Former Bob Dylan drummer, Mickey Jones dies aged 76

News 09/02/2018

Performer, Mickey Jones who started out as a drummer for Bob Dylan and Kenny Rogers has died at the age of 76.

The exact cause of death hasn't been reported yet but his death was confirmed by his publicist, who, as reported by Los Angeles Timesattributed it to "a long illness."

Born in 1941, Jones landed a job drumming for Trini Lopez in the 50's.

In the '60s he was drummer for a variety of artists including Bob Dylan, who he was was behind the kit during the 1966 tour that infamously drew boos from the crowd at the Royal Albert Hall during the electric set.

A year later Jones joined Kenny Rogers, who recruited him to drum for his new band the First Edition.

Following the First Edition's split in the mid-'70s, Jones traded the music industry for acting where his big build made him suited to parts of guard and gunman.

He starred as Pete Bilker on the long-running hit sitcom Home Improvement and more recently as Rodney "Hot Rod" Dunham on the Emmy-winning drama Justified.

"I'd dreamed of acting since I was 8 years old," Jones recalled of his move away from music. "I had reached a point in the music business that I felt like I had done everything there was to do and I wanted to get off the road. I was on an airplane seven days a week, 10 months out of the year for 23 years. I wanted off the road. I knew that nothing would ever happen for me while I was on the road, so in 1976 I made the decision to get off the road and pursue an acting career. I did it at the right time."

Source: Ultimate Classic Rock