We're gonna need more cowbell.
The Blue Oyster Cult, whose roots started in Long Island, will play a free concert to support a new arena for the New York Islanders on July 27, the team announced Wednesday. The concert will begin at 4 p.m. outside of the Nassau Coliseum Box Office featuring the band famous for "Don't Fear the Reaper."
“We’re really looking forward to playing the Nassau Coliseum again. It’s the building closest to home for us. We support the effort to get people to vote yes for a new arena,” Blue Oyster Cult lead-singer Eric Bloom said in a statement. “We played many great shows there and living in Nassau County, we all know this area needs a new building that can become a true destination for concert goers, families and hockey fans.”
On June 23, Nassau County Executive Edward P. Mangano and Islanders owner Charles Wang announced a lease to keep the Islanders on Long Island through 2045, as long as voters approved of a new arena to replace Nassau Coliseum.The Islanders current lease ends in 2015.
A vote is scheduled for Aug. 1 and the cost of a new arena and a minor league ballpark is projected to be $400 million, although county taxpayers would get 11.5 percent of income from the new arena.
The show will be emceed by Roger and JP of the WBAB Long island Rock'N'Roll Morning Show and Wang, Mangano, Federation of Labor President John Durso and Building and Trades Council Chief Jim Castellane will also be there and speak to the crowd.
Current and former players will also be in attendance to greet the fans and sign autographs, the Islanders Ice Girls will also be on hand and the event will have games and inflatables.