Usually, I am on top of my punk-rock news but on July 14th when Erik Petersen passed my focus was on my Mother’s surgery and nothing else. I didn’t even find out about it until about a week later after Mom came home.
Meeting Erik Petersen to me would’ve been like meeting the Rolling Stones or Elvis because his music has had such an impact on my life. Setting up an interview with Erik was on my to-do-list but I just felt as though I had all the time in the world and because I am such a huge fan I wanted our meeting to be perfect. Well as you can see my procrastination backfired and now I have to live with the fact that not only have I never met Erik but I’ve never even seen him perform live either.
I knew of Mischief Brew for years but it wasn’t until the summer of 2012 that I really dove deep into their catalogue. I was staying with a friend who was struggling with addiction and she listened to their music as a form of therapy. My struggles at the time were different from hers but music and especially Mischief Brew helped me through as well. I wish I would’ve been able to tell Erik how much his lyrics and music inspired me but I feel that my sharing this with all of you is the best I can do now.
Fr.U.N.T. Music has declared next week “Mischief Week” and to celebrate the life of our brother in music we will be posting a series of videos and songs each day beginning Sunday August 7th to help us remember Erik Petersen.
A statement from the remaining band members and Erik’s wife was posted on social media and reads as follows:
“We are heartbroken to confirm the sudden passing of Mischief Brew songwriter and frontperson Erik Petersen. While respecting his family’s privacy during this difficult time, we are comforted knowing that family, friends and fans alike will remember and celebrate the art he gave us all.
We will be sharing the details about a public memorial to be announced throughout the next few weeks.
Now a bit of housekeeping…
Mischief Brew’s European tour scheduled to begin later this month has been cancelled. Although Mischief Brew will not be performing, some of the shows are still happening, so check with your local promoters. Fistolo Records, the independent label founded by Erik and Denise Vertucci–his wife of 11 years–will continue to serve as homebase for most of Petersen’s releases. In keeping with the legacy started by Erik and Denise, Fistolo will continue to release music from Mischief Brew and other artists of their community.
All of us touched by Erik and his music will continue to cherish the influence of his songs in our lives, and our memories of an individual synonymous with positivity, solidarity, community and passion.”
Denise, Shawn, Chris, and the pugs.