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Blue Cheer Front Man Dies

Blue Cheer was in the vanguard of 60's groups that just about every hard rock band cite as influential.  Having sat in the 3d row for an April, 1968 triple bill at the Fillmore East with Blue Cheer in the middle, I can attest that few bands could match the high decibel onslaught of a Blue Cheer set. Iron Butterfly opened - and even they did not come close.  By the time Traffic, the headliner, came on anyone in the first 20 rows was effectively deaf.   Blue Cheer wasn't just loud - it was an awesome band.  Dickie Peterson was a big part of what made them great.  The bass player and vocalist was found dead in Germany yesterday (10/12).  He had reportedly been suffering from liver cancer.
Houstonpress.com  Bluecheer.us

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