Blue Oyster Cult

by (@BHSmithNYC)

Allen Lanier, Former Blue Oyster Cult Member, Dead At 67

[Photo: Getty Images]

[Photo: Getty Images]

Fans of classic rock and early heavy metal were saddened to hear of the passing of Blue Oyster Cult’s Allen Lanier yesterday from heart disease at the age of 67. Lanier was a founding member of the group, playing keyboards and guitar on their seminal records of the 1970s and early ‘80s which blended atypical proto-metal riffing with art rock flourishes and cryptic lyrics inspired by science-fiction and fantasy novels. The group were a major concert attraction throughout the 1970s and have been cited as an influence by a diverse array of bands including first generation Australian punk rockers Radio Birdman, indie rock legends the Minutemen, metal titans Metallica, the jam band moe. and modern horror rockers Ghost B.C.  Besides his work with B.O.C., Allen Lanier was an esteemed sideman and session musician, most notably contributing to  albums by former-girlfriend Patti Smith and poet-turned rock singer Jim Carroll.

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