Andy McCulla

Andy McCullaIn July 2014 after ending a tour with World Party, Andy McCulla was diagnosed nearly simultaneously with a ruptured diverticuli in his lower colon and a chondroid sarcoma of the lumbar spine. 5 major surgeries have removed part of the colon, the tumor and a L3-S1 spinal fusion has stabilized his spine. After spending 45 days at a skilled nursing facility, he was able to return home in December and is making major strides with his recovery. He is working on regaining his strength and stamina relying on a walker and wheelchair to assist his mobility. The doctors have estimated a 12-month recovery time.

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Andy hasn’t been able to work since his diagnosis. He needs our collective support to cover medical insurance premiums, medical expenses not covered by his insurance, and living expenses over the next year. It is still not known what type of final recovery he can anticipate, or what the impact on his ability to work in the future will be.

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ANDY’S STORY – THE MAN BEHIND THE SCENES

For the past 25 years Andy McCulla has supported domestic and international live music tours in the

Jeff Trott (Wire Train, World Party, Sheryl Crow) "I met Andy in '93 when I started playing guitar in the Pete Droge Band, up in Portland,Oregon. Andy did everything for us. He tuned and fixed instruments, road managed, drove long distances in crappy rundown passenger vans, mixed sound, patched ripped gig clothes, listened to our problems and consoled us during rough times .... i mean he did everything but sing the songs for us! All of his effort, elevated us towards touring in a tour bus, opening for Tom Petty, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow. Playing Madison Square Gardens, Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival and all of the countless big summer festivals we got to play. Without Andy we wouldn't have gone anywhere. The man behind the scene made our musical dreams a reality."

Jeff Trott (Wire Train, World Party, Sheryl Crow)
“I met Andy in ’93 when I started playing guitar in the Pete Droge Band, up in Portland,Oregon.
Andy did everything for us. He tuned and fixed instruments, road managed, drove long distances in crappy rundown passenger vans, mixed sound, patched ripped gig clothes, listened to our problems and consoled us during rough times …. i mean he did everything but sing the songs for us!
All of his effort, elevated us towards touring in a tour bus, opening for Tom Petty, Neil Young, Sheryl Crow. Playing Madison Square Gardens, Albert Hall, Glastonbury Festival and all of the countless big summer festivals we got to play.
Without Andy we wouldn’t have gone anywhere.
The man behind the scene made our musical dreams a reality.”

capacity of tour management, production and guitar tech for bands including The Decemberists, Colin Meloy, World Party, Matthew Sweet Band, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, Jakob Dylan, Colin Hay, The Bangles, Pete Droge, Jeff Trott, Ann-Margret and Lloyd Cole. He has also played in bands throughout his career and  currently plays guitar with the Charming Birds.

Karl Wallinger – World Party “I have traveled many miles with Mr McCulla and that’s lucky because HE always knew where we had to be next. An Andy-less world would be a very disorganized place. It would be filled with out of tune guitars, people with no idea where they were meant to be or what they were meant to be doing. They would not be able to solve simple problems like “How do I get to Chicago?”.  There would be music venues where no band turned up to play.  He’s like a cross between your mum, Mr Waverley ( from The Man From Uncle), a fully qualified psychotherapist, and the intrepid Mr Stanley. Oh, and he toured with World Party as our tour manager.”

Pete Droge (musician) "I am grateful to count Andy among my dearest friends. Our relationship began as a professional one some twenty-odd years ago when he served as my tour manager, guitar tech and late night co-conspirator. Due to his selfless, giving nature Andy always went well above the normal 'above and beyond.' (I wish we could have paid him what he was worth, but we were usually the lowly warm-up act. But I digress.) In any event, Andy gave his all every time whether it was schlepping an 8X10 bass cabinet down slippery stairs at Cicero's or standing up to mobbed-up thugs in Chicago. In quick order we became more than business associates. More than mere friends even. We became family. And now, after Andy has stood behind so many of us over the years, it's time for us to stand behind him and offer our support in his time of need."

Pete Droge (musician) “I am grateful to count Andy among my dearest friends. Our relationship began as a professional one some twenty-odd years ago when he served as my tour manager, guitar tech and late night co-conspirator. Due to his selfless, giving nature Andy always went well above the normal ‘above and beyond.’ (I wish we could have paid him what he was worth, but we were usually the lowly warm-up act. But I digress.) In any event, Andy gave his all every time whether it was schlepping an 8X10 bass cabinet down slippery stairs at Cicero’s or standing up to mobbed-up thugs in Chicago. In quick order we became more than business associates. More than mere friends even. We became family. And now, after Andy has stood behind so many of us over the years, it’s time for us to stand behind him and offer our support in his time of need.”

 Elaine Summers (singer and songwriter) “Andy McCulla was introduced to me in 1992 by the promoters Showman. From the day we met, we were great friends. He is the sort of person who does what ever it takes all the time. A life long friend who was always watching my back at shows. Pete Droge & I were so lucky to have Andy as our guitar tech, tour manager, driver, and road companion on multiple tours.
I know that he will bounce back from this very intense surgery but just needs some help during his long recovery. He deserves to have some people watch his back for awhile while he’s on the mend. I am so happy that Jeremy Wilson has put together this wonderful organization to help our fellow artists and my dear friend Andy.”

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