BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Launch N. Amer. Tour + Sign w/ Frontiers Music Srl. For New Album, Remasters, Live Releases Due 2020

Article By: Pat ‘Riot’ Whitaker, Senior Writer/Journalist ‡ Edited By: Leanne Ridgeway, Owner/Chief Editor

Frontiers Music Srl. announce the signing of one of rock and roll’s truly iconic bands – Long Island, New York’s BLUE ÖYSTER CULT.

With a career spanning nearly five decades, these globally revered recording artists are endeavoring to build upon their acclaimed legacy with the Italian based record label. Without question, BÖC occupy an exceptionally unique place in the annals of music history as both pioneers and adulated mainstays. As one of the very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim, as well as commercial success, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT now prepare to continue their sonic residency.

By all outward perspectives, 2020 promises to provide fans with a new studio album from the contemporary incarnation of the band. It is one comprised of BÖC‘s original core duo of visionaries, vocalist and lead guitarist Donald Buck DharmaRoeser, along with vocalist and rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom. The duo are joined by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section of bassist Danny Miranda and drummer Jules Radino.

Eric Bloom comments:

It’s been a long time since BÖC’s last studio album. Our biggest question from fans is ‘when are we going to do some new music?’ So we are ready to take this journey again. Recording with Danny, Richie and Jules should be a great experience as we’ve been touring together for years and Buck and I are looking forward to including them in the creative and recording process.

The current band is GREAT and has never been recorded other than the live concerts, so we feel now is the time for new songs to be written and recorded. About half of the songs for the new record exist and the rest will be finished during the process,” adds Buck Dharma.

Over time, many people have grown to doubt that a new studio album would ever materialize from BLUE ÖYSTER CULT. Their last official outing was 2001’s ‘Curse Of The Hidden Mirror‘, but any as-yet-untitled release will not be the only thing to arrive from the band next year. Fans can also expect to see remastered reissues (some with updated artwork) of four classic BÖC releases including:

Cult Classic‘ – originally released in 1994.
Heaven Forbid‘ – originally released in 1998. [Not available for North / South America]
Curse Of The Hidden Mirror‘ – originally released in 2001. [Not available for North / South America]
A Long Day’s Night’ – Live CD/ DVD/ BluRay – originally released in 2002. [First time on BluRay]

Additionally, the band will present five new live releases in 2020 which include:

Live show from the iHeart Radio Theater 2012 (40th Anniversary).
Live show from Hard Rock Casino Cleveland 2014
Live show from Rock Of Ages Festival in Germany 2016
40th Anniversary of ‘Agents Of Fortune‘ shot in L.A. in April 2017 [ ‘Agents Of Fortune‘ album in full]
45th Anniversary show Live In London, June 17th 2017 [includes BÖC first album in full]

The body of work available to the band dates back to the release of BÖC‘s self-titled début album in 1972. From there, it spans twelve subsequent studio records. Some of rock’s most recognized numbers were gradually bestowed to the music fans of the world from these records. They include: the haunting “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” from 1976’s ‘Agents Of Fortune‘, the catchy “Godzilla” from 1977’s ‘Spectres‘, and the ethereally melodic “Burnin’ For You” from 1981’s ‘Fire Of Unknown Origin‘.

In related news, BÖC are embarking on an extensive North American tour that got underway today; find the itinerary below. On a personal note, some readers may be aware of my own fanatical affinity for BLUE ÖYSTER CULT so needless to say, I am quite ecstatic about today’s news.


– BLUE ÖYSTER CULT Live Tour Dates –

Jul. 12: Angola, IN @ T. Furth Center For Performing Arts
Jul. 13: Grand Junction, CO @ Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
Jul. 20: New Lennox, IL @ New Lennox Commons
Jul. 27: St. Clair, MI @ Palmer Park
Aug. 02: Lowell, MA @ Boarding House Park
Aug. 10: Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 17: Saskatoon, SK, CAN @ Delta Bessborough Gardens
Aug. 18: West Vancouver, BC, CAN @ Ambleside Park
Aug. 22: Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts
Aug. 23: Truro, MA @ Payomet Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24: Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey Performance Center
Aug. 31: Portsmouth, OH @ Portsmouth River Days Festival
Sep. 07: Montpelier, OH @ Williams County Fair
Sep. 14: Rochester, NH @ Rochester Opera House
Sep. 15: West Springfield, MA @ Eastern States Exposition
Sep. 20: Newark, OH @ Midland Theater
Sep. 21: Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Sep. 27: Tracy, CA @ Grand Theater Center For The Arts
Sep. 28: Huntington Beach, CA @ Huntington State Beach
Sep. 29: Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Oct. 04: Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House
Oct. 05: Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theater
Oct. 06: Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall
Oct. 11: Warren, MI @ Andiamo Celebrity Showroom
Oct. 12: St Charles, IL @ Arcardia Theater
Oct. 18: Stafford, TX @ Redneck Country Club **
Oct. 19: Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live **
Oct. 31: Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theater **
Nov. 01: Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn’s Peak **
Nov. 08: Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theater
Nov. 09: Versailles, OH @ BMI Indoor Speedway
Nov. 29: Akron, OH @ Tangiers
Nov. 30: King of Prussia, PA @ Valley Forge Casino
Dec. 05: Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse
Dec. 06: Montclair, CA @ The Canyon (Montclair)
Dec. 07: San Luis Capistrano @ Coach House
Dec. 08: Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino
Dec. 27: Ft. Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theater
Dec. 28: Schenectady, NY @ Rivers Casino and Resort
** With UFO
– Live Dates 2020 –
Jan. 15: San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
Jan. 16: El Cajon, CA @ Sycuan Casino
Feb. 07: Riverhead, NY @Suffolk Theater
Feb. 08: Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theater
Mar. 06: Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino
Mar. 07: Florence, IN @ Belterra Casino
Mar. 08: Warren, OH @ Robins Theater

 

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