Axl Rose and Myles Kennedy were among a number of singers who paid tribute to Ron Anderson, a veteran vocal coach who passed away on December 19 at the age of 75.

Rose shared via Twitter, “Very sad to learn of the passing of my friend n’ vocal coach Ron Anderson. I knew Ron for 35 years. He was always there when I needed him. To say Ron really knew his craft is a huge understatement. My condolences to Ron’s family, friends n’ everyone who knew n’ worked with Ron.”

He continued, “Thanks Ron for always having the right answer when it was needed most!! You’re already missed!! However good God’s choir might be, I know you’ll make it a hell of a lot better!!!”

Kennedy shared via Instagram, “Ron Anderson was the musical equivalent of a Jedi Master. He had the ability to unlock a singer’s potential with his incredible wealth of knowledge about the human voice which ultimately allowed his students to express themselves through the power of music. I will be forever grateful for his mentoring and friendship over the last 25 years. A wonderful human and teacher whose big voice and infinite wisdom had a profound effect on so many of us. Rest In Peace my friend.”

Other notable tributes came from Tom Keifer and Trivium’s Matt Heafy. Keifer shared via Twitter, “I’m saddened to hear that my vocal coach and friend Ron Anderson has passed. Sometimes life brings just the right person to you when you need it most. Ron literally re-taught me how to sing at a time I didn’t think I would ever be able to sing again. There are really no words that could possibly begin to thank him for how he changed my life. I know there are many other singers who feel the same way. He was an inspirational teacher and a wonderful human being. Condolences to his family and friends. RIP Ron Anderson.”

Heafy said, in part, via Instagram, “Rest In Peace to Ron Anderson – a man who saved my career and life…In 2014, I blew my voice out and had to cancel the rest of a tour – sending crew and band home; fans without shows. I got a text from Matt from A7X saying ‘I heard what happened. How can I help?’ I asked Matt what he did when this happened to him – he connected me instantly with Ron.”

Heafy added, “Ron is one of the most caring, sweet, genuine, talented, knowledgeable people I’ve had had the privilege of learning from. It was an honor when he asked if I’d help demo his amazing app, site, and method.”


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