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Interview:
Blue Oyster Cult Still Burnin' For You
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Being ’70s rock favorites makes Blue Öyster Cult and Foghat appropriate touring partners. But BÖC frontman Eric Bloom says being longtime friends makes it even better.

“Foghat are some of our best friends in this business,” says Bloom, 61, who co-founded BÖC in 1969 on Long Island, N.Y. “We’ve been playing together since the ’80s; we all bonded back then. It’s just always a pleasure to play with them.

“And they’re a great band. They’re a no-holdsbarred rock group, so we like listening to them, too.”

BÖC, meanwhile, hopes to give its fans something new to listen to, but isn’t quite sure when. Bloom notes the group doesn’t have a record deal at the moment and, he adds, isn’t even trying to get one at the moment.

“We’re just trying to come up with enough material to make a demo and then shop it around,” he says.

Meanwhile, fans will have to satisfy themselves with expanded re-releases of two BÖC albums — 1977’s “Spectres” and 1978’s “Some Enchanted Evening” — that will come out later this year. And live, Bloom notes, they’re more than happy to hear the band play its “big three” — “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ For You.”

“Y’know, we certainly have our little slice of history and the musical pie that a lot of people seem to like,” he says. “We’re glad people still want to come see us. That’s great.”

Blue Öyster Cult and Foghat perform at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday (June 28th) at DTE Energy Music Theatre, Sashabaw Road north of I-75, Independence Township. Tickets are $32.50 pavilion, $10 lawn. Call (248) 377-0100 or visit

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