During a conversation with UG's David Slavković, Blue Oyster Cult guitarist/co-founder Buck Dharma talked about some of the band's biggest hits, including "(Don't Fear) The Reaper" and "Astronomy."
Buck shared his opinion on Metallica covering the latter track on 1998's "Garage Inc." covers album, while also touching on Ghost and the comparisons to BOC.
As reported, the band is working on its first studio album since 2001. You can read more about it here and check out the interview below.
"Yes. I admire Metallica and I'm always flattered when someone covers a Blue Öyster Cult song. I thought they did a fine job and I was quite happy with it."
"Yes, and I've also read interviews with the leader of that band where he says he's not really trying to sound like Blue Öyster Cult. But I don't think that they really do sound like Blue Öyster Cult, but I guess you could see some similarities."
"No. I thought it was good at the time, but I had no idea that it was going to have the life that it has. And, of course, I'm very grateful for that."
"I recorded the lead in one take, not the whole song. The whole song was... [The band's fourth studio album, 1976's] 'Agents of Fortune' record took about, I guess, 10 weeks to record. The lead was recorded in one take."
"That's how I play. I rarely plan out what I'm gonna play at the time. I just kind of go for it."
"Typically, I will record several passes of a solo, and one will be better than another one.
"And I do multiple takes where I'll take parts of one track and parts of another track and crossover. So I do it all different ways, but the point is - the way I approach lead guitar is to improvise totally."