Detroit Rocker Dave Edwards Talks Opening Up for Pope John Paul II at the Silverdome

February 27, 2019

Dave Edwards recently celebrated 40 years of being a professional musician, and in that time, he has had some incredible experiences.

From touring alongside Bob Seger as the lead singer of Tantrum, to forming the group The Look and sharing the stage with the likes of John Mellencamp, Jefferson Starship, Cheap Trick and others, it's safe to say that Edwards has seen it all.

However, there's still one moment that stands out for him above the rest.

While recently appearing on Behind the Mic with Pam Rossi, the Detroit singer revealed one of his favorite musical memories

Many Detroiters will undoubtedly remember Pope John Paul II's visit to the Pontiac Silverdome in 1987, where he said mass for 100,000 people.

While fronting the band RH Factor, Edwards actually got to essentially "open" for the Pope before his appearance at the Silverdome. Edwards explains that the Pope was actually a big fan of rock and roll, and the performance was organized by local priest Father Thomas Johnson.

"Only two other people have ever done that: Bob Dylan and Aretha Franklin," Edwards told host Pam Rossi. "Those are the only two other rock people who have played for the Pope besides me." 

Watch Dave Edwards's entire conversation with Pam Rossi below, and see him perform three songs live alongside Bob Monteleone and Louis Abraham.