Just heard the sad, if not totally unexpected news that Andy “Chicken Legs” Weaver has died. He’d been battling cancer for some time, although last time we spoke, about 3 weeks ago, he was “up” and had plans to play in Sheffield soon. The fact that I heard nothing from him since then spoke volumes. Tragically, Jane Howden, his erstwhile bassist, also died of the same illness a while back. Next time you see someone raising funds for cancer research, dig deep for the memory of these two amazing people.
I knew Andy for a long time – my mate Norton Lees used to play double-bass for him and later Mik Glaisher from the Comsats occupied the drum stool. Andy never had what you’d call real success, despite producing truly extraordinary music, so I was delighted to host & run his website to help things along. I’ve set up a tribute page there, (which will stay online) – please leave your thoughts there if you knew him.
The photo above is one I took for his support gig for the Comsats at the Plug, the last time I heard him play. Farewell Andy!