Please ... Call Me Roger

As our friend Sean notes, " Peter was a wonderful storyteller and on occasion, he was full of a wee bit o' blarney."

But from our understanding from all parties concerned, here is a true story behind Peter meeting with an idol. Peter always knew exactly how to break the ice and have some fun:

When Pete was meeting  the bass player for BLACK SABBATH , Geezer Butler, for an interiew in a bass player magazine, he was of course thrilled and a bit nervous -- especially since this band was one of his biggest musical influences.

Peter was shown into Geezer Butler's office and being Peter, he extended his hand and said  '' Mr. GLOVER - It's a pleasure to meet you - I'm a huge fan...''

Geezer Butler smiled and without missing a beat said to Peter ''Please , Call me Roger''
and both men laughed heartily at Peter's DEEP PURPLE joke.

(Now  Hard Rock Fans know that ''Mr. Glover''  is Roger Glover who played bass for fellow British rock band and rivals DEEP PURPLE - another terrific hard rock group and contemporary of BLACK SABBATH)

Peter said he was deeply impressed that Geezer Butler could not only take a joke, but could play along as well...

When Peter died, Geezer Butler released this statement:

"I was so saddened to hear of Pete Steele passing away. He truly was one of the nicest blokes I've ever met. He came to the first G//Z/R gig, in New York, showing his support for us.

"I last saw him in Copenhagen, on the HEAVEN & HELL tour, where he interviewed me for a bassist-to-bassist piece. We had lots of fun talking together.

"I always maintained that the best SABBATH cover was TYPE O's version of 'Black Sabbath' on the 'Nativity In Black' album.

"I always looked forward to hearing what he'd come out with — he was always surprising, musically, and such a very special person.

"One of the truly great ones has now left the stage.

"R.I. P., Pete — Bog Blast yea."


  1. Aww. He was so like anyone else, yet larger-than-life. Wonderful story.

  2. I love these kinds of stories. Thank you for sharing.

  3. peter truly touched the hearts of everyone he came in contact with....what an amazing tribute to his soul!-erik hernandez-

  4. awww. this is so sweet. made me cry....

    thanks for sharing yet another goodie with all of us!

  5. This is a nice story thank you for sharing

  6. Awww this is so lovely, bittersweet I thinking the word
    Thanks for sharing yet another lovely story

  7. I've yet to comment on this blog, but I just had to tell you how great a job you are doing to keep Pete's legacy alive. My best to all the family and R.I.P Greenman. This blog is amazing.

  8. There's a word only in portuguese that means the feeling of missing someone. This word is 'saudade'.
    Saudade Peter... =[

  9. I couldn't agree more with the comment about how great a job you are doing keeping his legacy alive. Can't think of how to express it without sounding overly cheesy, but just wanted to say thank you for sharing all of these stories and memories with us.

  10. Thank you so very much for sharing these amazing stories. I can only speak for myself but reading all of these wonderful recollections is proving to be very cathartic, evoking both laughter and tears. Peter touched the lives of so many, and you are carrying on that legacy with this blog. Much love and many blessings to all of the Ratajczyk clan.

  11. I only really discovered TON a couple of years ago- I don't know what cave I was living in until then. Then, last year, I saw on a Facebook group I'm a member of( Music Without Borders) that he had passed. I was numb for a while. Then I got serious about listening to everything I could find. Pete's bass lines and vocals were/are so intense, well, I haven't heard anything yet that I don't love.

    Then I began seeing stories from fans about what a great guy he was and what a great( if a little warped at times) sense of humor he had, and how well he treated everyone. And now, I read these stories about how close he was to his family and friends, and it kind of makes me sad that I never actually got to meet him. I almost feel like I know all of you,now.

    I'm a 47 year old woman, and I can say for a fact that TON is my favorite band, and I don't see that changing anytime soon. I wish Pete had understood just how loved he was, by multiple generations. But I'm sure he knows it now.

    Thank you SO very much for doing this blog,and letting us fans get to know you guys. You are all just as awesome as Pete, and we really appreciate you letting us into a little bit of your lives.It's easy to see why Pete was such a genuinely nice person.

    Sherry Johnson

  12. nothing so amazing as the meeting of two cool, fast thinking, quick-to-laugh bassmen. great story and great dedication from mr. butler.