It was a wet and snowy day in Toledo as bass guitarist and songwriter Derrick Anderson sat down for an interview with Toledo Free Press Star. Just a couple of days after an unseasonably warm Christmas, Anderson, who now resides in Los Angeles, looked out at the wintery streets of his hometown and smiled.
“It was great until today,” he said of the weather, with a laugh.
Of course, Ohio’s climate is nothing new for the musician. Years before a career that has seen him perform with a number of great names in pop music – the Kinks’ Dave Davies, the Smithereens, Bob Cowsill of The Cowsills and his current gig with ‘80s pop sensations The Bangles – Anderson cut his musical teeth in Toledo.
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His roots in that music scene make him a perfect addition to the resurgent Bangles, who after a split in the late 1980s have been touring and recording together consistently since 2000. Anderson joined the group through Bangle Vicki Peterson’s husband, John Cowsill.
“I had played with The Cowsills, which was one of my all-time favorite gigs ever,” Anderson said.
“This was in early ’08, it was just at a little local club . . . I got to play with all of them, and Vicki actually came with John to that show. It was maybe six months after that when [The Bangles] knew that instead of the girl that was playing with them, they wanted to find someone else.”
As the group searched for a new bass player, Anderson was recommended to the. “When I got the call from Vicki to come in and audition, I had to remind her, ‘You know you’ve seen me play with your husband, right?’ And she was like, ‘Oh, that was you?”
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