Dave Edwards,rock-and-soul singer and guitarist, has been a vital part of the Detroit metro musical landscape for over 30 years. From the heady days of national fame in the ’80’s, to the tight energetic performances with which he pays homage to his musical roots today, Dave has outlasted many a Detroit rock meteorite. He’s never let the music die, and he has the confident, seasoned voice to prove it.
Dave grew up in a musical home; his dad played drums, and his mother played classical piano. When they weren’t playing, there was the radio, tuned to the “Big 8”, CKLW. By the age of 11 Dave was in his first band. The Motor City in the late 60s/early70s was a musical powder keg. Bob Seger, the MC5, Iggy and the Stooges and Grand Funk Railroad were among the many hometown heroes of Michigan teens and their garage bands. Motown was practically in the tap water, and Detroit’s own Cream magazine was chronicling music trends way ahead of anyone else. It was an insanely fertile environment for a young musician whose life would be dedicated to-no, make that “obsessed by”—the music.
In the summer of ’77, Dave formed the band that would bring him the kiss of fame. They called themselves “The Look”-a name partly inspired by a wisecrack familiar to Three Stooges fans. The Look were encouraged by veteran sound engineer Mark Stebbeds, who recorded their demo, “We’re Gonna Rock”, at Grand Funk’s private studio in 1978. The demo created demand for an album, and WE’RE GONNA ROCK was released in 1981. It was named one of the top 10 albums of that year by People magazine. The Look was the first Detroit band to exploit the emerging power of MTV with their video for the album’s hit single. The band’s 2nd album, LOOK AGAIN, exceeded the success of their debut and included the smash hit “You Can’t Sit Down”. The song was rated a 94 on Dick Clark’s American Bandstand and got airplay all over the world.
The band toured the U.S., opening for John Mellencamp, Cheap Trick, Joe Cocker, and The Kinks, and others. They recorded a 3rd album in California, EVERYBODY’S ACTING. But by 1985, during work on their 4th album, the original lineup was breaking apart. Dave moved on to play for a time with the band RH Factor. The highlight of this period was a performance during Pope John Paul II’s Michigan visit at the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987.
The subsequent years brought challenges of the kind that are all too familiar in the life story of a rocker. But through it all, Dave Edwards never stopped playing. “Music is my passion, my love. It’s everything to me!” he says—and the infectious joy of his live performances bears this out. Dave resurrected The Look with a new line-up to complete the 4th album,LOOK WHO’S ROCKIN’, in 1992.He’s also released two full length CD’s on Hanzie Records, TAKE ANOTHER LOOK (CD HR-005)in 2004 and LONE SURVIVOR (CD HR-009)in 2009 as well as the EP SECOND LOOK in 2006.
Late 2011 saw the release of the 6 song digital download PICKIN’ SINGLES that was produced by Bob Monteleone and features members of Acoustic Madness & The Stumbling Mice as well as Jimmie Bones from Kid Rock’s band. The video for “I Found Love” has been played regularly on the“Cool TV” video channel and “Rock & Roll Fever” is currently receiving airplay as far away as Australia.” Dave is hard at work on new solo material along with the upcoming Belle Islanders album.