Blue Oyster Cult's legacy of rock and heavy metal began in the late '60s when drummer Albert Bouchard and guitarist Donald Roeser met at Clarkson College in New York. Later, they were joined by Bruce Abbot and formed The Disciples, then Travesty.
Blue Oyster Cult's legacy of heavy metal began in the late '60s when drummer Albert Bouchard and guitarist Donald Roeser met at Clarkson College in New York.
The duo founded Blue Oyster Cult in 1971, and the group's longest lasting and most commercially successful lineup included Roeser, Bouchard, rhythm guitarist and keyboard player Eric Bloom, guitarist and keyboard player Allen Lanier and bassist Joe Bouchard.
Today, the band's lineup includes Roeser and Bloom, along with drummer and percussionist Jules Radino and bass guitarist Kasim Sulton, according to K&K Promotions.
Blue Oyster Cult has 14 studio albums to its credit, the most recent, "Curse of the Hidden Mirror," released in 2001. In 2012, the albums were released on the Columbia label as a box set of 16 CDs and one DVD.
The steady flow of records garnered such hits as "Burnin' for You," "The Red and The Black," "This Ain't The Summer of Love," "Astronomy," "Black Blade," "Flaming Telepaths," and "(Don't Fear) The Reaper."
Blue Oyster Cult influenced much of the prominent rock music of the '80s and '90s. Bands such as Metallica and Iced Earth have covered Blue Oyster Cult songs on their studio recordings and live performances. The hit "The Reaper" has been covered by Evanescence, HIM, The Goo Goo Dolls, The Beautiful South, Wilco and Big Country.
Blue Oyster Cult will be joined Wednesday, Sept. 11, at the Lithia Amp-hitheater in Central Point by British rockers Foghat.
Foghat morphed from '60s British blues-rock band Savoy Brown, featuring Roger Earl, Lonesome Dave Peverett and guitarist Kim Simmonds.
In '71, Earl and Peverett teamed up with slide guitarist Rod Price and bassist Tony Stevens to form Foghat.
The band's 14 years of relentless touring has earned seven gold records, a platinum record, "Fool for the City," and a double-platinum, "Foghat Live."
In the '70s, the band hit the charts with such hits as "Drivin' Wheel," "I Just Wanna Make Love to You," "Stone Blue," "Third Time Lucky" and "Somebody's Been Sleeping in My Bed," many of which remain classic rock radio staples.
The year 1994 marked the return of Foghat to the world stage, when the original members reunited to record "Return of the Boogie Men." Playing back on the road yielded a live CD titled "Road Cases," released in '97.
Peverett succumbed to cancer in early 2000. Though devastated by the loss, Earl and the band decided to find someone to replace Dave and continue touring. They discovered vocalist and guitarist Charlie Huhn and went on to record studio albums, a live DVD, a live double CD, and launch their own wine label, Foghat Cellars.
Foghat's newest project, a blues CD titled "Last Train Home," was released in 2010.