Rest in Peace, Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age and More): 1964-2022

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Mark Lanegan, an esteemed and adventurous musician whose career spanned decades, has passed away at 57 years of age.

The news was announced on Tuesday, with Variety noting that while no official cause of death was detailed, Lanegan “was said to be suffering from COVID-19 and kidney disease” last year.

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

Over the years, Lanegan amassed a legacy that earned him respect and adoration from all corners of the “rock” scene. He rose to fame as the lead singer of Screaming Trees, a Washington-based band formed in 1985 that became largely associated with the earliest versions of the “grunge” movement, alongside peers like Mudhoney, Green River, the Melvins, Soundgarden and more.

Lanegan linked up with Josh Homme and Queens of the Stone Age in later years, collaborating frequently with the band on albums including Rated R, Songs for the Deaf, Lullabies to Paralyze, Era Vulgaris, and …Like Clockwork.

His 1990 debut solo album The Winding Sheet was held in especially high regard by Dave Grohl, who has stated on numerous occasions that it was a heavy inspiration on Nirvana’s 1993 MTV Unplugged performance.

Among other noteworthy projects, Lanegan participated in Mad Season, a Seattle supergroup featuring Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready, Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley, drummer Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees and bassist John Baker Saunders.

Lanegan provided vocals on the band’s only album, 1995’s Above, before assuming lead vocalist duties in 1997 due to Staley’s health issues caused by his severe drug addiction. Lanegan fronted the band’s new existence as Disinformation, though no subsequent album materialized and the project broke up in 2000.

Lanegan’s 12th and final solo album was 2020’s Straight Songs of Sorrow, a group of songs inspired by his experience penning his memoir, Sing Backwards and Weep.

May Mark Lanegan rest in peace.

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