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Rose Tattoo Singer Angry Anderson On Life, Legacy And Politics

There are very few bands whose impact is so great that they're not only important in their own field, but culturally significant. The Rolling Stones are as much a part of British culture as tea and chip shops, everyone thinks of Rush when they think of Canada and the good nature but toughness of Australia can be summed up by the legendary rockers, Rose Tattoo. Led by charismatic frontman Angry Anderson, the band has achieved commercial success, influenced countless bands at home and abroad, been covered by the likes of Guns N Roses and along with AC/DC, are one of the biggest rock bands to ever emerge from Australia.

Anderson himself has become a popular and much talked about figure in Australia, having had a solo hit with the ballad "Suddenly," embarked on a successful career as an actor and presenter and in recent times, become active in Australian politics, running as a candidate endorsed first by the National Party and then by the Australian Liberty Alliance.

At the band's recent show in London, the final date of their sold out tour of Britain with Girlschool, I had the pleasure of meeting Angry Anderson to discuss the legacy of the band, his storied and amazing life, how "We Can't Be Beaten" was written and so much more. You can watch the interview in full below.

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Ollie Hynes has been a writer for Metal Underground.com for four years and has been a metal fan for ten years, going so far as to travel abroad for metal shows.

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