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July 06, 2017

Rock Legends Blue Öyster Cult to Perform at Chevy Court at the Great New York State Fair

Heavy metal masters Blue Öyster Cult will rock the Chevy Court stage at the Great New York State Fair on Friday, September 1 at 8 p.m., Acting Director Troy Waffner announced today.

Blue Öyster Cult has been a major heavy metal influence on many other acts, such as Metallica, and was listed in VH1's countdown of the greatest hard rock bands of all time. calls the band “the thinking man’s heavy metal group, “makers of music that is “ambitious, intelligent, and rocking in a strangely sensual kind of way.”  Original core members, Donald "Buck Dharma" Roeser (guitar, vocals) and Eric Bloom (guitar, keyboards, vocals) lead the band through its 45 year catalog of music, including the iconic “Don’t’ Fear the Reaper.” 

“We’re happy to have Blue Öyster Cult back,” said Waffner.  “They are such an important part of the history of rock music and their shows are outstanding.  I’m looking forward to this concert and hope everyone can make time to join us.”

This will be the band’s third appearance at the Fair and the first since 2010.

Blue Öyster Cult is the latest addition to the Fair’s largest and most diverse lineup ever, which includes:

  • Robert Randolph and the Family Band, 2 pm, August 23
  • 3 Doors Down, 8 pm, August 23
  • Chevelle, 8 pm, August 24
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds, 2 pm, August 25
  • The Beach Boys, 7 pm, August 25
  • Post Malone, 2 pm, August 27
  • Earth Wind & Fire, 8 pm, August 27
  • Peter Noone, 2 pm, August 28
  • Kansas, 8 pm, August 28
  • The Marshall Tucker Band, 2 pm, August 29
  • Daya, 8 pm, August 29
  • Taylor Dayne, 2 pm, August 30
  • LeAnn Rimes, 8 pm, August 31
  • Spin Doctors, 2 pm, September 3
  • Migos, 8 pm, September 3

Concerts at Chevy Court are sponsored by Chevrolet.

The New York State Fair, operated by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets, runs from August 23 to September 4, 2017. The Fair's mission, reflected in its theme, "FIND YOUR GREAT," is to showcase the best of New York agriculture while providing top-quality entertainment.

The home of the Great New York State Fair is a 375-acre exhibit and entertainment complex that operates all year. A year-round schedule of events is available on the Fair’s website. Find The Great New York State Fair on Facebook, follow @NYSFair on Twitter, on Snapchat at nysfair and enjoy photos from the Fair at Also, New Yorkers are invited to send their ideas for the Great New York State Fair at

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