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Blue Cheer

Formed: 1966
From: San Francisco, CA, United States
Last Known Status: Disbanded

Latest Blue Cheer News

Below is our complete Blue Cheer news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

Column

Sunday Old School: Blue Cheer

Given that Blue Cheer frontman Dickie Peterson sadly passed away last Monday, it seemed only fitting that this week's edition of Sunday Old School take a look at the band. Blue Cheer began in 1966 and took their name from a brand of LSD which was promoted by former Grateful Dead frontman, Owsley Stanley. The band was managed by a former Hell's Angel. Blue Cheer scored a hit single with their cover of the Eddie Cochran classic, "Summertime Blues," which peaked at number 14 on the Billboard singles chart. The debut album, "Vincebus Eruptus" from which the song was from, also entered the Billboard album charts at number 11.

Over the years the band split up and reformed several times, but left a lasting influence on rock and metal music and have been cited by many as one of the inspirations behind punk rock, stoner rock, doom metal and grunge. You can check out some videos below of Blue Cheer, the band that was described by The Doors frontman Jim Morrison as "The single most powerful band I've ever seen."

Blue Cheer - "Summertime Blues"
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Headline News

Blue Cheer Frontman Passes Away

Dickie Peterson, the singer and bass player of Blue Cheer, who are considered another one of the first heavy metal bands, sadly passed away this morning in Germany at the age of sixty one. The cause of death has yet to be announced but he had been ill for some time.

Blue Cheer released their first album, "Vincebus Eruptum" in 1968 and released a further five albums until a hiatus. The band returned with a new album in 1984 and released two more albums in 1990 and 1991 before another break. The bands last record was a collection of re-recorded material entitled, "What Doesn't Kill You..." in 2007. Peterson himself had also recorded two solo albums entitled, "Child Of The Darkness" and "Tramp."

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Blue Cheer Return With New Album and Tour Dates

LiveDaily.com reports: Heavy-rock dinosaurs Blue Cheer have mapped out a headlining tour beginning in late January to support their first studio album in more than 10 years. The veteran band, which forged its reputation in the San Francisco psychedelic music scene of the late '60s, will launch its run Jan. 26 in Oklahoma City, OK, the first of 15 dates currently on the group's calendar.

The trio retains two of its original members, with singer/bassist Dickie Peterson and drummer Paul Whaley joined by Duck McDonald, who joined the band in the late '80s.

Blue Cheer's latest release, "What Doesn't Kill You," hit stores in August, representing the group's first studio work since 1990's "Highlights & Low Lives," which was released in Europe and Japan but not in the US.

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