Grunge Icon Mark Lanegan Dead at 57

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(GEMS RADIO)—Grunge icon Mark Lanegan is dead at 57.

The Grunge rocker and lead singer of the band Screaming Trees, Mark Lanegan, died yesterday. The circumstances of his death are still unknown.

The rock icon helped usher in 90s grunge rock music, was lead singer of the Screaming Trees, collaborated with Queens of the Stone Age, launched a solo career and wrote poetry and two memoirs.

It was not until 1992 that the Screaming Trees saw a peak in their success with their album Sweet Oblivion. Screaming Trees were an influential grunge band of the early 90s along with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice In Chains. The band broke up in 2000, but Lanegan began a solo career.

“To continue on in music, I had to distance myself from the whole Seattle thing,” he told 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.”

Fans and artists took to twitter to say what a visionary Lanegan was. Peter Hook, co-founder of Joy Division and New Order, said Lanegan was a “lovely man” who “led a wild life that some of us could only dream of.”

Garbage tweeted about Lanegan and had this to say about him: “A very gifted artist blessed with honey dipped tones, gone far too soon.”

Written by: Robert Frezza

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