Andy Anderson Bio
Andy Anderson born Clifford Leon Anderson, on 30 January 1951 was an English drummer, best known for his short stint with The Cure. He joined the band ‘The Cure’ in 1983 after original drummer Lol Tolhurst shifted to keyboards, having first worked with Robert Smith earlier in the year in The Glove, Smith’s side project with Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Steven Severin. Andy recorded on Cure albums Japanese Whispers, The Top, and 1984 live album Concert, as well as singles like “Love Cats” and “The Caterpillar.” Andy also worked with a litany of notable artists, such as Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Steve Hillage, and Midge Ure.
Andy Anderson Age
Born on 30th January 1951, Andy was 68 years old at the time of his death in February 2019.
Andy Anderson Wife
Andy did not have a wife
Andy Anderson Career
In 1978, he worked on the Nik Turner’s Sphynx Xitintoday album. In 1983, he played with Steve Hillage on two albums, Live Herald and Open, and had a brief stint in Hawkwind , but did not record with them. His time in that group was cut short when he played with The Glove on their first and only album Blue Sunshine.
Andy Anderson The Cure
Later in 1983 he joined The Cure as their drummer , after drummer Lol Tolhurst switched to keyboard duties. Anderson recorded on the albums Japanese Whispers, The Top, and Concert in addition to the singles “Love Cats” and “The Caterpillar.
He is also credited on recordings by many other bands and artists, including : Saviours; as a group member, Robin Scott, Mother Gong, M, Jeffrey Lee Pierce, Steve Vengeance, Two-Bit Thief, The Saints, Backbeats, Hoagy Carmichael, Martha Munizzi, Group 1 Crew, The Gun Club, Spirits Burning & Clearlight, and Beat The System, as a producer.
Andy also made collabos with these artists and bands; Brilliant, The Edgar Broughton Band, The Burning Sensations, Circus Hazzard, Edwyn Collins, The Cureheads, Hooky Dallion, Jason Donovan, Peter Gabriel, Mick Hawksworth and Friends, Isaac Hayes, Iggy Pop, The Last Poets, Lol Tolhurst’s Levinhurst, Glenn Matlock, Steve New, Nik Turner’s Inner City Unit, Mike Oldfield, David Michael Phillips, Jimmy Pursey’s Sham 69, Jimmy Somerville, Midge Ure, Jenn Vix, Harry Williamson and Friends, Youth, and Zeke Manyika’s Dr. Love.
He worked as a session musician/producer of television commercials and for record companies as well as various artists and charities.He once posted newly recorded solo tracks on YouTube as Front & Centre.
- Japanese Whispers (1983)
- The Top (1984)
- Concert (1984)
- The Cure Live In Japan (1984) VHS
- Standing on a Beach (1986)
- Greatest Hits (2001)
- Blue Sunshine (1983)
- Live Herald (1979)
- Open (1979)
Nik Turner’s Sphynx
- Xitintoday (1978)
Andy Anderson Cancer
On 17 February 2019, Andy Anderson revealed in a Facebook post that he was battling terminal cancer. He wrote:
“Hi guy’s, I am and I have Terminal 4 Cancer, and their is no way of returning back from that, it’s totally covering the inside of my body, and I’m totally fine and aware of my situation I’ve gone for a no resuscitation, with that, I have a next of kin, in place and there is no way I would want them to be looking me as a vegetable, if I were to survived a resuscitation, because it may well involve the possibility of sustaining cracked ribs and Brain Damage, and I would hate to lay that on anyone.
Chemotherapy and Radiotherapy will be discussed over the next few days, hopefully I’ll be able to get back to get to you in the next few days about the outcome, and please, No Boo, Hooing, here, just be positive, for me it’s just another life Experience and Hurdle, that one has to make yet another Choice in life, be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation , well that’s it for now, good folk, and thank you all for the well wishes I love them all, and are held very, very close to my heart dearly, and will stay with me for ever, any way, stay well yourselves and chat soon. Ax.”
Andy Anderson Death
Anderson died on 26 February 2019, after he lost the battle with Cancer. His death was made public by founding Cure member, Lol Tolhurst on Twitter. He wrote in a tweet: “It’s with a heavy heart, I have to report the passing of a Cure brother. Andy Anderson was A true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humour which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey. We are blessed to have known him.”
Andy Anderson News
The Cure Drummer Andy Anderson Dead at 68
Andy Anderson—former drummer for the Cure—has died, his former bandmate Lol Tolhurst announced. He was 68 years old. Anderson passed away following a battle with terminal cancer, a prognosis that he publicly revealed in a Facebook post earlier this month. “No boo-hooing here, just be positive,” he wrote. “For me, it’s just another life experience and hurdle, that one has to make, yet another choice in life. Be cool, I most definitely am and positive about the situation.” Anderson reportedly died at home surrounded by friends.
“Andy Anderson was a true gentleman and a great musician with a wicked sense of humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey,” wrote Tolhurst. “We are blessed to have known him.”
Born Clifford Leon Anderson in London, Anderson first joined the Cure when Tolhurst made the transition from drummer to keyboardist following the recording of Pornography. His first official appearance on a Cure record was on “Love Cats” from the singles compilation Japanese Whispers. The first studio album to feature Anderson’s drumming was The Top in 1984. That same year, his performance with the Cure at the Hammersmith Odeon was documented on the band’s first live album, Concert. In addition to the Cure, Anderson worked with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Isaac Hayes, and many others.
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