Cheap Trick bassist talks honors, Orange Amps
By David Sands
March 18, 2016
The band many Japanese music fans consider to be America’s answer to the Beatles will be getting one of rock’s highest honor’s next month—and their bassist Tom Petersson couldn’t be happier. The musician shared his feelings about Cheap Trick’s imminent induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in a recent interview on Orange Amps website.
“We are thrilled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he said. “It’s hard to imagine that it’s really happening.”
Cheap Trick will be inducted into the Hall of Fame on April 8 at Barclays Center in New York City alongside a roster of artists that also includes Chicago and N.W.A.
Over the course of their eclectic career, the group has sold over 20 million albums, including more than 3 million copies of the groundbreaking live album Cheap Trick at Budokan. That recording catapulted them from megastars in Japan to international rock icons in the late Seventies. Petersson, specifically, is known for his pioneering use of the 12-string bass. Along with him, the group’s classic roster includes vocalist and rhythm guitarist Robin Zander, guitarist Rick Nielsen and drummer Bun E. Carlos.
“The group’s original lineup, with Tom Petersson on bass and the amazing Bun E. Carlos as the powerhouse drummer, influenced pretty much every other hard rockin’ band that came afterwards,” reads a description of the band on the Hall of Fame’s website. “They somehow bridge the gap between the fierce clowning of early punk and the accidental-on-purpose humor of metal, without ever sounding a bit like either.”
In his interview Petersson, a longtime endorser of Orange’s products, also spoke about the origins of his relationship with the English amp maker.
“Our guitarist Rick Nielsen and I went to London in 1968 and met Cliff Cooper at his Orange Music shop where he was just starting to make Orange Amplifiers,” he said. “Rick ended up buying one of his 2×12 combos at the time which he still uses on stage.”
For his musical needs, Tom currently relies on an Orange AD50 Custom Shop guitar head running into a PPC4x12 cabinet, as well as an AD200 MK3 head running into an OBC8x10 bass cabinet.
Cheap Trick is slated to release its newest album, Bang, Zoom, Crazy, Hello, on April 1.
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