Blue Oyster Cult jammed the night away

 

Eric Bloom, Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser, Richie Castellano, Kasim Sultan and Jules Radino who are more commonly known as Blue Oyster Cult took center stage at the Turning Stone Resort & Casino to a near full house. Anticipation filled the air with fans waiting patiently to see their favorite band that has been on the scene for more than 40 years. And, the fans not only wanted to take home the memories but they wanted to remember the night by buying a cool shirt or CD. The night started off with a little bit of action from Eric Bloom, as he brought the crowd into “The Red and Black” followed by “Before the Kiss a Redcap” and “Burnin for You.” The crowd was singing along louder than ever as Buck sang the first of several songs. “Dancing in the Ruins” and then into one of the crowd favorites – the instrumental “Buck’s Boogie.” The guy sure knows how to jam out on the guitar. “True Confessions” had Eric singing again then back to Buck for “Shooting Shark.” The fans joined in and raised their drink and helped start off “Golden Age of Leather.” “The Last Days of May” which saw Richie show off his talents on the guitar and Eric taking over the keyboards. “Godzilla” showed the audience after all these years he still has what it takes. “Don’t Fear The Reaper” was another popular tune that got the fans singing along and clapping.

Blue Oyster Cult with only two original members may not be the same lineup as it was back in the 70s and 80s – unfortunately bands do tend to split apart – but they sure do know how to put on a show and keep the crowd involved. Fortunately the current line up with Richie on guitar and keyboards, Kasim on bass and Jules on drums does justice to that era and brings a new life to the band. Sometimes change is good and the show must go on. The band was in rare form; seemingly enjoying being there as much as the audience was. The guys were joking and smiling throughout the set with either Eric or Buck talking about the songs they were playing.

Set list
The Red and the Black Golden Age of Leather. Burnin’ for You Before the Kiss A Redcap Shooting Shark The Vigil ME 262 Then Came the Last Days of May Tattoo Vampire Buck’s Boogie (Don’t Fear) The Reaper Hot Rails to Hell

The one thing that is certain – it was a great set and a great time was had by all.

 

 

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