Defying any standard musical categorization for almost four decades, bassist Dickie Peterson pioneered a raw, unbridled approach to playing rock and roll long before punk, heavy metal, or hip hop made it fashionable. He’s driven by an intense passion for his art and remains a reverberating force in the world of rock and roll.
Ken: Who has influenced you musically?
Ken: What are some of the sources of your creative inspiration?
Dickie: It was the dark side of drugs, but I was at a stage of that dark side to where it was romantic. It wasn’t a bad thing yet. It hadn’t turned into the monster that it later turned into.
Dickie: I don’t particularly care for the recording studio. As far as I am concerned they can record us live. I look at recording as representing a moment in time.
Ken: The attitude portrayed on Vincebus Eruptum (premier Blue Cheer album) has been an influence on the way I play.
Duck knows how to do that as a guitar player and that’s really difficult for a guitarist, because they carry so much weight and there’s always 50 guys waiting behind you to take your place. So the pressure on the guitar player is tremendous. I understand why they act a little weird. It’s great to be a whiz at what you do, but if you can’t do it with other people and apply it and adapt it, it’s very limited. You’ve got to be able to move laterally with your music and help bring out the best in everyone who’s on stage.