Sunday, September 14, 2008

Who is this Man with the Gibson SG?

This Gentleman is not Tony Iommi, nevermind the Gibson SG and the almost spooky similarity in appearance the way this guy's head is turned. This is none other than Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser of Blue Oyster Cult. Blue Oyster Cult was always a bit more progressive in some ways, more than I had a taste for...however, songs like "Don't Fear (The Reaper), Godzilla" and "Burnin' for You" are Heavy Metal Classics. I happen to love them. "Cities on Flame (with Rock and Roll)" and Blue Oyster Cult's cover of The Doors "Roadhouse Blues" are favorites as well.

"Godzilla," in particular, almost pays homage to Black Sabbath's stomp-festival song "Iron Man." As a matter of fact, when Blue Oyster Cult has played Godzilla live, they start the song off with heavy bass drum stomps, footsteps...they play it much in the way Iron Man starts out. The power-chording in Godzilla has such a similar feel to Iron Man. I'm not saying that they ripped Sabbath off, either. As a matter of fact, they toured together in 1980 - what could possibly be one of Heavy Metal's most wonderfully titled shows, "Black and Blue."

Donald Roeser actually sang Don't Fear (The Reaper), Godzilla and Burnin' for You, very talented man.

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