In 1981 he quit from the band and went on to start Hanoi Rocks. After Hanoi Rocks broke up he played in various bands, including Anita Chelman Cherry Bombz, the Suicide Twins, Iggy Pop's touring band, and the Shooting Gallery, before finally deciding to go solo. In the summer of 2001 Andy together with Michael Monroe did some gigs at Finnish Rock festivals as Hanoi Revisited. March 27th 2002 the rebirth of Hanoi Rocks became official. Andy's eccentric lifestyle has been documented in the film The Real McCoy, which had its world premiere in 1999 in the Gothenbourg film-festival in Sweden and The Berlin film festival in Germany along with many other awards, Also, following the success of the Internationally acclaimed film, MTV3 aired a Tv series titled 'The McCoys Show', a Finnish reality TV-show about the day to day adventures of Andy and his wife, Angela Nicoletti McCoy. In 1999, as a part of the film The Real McCoy marketing campaign, the producing company raised money to fix Andy McCoy's teeth which were badly damaged by methadone.
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