hotel & Casino/Northern Lights Theater/Event Center Milwaukee, WI
Jan 29 Medina Entertainment Center Medina, MN
Feb 05 Tally Ho Theatre Leesburg, VA
Feb 06 NYCB Theatre at Westbury Westbury, NY
Feb 13 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill New York, NY
Feb 27 Emerald Queen Casino Tacoma, WA
Mar 26 Cactus Petes Resort Casino Gala Showroom Jackpot, NV
Apr 07 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill New York, NY
Apr 08 American Music Theatre Lancaster, PA
Apr 17 Saban Theatre Beverly Hills, CA
Jun 17 B.B. King Blues Club & Grill New York, NY
Aug 12 Shreveport Municipal Memorial Auditorium Shreveport, LA