BLUE ÖYSTER CULT DEBUT IRISH APPEARANCE Jul28

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BLUE ÖYSTER CULT DEBUT IRISH APPEARANCE

BLUE ÖYSTER  EXCLUSIVE DEBUT IRISH APPEARANCE

 

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DEBUT IRISH PERFORMANCE FROM THE LEGENDARY, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT; IN DUBLIN’S ACADEMY ON 28th JULY 2016.

 

 

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Band  played  ‘AGENTS OF FORTUNE’ album in full and more.

In celebration of the 40th anniversary since the original 1976 release of “AGENTS OF FORTUNE” on Columbia Records, the Long Island rockers will be jetting in from NYC to play their first ever show in Ireland on July 28th at the Academy in Dublin. The show will feature the complete ‘Agents’ album, plus a full set of powerful classics from a back catalogue spanning over four decades.

Commented the band, “It seems unbelievable that after 44 years on tour we’ve never played Ireland. Having waited a lifetime to play there, we are extremely excited to be presenting this very special show for our debut live performance”.

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Agents of Fortune, Blue Öyster Cult’s platinum-selling fourth studio album, included the hit single “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper”, arguably still one of the most haunting and recognised tracks in rock history. Check out the video for that classic on this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IM0im3V8HlU with embed <iframe width=”560″ height=”315″ src=”https://www.youtube.com/embed/IM0im3V8HlU” frameborder=”0″ allowfullscreen></iframe>                                                                                              

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The band features core original members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (guitar, keyboards, vocals), with a very special guest appearance from co-founding member Albert Bouchard (percussion, guitar, vocals) who was instrumental in writing the early material. The legendary line-up is completed by Richie Castellano (guitar, keyboards, vocals), Kasim Sulton (bass, vocals) and Jules Radino (drums, percussion), bringing a relentless and unrivalled energy to the stage.

BÖC have been a major heavy metal influence on many other acts, such as Metallica, and were listed in VH1’s countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.

 

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Epitome of cool…

Blue Oyster Cult – The Academy, Dublin, 28th July, 2016

WHEN it comes to iconic bands still on the go in the second decade of the 21st Century Blue Oyster Cult are among those that still stand tall, and still deliver live.

Playing in Ireland for the first time it was the opening of the 40th anniversary of the release of Agents of Fortune album.

That album was the breakthrough that put the band on the proverbial chart map, and it was the moment when the band took the soft rock and added a sense of menace.

The Dublin crowd reflected the age of the album with the general age of audience – very few were under 30, and the majority were well over the 40 mark. That didn’t dampen the enthusiasm one single bit.

There was a general sense of celebration, not just because of the first Irish date, rather it was the anticipation of an audience willing the start.

Added to this was the band’s line-up. Eric Bloom, Donald ‘Duck’ Dharma, Richie Castellano, Kasim Sultan, Jules Radino and the return of the one and only Albert Bouchard on drums.

Even the most cynical of reviewers, members of the crowd and photographers couldn’t hide their excitement…and when you see bar staff singing along to ‘Don’t Fear The Reaper’ you know the band were doing something right.

Blue Oyster Cult performed with a sense of ease and a sense that this is where they are comfortable.

All tracks, not just the so-called hits were delivered with precision, yet with no sense that they were slavish – several times Bloom and Dharma exchanged licks that were slight improvisations. These weren’t mistakes, almost as if they wanted to keep the songs fresh for themselves.

From the moment that they opened with ‘This Ain’t The Summer Of Love’ to they left the stage to unanimous applause they were too cool for most to comprehend.

They may be aged, but they have aged well. Moving around the stage as if sliding along while exchanging looks with themselves and the crowd, and no clichéd cajoling the crowd to join in.

There were moments when even the soft tones of ‘True Confessions’ had moved into the region marked ‘threat’.

As to ‘Golden Age Of Leather’ it had the real sense of musical fetishism.

In all sets there are stand-out moments. For some it was the amazing guitar interchanges after the intermission…yes there was an intermission, probably for the sake of the audience as the band.

But songs like ‘Dominance and Submission’ and ‘ETI’ were simply on another planet…

To stand beside a guy in his late 50s shouting ‘Balthazar’ is a moment to savour.

Blue Oyster Cult stand head and shoulders above the pack, ease themselves through the songs without sounding like an on-stage jukebox and have a back catalogue that is familiar to all fans.

Now they’ve done the ‘Agents of Fortune’ anniversary many are wishing they’ll do a ‘Cultusaurus Erectus’ and ‘Fire of Unknown Origin’ anniversary tours.

 

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