Gary "Angry" Anderson AM is an Australian rock singer, television presenter/reporter and actor. He is best known as the vocalist with the hard rock band Rose Tattoo since 1976 but he is also recognised for his acting roles and his charity work. On Australia Day, 1993, he was made a Member of the Order of Australia for his role as a youth advocate.
Rose Tattoo had been formed by Peter Wells of the heavy metal band Buffalo. Anderson replaced the group's original singer Tony Lake and when drummer Michael Vandersluys departed soon afterwards, he was replaced by Dallas Royal, who had been Rudd's replacement in Buster Brown. Anderson led Rose Tattoo for six studio albums until disbanding the group in 1987, by which time he was the only member remaining from the first touring line-up. During 1986, as the group was winding down following the recording of the album Beats From a Single Drum, Anderson joined The Party Boys for an Australian tour, but never recorded with them. The previous year he appeared as the character Ironbar Bassey in the film Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome. By this time Anderson had established himself as an advocate on social issues and made regular appearances on the Channel Nine program A Current Affair as a human interest reporter.
In 1987 he had his biggest hit when the ballad "Suddenly" from the Beats from a Single Drum album was used as the wedding theme for the Neighbours episode in which the popular characters Charlene Robinson and Scott Robinson married. The track reached #1 in Australia and # 3 in Britain. Beats from a Single Drum had been planned as Anderson's debut solo release but had been billed as a Rose Tattoo album due to contractual obligations however after the success of "Suddenly" it was re-released in 1988 as an Angry Anderson album.
With the dissolution of Rose Tattoo, Anderson pressed on with a solo career, releasing the album Blood From Stone in 1990 that produced the hit single "Bound for Glory". He performed this song during the legendary pre-match entertainment at the 1991 AFL Grand Final between Hawthorn and West Coast, appearing on top of a Batmobile. In 1992 he appeared in the highly successful Australian arena-style revival of "Jesus Christ Superstar" as Herod.
In the early years of the 2000s he participated in and organised a string of charity events. In 2002 Anderson played with former members of The Angels at the Bali Relief concert in Perth, Western Australia, held in aid of victims of the Bali bombing. Angry is heavily involved in the work of the Dunn Lewis Youth Development Foundation, which is a lasting legacy of two of the 88 Australian lives lost in the bombings.
Today, Anderson is a single father of four, and lives in Sydney. Having lost four former bandmates (Royal, Wells, Ian Rilen and Lobby Lloyde), Anderson became an advocate for men's health. He currently appears in a TV campaign proming awareness of prostate cancer.
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with Buster Brown: