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LOCAL MUSIC: Musicians will honor late Grinder bassist

June 3, 2005


For Red Wing Darren McCarty and his rock band Grinder, it was devastating to lose bass player James Anders, who died last month from heart complications. But through the release of the group's upcoming CD, "Out of Our Heads," on which Anders played, and the "It's All about Rock!" tribute show set for June 10 at the Masonic Temple, they're hoping to celebrate the life and legacy of a great musician and friend.

Along with Grinder, other bands set to perform include the Dirty Americans, Jody Raffoul, Ray Street Park, Man Inc., Peter Torque, Zug Izland and the Chickens. More are to be announced.

All the bands on the bill have ties to Anders, who kept his feet firmly rooted in the local scene, playing not only with Grinder but also as bassist for Novadriver and before that Walk on Water.

Both Grinder and Novadriver are set to release new material bearing Anders' musical prowess. Grinder's second effort, "Out of Our Heads," will hit stores in late June, and Novadriver's "Deeper High," the second for that band as well, is due in the fall on Small Stone Records.

It wasn't obvious from the outside just how integral a role Anders played in Grinder.

"People don't realize the musical force he was, but that's the way he wanted it. He wasn't looking for any glory, he just loved playing music," says McCarty. "The thing I miss the most was sitting around talking and listening to music. I wouldn't have realized the depth of what I know about music if it had not been for Jim. We learned a lot from him."

And although Jim was a behind-the-scenes type of guy, the impact he'd made around town became even more obvious as word spread of his passing.

The outpouring of support from friends and fans was enormous. A number of people, including many famous names, have donated items for an online auction that will benefit a trust fund for Anders' 1-year-old son, Avery James Anders. The auction features autographed rock and sports memorabilia from Metallica, Green Day, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chauncey Billups, McCarty and more. Details at

Proceeds from the event also will be donated to the trust fund. Doors open at 7 p.m. June 10 with music beginning at 8 p.m. 16 and older. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door. 500 Temple, Detroit. 313-832-2232.

RACHEL MAY, lead singer and guitarist for local band Broadzilla, compiles the Free Press music listings. Contact her at or 313-222-5990.

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