By Tashina Tappin
On Nov. 10 at 7:30 p.m. Long Island band Blue Oyster Cult, also known as B.Ö.C, will perform at the Tilles Center. Prepare for a night of hard rock music. The band Jefferson Starship will open the show with a performance in the atrium.
Blue Oyster Cult will be performing some of their classic songs. With music spanning over three decades, they are a hard rock blues band that began their journey in Long Island in the late 60s’. After a few breakups and setbacks, the group practiced and had the occasional jam session at an old house near Stony Brook College, according to Mike Themistocleous, assistant manager at Tilles.
As time went on, the sessions became band practices, and a new group was formed in ’67 with members John Wiesenthal, Donald Roeser, Albert Bouchard, Allen Lanier, and Andrew Winters. “I think it would be a good show to bring my dad to since he’s a big 80s’ rock fan,” freshman theater management major and Tilles employee, Kelly Coar, said.
The band Jefferson Starship stems from the hard rock group Jefferson Airplane. Some of the songs that they have performed are “Find Your Way Back” and “Jane”. “I expect there to be a tremendous turnout, because B.O.C are Long Island natives and a popular band,” Armando Zazueta, guest services manager, said.
Blue Oyster Cult’s most famous songs include “Godzilla”, “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” and “Burnin’ for You”. They have sold over 24 million records worldwide and 7 million records within the United States. “As a music fanatic, hard rock may not be one of his favorite genres, but I can acknowledge that B.O.C has made some good songs over their career,” Paris Dickinson, junior theater major and Tilles employee, said.