Tom Edwards, guitarist/musical director for Adam Ant, dies on tour

Tom Edwards, guitarist and musical director for new-wave act Adam Ant, died suddenly on Wednesday January 25th, less than a day after performing with the group at Boston’s Wilbur Theatre.

According to a release on Thursday from Adam Ant’s Facebook page, he was found unresponsive and rushed to Kennedy Hospital in Cherry Hill, NJ, where he was pronounced dead late Wednesday afternoon from suspected heart failure.  He was 41.

Edwards and the band had been touring the US and Canada as part of the North American Kings of the Wild Frontier Tour, which began only a few days ago in Washington D.C.  In order to pay respects to their fallen bandmate, Adam Ant has postponed two upcoming shows at the Keswick Theatre in Philadelphia (1/26) and Webster Hall in New York (1/27).  The tour will resume in Toronto at Danforth Music Hall on Sunday 1/29.

Tom Edwards was a respected and accomplished guitarist for numerous other bands and musicians, including Spiderbites, Roddy Frame, Edwyn Collins, and Fields of the Nephilim.  The statement from Adam Ant’s official Facebook page continued, “On behalf of Adam and his band, we thank all of you for your best wishes and support during this most difficult time, Tom shared his musical gifts with the world and his spirit will live on forever.

The remaining tour dates have now been postponed.