Rusty Anderson & Friends to Bring Melodies to Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre

Rusty Anderson & Friends to Bring Melodies to Pepperdine's Smothers Theatre

Best known as the lead guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney, Rusty Anderson brings his melodically rich sound to Pepperdine University's Smothers Theatre at 8 p.m. on Saturday, January 14.

Tickets, starting at $20 for the public and $10 for full-time Pepperdine students, are available now by calling (310) 506-4522 or visiting More information about Rusty Anderson at

Rusty Anderson's musical resume is unsurpassed. From playing the national anthem at Dodger Stadium on solo guitar (Dodgers vs Cubs, Aug 2016) to joining a host of other artists in the studio to record multi platinum hits, Rusty has played with Elton John, Gwen Stefani, Michael Bublé, Cat Stevens, LAna del Rey, Willie Nelson, Tim McGRaw, Carlos Santana, Regina Spektor, Fishbone & Little Richard, among many others, including on Ricky Martin's mega-hit, "Livin' La Vida Loca".

Rusty has served as the lead guitarist for Sir Paul McCartney for well over a decade, performing at The Super Bowl, Desert Trip, The London Olympics, Roman Colosseum, The White House, Tokyo Dome, and Red Square, among others.

His song "Effortless" by his band Rusty Anderson Afternoon, reached number one on Sirius radio. Rusty Anderson Afternoon also hit high on the charts on Triple A radio with "Where Would We Go?" and their own take of the Stewart/Gouldman hit "I'm Not In Love." The band has also had multiple TV and film song placements, including for the CBS hit The Big Bang Theory.

A collaboration between LA bassist/vocalist Todd O'Keefe, Rusty Anderson Afternoon's melodically rich and diverse sound reflects the history of these two artists. The band has released two studio albums: Rusty Anderson Afternoon & Rusty Anderson Afternoon II. Previously, Rusty also released two solo albums, Undressing Underwater and Born on Earth, with songs featuring Paul McCartney and Stewart Copeland of the Police.

Unannounced musical guests will be joining Rusty at his performance at the Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts.

The Lisa Smith Wengler Center for the Arts at Pepperdine University provides high-quality activities for over 50,000 people from 808 zip codes annually through performances, rehearsals, museum exhibitions, and master classes. Located on Pepperdine's breathtaking Malibu campus overlooking the Pacific, the center serves as a hub for the arts, uniquely linking professional guest artists with Pepperdine students as well as patrons from surrounding Southern California communities. Facilities include the 450-seat Smothers Theatre, the 118-seat Raitt Recital Hall, the "black box" Helen E. Lindhurst Theatre, and the Frederick R. Weisman Museum of Art.


WHEN: Saturday, January 14, 2017 at 8 p.m.

WHERE: Smothers Theatre, Pepperdine University, 24255 Pacific Coast Highway, Malibu, CA

TICKETS: (310) 506-4522 or

PRICES: $20-$40 for adults; $10 for Pepperdine students

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