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Mark Lanegan, Screaming Trees frontman and grunge innovator, dies at 57 | CNN


Mark Lanegan, a pioneering vocalist of Seattle’s grunge music scene recognized for helming Screaming Trees, has died, his household and mates confirmed on his verified Twitter account. He was 57.

A explanation for loss of life was not instantly introduced.

Though he usually downplayed his contributions to indie rock, the gravelly voiced performer helped usher in a brand new period for the style that noticed a lot of his collaborators soar to worldwide fame. He additionally collaborated with Queens of the Stone Age, launched an creative solo profession and printed poetry and two memoirs.

Lanegan co-founded Screaming Trees within the mid-Nineteen Eighties, however it wasn’t till their sixth album, 1992’s “Sweet Oblivion,” that the group lastly broke by way of nationally.

Screaming Trees have been an influential a part of the Seattle grunge scene, the place bands like Pearl Jam, Alice in Chains and Nirvana started their careers.

Lanegan wrote about his friendship with late Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain in his 2020 memoir, “Sing Backwards and Weep.” Like Cobain, Lanegan was a routine drug person. It wasn’t till after Cobain’s loss of life, with prodding from Cobain’s spouse, Courtney Love, that he finally went to rehab within the late ’90s and once more within the aughts, he wrote in his memoir. He had been sober for nearly 20 years when it was printed, Rolling Stone reported on the time.

Lanegan’s music profession took a distinct path after the Screaming Trees disbanded in 2000. He continued making solo albums, which he began releasing whereas nonetheless a member of the group. He joined the Queens of the Stone Age for a couple of years and in addition collaborated with artists together with Isobel Campbell, previously of Belle and Sebastian.

“To continue on in music, I had to distance myself from the whole Seattle thing,” he advised Rolling Stone in 2020. “I had to keep it at arm’s length to avoid being known as this ex-grunge, drug-addict singer who never made it.”

In August 2020, mid-pandemic, Lanegan moved to Ireland together with his spouse, Shelley Brien. The keep was meant to be momentary, he told Spin final 12 months, however the “physical beauty” of the world satisfied him to remain.

Last 12 months, Lanegan turned sick with Covid-19 and practically died, an expertise he documented in one other memoir, “Devil in a Coma,” printed in December. He was put right into a medically induced coma and spent weeks in an ICU in Ireland.

“From the moment I was brought out of my chemically induced sleep and was told what had happened and where I had been, I was determined to survive this nightmare, even though I had very little say, actually, no say in the matter, and had zero ammo to fight with,” he wrote.

Fellow musicians and music lovers mourned Lanegan’s loss of life publicly. Peter Hook, co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, mentioned Lanegan was a “lovely man” who “led a wild life that some of us could only dream of.”

“He leaves us with fantastic words and music!” Hook tweeted. “Thank god that through all of that he will live forever.”

KEXP, a public radio station in Seattle that has lengthy championed different artists, called Lanegan “a rare talent, a true vision and a dear friend of the station.”

The band Garbage, which got here up a couple of years after Lanegan’s Screaming Trees, praised Lanegan’s distinctive abilities in a tweet.

“A very gifted artist blessed with honey dipped tones, gone far too soon,” the band mentioned.



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