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Old 08-15-13, 11:53 AM
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Blue Öyster Cult‬ Guitarist Allen Lanier Dies

From Billboard.com:

"Allen Lanier, a founding member and multi-instrumentalist with classic rock band Blue Öyster Cult, has died after a lengthy battle with lung disease, the group announced on Wednesday. He was 67.

"We've lost our friend and bandmate," the statement reads, confirming that Lanier died of complications from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. Using an acronym for the band's biggest hit, "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," the band later says: "DFTR sweet man. We love you and miss you."

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The keyboardist and guitarist retired from the band in 2006, but returned for an anniversary show late last year.

Lanier co-founded the Long Island group with guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, drummer Albert Bouchard, singer Les Braunstein and bassist Andrew Winters in the late 1960s. Eric Bloom replaced Braunstein as frontman and after several name changes, the band settled on Blue Oyster Cult in 1971 and were signed to Columbia Records by Clive Davis.

He appeared on all fourteen studio albums released by the band, the most recent being 2001's "Curse of the Hidden Mirror." They are perhaps best known for their guitar-driven hits "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," which peaked at No. 12 on the Hot 100 in 1976, and "Burnin' For You," which reached No. 40 in 1981. The group continues to be active with Roeser and Bloom still in the mix.

Bloom eulogized his "great friend" in a statement posted on his Facebook page on Wednesday, lamenting that Lanier's smoking habit had "finally got him."

"I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile," he wrote. "He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now."

Lanier is survived by his wife Dory, sister Mary Anne and mother Martha."

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Blue Öyster Cult was my first rock concert EVER. 1980.

He dated Patti Smith too. I remember reading that in her book.

Don't fear the reaper, dude, and RIP.
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R.I.P. Allen
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Blue Öyster Cult was my first rock concert EVER. 1980.

He dated Patti Smith too. I remember reading that in her book.

Don't fear the reaper, dude, and RIP.
Think it's a little late for that.
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Rip!
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He had a fever. And the cure was more cowbell.
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Oh no...there goes Tokyo.
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Re: Blue Öyster Cult‬ Guitarist Allen Lanier Dies

Sad to hear. Like most, I heard their hits on FM radio growing up. So glad the Minutemen covered their tune "The Red & The Black" or I might not known of their very early work. Badass tune:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KwcKTXO-UFA
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Have always liked (not loved) BOC. My favorite song of theirs is the live version of Last Days of May from "On Your Feet...".
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I hope he's resting peacefully with God in heaven; my prayers go out to his friends and family.
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I hope he's resting peacefully with God in heaven; my prayers go out to his friends and family.
Seriously doubt he met your criteria to do that.
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Seriously doubt he met your criteria to do that.
The criteria ain't mine to meet; God knows the truth of Mr. Lanier's heart.
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Update: Buried.
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Re: Blue Öyster Cult‬ Guitarist Allen Lanier Dies

The very first song I ever heard by Blue Oyster Cult:

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Sorry to hear of his death, he'll be missed.
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Re: Blue Öyster Cult‬ Guitarist Allen Lanier Dies

This is definitely a bummer, but I'll be pretty damn sad when Buck Dharma finally kicks it.

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