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Blue Oyster Cult keyboardist Allen Lanier dead at 67


Blue Oyster Cult founding member Allen Lanier has died at the age of 67.

The keyboardist/guitarist passed away in the hospital after a fight with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, a lung disease commonly associated with smoking.

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Frontman Eric Bloom broke the news on the band's Facebook page on Wednesday, writing, "My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in a while. 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 (sic) 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 (punk writer) Jim Carroll right now."

Lanier, who was the one-time partner of singer Patti Smith, was with Blue Oyster Cult for almost 20 years from 1967 to 1985 when he left, only to return two years later. He co-wrote several of the band's hit songs including "True Confessions," "Tenderloin" and "Lonely Teardrops." Lanier retired from performing with the band in 2006.

Aug 15, 2013 3:15PM
..."Naked exposed like fine rock and roll, perfectly strangers in perfect control"...

Rip Allen

Aug 15, 2013 2:41PM
Damn, I must be getting old. I have been listening to the Blue Oyster Cult for over 35 years. R.I.P. Allen. "Tenderloin" is one of my favorites.
Aug 15, 2013 2:17PM

Flip that mainstream crap.

YouTube search "On Your Feet Or On Your Knees"  BOC

The Subhuman

Harvester Of Eyes

Hot Rails To Hell

This is real rock.

Aug 15, 2013 1:20PM
Rest In Peace, Allen.

You'll ind your way, no doubt. Just follow the sound of the cowbell St. Peter's banging on...and take it away from him when you get there. Dude ain't got no rhythm!

Aug 15, 2013 12:20PM
Rest In Peace Allen. It just won't be the same. I'll miss screaming "Go Allen Go " during your guitar solos. Blue Oyster Cult has always been my favorite rock band. The one with the best lyrics and coolest sound.

Again RIP.
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