Blue Oyster Cult Founder Dies
Allen Lanier, keyboardist & founding member of Blue Oyster Cult has died; he was 66. His death comes after he was hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, according to the band's official Facebook page. The post says "DFTR sweet man," in a reference to "Don't Fear The Reaper."
Lanier started with Blue Oyster Cult at the band's inception in 1967, and retired in 2006.
Singer Eric Bloom paid this tribute to Lanier on his Facebook page. His statement reads:
“My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I’ll miss the guy even though we hadn’t spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he’s playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now.”
Blue Oyster Cult was inducted into the Long Island Music Hall of Fame in 2008.