Blue Oysyer Cult and Foghat headline Friday night at Harborfest

Bucking the recent tradition of one Friday night headliner on the NRG Oswego Harbor Power “Lakeview Stage” in Breitbeck Park, there will be two nationally known groups rocking crowd on the first full day of the 26th Harborfest Friday, July 26.

Oswego’s Harborfest will welcome Blue Oyster Cult and Foghat to the NRG Lakeview Stage.

Blue Oyster Cult is an American rock band from Long Island, best known for such songs as “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” “Burnin’ for You,” and “Godzilla.”

Since the release of its self-titled debut album in 1972, the band has sold over 24 million albums worldwide, including seven million in the United States.

The band’s music videos, especially “Burnin’ for You,” received heavy rotation on MTV when the music television network premiered in 1981, cementing the band’s contribution to the development and success of the music video in modern pop culture.

Today, Blue Oyster Cult’s music continues to be played on radio stations as well as in movies, television shows, and commercials, and even during sporting events.

Blue Oyster Cult’s current lineup includes long-time members Donald “Buck Dharma” Roeser (lead guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (lead vocals, rhythm guitar, keyboard), as well as Jules Radino (drums, percussion), Richie Castellano (keyboard, guitar, vocals), and Kasim Sulton (bass guitar).

Foghat is a British rock band that began performing in 1971. The band’s second self-titled album, “Foghat,” went gold before 1974. A 1975 album, “Fool for the City,” spawned the hit single “Slow Ride,” which rose to #20 on the U.S. charts. The 1977 album, “Foghat Live,” sold over two million copies.

Follow-up hits in Foghat’s career included, “Drivin’ Wheel,” “Stone Blue,” and “Third Time Lucky (The First Time I Was a Fool).”

After band members went in various directions, in 1993, at the urging of producer Rick Rubin, the original line-up reunited. The group released a studio album entitled “Return of the Boogie Men” in 1994 and a live album entitled “Road Cases” in 1998.

The final album of the decade, “King Biscuit Flower Hour,” was from the syndicated radio show of the same name.

Original founding members Dave Peverett and Rod Price died in the early 2000s but Foghat continues to tour and be a popular live band belting out the classic hits that made them a staple of the rock and roll community over three decades ago.

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