List of Blue Öyster Cult members

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Three lineups of Blue Öyster Cult in 1977 (top), 2008 (middle) and 2016 (bottom).

Blue Öyster Cult is an American hard rock band from Long Island, New York. Formed in 1967, the group originally consisted of guitarist and vocalist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, bassist and backing vocalist Andrew Winters, drummer and vocalist Albert Bouchard, and keyboardist John Wiesenthal. The band has been through many lineup changes, and currently includes Roeser, vocalist and guitarist Eric Bloom (since 1969), bassist and backing vocalist Danny Miranda (from 1995 to 2004, in 2007, and since 2017), rhythm guitarist and keyboardist Richie Castellano, and drummer Jules Radino (both since 2004).

History[edit]

1967–1986[edit]

Blue Öyster Cult was formed in 1967 as Soft White Underbelly, under the guidance of manager Sandy Pearlman and writer Richard Meltzer.[1] The original lineup of the group included guitarist and vocalist Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser, keyboardist John Wiesenthal, bassist and backing vocalist Andrew Winters, and drummer and backing vocalist Albert Bouchard.[1] Wiesenthal was replaced quickly by Allen Lanier, while Les Braunstein was brought in later as the band's first lead vocalist.[1] Braunstein was replaced by Eric Bloom in mid-1969, during which time the band changed name twice – first to Oaxaca and later to Stalk-Forrest Group.[1] Winters was replaced in the summer of 1970 by Albert's brother Joe Bouchard,[2] and the following year the group settled on the name Blue Öyster Cult.[1]

The lineup of Blue Öyster Cult remained stable for over ten years, during which time the band released its most commercially successful material.[1] However, in August 1981 Albert Bouchard was fired after a show for turning up late on several recent occasions.[3] He was replaced by Rick Downey, who had been working as the band's crew chief and lighting designer.[4] Downey remained with the group until January 1985,[4] after which Bouchard returned for a short run of shows in February before Jimmy Wilcox joined in April.[5] Lanier was also replaced by Tommy Zvoncheck at around the same time.[1][6] Joe Bouchard left the following year after playing his last show in February, with Jon Rogers taking his place.[7] After touring until September, Blue Öyster Cult began a temporary hiatus which would ultimately last less than a year.[8]

1987 onwards[edit]

Upon receiving an offer to tour in Greece, Blue Öyster Cult reformed in 1987 with returning keyboardist Lanier and new drummer Ron Riddle.[8][9] The band's next studio album, Imaginos, was originally recorded as an Albert Bouchard solo album, but was later reworked and released by the band.[8] Riddle left in May 1991 and was replaced the following month by Chuck Burgi.[9][10] John Miceli briefly substituted for Burgi in May 1992,[11] and in September 1995 the drummer left the band to join Rainbow.[10] Rogers also left in April, with Greg Smith taking his place until Danny Miranda took over in August.[12][13] John O'Reilly joined on drums in September, but would only remain until the following August when Burgi returned.[14][10] Miceli returned for a string of shows in early 1997, before Bobby Rondinelli joined in February.[15]

After contributing to three studio albums, Miranda and Rondinelli left Blue Öyster Cult in September 2004, the former joining Miceli in the band for the Las Vegas production of the We Will Rock You musical and the latter joining The Lizards full-time.[16] Miranda was replaced by Richie Castellano, while Jules Radino took Rondinelli's place.[17] Lanier played his last show as a member of Blue Öyster Cult in November 2006, retiring from all recording and touring shortly after.[18] Castellano took over Lanier's role in the band,[19] while bass was handled briefly by returning members Miranda followed by Rogers, before Rudy Sarzo joined in June.[20] Sarzo remained until 2012, when he and the band decided to part ways.[21] Kasim Sulton took Sarzo's place, remaining with the band until early 2017 when Miranda returned.[22][13]

Members[edit]

Current[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Buck Dharma
(Donald Roeser)
  • 1967–1986
  • 1987–present
  • lead guitar
  • lead and backing vocals
  • keyboards (studio only)
all Blue Öyster Cult (BÖC) releases
Blue Öyster Cult - Wacken Open Air 2016 02.jpg
Eric Bloom
  • 1969–1986
  • 1987–present
  • lead and backing vocals
  • rhythm guitar
  • keyboards
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Danny Miranda
  • 1995–2004
  • 2007

  • 2017–present
  • bass
  • backing vocals
  • keyboards (studio only)
Blue Öyster Cult - Wacken Open Air 2016 06.jpg
Richie Castellano 2004–present
  • rhythm guitar
  • keyboards
  • backing vocals
  • bass (2004–07)
none to date
Blue Öyster Cult - Wacken Open Air 2016 07.jpg
Jules Radino
  • drums
  • percussion

