BLUE CHEER‘s manager, Ron Rainey, and the band’s guitarist, Andrew “Duck” MacDonald, have confirmed that they are negotiating with Shroom Angel Records for the release several vinyl LPs and compact discs in order to showcase the Tony Rainier period of BLUE CHEER.
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.
Commented Rainey and MacDonald in a statement: “We welcome the release of this material for the continuation of Dickie‘s artistic legacy as long as his estate is compensated for his performances.” They added, “As far as a band touring under the name BLUE CHEER, to be quite honest, we don’t take it too seriously.”
One album currently being put together by ShroomAngel Records 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.
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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.