SEBASTIAN BACH Pays Tribute To Former 'Jesus Christ Superstar' Castmate

February 26, 2004

Former SKID ROW frontman Sebastian Bach has posted a moving tribute to Carl Anderson, the actor and singer best known for his stage and film portrayal of Judas in the rock opera "Jesus Christ Superstar", who died of leukemia at age 58. Bach's tribute reads as follows:

"This planet has lost one of the greatest vocalists that we will ever know. Carl Anderson passed away on Monday at the age of 58 after we did 6 months together on the road as Judas & Jesus Christ. Carl never once told me that he had leukemia, which is a fact made more poignant considering that I dedicated each & every performance to my father David Bierk, who died from leukemia at the age of 58, two months before we all went on the road.

"I said this many, many times, as did everyone else on the tour, that I had never in my life met a man of Carl's age that possessed one-tenth of Carl's energy. Never knowing about his sickness, each & every performance we would all marvel at the youthfulness & unfathomable amounts of energy that Carl Anderson led us all with. The fact is that this man, almost twice my age, was all but impossible to keep up with, onstage & off. The fact is that Carl Anderson was giving 100% of himself 8 times a week, for more than 6 months, & giving us all an education in theater, singing, acting, performance, energy, stamina, & above all else, passion. The fact that he was giving us all this ... while battling leukemia... in private, alone in hotel rooms & dressing rooms across the USA, never once showing any sign whatsoever of the condition that would in a matter of mere months take his life. Carl has gone to be with God & I am sure Heaven has never sounded so glorious! Carl sang for the Lord on this earth & now The Lord has a front row seat for 'Heaven on Their Minds'. I know it is rocking up there ! I also find it quite ironic that Carl left us on a Monday ... the only day Broadway is dark. Monday was the only day he was allowed to go."

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