- 18 Aug 20
"The only place the 4 of us in the band all played in separately before we started Picture This was in Anderson's," Hennessy remarked.
Ryan Hennessy, the lead singer of Picture This, is among those who have paid tribute to John Anderson – a popular publican from the band's hometown of Athy who died on Sunday, August 16.
Taking to Twitter, Hennessy revealed that Anderson's played a crucial role in the Picture This story, as the only venue where each of the four band members played separately, before coming together to form Picture This.
Hennessy went on to describe the pub as "great supporters of music, sport and local community", and noted that it is "a truly sad time for our hometown."
RIP John Anderson.
The only place the 4 of us in the band all played in seperately before we started Picture This was in Anderson’s. Great supporters of music, sport and the local community. We have so much to thank both John and Dave for.
A truly sad time for our hometown.
— Ryan Hennessy (@RyanHennessy__) August 17, 2020
Picture This' bass player Cliff Deane has also paid tribute to Anderson: "John always put a mile on my face and will continue to do so when I think of him."
So many great memories in Anderson’s, John always put a smile on my face and will continue to do so when I think of him. RIP John Anderson. Emily square will never be the same https://t.co/0XLmctYicY
— Cliff Deane (@cliff_deane) August 18, 2020
From these early gigs at Anderson's, Picture This have risen to remarkable heights – with a record-breaking run of sold-out 3Arena shows last year, and a second No.1 on the Official Irish Albums Chart with MDRN LV. A string of acclaimed singles this year is also generating major buzz for their upcoming third album.
Revisit their Hot Press cover story here.