Frontiers Music Srl has announced the signing of BLUE ÖYSTER CULT.
For over four decades, BLUE ÖYSTER CULT has been thrilling fans of intelligent hard rock worldwide with powerful albums loaded with classic songs. Indeed, the Long Island, New York‐based band is revered within the hard rock and heavy metal scene for its pioneering work. BLUE ÖYSTER CULT occupies a unique place in rock history because it's one of very few hard rock/heavy metal bands to earn both genuine mainstream critical acclaim as well as commercial success. Now they have partnered up with Frontiers Music Srl to continue their amazing journey.
Frontiers president Serafino Perugino said: "We are delighted to be able to bring back the iconic BLUE ÖYSTER CULT with the release of a wealth of musical material that will certainly please all the fans. Hard rock music would not be what is now without BÖC and Frontiers is their natural 'home.' We look forward to a long and fruitful cooperation."
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT's Eric Bloom commented: "It's been a long time since BÖC's last studio album. Our biggest question from fans is 'when are we going to do some new music?' So we are ready to take this journey again. Recording with Danny, Richie and Jules should be a great experience as we've been touring together for years and Buck and I are looking forward to including them in the creative and recording process."
Adds Buck Dharma: "The current band is GREAT and has never been recorded other than the live concerts, so we feel now is the time for new songs to be written and recorded. About half of the songs for the new record exist and the rest will be finished during the process."
A new studio album is expected to be released from the band in 2020. Fans can also expect to see remastered reissues (some with updated artwork) of four classic BÖC releases, including:
1. "Cult Classic" (originally released in 1994)
2. "Heaven Forbid" (originally released in 1998) [Not available for North / South America]
3. "Curse Of The Hidden Mirror" (originally released in 2001) [Not available for North / South America]
4. "A Long Day's Night" (Live CD/DVD and Blu-ray) originally released in 2002 — Blu-ray version to be released for the first time)
Additionally, in 2020 the band will present five new live releases which include:
1. Live show from the iHeart Radio Theater 2012 (40th Anniversary).
2. Live show from Hard Rock Casino Cleveland 2014
3. Live show from Rock of Ages Festival in Germany 2016
4. 40th Anniversary of "Agents of Fortune" shot in L.A. in April 2017 ["Agents Of Fortune" album played front to back]
5. BÖC 45th-anniversary show "Live In London June 17th 2017") [includes BÖC first album played in its entirety back to back]
BÖC is often cited as a major influence by other acts such as METALLICA, and BÖC was listed in VH1's countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time.
Upon the release of BÖC's self-titled debut album in 1972, the band was praised for its catchy-yet-heavy music and lyrics that could be provocative, terrifying, funny or ambiguous, often all in the same song. BÖC's canon contains three stone‐cold classic songs that will waft through the cosmos long after the sun has burned out: the truly haunting "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" from 1976's "Agents Of Fortune", the pummeling "Godzilla" from 1977's "Spectres" and the hypnotically melodic "Burnin' for You" from 1981's "Fire Of Unknown Origin". Other notable BÖC songs include "Cities On Flame With Rock And Roll", "Then Came The Last Days Of May", "I Love The Night", "In Thee", "Veteran Of The Psychic Wars", "Dominance And Submission", "Astronomy", "Black Blade" and "Shooting Shark".
The intense creative vision of BÖC's original core duo of vocalist/lead guitarist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser and vocalist/rhythm guitarist Eric Bloom are complemented by Richie Castellano on guitar and keyboards, and the longtime rhythm section of bass guitarist Danny Miranda, and drummer Jules Radino.
BÖC tour dates:
Jul. 10 - Rochester, NY @ Hilton Firemen's Field
Jul. 12 - Angola, IN @ T. Furth Center for Performing Arts
Jul. 13 - Grand Junction, CO @ Las Colonias Park Amphitheater
Jul. 20 - New Lennox, IL @ New Lennox Commons
Jul. 27 - St. Clair, MI @ Palmer Park
Aug. 02 - Lowell, MA @ Boarding House Park
Aug. 10 - Maryland Heights, MO @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheater
Aug. 17 - Saskatoon, SK @ Delta Bessborough Gardens
Aug. 18 - West Vancouver, BC @ Ambleside Park
Aug. 22 - Fall River, MA @ Narrows Center for the Arts
Aug. 23 - Truro, MA @ Payomet Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24 - Plymouth, NH @ Flying Monkey Performance Center
Aug. 31 - Portsmouth, OH @ Portsmouth River Days Festival
Sep. 07 - Montpelier, OH @ Williams County Fair
Sep. 14 - Rochester, NH @ Rochester Opera House
Sep. 15 - West Springfield, MA @ Eastern States Exposition
Sep. 20 - Newark, OH @ Midland Theatre
Sep. 21 - Mt. Pleasant, MI @ Soaring Eagle Casino & Resort
Sep. 27 - Tracy, CA @ Grand Theatre Center for the Arts
Sep. 28 - Huntington Beach, CA @ Huntington State Beach
Sep. 29 - Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
Oct. 04 - Newberry, SC @ Newberry Opera House
Oct. 05 - Hopewell, VA @ Beacon Theatre
Oct. 06 - Annapolis, MD @ Maryland Hall
Oct. 11 - Warren, MI @ Andiamo Celebrity Showroom
Oct. 12 - St Charles, IL @ Arcardia Theatre
Oct. 18 - Stafford, TX @ Redneck Country Club*
Oct. 19 - Dallas, TX @ Gas Monkey Live*
Oct. 31 - Staten Island, NY @ St. George Theatre*
Nov. 01 - Jim Thorpe, PA @ Penn's Peak*
Nov. 08 - Green Bay, WI @ Meyer Theatre
Nov. 09 - Versailles, OH @ BMI Indoor Speedway
Nov. 29 - Akron, OH @ Tangiers
Nov. 30 - King of Prussia, PA @ Valley Forge Casino
Dec. 05 - Reno, NV @ Virginia Street Brewhouse
Dec. 06 - Montclair, CA @ The Canyon (Montclair)
Dec. 07 - San Luis Capistrano @ Coach House
Dec. 08 - Jackson, CA @ Jackson Rancheria Casino
Dec. 27 - Ft. Wayne, IN @ Clyde Theatre
Dec. 28 - Schenectady, NY @ Rivers Casino and Resort
Jan. 15 - San Luis Obispo, CA @ Fremont Theater
Jan. 16 - El Cajon, CA @ Sycuan Casino
Feb. 07 - Riverhead, NY @Suffolk Theater
Feb. 08 - Lancaster, PA @ American Music Theatre
Mar. 06 - Kansas City, MO @ Ameristar Casino
Mar. 07 - Florence, IN @ Belterra Casino
Mar. 08 - Warren, OH @ Robins Theatre
* With UFO