BLUE CHEER, considered by some to be the Godfathers of heavy metal, are back.
On October 12, 2009, BLUE CHEER bassist and lead singer Richard Allan “Dickie” Peterson after a long fight against cancer. Tony Rainier, BLUE CHEER‘s guitarist from 1977 to 1988, recorded and toured with Peterson and has continued his guitar arrangements and songs for the band’s resurgence. Along with Tony in the group’s current incarnation is Luke Ayoso of the 1980s hard rock/glam band FRENCHEE on vocals, bass and lead guitar and a drummer to be announced.
ShroomAngel Records is planning to release several vinyl LPs and compact discs in order to showcase the Tony Rainier period of BLUE CHEER. One album currently being put together by the label consists of previously unreleased studio recordings made in 1978. ShroomAngel will also be culling together a live two-LP set featuring the band during their comeback tour of 1984 and on into 1985. A brand new vinyl LP is to also be released with a tour hopefully by the summer.
Commented BLUE CHEER‘s longtime manager Mike Bodack: “For those who had no right to say that BLUE CHEER is done, wake up! Dickie wouldn’t want that. So all you 1%er’s wake up, because, as Dickie would say, ‘We need ya!’ Keep BLUE CHEER going. The name and music will live on. See ya on the road soon. We are BLUE CHEER and this is what we will always do.”
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BLUE CHEER‘s last U.S. tour (featuring Peterson, founding drummer Paul Whaley, and guitarist Andrew “Duck” MacDonald) was in support of their 2007 release, “What Doesn’t Kill You…”, and had the band playing shows with the fourth generation of bands to follow in their path. Plans were underway for the band to tour in support of the 2009 Rainman Records DVD release of “Blue Cheer Rocks Europe” when Dickie‘s cancer was found. Tour plans were put on hold, but the first full-length concert DVD in the band’s more-than-forty-year history was released without delay. The DVD includes not only the concert footage with 5.1 audio, but also included a Peterson voiceover commentary and a complete interview with the late leader of the band.