Buck Dharma - Blue Öyster Cult
Blue Oyster Cult's unassuming lead guitarist singer songwriter, What can I say, I don't even know where to begin, OK here goes.
I have known Donald Roeser AKA Buck Dharma for 24 years. He was my first celebrity customer and I am proud to call him my friend today.
He is a multitalented, multifaceted extremely talented person. Both him and the entire band have helped me tremendously over the years. I remember when KISS opened for them. I remember seeing him on stage looking like a microdot, (I was in the millionth row back). The incredible laser shows and low frequency cannons of the late 70's. The Black & Blue Tour I could go on for a while but you get the picture.
Ed Roman, Elliott Easton & Don Roeser (Buck Dharma) 1986
Buck is an extremely easy person to talk to, He is friendly and very approachable and you would never know he has a string of huge hits. In fact the first time I met him I didn't even recognize him. I thought he was just some guy who came in to buy a guitar. Most Rock Star types, will let you know who they are right away if you don't recognize them. Not Buck !
Buck with his Ed Roman LSR EB-1 1999 Buck with the Swiss Cheese Body Model
|Buck with an Ed Roman
These guitars sell for as low as $1,900.00 and up and are available as special order models only.
This Guitar is a 24 fret neck through body fully bound double cutaway with an ebony fretboard and Seymour Duncan Black/Back Pickups. This guitar was built in my shop by none other than Mike Shannon who worked for 21 years at Jackson Guitars and is one of the best prototype builders in the industry
Buck Dharma was in the store recently picking out several new guitars. He had played a Jacobs once before at a show in White Plains N.Y and he asked me to bring it to the gig along with 2 other guitars.
BOC was playing one of the big Casinos in Vegas and it was a sold out show so no tickets were available. Buck was cool enough to supply us with 15 backstage passes to the show that night. Needless to say my whole crew went to the show.
When we got there Allen Lanier who mostly does keyboards picked up the Jacobs and simply would not put it down. I don't think Allen even went near his keyboards the whole show. Eric Bloom who usually plays 2nd guitar played most of the keyboard parts. It was a different show than I had ever seen. I have seen BOC at least 25 times. And I hope to see them at least another 25 times.
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As Played by Buck Dharma
BLUE OYSTER CULT
Fun Facts to Know
by Ed Roman
BOC is one of the hardest working bands in the business. They had to be in Odessa Texas the next Day, San Diego the next day, Maryland the next day. etc etc ouch!!!!!!!!! what a grueling schedule.
They tour constantly and I have NEVER seen a weak show.
Buck Dharma is one of the worlds best guitar players but gets very little recognition!!!!
"Don't fear the Reaper" and "Burnin' for You", rank right up there, as 2 of the top 10 most played songs on the radio in the USA. Right up there with "Stairway to Heaven".
"Cities on Flame" and "Godzilla" are both included in the top 100 obscure Rock & Roll tunes of all time.
Buck's Boogie is one of Ed Roman's favorite instrumental guitar songs of all time (Just thought I'd throw that in)
If you want to see a great show catch BOC the next time they play near you. I guarantee you will enjoy it.
Buck recently joked that they have signed so many albums that the ones that aren't signed are probably worth more money.
Eric Bloom & Allen Lanier
2 Original Founding Members
Allen Lanier with a Gary Jacob's Guitar
Lindsey Star Roman with the Band 2002