"I'm just a punk kid that got lucky. Any kid could do this. That's kinda the problem, too, now — all these kids doing shows. There's just so much competition here, it's ridiculous. It's like L.A. But I've got no ill will toward any of the promoters out here. I've co-promoted with everyone, like legends like Bill Silva Presents and Danny Zelisko," Anderson says. "It's funny that I pretty much started my career here at the Nile and then ended it at the Nile. It's just my time to leave. I've got a daughter and stuff . . . I can't be living paycheck to paycheck and wondering if I'm going to have to sell my car to fucking pay some band."

For once, Anderson feels that money is an issue.

Will Anderson in the bathroom at the Hollywood Alley in Mesa.
Benjamin Leatherman
Will Anderson in the bathroom at the Hollywood Alley in Mesa.

"I don't want to write anyone a bad check. I'm probably gonna leave here with, like, $1,000 in my pocket. That's all I'm gonna have. But I made sure I cover everything. I don't want to leave on a bad note to anybody. I don't wanna owe anybody money. Other than Steve [Chilton, who promotes as Psyko Steve], because I'm gonna owe him rent money, because I gotta get across the country somehow. My mom's coming to get me. How punk is that?"

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Kameron Shannon
Kameron Shannon

Aw my man, sorry to hear you are leaving. One of the few promoters on this Earth that I actually trust! Good luck in all you do brother!!

Rileymurph41
Rileymurph41

BBye brother. Thanks for all the love u gave Raina fire. A loss to the scene here for sure.

Patrick Brennan
Patrick Brennan

This is a loss to the Phoenix area. We'll miss you, Will.

jeremx
jeremx

Best of luck, Will! 10 to 1 says you're wearing a Gaslight Anthem shirt right now. I know this because I am.

Martin Cizmar
Martin Cizmar

Good luck to Will, he'd be a hell of a restauranteur.

Peter Finestone
Peter Finestone

Will was by far the most honest, intelligent and sweetest promoter i have had ever had the pleasure of meeting and working with.Safe travels my friend.

Peter F

joe.distort
joe.distort

my first punk shows were all done by Will, and he still had the passion for it that while many of us got jaded and burnt out. i still remember reading an FYP tour journal talking about Will 'Smiley Guy' and i was like 14 thinking 'holy shit, heres a guy who gives me gatorade and throws platters of sandwiches off the stage at me, in Maximum RocknRoll!'. it was the first time i saw phoenix punk as part of something bigger. Will oddly played a role in my growing up and eventually doing a very tiny amount of shows myself. its great to see this article, i would hate for something this important to go unnoticed! bye will!

Chet Pope
Chet Pope

This town will not be the same without Will. I've known that guy since I was 14 years old and he single handedly turned me on to punk rock. He will be missed!!!

 
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