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Blue Öyster Cult still loves to play LI

Blue Öyster Cult is certainly keeping busy.

The Long Island Music Hall of Famers are readying their first boxed set for release next year, including all of their Sony albums and two discs of unreleased material. They're going to tour South America for the first time next year. And they are all busy with solo projects.

However, singer Eric Bloom said the band still gets excited about playing new Long Island venues.

"We really can use another nice local venue," said Bloom, who will christen the Paramount in Huntington for Long Island bands Saturday. "Other than the Coliseum and Westbury, there's really no other place for us to play."

Are Long Island shows different for you?

Not really. But it is different for us to do a show where we're the headliner, where we can go deeper into the album cuts than we usually do. We play about 80 shows a year and usually, at a casino or a fair, the people are just there, and they see us. For a ticketed show, we just feel more free. We'll play the hits, but we'll also change the set as we go, depending on the vibe of the audience.

And you don't have to travel far for this show.

The only complaint I might have about the band is the travel. ... It's because we have to fly to most of our shows. It's so much better to be on a bus. When you fly, there are just so many things that are out of your control. You can get delayed through no fault of your own and have to rush around to make up for it. There's too many days like that. But we always end up succeeding for the audience.

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You still make an impact. The movie "Roadie" this year involved the band, and people must still talk to you about the "Saturday Night Live" skit on "The Reaper."

We embrace the cowbell . ... I saw that live on "Saturday Night Live" and was more shocked than amused. But I watched it 10 more times, and I was able to see what everyone else saw in it. We love it now. It's been great for us.


WHO Blue Öyster Cult with Uriah Heep

WHEN | WHERE 8 p.m. Saturday, the Paramount, 370 New York Ave., Huntington

INFO $36.50-$75; 631-673-7300,


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