Axl Rose, Tom Keifer and several other rock legends this week mourned the loss of famous vocal coach Ron Anderson, who died Sunday at the age of 75.
Anderson, who describes himself as a “celebrity voice trainer,” has coached some of rock’s best-known singers, including Rose, Keifer, Chris Cornell, Myles Kennedy and Ozzy Osbourne. He has also worked with young metal singers, including Mr. Shadows of Avenged Sevenfold and Matt Heafy of Trivium, as well as pop stars like The Weeknd, Alicia Keys and Adele.
“Very sad to hear of the passing of my friend and vocal coach Ron Anderson,” Rose wrote in a statement shared on Twitter. “I’ve known Ron for 35 years. He was always there when I needed him. To say Ron really knew his stuff is a huge understatement.”
“Thank you Ron for always having the right answer when it was needed most!” We already miss you ! Rose continued. “As good as the choir of God can be, I know you will make it so much better !!!”
Keifer also paid tribute to Anderson with a statement on Twitter. “Ron literally taught me how to sing again at a time when I didn’t think I could sing again,” the ex-Cinderella singer wrote. “There’s really no word that can begin to thank him for the way he’s changed my life. I know there are a lot of other singers who feel the same. He was an inspiring teacher. and a wonderful human being. “
You can see more rock star tributes to Anderson below.
Born on February 4, 1946, Anderson successfully auditioned to become the Mouseketeer on The Mickey Mouse Club in college, but his mother did not allow him to enroll. In high school, he joined the Young Americans, a professional choir that has supported artists like Bing Crosby and Judy Garland in television specials.
Around his final year, Anderson severely damaged his voice. Specialists determined that Anderson’s only way to recover was to avoid vocal activity, so he moved to a small island in the South Pacific where he only communicated in writing for eight consecutive months. After her recovery, Anderson pursued a career as an opera singer and then began to coach other musicians on a primarily benchmark basis.
“One of the most important issues a singer has to solve is self-confidence,” Anderson said in an interview in 2016. “The only way to gain real self-confidence as a performer is to believe deeply in your vocal skill and technique. Without the confidence that comes from working and knowing your instrument, you are unlikely to be able to sing consistently well, let alone likely. that your voice will last. So, to be successful, it takes both physical and mental discipline. There is really no separation between the two. “
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