Allen Lanier, Co-Founder of Blue Oyster Cult, Passes




Allen Lanier passes
Lanier onstage with BOC in 2006.

Allen Lanier, a founding member/guitarist/keyboardist in Blue Oyster Cult, died August 14. He was 66 and had been hospitalized with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Lanier was with the band from its inception in 1967 until his retirement in 2006 and co-wrote several of its most-noted songs, and contributed to music by The Clash, Patti Smith, Jim Carroll, and others. In November of 2012, he joined BOC in New York at a concert commemorating its 40th anniversary and the release of The Complete Columbia Albums Collection box set.