Spanning three decades, Blue Öyster Cult has a long and storied history. The band got its start in the late ’60s on Long Island, New York, as the Soft White Underbelly, but each member had been involved in bands previously in high school and college, before ending up in the “right place at the right time” to create the beginnings of Blue Öyster Cult.
BÖC is an American rock band whose most successful work includes the hard rock and heavy metal songs “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You.” Blue Oyster Cult has sold over 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million records in the United States alone. The band’s music videos, especially Burnin’ for You, received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band’s contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture.
Blue Öyster Cult’s current lineup includes “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, “stun guitar”), as well as Jules Radino (drums, percussion), Richie Castellano (keyboard, rhythm guitar, backing vocals) and Kasim Sulton (bass, backing vocals).