Blue Oyster Cult – Don’t Fear The Reaper (Zodiac Sessions)

www.TheZodiacSessions.com http www.youtube.com www.bebo.com Joe Bouchard of Blue Oyster Cult playing “Don’t Fear The Reaper” at The Zodiac Sessions open mic night, Dublin, Ireland. Acoustic Compilation CD available to buy from Website. JOE BOUCHARD When Joe Bouchard was a music student at Ithaca College in the 60s, his brother Albert was a struggling musician living with a rock group called Soft White Underbelly. During school breaks Joe would take the bus to New York and spend a week or two living with the group in their communal band house. Often there were extended jam sessions that would go until the sun came up. Two years later in 1970 Joe was invited to become the band’s bassist. After only a year of club gigs and demo sessions, they passed an audition for Columbia Records president Clive Davis. Clive signed them on the spot to a seven record contract. They felt poised for the big time, but they decided they needed a new name. After months of intense arguments they threw the naming process into the hands of their manager, Sandy Pearlman. The name, taken from one of Sandy’s writings about a fictitious biker gang, was Blue Öyster Cult. Blue Öyster Cult was not an overnight success. From constant touring they built a growing “cult” following. They opened shows all over the United States for groups such as Alice Cooper, Black Sabbath, Deep Purple and many more. Their first breakthrough album was the 1975 live set, ‘On Your Feet or On Your Knees’, which delighted the

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