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Great front man of Blue Cheer died today. Blue Cheer essentially brought heavy music with the first two albums. We lost a great rock and roller today. Have been listening to Vincebus Eruptum a lot recently, will have to play it some more, LOUD!


As you can see from the link below he rocked hard 'til the end.


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WTF??? :o

That was totally unexpected...

Another fucking sad news... I dunno what to say... :(

I'm glad I catched Blue Cheer in show 2 years ago. Sure wasn't 1968...Still it was an intense gig in a small club. I was literally at his feet. Could nearly smell his breath!! Even got to shake his hand!! :D

May his soul rest in peace up there...

See you one of these days, Dickie.

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yea, heard he was in severe ill health and was hoping he would survive.

he was one of my many early idols and will be missed :(

rip Dickie and say hello to John, Jim, Jimi, Janis, Bonzo, Moon, Rory, Stevie Ray, Dimebag and all of the rest of our fallen heroes.

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Rolling Stone

“Louder Than God”: Rush’s Neil Peart Remembers Blue Cheer’s Dickie Peterson

10/21/09, 1:52 pm EST


Photo: Michael Ochs Archive/Getty

Rush drummer and Blue Cheer fan Neil Peart wrote the following in memory of singer/bassist Dickie Peterson, who died after a battle with liver cancer on October 12th:

In the summer of 1968, I was going on 16, living in a small Canadian city (St. Catharines, Ontario), and had been playing drums for a couple of years. I owned a small set of Rogers drums, a plastic AM radio that I played along to, a tiny mono record player, and 12 LPs. On the bookshelf in my room, facing my drums, I stacked those LPs with the covers facing outward, rotating different ones to the front.

Both fans and haters of my future work with Rush would find those LPs telling, and nod their heads or roll their eyes accordingly: The Who’s My Generation, Happy Jack and The Who Sell Out; Are You Experienced? and Axis: Bold as Love by the Jimi Hendrix Experience; the Grateful Dead’s and Moby Grape’s eponymous debuts; Jefferson Airplane’s Surrealistic Pillow; Fresh Cream and Disraeli Gears; the first album by Traffic (called Reaping, in a Canadian-only variation, the cover showing the band posing on a Massey Ferguson combine); and Vincebus Eruptum, the first album by “the world’s loudest band,” Blue Cheer.

Tiny articles in early rock magazines said Blue Cheer were so loud they had to record outdoors — part of their second album, Outsideinside, was recorded on a San Francisco pier — and the drummer, Paul Whaley, played so hard he had to wear golf gloves. Blue Cheer had a fortress of amplifiers, cannonades of drums, forests of hair, were managed by a former Hells Angel named Gut (who described the band’s sound as: “They turn the air into cottage cheese”), and they were hated by grownups and rock critics alike. Of course I loved them!

Blue Cheer’s version of “Summertime Blues” was a good-sized hit that summer of 1968, and their two albums that year, Vincebus Eruptum and Outsideinside, galvanized my friends and me. When TV Guide listed Blue Cheer as guests on Steve Allen’s late-night TV show, I was wildly excited (rock bands on TV were rare in those days). I tuned in to watch what I remember as a comical period-piece: Steve Allen, in his black suit and tie, thick-rimmed glasses, and Brylcreemed hairdo, sitting at his desk and saying something like, “the loud noise you are hearing is just the hum of their amplifiers.” Then, “Blue Cheer — run for your lives!”

Rolling Stone

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