A Breath of Fresh Air Apr 9

Written by on 04/09/2024

A Breath of Fresh Air With Sandy Kaye
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Tom Petersson is a musician best known as the bassist and co-founder of the iconic rock band Cheap Trick. Born on May 9, 1950, in Rockford, Illinois, Petersson’s musical journey began at an early age when he picked up the guitar. However, he later transitioned to bass guitar, a move that would define his signature sound and role in shaping Cheap Trick’s distinctive style.

In the early 1970s, Petersson co-founded Cheap Trick with guitarist Rick Nielsen, drummer Bun E. Carlos, and vocalist Robin Zander. The band quickly gained recognition for their high-energy performances, catchy melodies, and fusion of hard rock, pop, and punk influences. Petersson’s melodic basslines became a hallmark of Cheap Trick’s sound, adding depth and groove to their music.

Throughout his career with Cheap Trick, Petersson has been a key contributor to the band’s success, both in the studio and on stage. His innovative bass playing can be heard on many of the band’s hit songs, including “Surrender,” “I Want You to Want Me,” “Dream Police,” and “The Flame.”

In addition to his work with Cheap Trick, Petersson has collaborated with various artists and pursued solo projects. He released a solo album titled “Tom Petersson & Another Language” in 1984, showcasing his versatility as a musician beyond the confines of Cheap Trick’s sound.

Petersson’s influence extends beyond his musical contributions. His distinctive 12-string bass guitar, custom-built by Hamer Guitars, has become iconic in the rock world, inspiring generations of bassists. He is also known for popularizing the use of the 12-string bass in rock music, pushing the boundaries of the instrument and paving the way for its acceptance in mainstream rock.

Over the years, Petersson and Cheap Trick have received numerous accolades and awards, including inductions into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2016. Despite lineup changes and the evolving music industry, Petersson remains an integral part of Cheap Trick’s enduring legacy, continuing to tour and record with the band, captivating audiences with his dynamic bass playing and infectious stage presence.

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