Shocking news that Tom Edwards, current guitarist and musical director for '80s new-wave hero Adam Ant, passed away from suspected heart failure on January 25, 2017. Edwards was just 41 years old.
The talented performer — who had also worked with Rodney Frame, Edwyn Collins, Andrea Corrs, and others — was just two shows into Adam Ant's 2017 Kings of the Wild Frontier tour that celebrated the 1980 album of the same name when he was rushed to Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, after being found unresponsive.
I interviewed Edwards in 2013, before Adam Ant performed to a near sell-out crowd at the Regency Ballroom in San Francisco. You can read the interview here. He was extremely gracious and a lot of fun — very informative, open, and eager to talk shop — as he detailed his rig during soundcheck, even letting me play his guitar for a bit as he stepped through his pedals.
I was actually looking forward to saying "hi" when the tour came through San Francisco this year. It's unreal that Edwards won't be up there making his gritty and funky noises to "Ant Music," "Dog Eat Dog," "Ants Invasion," and all those nostalgic tracks. Sigh.
Adam Ant postponed some dates due to the tragedy, and an autopsy for Edwards is planned to determine the cause of death.