Rocker Question Mark's House Burns Down
Veteran rocker QUESTION MARK is devastated after his Michigan home of nearly 40 years was burned to the ground last week (ends12JAN07), killing five of his pets.
The singer, who was born RUDY MARTINEZ before legally changing his name to ?, is mourning four Yorkshire terriers and a cockatoo after the fire at his Vienna Township house.
Question Mark, who had a number one US hit with 96 TEARS with his band THE MYSTERIANS, also lost memorabilia dating back four decades, including a gold record and an organ thought to have once been owned by Pink Floyd.
But the popular musician had no insurance. He has received donations from neighbours to help him get back on his feet, and he is even talking of a star-studded benefit concert in nearby Auburn Hills, performed by local celebrities.
Question Mark tells local publication The Flint Journal, "No matter how tragic it is, if you know who you are and know what you have to offer, don't let those tragedies bring you down.
"The phone's been ringing off the hook. Why don't we do a fundraiser at The Palace so people can see our group?
"Maybe we can get BOB SEGER to take a break from his tour and have (GRAND FUNK RAILROAD star) MARK FARNER come in, Kid Rock, Uncle Kracker, Eminem, whoever's available."