When you've been parodied on both "Saturday Night Live" and "Fast Times at Ridgemont High," but you've also marked 50-plus years in the music business, you've done something amazing.
Such is the case with Blue Oyster Cult, who were the focal point of one of the most legendary sketches in the history of Saturday Night Live ("More Cowbell").
The classic rockers were also spoofed in the classic Cameron Crowe movie when a kid asks ticket-scalper Mike Damone "Got any Blue Oyster Cult?," to which Damone says, "No Cult. I ate 24 pairs of Blue Oyster Cult tickets last time around."
If you'd like to score a pair (or more) of Blue Oyster Cult tickets, you're in luck. They are the latest addition to the 2019 Lowell Summer Music Series lineup, playing Friday, Aug. 2, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets, which are $49 in advance and premium seats in front of the stage are $149, are on sale now at www.lowellsummermusic.org.
Beyond the lampooning and silliness, the band is one of the most respected and successful classic-rock groups around. They've sold more than 24 million records worldwide, including 7 million in the United States, and have remained a vibrant and enduring live act whose biggest hits include "(Don't Fear) The Reaper," "Godzilla" and "Burnin' For You."
The current lineup includes longtime members Buck Dharma on lead guitar and vocals, and Eric Bloom on lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboards and synthesizer.