- Andy Lewis (bassist)
Infobox Musical artist
Name = Andy Lewis
Img_size = 150
Background = non_vocal_instrumentalist
Born = 1966
Died = death date|2000|2|12|df=y
Bass guitar, double bass
Genre = Rock
Occupation = Musician
Years_active = 1992–2000
The Whitlams, The Gadflys
Andy Lewis (1966 – 12 February 2000) was the original bassist of Australian band
The Whitlams. He left The Whitlams in the late 1995, and went to Melbourne, Australiato form another band, The Gadflys. He committed suicide in February 2000, aged 33, battling a gambling addiction.
"Blow Up The Pokies" had been co-written by Tim Freedman (
The Whitlams) as a statement on the destruction he saw in Andy's life due to his gambling not long before Andy's death, and was awaiting release as a single at the time. Tim soon after wrote "The Curse Stops Here", a heartrending piece describing being the 'last one' from the original line-up of The Whitlams, and voicing his determination to survive. "The Curse Stops Here" was included as a B-side track on the "Blow Up The Pokies" single.
A month after Andy's death a benefit concert was held at the Metro Club in Sydney to raise money for his wife and child. The event was hosted by Paul McDermott,
Mikey Robbinsand Steve Abbott( The Sandman), and performers included Max Sharam, and The Gadflys.
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