Bassist and lead singer of the power trio Blue Cheer. He died on October 12 at 63 in Erkelenz, Germany, where he lived, after fighting with liver and prostate cancer spread throughout his body.
The band rose to prominence in 1968 with a memorable cover of the rock classic 'Summertime Blues' and continued to perform until last year, being several times on hiatus. Taking its name from a potent strain of LSD, Blue Cheer began as a six-piece band in 1966 and downsized a year later to a trio consisting of Peterson on bass and vocals, Leigh Stephens on guitar and Paul Whaley on drums. After Peterson's death, MacDonald said, 'Blue Cheer is done. Out of respect for Dickie, Blue Cheer would never become a viable touring band again'.
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