Some of rock music’s biggest names have paid tribute to Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan after his sudden death at his Killarney home on Tuesday morning.
he grunge star (57) who was also a member of rock bands Queens of the Stone Age and The Gutter Twins, and collaborated with artists such as Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain, is survived by his wife Shelley.
Punk star Iggy Pop, who was the Stooges’ lead singer, said he was a “fan” of Lanegan and had the “deepest respect” for him.
The American musician, whose real name is James Newell Osterberg Jr, shared a message online, saying, “Mark Lanegan, RIP, deepest respect for you. Your fan, Iggy Pop”.
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 further information is available at this time. Please respect the privacy of the family.
— marklanegan (@marklanegan) February 22, 2022
Peter Hook and John Cale were also among those who remembered Lanegan and his “wildlife that some of us could only dream of”.
Alongside Mark Pickerel, Gary Lee Conner and Van Conner, Lanegan has produced some of the most psychedelic and experimental music in the rock genre.
In a series of tweets, Pickerel said, “Goodbye mate, I’m going to miss you, love you,” and that he hoped the angels were “taking good care” of Lanegan.
He also shared a photo of them hugging and added, “May you really rest in peace Big Brother @marklanegan.”
Other Voices said they were “heartbroken” to learn of his death.
Lanegan joined Screaming Trees in the 1980s and went on to produce eight studio albums until the group split in 2000.
He first appeared on Queens of the Stone Age’s Rated R album in 2000 and lent his voice and songwriting talent to several songs.
He then formed The Gutter Twins with Afghan Whigs singer Greg Dulli. Lanegan was also featured on the 1995 album Above by Mad Season.
The co-founder of English rock bands Joy Division and New Order, Peter Hook, described Lanegan as a “charming man” who led a “wild life”.
Sharing a black and white photo on Twitter and writing: “Mark Lanegan was a lovely man. He led a wild life that some of us could only dream of.
“He leaves us with fantastic lyrics and music! Thank God, through it all, he will live forever. RIP brand. Sleep well. I love Hooky. X”
Cale, a founding member of Velvet Underground, said the grunge star will be “always etched in my heart”.
“I can’t process this,” he wrote, captioning a photo of the pair on stage together.
“Mark Lanegan will forever be etched in my heart – as he surely touched so many with his authentic self, no matter the cost, loyal to the end. xx dc.
Welsh rock band The Manic Street Preachers said they were “devastated” at news of Lanegan’s death and paid tribute to his “unique artist vision”.
Other artists paying tribute to Lanegan include Moby, Badly Drawn Boy, Charlatans singer Tim Burgess, Nadine Shah and Mark Ronson.
As the frontman of Screaming Trees, Lanegan pioneered a sound that fused heavy metal and punk rock, a genre later known as grunge.
Formed in 1985, their commercial breakthrough came with the release of Sweet Oblivion in 1992, which was buoyed by the popularity of grunge bedfellows such as Nirvana.
The album spawned their biggest single, the soaring Nearly Lost You.
In 1996, after the band released their seventh album in 10 years, they took a break while Lanegan worked on their third solo album, according to a band bio on allmusic.com. Screaming Trees never really regained momentum and disbanded in 2000.
When they disbanded in 2000 amid creative differences, Lanegan established himself as a varied and successful solo artist.
Throughout his career he has collaborated with some of the biggest names in the music industry including Massive Attack, Moby, Pearl Jam, the Eagles of Death Metal and many more.
In 2020, Lanegan released an “unrestricted” memoir titled Sing Backwards And Weep, in which the musician covered everything from “touring addiction, petty crime, homelessness and the tragic deaths of his closest friends. “.
Last year he published another book, a memoir called Devil In A Coma, in which he detailed his battle against Covid-19.
In an excerpt from the book, published by The Guardian, he wrote that he had been placed in a medically induced coma while hospitalized in Kerry.
The statement announcing the news of his death read: “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 further information is available at this time. We kindly ask to respect the privacy of the family.