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    Dickie Peterson, Blue Cheer singer/bassist dies

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    Dickie Peterson, singer in rock band Blue Cheer
    By William Grimes
    New York Times / October 16, 2009

    NEW YORK - Dickie Peterson, whose screaming vocals and pounding bass lines helped push the psychedelic blues-rock trio Blue Cheer into the musical territory t[B]hat would later be called heavy metal[/B], died Monday in Erkelenz, Germany. He was 63 and lived in Erkelenz and Cologne.

    The cause was liver cancer, said Ron Rainey, his manager.

    Blue Cheer, a San Francisco group formed in late 1966, took its name from a street brand of LSD but never exuded the peace-and-love vibe of groups like Jefferson Airplane or the Grateful Dead. It stood for raw, animalistic power, on full display in the raucous, hard-driving “Summertime Blues,’’ the group’s biggest hit.

    Pitted against Paul Whaley’s savagely thrashing drums and Leigh Stephens’ screeching guitar, Mr. Peterson, the group’s lead singer, adopted the only possible vocal strategy: He opened his mouth wide and emitted primal sounds at top volume.

    “People keep trying to say that we’re heavy metal or grunge or punk, or we’re this or that,’’ Mr. Peterson told the website Stoner Rock. “The reality is, we’re just a power trio, and we play ultra blues, and it’s rock ’n’ roll. It’s really simple what we do.’’

    Richard Allan Peterson grew up in Grand Forks, N.D. He started playing bass guitar at 13, influenced by his brother, Jerre, who played guitar in an early six-member version of Blue Cheer.

    He moved to San Francisco in the mid-1960s and, with his brother, began playing with Group B. He was thrown out of the band for insisting on a hard-rock style, which he indulged to the fullest with Blue Cheer.

    Blue Cheer’s six-member configuration was quickly reduced to three to achieve a heavier sound, Mr. Peterson told Rocktober Magazine in 2007. In 1968, the group released the album “Vincebus Eruptum,’’ generally regarded as its best. It included the band’s cover version of the Eddie Cochran hit “Summertime Blues,’’ which reached number 14 on the Billboard charts. The album rose to number 11.

    The group released several albums in quick succession, notably “Outsideinside’’ (1968), “New! Improved! Blue Cheer’’ (1969) and “Blue Cheer’’ (1969), before breaking up in 1972.

    Mr. Peterson’s first marriage ended in divorce. He leaves his second wife, Ilka of Erkelenz; a daughter, Corrina Peterson Kaltenrieder of Fort Worth; and a grandson.

    In various configurations, but always with Mr. Peterson, new versions of Blue Cheer recorded many studio and live albums over the years.

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    Gentleman down my street died too. He was a welder.

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    [QUOTE=Timmy®;3312021]Gentleman down my street died too. He was a welder.[/QUOTE]

    Did you talk to him at the dump?

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3312132]Did you talk to him at the dump?[/QUOTE]

    I believe he burned his garbage

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    RIP to one of the founders of heavy metal rock. The industrial sound and massive tone of Blue Cheer music (May I say [I]Sturm und Drang[/I]?) was light years ahead of its time. Although not particularly gifted musicians, listen to music from that era, then check out what Blue Cheer was doing. You will absolutely appreciate their vision for what rock would become decades later.

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    [QUOTE=Borgoguy;3312142]RIP to one of the founders of heavy metal rock. The industrial sound and massive tone of Blue Cheer music (May I say [I]Sturm und Drang[/I]?) was light years ahead of its time. Although not particularly gifted musicians, listen to music from that era, then check out what Blue Cheer was doing. You will absolutely appreciate their vision for what rock would become decades later.[/QUOTE]

    But could they weld? Arc? MIG? :confused:

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    Music is a huge part of my life and I am a big fan of hard rock - but I must say that I have NEVER heard of this band or the dude who died.

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    [QUOTE=FF2®;3312148]But could they weld? Arc? MIG? :confused:[/QUOTE]

    LOL. I'm laughing because I'm sure you imagined that old guy who did the Apex Tech commercials.

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    [QUOTE=Borgoguy;3312155]LOL. I'm laughing because I'm sure you imagined that old guy who did the Apex Tech commercials.

    [url]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W-aPfjqcslo[/url]

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    "Now, I can't call you...."

    Blue Cheer is to Heavy Metal as Apex Tech Man is to Vince Shamwow.

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    [QUOTE=Dumps;3312151][B]Music is a huge part of my life and I am a big fan of hard rock[/B] - but I must say that I have NEVER heard of this band or the dude who died.[/QUOTE]

    Not that huge if you haven't heard of these guys. I never thought Blue Cheer were particularly good, but always appreciated their visionary metal sound. Black Sabbath is often credited with being the fathers of heavy metal, but I would give the title to Blue Cheer. How they came up with that metal tone in the mid-60s is truly astounding, especially if you listen to what other bands from that era were creating.

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    [QUOTE=Borgoguy;3312169]Not that huge if you haven't heard of these guys. I never thought Blue Cheer were particularly good, but always appreciated their visionary metal sound. Black Sabbath is often credited with being the fathers of heavy metal, but I would give the title to Blue Cheer. How they came up with that metal tone in the mid-60s is truly astounding, especially if you listen to what other bands from that era were creating.[/QUOTE]

    Interesting write up, I'll go ahead and give them a listen if for nothing else then for the "sound." Thanks dude.

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    [QUOTE=Dumps;3312587]Interesting write up, I'll go ahead and give them a listen if for nothing else then for the "sound." Thanks dude.[/QUOTE]

    You're welcome, of course. I hope I didn't come off too harsh. You know I respect you and your musical knowledge. I think I misunderstood your post as a dig. Which is fine and I support, just not on the day of the guy's death.

    Anyway, here's a cool article about them you might appreciate. Like I said, I was never a big fan of the band, but their monster sound--put into context of the mid-60s--always left me speechless. They were doing Hendrix sonic blasts times 10, before Hendrix. This heavy distortion, fuzz box tone eventually became the "gold standard" of most rock and metal acts even into today's bands. Check out the two tunes below and notice how familiar that dark sound is today. That's 1968!

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