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The Cure Drummer Andy Anderson Dead at 68 After Long Battle with Cancer

by | Feb 27, 2019 | Music | 0 comments

Andy Anderson, the 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 positive about the situation.” Anderson reportedly died at home surrounded by friends.

He joined The Cure as their drummer in 1983, after drummer Lol Tolhurst switched to keyboard duties. Anderson recorded on the albums Japanese WhispersThe Top, and Concert in addition to the singles “Love Cats” and “The Caterpillar. Anderson is also credited on recordings with Iggy Pop, Peter Gabriel, Isaac Hayes, and many other bands.

I was a huge fan of The Cure, so this really sucks.

Yet another figure from my youth is gone, but in reading his final statements I realize he faced his mortality with strength, something I’m sure we all hope to do when the time comes. The Cure were one of those bands whose music was a soundtrack to my teens and early twenties, and I think I saw them in concert about ten times.

I remember seeing every show they played in Philly for the Disintegration tour back in ’89/’90.

I remember ‘Standing on a Beach’ being the only CD I played throughout the summer of 1986.

I remember ‘Just Like Heaven’ being “our song” with a girlfriend.

I remember ‘Pictures of You’ being the song I listened to way too much when that same girl broke my heart.

What didn’t I remember? The name of The Cure’s drummer. I’ll admit it, I didn’t know the name of the drummer. But still, I’m bummed he’s gone.

The Cure are an amazing band that defined a moment in time for me and a lot of other people. I always thought it was odd when I’d see an 80s music playlist that didn’t include The Cure because to me they represent more of what music was in that decade than almost any other band I listened to back then.

So, RIP Andy Anderson. I was a huge fan of your music. Thanks for being a big part of the soundtrack of my life. You will be missed.

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