Blue Oyster Cult’s Allen Lanier Passes Away Aged 67 -
Founding Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist and rhythm guitarist Allen Lanier has passed away aged 67.
Lanier, who retired from touring in 2006 but returned to the stage at the 40th BOC Anniversary show, was suffering with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease. “DFTR sweet man,” a post read on the band’s official Facebook page in a reference their 1976 classic ‘Don’t Fear the Reaper.’ B.O.C. singer Eric Bloom paid tribute to his friend on his own Facebook page. Here is that statement in full:
“My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I’ll miss the guy even though we hadn’t spoken in awhile. 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.”
In the Long Island psych-rock outfit’s near 45 year history Lanier was a key member and co-wrote many of the band songs including ‘True Confessions,’ In Thee,’ ‘Tenderloin,’ and ‘Lonely Teardrops.’ In addition to his work with Blue Oyster Cult, he also contributed to music by Patti Smith, Jim Carroll, The Dictators and The Clash, among others.