By Eddie Jorgensen
It’s hard to believe 56 years have passed since guitarist Buck Dharma – a.k.a. Donald Roeser – first formed a band under the moniker of Soft White Underbelly. It would only take a couple years to make a much-needed switch to Blue Öyster Cult and hire Eric Bloom as its charismatic frontman and singer.
Followers of early FM radio immediately took to the group after the release of its first, self-titled record in 1972, which was followed by a flurry of equally strong releases leading into the 80s. And while the majority of fans know Blue Öyster Cult for its hits – “Godzilla,” “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” and “Burnin’ For You” – a cult following continues to keep track of the band’s setlists and hope for surprise deep cuts at its shows.
Although the group was not as prolific during the 90’s and on, it did manage to release its 15th album, ‘The Symbol Remains,’ on the boutique Frontiers record label. Peaking at #10 on Billboard’s Top Hard Rock Albums, the new material showcases a powerhouse collective who hasn’t lost a step – and still sells records.
If recent shows are any indication, Blue Öyster Cult’s upcoming performance opening for Kansas will be something classic rock fans shouldn’t miss. Tickets start at $49.95 and top-out at $109.95. They can be purchased at www.thundervalleycasino.com. Doors open at 6:30 p.m., with the 21-and-over show starting promptly at 7:30 p.m. Attendees aged 13 to 20 must be accompanied by adult who’s 21 or over. The Venue is located inside Thunder Valley Casino at 1200 Athens Avenue in Lincoln.