Thursday, August 15, 2013

RIP Allen Lanier

Allen was the incredibly talented keyboardist/guitarist for Blue Oyster Cult. Usually overshadowed by the also supremely talented Buck Dharma, Allen was a superb guitarist and keyboardist and was responsible for much of the BOC sound, as well as for bringing in Patti Smith's lyrics to the band while the two were dating.

I was lucky enough to see them on the Agents of Fortune tour and them were fantastic, and saw them here in Vegas about 2003/2004 and they were still pretty amazing, though a few years back Allen was no longer in the band (due to his prolonged fight with lung disease) and singer Eric Bloom barely sang, so they were pretty disappointing.

Another terrible loss to rock'n'roll.

Story here.