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Thud! Thud! Monstrous footsteps echo throughout the room. “Oh no, can it be,” singer Eric Bloom’s voice quivers. “Rising out of the Pacific Ocean, he lurches his way toward San Diego!” The footsteps grow louder as a monstrous roar pierces the air. Cheers and screams erupt from the rapt audience as their horror and anticipation grow too much to handle. “Who is it?” Bloom asks. Unable to keep their shit together the crowd screams in ecstasy, “Godzilla!” and all hell breaks loose — Blue Öyster Cult has arrived at Sycuan Casino and they aren't taking any prisoners.

The quartet, which has been active for more than 40 years, went on to play such crowd pleasers as “Burnin’ For You” and “The Golden Age of Leather,” which had all the audience members raising their cans of beer on high to salute the Rock Gods.

Those starving for face-melting solos were rewarded as every song ended up turning into a seven-minute jam session, guitarists Donald Roeser and Richie Castellano feeding off each other and the energy in the room. Closing with the hit “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper,” these aging rockers proved that they've still got it.

  • Concert: Blue Öyster Cult
  • Date: January 31
  • Venue: Sycuan Casino
  • Seats: section A, row F
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