Blue Öyster Cult's Allen Lanier Dead at 66
Thu, 15 Aug 2013 09:50:33
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Founding Blue Öyster Cult keyboardist and guitarist Allen Lanier has died. Lanier was just 66. He was hospitalized with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, which is a lung condition. His passing was confirmed via social media postings.
Bandmate and singer Eric Bloom posted this note memorializing Lanier on Facebook:
"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."
Will you be checking out or revisiting Blue Öyster Cult's music in light of this sad news?