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Blue Cheer Frontman Dickie Peterson 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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1. Diamond Oz writes:

This is terrible. I was only listening to them yesterday and was trying to decide whether to do Sunday Old School on Blue Cheer or Budgie. I'll make sure I pay tribute to d***ie next time.

Rest In Peace. A great band and a great singer.

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 1:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. deathbringer writes:

Goddamn! We're on a horrible run with deaths in the metal community.

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 1:29 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. KMADD writes:

Damn these dudes were one of the pioneers of metal. Huge loss!

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 1:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. zMETALlica writes:

they always come in threes... truly sad to lose another member of the metal community.

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 2:01 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Rychemn writes:

Most definetly a sad day, another true pioneer joining Les Paul in that great band in the sky........Rest In Peace my brother......\M/\M/

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 3:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. Hammerheart writes:

Wow, another legend gone. R.I.P.

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 3:23 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. Mario Borzabadi writes:

RIP d***ie, there ain't no cure for the summertime blues.

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 3:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. deathfreak writes:

whats that like the 5 dude in metal to die in the last month. RIP man

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 3:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. darkA.T.M writes:

An incredible vocalist, RIP

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 4:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. TheMidnightCowboy writes:

Oh man, horrible news. Anyone who doesn't know this band, check them out as they influenced many bands we love today. Upon hear them at the age of 15 ,they became my first Blues influence, fusing it into Psychedelic and early Heavy Metal, eventually leading me to my love of Blues based Groove and Sludge metal. Pantera, Exhorder, Down, Lamb of God, Mastodon and many other great bands owe a lot to this this man. RIP to a true legend.

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 5:13 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. RTB writes:

Huge blow....BC was before my time and i never heard of them til i saw metal a headbangers journey documentry...when i downloaded some of their stuff, i was blown away...for that time period (late 60s) they kicked azz...RIP d***ie

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 6:24 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. Blindgreed1 writes:

Damn... It's a bad week to be a front man. RIP my brother.

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 6:41 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. psythe writes:

BAAALLLLLLLSS!!!

This makes me sad :(

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 7:21 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. godlike writes:

Bummer :(
\m/RIP\m/

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 9:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. BoltThrower writes:

Stacking dead bodies...

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 11:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Necrovomit writes:

nooooo! i love blue cheer! why does everything i love have to die!

# Oct 12, 2009 @ 11:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. BassGirl writes:

saddened. I loved the song Summertime Blue and as a fellow bassist and singer myself, it hits even harder. RIP and be sure to rock it in heaven!!! We r losing all the best! :(

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 12:45 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. murder667 writes:

truly sad....whats up with the musicians passing away latly??

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 2:50 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. Jamez writes:

looking at the "bright" side, if there is such a thing with these news, at least her was 61, so he had seen some life.

What can you say, "No One Here Gets Out Alive"

RIP

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 7:23 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Jamez writes:

He was 61... sorry.

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 7:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. hater_guy writes:

they don't come in threes. they come in ones. :P

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 8:47 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Skidso writes:

A sad passing of another legend. But, on the other hand, at least he got to live "the dream"....so few talented musicians ever make it, so at least he left behind a legacy of sorts...RIP, d***ie...\m/

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 8:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. slipknot_15 writes:

this is so freakin' crazy. ANOTHER metal soul has been taken. wtf is going on? why is everyone dying lately??? it sucks and is really upsetting....

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 10:30 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. hater_guy writes:

well, the reaper's working over time! Satan needs new band members anyway. Hell must be a sweet place since all the religions say anything to keep us out, yet they do everything to get in.

# Oct 13, 2009 @ 12:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. *ZT writes:

d***ie, you'll never be forgotten. A true American Badass.

Now CRANKED AT FULL VOLUME:BLUE f***ING CHEER: Doctor Please

Play Loud, Drink Hard, everyone.

-ZT

# Oct 14, 2009 @ 9:17 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. wilco writes:

watch out blindgreed
damm whats going on these last few days all of our sinners die
rip brother

# Oct 16, 2009 @ 6:08 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Symmachus writes:

Dang it! I was only starting to get into this band! Blue Cheer have indeed left a worthy legacy behind. Rest in peace, Peterson!

# Oct 17, 2009 @ 3:19 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. Tamaravt39 writes:

you'll never be forgotten... :((

# Oct 24, 2009 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address

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