Angry Anderson is a contemporary Australian icon and unquestionably one of the best known and most recognised individuals of his generation. Think of Angry Anderson and so many words and images spring to mind - an incurable romantic, passionate, intense, manic, anti-establishment, unpredictable, motivated, bald, charming and stubborn. As rock historian Glenn A Baker has written: 'Through the years Angry has shocked, rocked, amused and entertained us all. Growing up on the mean streets of Coburg in Melbourne, the young Angry christened Gary was obsessed by the music he heard on the radio. Cinema played an equally important role, his favourite actor being Spencer Tracy and his favourite film being Captains Courageous with its story line of a spoiled little rich kid, full of airs and graces, who's forced to learn the lessons of life on a tuna boat.
Anderson, clenching Galen's hands and frequently pausing to compose himself, said that he had raised his four children to "always do the right thing" and to "look after people". According to documents tendered to Manly Local Court on Monday, Flame, Liam and others had partied, drank alcohol and taken MDMA capsules during a long night that ended at a house party in the northern beaches. Fearing he may have overdosed and after briefly losing consciousness, Flame, a plumber's apprentice, tried to leave the party by himself about 4am. Liam and the others begged Flame to stay, for his own safety. When Flame walked out, Liam went with him. Police allege Flame then turned on Liam, kicking and punching him so viciously that police later quietly counselled the Anderson family to not request a viewing of Liam's body. Galen, younger brother Blaine, sister Roxanne and Liam moved within a trusted circle of close friends who would often gather at the Anderson house.
Rocker Angry Anderson has opened up about the tragic death of his son Liam — but there was one question from Andrew Denton that left him truly shocked. He had then continually asked Sergeant Sarah Bassett why his hands and feet were wrapped in brown paper evidence bags and why he was handcuffed, the court heard. They are dead.
Angry Anderson's ex-wife is haunted by thoughts of the last terrifying moments of her son's life. I was the first person to hold him and I want to be the last. Twenty-six-year-old Liam Anderson died after allegedly being bashed by an acquaintance in a drug-fuelled rage at Pavilion Reserve Park in Queenscliff on November 4. Friends told police when Flame woke up, he had run from the house about 6am, but Liam Anderson had been so worried he raced after him, trying to prevent him getting in a car. Lindy Anderson, who is divorced from her rocker husband of 23 years, said her son "died trying to protect his friend''.