To describe Blue Cheer, the first word that comes to mind is . . . loud! It was said that the band's sonic blast could "turn the air into cottage cheese." The classic "power trio" lineup of guitar, bass and drums is more than capable of knocking down a house, as we easily find out on Blue Cheer's debut LP, 'Vincebus Eruptum,' released in January 1968.
Blue Cheer, a big influence on metal, grunge, and stoner rock, went through a variety of lineups over the years, but founder Dickie Peterson was always at the core. He was the band's heart and soul, not to mention its voice and thunderous bass -- so when he died after a long battle with cancer in 2009, it seemed the band was done.