Rock anthems such as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin for You” will be on display this week when rock act Blue Öyster Cult takes the stage at Harrah’s Lake Tahoe.
“The band got its start in the late ’60s on Long Island, New York, as the Soft White Underbelly, but each member had been involved in bands previously in high school and college, before ending up in the ‘right place at the right time’ to create the beginnings of Blue Öyster Cult,” according to the band’s website.
The band has a reputation for being the “thinking man’s heavy metal group.”
“Put together on a college campus by a couple of rock critics, it maintained a close relationship with a series of literary figures (often in the fields of science fiction and horror), including Eric Von Lustbader, Patti Smith, Michael Moorcock, and Stephen King, while turning out some of the more listenable metal music of the early and mid-’70s,” according to a biography of the band by William Ruhlmann on www.allmusic.com.
With more than 40 years of experience, the band has a long list of former members. Current lead singer Donald Roeser has been in the band since the beginning. Eric Bloom (lead vocals rhythm guitar and keyboards) has been with Blue Öyster Cult since 1969. Jules Radino (drums), Richie Castellano (keyboards, guitar, bass and vocals) and Kasim Sulton (bass and vocals) have each joined the band within the past decade.