Blue Öyster Cult's very own mysterious "Cigarette Smoking Man," Allen Lanier is equally comfortable behind the keyboards or the guitar. Allen is instrumental in the underlying rhythm that drives the band. Onstage, Allen gets plenty of chances to shine on both instruments, adding his lead guitar to "The Red and the Black" or trading licks with Buck on the keyboards on "Buck's Boogie".
Through the years Allen has given us great BÖC songs like "In Thee," "Searchin' For Celine," "Tenderloin" and "Lonely Teardrops."
Sadly, the 40th Anniversary reunion show in New York in November of 2012 would be Allen's final appearance with the band, as he passed away unexpectedly on August 14, 2013. On June 17, 2016, the current Blue Öyster Cult joined forces again with former founding members Albert and Joe Bouchard and presented a special "Tribute to Allen Lanier" concert at B.B. King's in New York. He is gone, but not forgotten, and his music lives on.