Tom Petersson

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Tom Petersson
Tom Petersson.jpg
Tom Petersson in Chicago, Illinois
Background information
Born (1950-05-09) May 9, 1950 (age 68)
GenresRock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter
InstrumentsBass guitar
Associated actsCheap Trick, Fuse

Thomas John Peterson (born May 9, 1950), better known as Tom Petersson, is an American musician who is best known for being the bass guitar player for the rock band Cheap Trick.[1]

Career[edit]

Before joining Cheap Trick, Petersson played in a number of bands, including the Bol Weevils, the Grim Reapers, Sick Man of Europe, and Fuse. He started out playing rhythm guitar, but soon switched to bass. His professional career has been closely entwined with Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen since the Grim Reapers in 1967, and the two co-founded Cheap Trick in 1974.[2][3]

During Cheap Trick's classic period, Petersson invented a 12 string bass guitar in collaboration with Hamer Guitars.[4][5][6] Rick Nielsen notes at every show that Tom is “the inventor of the 12-string bass”. Petersson left Cheap Trick in August 1980, shortly before the release of the album All Shook Up. He worked with his then-wife Dagmar on material for a solo album, which was eventually released in 1984 as the six-song EP Tom Peterson and Another Language.[7][8] Petersson also toured with Carmine Appice in 1982.[9] From 1985 to 1987 he joined Pete Comita, who had briefly replaced him in Cheap Trick, in a reformed version of his early band Sick Man of Europe, which also included songwriter Janna Allen.[citation needed] Petersson rejoined Cheap Trick in 1987 and has remained with the band ever since.

Outside of Cheap Trick, Petersson has worked with artists such as Donovan,[10] Willie Nelson,[11] Mick Jagger,[12] Harry Nilsson (unused tracks for the Every Man Has a Woman album), Bill Lloyd, Frank Black,[13] Concrete Blonde, Foster and Lloyd, Edan Everly, Coinship, and members of The Mavericks. Petersson also appeared in The Ramones' 1986 music video "Something to Believe In".

Personal life[edit]

Petersson and his wife Alison have two children, son Liam and daughter Lilah. In 2014, Tom and Alison founded Rock Your Speech[14] to promote awareness and understanding of Autism Spectrum Disorder, and to use music to help children overcome speech difficulties associated with autism.

Petersson is a serious guitar collector, owning a wide variety of guitars and basses.[15] He prominently used a vintage Gibson Thunderbird bass as his main stage instrument for many years, until a girlfriend threw it out of a hotel window during an argument.[citation needed] Professionally he has endorsed a number of different bass brands during his career, including Hamer, Chandler, Waterstone, Electrical Guitar Company, Hofner, and Mike Lull. He currently plays Gretsch basses, including a pair of unique White Falcon 12-string basses (one in green, one in white), which Petersson endorses and has now become a production model.[16]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Tom Petersson at AllMusic
  2. ^ "Nazz biography". Technicolor Web of Sound.
  3. ^ "Cheap Trick line-up history". Classic Webs. Archived from the original on October 24, 2014.
  4. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on May 14, 2010. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  5. ^ "Hamer". Archived from the original on November 17, 2008. Retrieved May 27, 2010.
  6. ^ "The Encyclopedia of the 12-String Bass". 12stringbass.net. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  7. ^ "Rarebird's Cheap Trick Reviews". Rarebird9.net. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  8. ^ Wolf, Alissa (2010-07-12). "Cheap Trick On The Beach In Wildwood - Philly.com". Articles.philly.com. Retrieved 2013-12-05.
  9. ^ "Carmine Appice & Friends / Rock Super Session Vol 1 / 2CDR". Gig in Japan. Retrieved 18 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Shadows of Blue - Donovan - Official Website". donovan.ie. Archived from the original on June 29, 2013.
  11. ^ [1][dead link]
  12. ^ Joe Bosso. "Production legend Dave Jerden on 13 career-defining records". MusicRadar.
  13. ^ "Exclusive new feature with Cheap Trick bassist Tom Petersson". For Bass Players Only.
  14. ^ Rock Your Speech. "Rock Your Speech". Rock Your Speech.
  15. ^ "GALLERY: Tom Peterssons Bass Collection". Premierguitar.com. Retrieved 2017-07-27.
  16. ^ "G6136B-TP12 Custom Shop Tom Petersson Signature White Falcon™ Bass 12-String with Cadillac Tailpiece, White Lacquer". Gretsch Guitars. Retrieved 18 July 2018.

Bibliography[edit]

  • Reputation is a fragile thing: The story of Cheap Trick; MIke Hayes with Ken Sharp, published by Poptastic, 1998, ISBN 978-0966208108

External links[edit]