Eric Bloom ’67, lead vocalist, rhythm guitarist and keyboardist for the legendary rock band Blue Öyster Cult, returns to the Finger Lakes region this winter for a show at del Lago Resort and Casino in Waterloo, N.Y.
The performance on Saturday, Feb. 22, which marks the band’s 98th in just over a year, is part of an international tour that will take them to Las Vegas, Texas, California, New York, the U.K. and France.
Best known for their songs “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Godzilla” and “Burnin’ for You,” Blue Öyster Cult has released 13 albums since 1972 and has been continuously on tour since 1967.
Bloom — who got his start playing in the Hobart and William Smith band Lost and Found with John Trivers ’69, Peter Haviland ’69 and George Faust ’69 — is one of only two members of the Blue Öyster Cult’s lineup from the early ’70s. He is featured in every studio album the band has released, including Agents of Fortune, the 1976 record featuring “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” Both that album and the classic song were listed on Rolling Stone’s best of the 20th century lists.
The band released its last album in 2001. Bloom says a new one is slated for a summer 2020 release. Audiences can expect new material, deep cuts and popular singles during the band’s upcoming shows.
Blue Öyster Cult was the inspiration for the classic Saturday Night Live sketch “More Cowbell” with Will Ferrell, Christopher Walken and Chris Parnell.
As a student at HWS, Bloom majored in modern languages and participated in the men’s billiard guild, the Colleges’ radio station WEOS, marching band and Tau Kappa Epsilon. He recalls playing gigs as a student “anyplace that would take us…fraternity parties, local bars like the Holiday Grille in downtown Geneva…even a ‘teen dance’ at a firehouse.”
Looking forward to playing del Lago in February, Bloom says, “I always like the upstate New York vibe — hasn’t changed a bit.”