Founder of Blue Oyster Cult - Allen Lanier dead at 67
Allen Lanier passes away on WednesdayBlue Oyster Cult founding member Allen Lanier died Wednesday of chronic lung disease at the age of 67.
"We have extremely sad news to report,” posted the band. "We’ve lost our friend and bandmate Allen Lanier. Allen succumbed to complications from C.O.P.D. He is survived by his wife Dory, sister Mary Anne and mother Martha.”
"Although he retired from touring in 2006, Allen returned to the stage for what turned out to be his final appearance, reuniting with BӦC at the 40th Anniversary show in New York this past November.”
"DFTR [don’t fear the reaper] sweet man. We love you and miss you.”
Lanier played keyboards and rhythm guitar in Blue Oyster Cult. He originally left BOC in 1985, but returned in 1987; he later retired from performing with them in 2006.