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BLUE OYSTER CULT guitarist/keyboard player ALLEN LANIER passed away Wednesday of chronic lung disease. The band have issued the following statement: "We have extremely sad news to report. 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 BOC at the 40th Anniversary show in New York this past November. Frontman/guitarist Eric Bloom added: "My great friend Allen Lanier has passed. I'll miss the guy even though we hadn't spoken in awhile. He was so talented as a musician and a thinker. He read voraciously, all kinds of things, especially comparative religion. We drove for years together, shared rooms in the early days. We partied, laughed, played. All BOC fans and band members will mourn his death. Ultimately smoking finally got to him. He had been hospitalized with C.O.P.D. It was Allen who heard some old college band tapes of mine and suggested I get a shot as the singer in 1968. A lot of great memories, over 40 years worth. Maybe he's playing a tune with Jim Carroll right now."
Paladino's at 6101 Reseda Blvd. in Tarzana, CA will be hosting a benefit show tonight, Friday, August 16th, for drummer DAVE BROWN (ex-SOUND BARRIER, MASI, TOTAL ECLIPSE) who is battling cancer. Scheduled to appear are ARMORED SAINT, DC4 featuring Jeff Duncan (Armored Saint, ODIN) and Rowan Robertson (ex-DIO), and ROY Z (BRUCE DICKINSON, HALFORD, TRIBE OF GYPSIES) & Friends. L.A. scene luminaries such as Bernie K. (ex-Sound Barrier, Masi, Total Eclipse), Brian O'Neal (THE BUSBOYS), Joe Floyd (WARRIOR), Mandy Lion (WWIII, GEORGE LYNCH), Ann Boleyn (HELLION), Betsy Weiss (BITCH), and Rik Fox (ex-STEELER, SIN) are set to take part in an all-star jam.
THE ROCK N ROLL AUTOGRAPH SHOW will premiere September 13th - 15th in Los Angeles, CA at The Westin Los Angeles Airport. The show will provide attendees to meet musicians and performers that have played a major role in rock music history. Proceeds from this event with benefit St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. Information is at therocknrollautographshow.com.
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