Ex-The Cure and Iggy Pop drummer Andy Anderson died at 68 on tuesday. Last week the singer revealed on his Facebook that he had terminal cancer.
The information was confirmed on twitter by founding member of the Cure Lol Tolhurst:
“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. We are blessed to have known him,” Tolhurst tweeted.
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 humor which he kept until the end, a testament to his beautiful spirit on the last journey. We are blessed to have known him.
— Lol Tolhurst (@LolTolhurst) February 26, 2019
The singles album “Japanese Whispers” and singles “Love Cats” and “The Caterpillar”, as well as making a live appearance on their live album “Concert: The Cure Live”.
Before joining the band, he worked with Robert Smith in 1983 in his side project called The Glove.
Born in the West Ham neighborhood of London in January 1951, Anderson got his start as a professional musician when he teamed up with members of Hawkwind on their various side projects. He contributed to Nik Turner’s Sphynx’s 1978 album Xitintoday – credited as “Android Anderson” – and also played on Steve Hillage’s three LPs, Green, Live Herald and Open. Anderson did play with Hawkwind on their 1983 tour, but he never recorded with them. Instead, he left the group to join Robert Smith and Siouxsie and the Banshees’ 1983 side project, the Glove, which released their first and only album, Blue Sunshine, in 1983.
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