Don’t fear – Blue Öyster Cult returns to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe on Nov. 4
From a press release:
For over four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. They’ll return to Penn’s Peak in Jim Thorpe to perform those hits on Saturday, Nov. 4 at 8 p.m.
Tickets, which are $29 for reserved seats or $35 for the pit, go on sale this Saturday, Aug. 12 at 10 a.m. at all Ticketmaster outlets, the Penn’s Peak box office (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe), and Roadies Restaurant and Bar (325 Maury Rd., Jim Thorpe). Penn’s Peak box office and Roadies Restaurant ticket sales are walk-up only; no phone orders.
Based in Long Island, New York, Blue Öyster Cult is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. The band occupies a unique place in rock history because it’s one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success.
The band is often cited as a major influence by acts like Metallica, and BÖC was listed in VH1’s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.
Upon the release of BÖC’s self-titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy, yet heavy music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny, or ambiguous, often all in the same song. BÖC’s canon includes three stone-cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out – the truly haunting “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from 1976’s “Agents of Fortune,” the pummeling “Godzilla” from 1977’s “Spectres,” and the hypnotically melodic “Burnin’ for You” from 1981’s “Fire of Unknown Origin.” Other notable BÖC songs include “Cities on Flame with Rock and Roll,” “Then Came the Last Days of May,” “I Love the Night,” “In Thee,” “Veteran of the Psychic Wars,” “Dominance and Submission,” “Astronomy,” “Black Blade,” and “Shooting Shark.”
The intense creative vision of BÖC’s original core duo of vocalist/lead guitarist Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards and the longtime rhythm section of bass guitarist Kasim Sulton and drummer Jules Radino.
“We realized we’re a ‘classic rock’ band. That’s what we are, that’s what we do best, that’s what we know. The band members are proud of BÖC’s classic sound and pleased the band is creating vibrant work for disenfranchised music lovers who don’t like the homogenized, prefabricated pop or sound-alike, formulaic rap metal, which monopolizes the radio airwaves and bestseller charts,” the band stated.
BÖC has always maintained a relentless touring schedule that brings new songs and classics to original fans and, as Bloom puts it, “teenagers with green hair.”