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Classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult perform live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on May 29

Classic rockers Blue Oyster Cult perform live at Circle Drive-In in Dickson City on May 29
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From a press release:

Classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult, best known for the singles “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Godzilla” in the 1970s and ’80s that are still in rotation today, will play live at the Circle Drive-In Theatre in Dickson City on Saturday, May 29.

This show will kick off the outdoor venue’s Summer Concert Series that includes Led Zeppelin tribute band Get the Led Out on Friday, June 11 and Steve Earle on Sunday, July 25. For all these events, gates at the Circle (1911 Scranton/Carbondale Hwy., Dickson City) open at 7 p.m., and the shows start at 8 p.m.

Like last year, the acts will be performing live in person as they’re projected on the big screen and the sound comes from large speakers next to the stage as well as car radios. Fans can bring chairs and watch from the parking spaces next to their vehicles. All state and CDC health and safety guidelines will still be in place, so masks must be worn when leaving the vehicle to visit the concession stand or bathrooms.

Tickets for Blue Öyster Cult, which are $179 per carload (up to four passengers per vehicle), are on sale now at Tickets for the other summer concerts are also available via AXS.

For nearly 50 years, Blue Öyster Cult has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs.

Based in Long Island, New York, BÖC 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 Blue Öyster Cult was listed in VH1’s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

Upon the release of their 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. Their 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 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 Danny Miranda and drummer Jules Radino.

Now nearing their fifth decade, Blue Öyster Cult is still “on tour forever,” maintaining a relentless touring schedule and playing sold-out shows across the United States and abroad. On Oct. 9, 2020, they released “The Symbol Remains,” their 15th studio album and first since 2001’s “Curse of the Hidden Mirror,” proving that they are still determined to bring new songs and classics to original fans and, as Bloom puts it, “teenagers with green hair.”

“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 group stated.

“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.”