Blue Öyster Cult coming to Trine

Tickets will go on sale beginning 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 25, for a summer concert by hard rock and heavy metal pioneer Blue Öyster Cult in the T. Furth Center for Performing Arts at Trine University.

The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Friday, July 12, as part of the university’s Summer Concert Series, with doors opening one hour prior. Tickets range from $35-55 and are available at trine.edu/furth.

For more than four decades, Blue Öyster Cult has thrilled fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Based in Long Island, New York, Blue Öyster Cult occupies a unique place in rock history as one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success.

The band is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as 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 Danny Miranda and drummer Jules Radino.

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 that monopolizes the radio airwaves and bestseller charts.

Other dates in Trine’s Summer Concert Series will be announced at a future time. For more information, visit trine.edu/furth.