Rick Anderson Death – Rick Anderson of The Tubes has sadly passed away. Rick died on Friday, December 16, 2022. The Tubes announced Rick’s passing on Sunday, December 18, 2022. The family and loved ones are heartbroken and shattered at the news of his passing. According to the Tube statement, Rick brought a steady and kind presence to the band for 50 years.
Rick Anderson’s cause of death has not been publicly announced at this time. Additional information regarding his passing will be provided when it becomes available.
Todd Rundgren’s Spirit of Harmony shared a tribute on their official Facebook page saying: ;Ah, this is really sad news. Rick Anderson was a truly fine bass player and unique presence in this iconic band. I’ve been attending The Tubes shows since I was 15 back in ’76. Some of the most glorious, epic, wild, and entertaining events out there, especially their early days with multiple keyboard players (including the late Vince Welnick and singer Re Styles), chain saws, a Harley on-stage, scantily-clad dancers, props galore, dual-lead guitar players, and so much more. Condolences to Rick’s family, bandmates, part-time producer Todd Rundgren (Love Bomb), our local promoter Danny Zelisko, friends, and many others that will miss him.”
The Tubes were founded on March 22, 1972, in San Francisco. The band was the result of the merging of the talents of two bands from Phoenix that had relocated to California in 1969. Anderson was a member of the first band, which went by the name The Beans. Other members of the band included Bill Spooner, Vince Welnick, and Bob McIntosh. The Red White and Blues Band was the second band that played, and it had Prairie Prince, Roger Steen, and David Killingsworth as members.
In 1973, Anderson served as an opening act for Led Zeppelin with his band The Tubes. Rick Wakeman, a member of the band Yes, was a significant contributor to the band’s success in getting signed. He suggested that the band’s A&R make a pitch to A&M Records. The self-titled debut album by The Tubes was released in 1975, following the band’s signing with a record label. The songs “White Punks on Dope” and “What Do You Want From Life?” were mainstays in the band’s discography. The former of these songs was later performed by Motley Crüe in the year 2000.
Rick Anderson obituary and funeral plan will be released by his family.
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