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Mark Lanegan Screaming Trees Dead at 57

Musician Mark Lanegan, whose gruff voice and deeply lyrical poetry rendered Screaming Trees an integral component of Seattle’s early grunge era, passed away on Tuesday. The musician was 57 years old at the time of his death.

According to a tweet from Lanegan’s Twitter account:

“Our beloved friend Mark Lanegan passed away this morning at his home in Killarney, Ireland. “A beloved singer, songwriter, author, and musician he was 57 and is survived by his wife Shelley.  No other information is available at this time. “We ask Please respect the family privacy.”

Lanegan was the vocalist for The band Screaming Trees from 1985 until 2000, and the musician was also recognized for his partnerships with Queens of the Stone Age, Mad Season, as well as the Gutter Twins, among others. Lanegan’s most recent collaboration was on the Manic Street Preachers’ latest album, ‘The Ultra Vivid Lament.’ After their shared support position with the band Oasis on their tumultuous 1996 US tour, Lanegan maintained in touch with the Manics.

James Dean, The Manics’ lead vocalist praised The band for their “bitter edge” in an interview with NME the year before, saying that “there was as much tension within their band as they were turning out unto the world. I like it when you see a band and it’s as if they’re almost falling apart on stage. We’ve been that band sometimes too.” Drummer Sean Moore as well as Bradfield stated Lanegan was the only musician they were thinking about for the track “Blank Diary Entry” for their recent album.

“I’ve met him a fair few times and have a little bit of a connection,” Bradfield said last year. “I’m five-foot-six and he’s nearly nine-foot tall. It looks a bit like R2D2 and Chewbacca when we walk side by side.”

Hundreds Mourned The Singers’ Loss

Social media has already started to overflow with condolences for Lanegan’s family.

I am in a state of shock; a wonderful soul has departed this world,” stated Anton Newcombe. You have my utmost respect and admiration, my brother… His friends and family are in my thoughts and prayers.” Charlatans vocalist Tim Burgess said, “Oh no. It is with great sadness that we report the passing of Mark Lanegan. We’ll miss you, dude. Have a safe trip.

‘Mark Lanegan was a beautiful guy.'” Peter Hook wrote. He had a life that most of us can only imagine. There are wonderful words and songs to remember him by. Thank God he will live eternally despite all of it.

“I love you, Mark Lanegan, Rob Delaney added. A colossal, spectacular body of work.”

The Manic Street Preachers also opened up on the musician’s death saying: “Devastated by this-heartbreaking.” The band added, A big talent on so many levels — such a fantastic voice and all those lovely phrases.”

During a wide-ranging conversation with NME in 2020, Lanegan spoke about his previous drug-taking, his sobriety, and his days on tour in support of Oasis alongside Liam Gallagher.

Lanegan also mentioned that he was promised a significantly larger part in Queens of the Stone Age during the conversation. In Lanegan’s telling, it also corresponded with his decision to seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse. It also transpired that he had been institutionalized for about a year, thus he had missed the chance to sing on the album.

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