Legendary Long Island rock band Blue Öyster Cult will be performing an exclusive date in the UK at the London O2 Forum Kentish Townhill on Friday, July 29. The performances marks the 40th anniversary of the band’s platinum selling fourth album Agents of Fortune, originally released in 1976 and including the hit single “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper.” For the performance, the band will be playing the album in full, plus a set of favorites from the band’s four-decade-long back catalog. The band will include original core members Donald “Buck Sharma” Roeser, Eric Bloom, and a special guest appearance from co-founding member Albert Bouchard, who departed from Blue Öyster Cult in 1981; co-founding member Allen Lanier died in 2013.
Agents of Fortune peaked at no. 29 on Billboard‘s Pop Albums chart, while “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” peaked at no. 12 on the Pop Singles chart; to date, it is Blue Öyster Cult’s biggest hit and has been covered by such bands as H.I.M., the Goo Goo Dolls, Unto Ashes, Big Country, and Lydia Lunch. It was also cited by horror author Stephen King as an inspiration for his novel The Stand; the song was featured in the opening credits of the televised mini-series adaptation. “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” was also famously memorialized in 2000 on Saturday Night Live in what is commonly referred to as the “More Cowbell” sketch, featuring Christopher Walken. Agents of Fortune also featured punk/poet Patti Smith lending additional lyrics and backup vocals to “The Revenge of Veri Gemini” and “Debbie Denise.”
Tickets for the event are now available via myticket.co.uk.