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June 28, 2013

Blue Oyster Cult to rock Kokomo

Band headlines Haynes Apperson Festival July 4.

Its sound provided the melody to one of the funniest skits on “Saturday Night Live,” but its music is no joke. Blue Oyster Cult’s classic rock hits have bridged generations of fans. The band has been rocking for nearly three decades and gathering new fans with each performance, which typically features a showcase of 15 or 16 songs.

Eric Bloom, Blue Oyster Cult’s lead singer, and his band mates will be taking Kokomo’s biggest summer stage July 4, during this year’s Haynes Apperson Festival.

Although Blue Oyster Cult has played countless shows, Bloom said it’s still the fans who drive the shows’ content — making every show different from the last.

“We might pull out songs [the audience] may not expect to hear. We change the set list almost daily. We know more than 60 songs, and each set is about 15 or 16 so sometimes, depending on the feel of the crowd, you can see me walking towards the middle of the stage to change things up. We have so much material to choose from, but I promise we will play the obvious songs [everyone looks forward to],” Bloom said.

Among those hits are likely to be the 1976 iconic hit “The Reaper” and 1981’s “Burnin’ for You.”

“I really like being able to reach back to some of those old ones that don’t get played, but it feels right for that show,” Bloom said. “It’s all about the audience response and keeping everyone on their toes.”

Bloom said fans who love the Midwest love the band’s melody even more, and that energy is something Blue Oyster Cult is excited to experience in Kokomo.

“Our kind of music, which is classic rock, is very popular in the Midwest; I don’t have any reason why, but there are places where people like our kind of music,” Bloom said. “We’re really glad people want us to come to Kokomo and play. We’ll be coming to rock out for our old fans and trying to make some new ones too.”

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