Former[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Release contributions
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Albert Bouchard
  • 1967–1981
  • 1985
  • drums
  • rhythm guitar
  • harmonica
  • keyboards
  • percussion
  • backing and occasional lead vocals
Andrew Winters 1967–1970
  • bass
  • backing vocals
St. Cecilia: The Elektra Recordings (2001)
John Wiesenthal 1967 keyboards none
Blue Öyster Cult Lanier cropped.jpg
Allen Lanier
  • 1967–1985
  • 1987–2007
  • 2012
    (died 2013)
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • rhythm guitar
  • bass
  • backing and occasional lead vocals
all BÖC releases except Club Ninja (1985)
Les Braunstein 1967–1969
  • lead vocals
  • rhythm guitar
none
Blue Oyster Cult 1977 publicity photo.jpg
Joe Bouchard 1970–1986
  • bass
  • keyboards
  • piano
  • rhythm guitar
  • backing and occasional lead vocals
all BÖC releases from Blue Öyster Cult (1972) to Live 1976 (1991)
Rick Downey 1981–1985
  • drums
  • percussion
Tommy Zvoncheck 1985–1986
  • keyboards
  • synthesizers
  • Club Ninja (1985)
  • Imaginos (1988)
Jimmy Wilcox
  • drums
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
Club Ninja (1985)
Jon Rogers - Blue Oyster Cult.jpg
Jon Rogers
  • 1986

  • 1987–1995
  • 2007
  • bass
  • backing and occasional lead vocals
Ron Riddle 1987–1991 drums none
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Chuck Burgi
  • 1991–1995
  • 1996–1997
  • drums
  • percussion
  • backing vocals
  • Cult Classic (1994)
  • Heaven Forbid (1998)
John O'Reilly 1995–1996
  • drums
  • percussion
none
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Bobby Rondinelli 1997–2004
  • Heaven Forbid (1998)
  • Curse of the Hidden Mirror (2001)
  • A Long Day's Night (2002)
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Rudy Sarzo 2007–2012
  • bass
  • backing vocals
none
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Kasim Sulton 2012–2017

Touring[edit]

Image Name Years active Instruments Details
John Miceli 1992
  • drums
  • percussion
Miceli substituted for regular drummer Chuck Burgi during a concert tour in the summer of 1992.[11]
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Greg Smith 1995
  • bass
  • backing vocals
Smith briefly toured with the group in the summer of 1995 after Jon Rogers left the band in April.[12]

Timeline[edit]

Lineups[edit]

Period Members Releases
1967
  • Buck Dharma – guitar, lead vocals
  • Andrew Winters – bass, backing vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, backing vocals
  • John Wiesenthal – keyboards
none
1967
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, lead vocals
  • Andrew Winters – bass, backing vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, backing vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
Late 1967 – mid-1969
  • Les Braunstein – lead vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, vocals
  • Andrew Winters – bass, backing vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, backing vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
Mid-1969 – summer 1970
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, vocals
  • Andrew Winters – bass, backing vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, backing vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
Summer 1970 – August 1981
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, guitar, harmonica, vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar, bass, backing vocals
August 1981 – January 1985
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals
  • Rick Downey – drums, percussion
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar, bass, backing vocals
February 1985
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals
  • Albert Bouchard – drums, backing vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, guitar, bass, backing vocals
none
April 1985 – February 1986
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Joe Bouchard – bass, keyboards, guitar, vocals
  • Jimmy Wilcox – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Tommy Zvoncheck – keyboards, synthesizers
February – September 1986
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Jon Rogers – bass, backing vocals
  • Jimmy Wilcox – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Tommy Zvoncheck – keyboards, synthesizers
none
Band inactive September 1986 – June 1987
June 1987 – May 1991
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Jon Rogers – bass, backing vocals
  • Ron Riddle – drums
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
none
June 1991 – April 1995
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Jon Rogers – bass, backing vocals
  • Chuck Burgi – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
August – September 1995
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Danny Miranda – bass, backing vocals
  • Chuck Burgi – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
none
September 1995 – August 1996
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Danny Miranda – bass, backing vocals
  • John O'Reilly – drums, percussion
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
August 1996 – February 1997
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Danny Miranda – bass, backing vocals
  • Chuck Burgi – drums, percussion, backing vocals
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
  • Heaven Forbid (1998) – seven tracks
February 1997 – September 2004
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Danny Miranda – bass, backing vocals
  • Bobby Rondinelli – drums, percussion
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
October 2004 – November 2006
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Richie Castellano – bass, backing vocals
  • Jules Radino – drums, percussion
  • Allen Lanier – keyboards, rhythm guitar
none
Early 2007
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Danny Miranda – bass, backing vocals
  • Jules Radino – drums, percussion
  • Richie Castellano – keyboards, backing vocals
Mid-2007
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Jon Rogers – bass, backing vocals
  • Jules Radino – drums, percussion
  • Richie Castellano – keyboards, backing vocals
June 2007 – July 2012
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Rudy Sarzo – bass, backing vocals
  • Jules Radino – drums, percussion
  • Richie Castellano – keyboards, backing vocals
July 2012 – early 2017
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Rudy Sarzo – bass, backing vocals
  • Jules Radino – drums, percussion
  • Richie Castellano – keyboards, backing vocals
Early 2017 – present
  • Eric Bloom – lead vocals, guitar, keyboards
  • Buck Dharma – lead guitar, keyboards, vocals
  • Danny Miranda – bass, backing vocals
  • Jules Radino – drums, percussion
  • Richie Castellano – keyboards, backing vocals

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