Dear All About Jazz Readers,

If you're familiar with All About Jazz, you know that we've dedicated over two decades to supporting jazz as an art form, and more importantly, the creative musicians who make it. Our enduring commitment has made All About Jazz one of the most culturally important websites of its kind in the world reaching hundreds of thousands of readers every month. However, to expand our offerings and develop new means to foster jazz discovery we need your help.

You can become a sustaining member for a modest $20 and in return, we'll immediately hide those pesky Google ads PLUS deliver exclusive content and provide access to future articles for a full year! This combination will not only improve your AAJ experience, it will allow us to continue to rigorously build on the great work we first started in 1995. Read on to view our project ideas...


Blue Öyster Cult at The Space at Westbury

Blue Öyster Cult at The Space at Westbury
Mike Perciaccante By

Sign in to view read count
Blue Öyster Cult
The Space at Westbury
Westbury, NY
October 18, 2014

In its over 40 years of existence Blue Öyster Cult has sold multiple millions of albums worldwide. The group came from humble beginnings. It was formed in 1967 at Stony Brook University on Long Island. The band was originally called Soft White Underbelly and was comprised of guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, drummer Albert Bouchard, keyboardist Allen Lanier, singer Les Braunstein and bassist Andrew Winters. This group recorded an album for Elektra Records that was shelved upon the departure of Braunstein. Guitarist/vocalist Eric Bloom replaced Braunstein and the band underwent a number of name changes before finally settling on Blue Öyster Cult. Eventually Columbia Records signed the band and the group recorded its first album. Winters left the group and was replaced on bass by Bouchard's brother, Joe.

The band's longest, most commercially successful lineup featured Roeser on lead guitar and vocals, Bloom on lead vocals and guitar, Lanier handling keyboards, rhythm guitar and backing vocals, Joe Bouchard on bass and backing vocals and Albert Bouchard on drums, percussion and backing vocals.

The band, best known for the songs "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You" continues to tour and record. Its current lineup includes Roeser and Bloom, as well as bassist Kasim Sulton, drummer Jules Radino and Richie Castellano on keyboards, rhythm guitar, and vocals.

On a warm Saturday evening in late October, Long Island's newest concert venue The Space at Westbury, played home to Blue Öyster Cult or BÖC as many have come to call them. The venue was filled with a mostly middle-aged crowd who had come in anticipation of a rocking high-energy performance featuring the mélange of hard rock, and pop infused with a touch of metal (that the band is not only known for, but has influenced a generation of other bands).

The night began with the stage bathed in blue light with the "Game of Thrones" theme blaring from the loudspeakers. As the opening theme tapered out, the band appeared on stage, with Bloom announcing, "All right, Long Island, are you ready?" The crowd responded with a loud cheer, and the band opened with a driving rendition of "This Ain't The Summer Of Love" from the Agents of Fortune (Columbia Records, 1976). The evening featured songs from every era of the group's career, from "Then Came the Last Days of May" from the band's self-titled debut album (Columbia, 1972) to "Career of Evil" from Secret Treaties (Columbia, 1974) to "The Golden Age of Leather" from 1977's Columbia release Spectres to "Burnin' for You" from Fire Of Unknown Origin (Columbia, 1981) to "Harvest Moon" from Heaven Forbid (CMC International, 1998). Other songs that made their way into the set were "Me262" (with its boogie woogie keyboards). "The Vigil" from Mirrors (Columbia, 1979) and "Buck's Boogie" from On Your Feet Or On Your Knees (Columbia, 1975).

As the main set was drawing to a close, Dharma introduced "Godzilla" by stating, "I think I see something big headed this way now..." The audience which was seasoned with numberous longtime fans (as evidenced by the large number of them sporting vintage BÖC t-shirts knew exactly what was about to transpire and reacted by screaming gleefully. What came next was something that you don't get to see every day. Sulton was introduced and the band treated the audience to a musical version of his resume. Following a snippet of Joan Jett's "I Love Rock 'n' Roll Bloom stated that they played it because "Kasim played with Joan Jett." The band played a short snippet of "Bang on The Drum all Day" becasue as Bloom said, "Kasim played with Todd (Rundgren)." They then played an even longer portion of Meatloaf's "Paradise By The Dashboard Light" punctuated by Bloom stating, "Because Kasim played with him too!" The other members of group then backed off and gave the bassman the spotlight for a well-deserved solo. Radino soon joined in and the bass solo became a funky rhythmic interlude followed by a drum solo. Soon the entire band returned to the stage and eventually worked its way back and returned to the main theme of "Godzilla." After the song ended and the applause died down, Dharma began an elongated guitar intro that eventually evolved into the opening riffs of "(Don't Fear) The Reaper." The audience leapt to its feet and danced in the aisles as the band played its signature song. When it came to an end, Bloom, Dharma, Sulton, Radino and Castellano came to the front of the stage and took their bows and exited the stage but quickly returned.

The set of encores began with "Harvester Of Eyes." "I Love The Night" and "Hot Rails to Hell" followed. Bloom then asked the crowd it they wanted more. He said, "Howe 'bout one more, we'll play all night long." When the cheers, screams and whistles from the audience reached the highest levels the band launched into "Cities on Flame With Rock 'n' Roll."


comments powered by Disqus

Shop Music & Tickets

Click any of the store links below and you'll support All About Jazz in the process. Learn how.

Related Articles

Read Fulcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2018 Live Reviews
Fulcarragh Winter Jazz Festival 2018
by Ian Patterson
Published: December 19, 2018
Read Ideas Of Noise 2018 Live Reviews
Ideas Of Noise 2018
by Martin Longley
Published: December 18, 2018
Read Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 2 Live Reviews
Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 2
by James Fleming
Published: December 17, 2018
Read Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 3 Live Reviews
Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 3
by James Fleming
Published: December 17, 2018
Read 2018 Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 4 Live Reviews
2018 Galway Jazz Festival 2018: Day 4
by James Fleming
Published: December 17, 2018
Read Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live Live Reviews
Brian Wilson Presents The Christmas Album Live
by Mike Perciaccante
Published: December 16, 2018
Read "Lello Molinari Quartet at Regatta Bar" Live Reviews Lello Molinari Quartet at Regatta Bar
by Doug Hall
Published: May 6, 2018
Read "Fred Frith's solo performance at the Macedonian Philharmonic Orchestra's Concert Hall" Live Reviews Fred Frith's solo performance at the Macedonian...
by Nenad Georgievski
Published: February 23, 2018
Read "Bob DeVos Quartet At Trumpets Jazz Club" Live Reviews Bob DeVos Quartet At Trumpets Jazz Club
by David A. Orthmann
Published: February 8, 2018
Read "David Virelles & Nosotros at Jazz Standard" Live Reviews David Virelles & Nosotros at Jazz Standard
by Tyran Grillo
Published: February 4, 2018
Read "Supersonic 2018" Live Reviews Supersonic 2018
by Martin Longley
Published: October 23, 2018
Read "Django Festival in Fontainbleu" Live Reviews Django Festival in Fontainbleu
by Martin McFie
Published: July 13, 2018