Blue Oyster Cult’s Allen Lanier passes
Blue Oyster Cult founding member Allen Lanier has died at age 67.
The keyboardist/guitarist succumbed after a battle with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a lung disease that hardened smokers often suffer from.
Writing on BOC’s Facebook page yesterday (August 14) vocalist/rhythm guitarist/keyboardist Eric Bloom offered the following tribute:
“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 hospitalised with COPD. 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 poet] Jim Carroll right now.”
Lanier was with Blue Oyster Cult from 1967 to 1985 when he left, only to return two years later (1987). He retired from performing with the band in 2006, although returned to the fold for the group’s 40th anniversary performance in New York in November 2012.