FREE bassist Andy Fraser has died at the age of 62, it’s been confirmed, as reported by teamrock.com.
He passed away on Monday morning (16th March). His cause of death has not been confirmed, but he’d been dealing with AIDS and cancer in recent years.
An official statement says: “Andrew McLan Fraser passed away on Monday at his home in California. He leaves behind his daughters Hannah and Jasmine Fraser, and their mother Ri, his sister Gail, brothers Gavin and Alex, and many friends and associates in the industry.
“A survivor of both cancer and AIDS, Andy was a strong social activist and defender of individual human rights.”
Fraser was born in London in 1952 and was a founding member of Free at the age of just 15. As well as his work with Free, he had success with John Mayall & the Bluesbreakers and Sharks.
In the 1980s he was diagnosed with HIV and a form of cancer called Kaposi’s Sarcoma and he battled with suicidal thoughts which, he wrote on his website, were only alleviated when he came out as gay.
Fraser had recently been a leading light in the Rock Against Trafficking charity. President Gary Miller said: “My dear friend did so much for the organisation, and for me personally.
“He was my little big brother and one of the greatest bass players and songwriters of all time.”
Sweden Rock Festival Organisers have announced to be privileged to play host to a very special appearance. The face and founder of The QUIREBOYS, SPIKE, delivers the first ever live performance of his eagerly anticipated ‘100% Frankie Miller album. This lauded release is comprised of previously unissued material by legendary Scot Frankie.
Following an episode of serious ill health, Frankie retired in 1994 leaving a wealth of original recorded but unpublished demos. At Frankie’s request, Spike became the voice of these unheard gems, recording with collaborations from such industry stalwarts as Ronnie Wood, Bonnie Tyler, Ian Hunter, Luke Morley, Simon Kirke and Andy Fraser.
Comments the Festival Organisers:
We are delighted to announce that alongside Spike, guest artists feature Free’s own Simon Kirke and Andy Fraser. This landmark show at S.R.F 2015 marks the first time in 40 years that the original Free rhythm section have collaborated live .The set will incorporate Free classics plus both new and timeless Frankie Miller material as a tribute to a songwriting genius spanning four decades. Further exciting guest artists will be added to the band lineup.
Sweden Rock Festival will be held on 3-6 June, 2015, in Sölvesborg – Sweden. Further information on Line-up, HERE.
More info and tickets: http://www.swedenrock.com