MUSIC NEWS: THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2018
THE TEMPTATIONS - DENNIS EDWARDS
Chicago police are looking into allegations that Temptations singer Dennis Edwards was abused before his death last week. The Chicago Tribune reports an adult protective services investigator filed court documents alleging Edwards' wife, Brenda Edwards, tried to suffocate her husband and took his hearing aids away. The documents say Dennis Edwards was ``bedbound and immobile.'' An emergency protective order barring Brenda Edwards contact with him was granted January 18th. A hearing for her to respond to the allegations was set for last Friday but cancelled because Dennis Edwards died the day before. Brenda Edwards says in a statement she loved her husband of 18 years and would have never done anything to harm him.
CLIFF BURTON DAY - SATURDAY
Saturday will be Cliff Burton Day in Alameda County, California. The board of supervisors made the proclamation to honour Metallica's late bassist on behalf of Robert Souza of Castro Valley, who led a petition drive. Burton grew up in the area, and Saturday would have been his 56th birthday. Burton died in 1986. Metallica thank fans who continue to honour Burton in their own ways and they ``love that he remains so revered.''
KANYE WEST'S OLD HOUSE - ``HEART-BOMBED''
Kanye West's childhood home in Chicago is going to be ``heart-bombed'' for Valentine's Day. The preservation group Skyline Council and the charity Donda's House will cover the house in paper hearts. It's meant as a show of affection to local landmarks and historic sites and to draw attention to the potential of an underused site. Donda's House, named after West's mother, bought the house two years ago and discovered that while it's rough around the edges, the house is in pretty good shape. The charity hopes to turn the house into a space for young people to explore the arts.
WAYNE KRAMER - AUTOBIOGRAPHY
Former M-C-5 guitarist Wayne Kramer is writing his life story. It's called ``The Hard Stuff'' and it will be out June 12th. It will cover the rise and fall of The M-C-5, his struggles with addiction, his time in prison and why the 1960s were not all peace and love.
OBIT - MICKEY JONES
Actor and former Bob Dylan drummer Mickey Jones has died. His publicist says Jones died early yesterday after a long illness at the age of 76. As an actor, Jones played Pete on ``Home Improvement'' and Rodney ``Hot Rod'' Dunham on ``Justified.''
Before he got into acting, Jones was a drummer for Trini Lopez, First Edition and Dylan. Jones recalled in a 2002 Associated Press interview how fans turned on Dylan after Dylan went electric in 1966. Jones said by the time they got to the infamous Manchester, England, concert, it was the ``rudest'' and ``hardest'' audience they had ever played for.
(The Associated Press)