The Cure, circa ‘The Top’: Andy Anderson is second from left
Drummer Andy Anderson, who joined The Cure after Lol Tolhurst moved to keyboards and played on the band’s 1984 album The Top, revealed on Facebook this week that he has Stage 4 cancer, a terminal diagnosis that there is “no way of returning back from.”
Anderson writes in his Facebook post that he was signed a do-not-resuscitate order (“I have a next of kin in place and there is no way I would want them to be looking me as a vegetable”), and will be looking at chemotherapy and radiotherapy options in the coming days.
He manages to strike an upbeat note, however, writing, “Please, no boo-hooing here, just be positive. For me, it’s just another life experience and hurdle that one has to make.”
His former bandmate Tolhurst tweeted, “Andy is in the fight of his life. I’ve talked to him, he’s as upbeat and calm as anyone I’ve ever talked to facing what he’s facing.”
Anderson first worked with Robert Smith in 1983 on The Cure frontman’s side project with Siouxsie and the Banshees’ Steven Severin called The Glove, playing drums on that group’s lone album, Blue Sunshine. He then joined The Cure, playing drums on “The Love Cats” and staying on board for The Top and its subsequent touring, captured on the Concert: The Cure Live album.
After being dismissed from The Cure and replaced by Boris Williams, Anderson would go on to play with a wide range of artists, including Iggy Pop. He is just one of a handful of members of The Cure who will not be inducted alongside the band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Read Anderson’s statement below, and see him play in the out-of-print Cure concert film “Live in Japan.”
Andy’s Dad was a boxer, now Andy is in the fight of his life. I’ve talked to him, he’s as upbeat and calm as anyone I’ve ever talked to facing what he’s facing. Send light,send love, send whatever you believe will help my friend in the battle royal he now faces. Love you Mr A.
— Lol Tolhurst (@LolTolhurst) February 19, 2019
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