Monday, July 10, 2006

Crowds Cheer 60s Proto-Metal Heroes Blue Cheer

DETROIT (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – It was hard for the ’60s cult band Blue Cheer to virtually invent what was later called heavy metal, and then be ignored by the masses in the decades following.

But this summer, their time has finally come for some recognition – and a new generation of blues and underground music fans have discovered the band, thanks to the popularity of retro-blues acts like White Stripes.

Bassist Dickie Peterson says that the last time Blue Cheer toured was “sometime in the ’80s,” but that they’ve only been on their current tour two weeks and they’ve already been playing to standing room only crowds that “can’t seem to get enough” of them during and after the show.

As Peterson tells it, “I get at least a couple of people, sometimes more, each night, telling me that I’m the reason they started playing bass or started their own band.”

He adds, “And that just floors me. It’s like we’re finally bridging all the racial gaps and the sexist gaps and the age gaps our music was meant to bridge, you know?”

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