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Screaming Trees Singer And Musician Mark Lanegan Dies Aged 57

Wednesday, 23 February 2022 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Steve Gullick

Mark Lanegan has died aged 57.

The gruff-voiced singer, songwriter and musician, known as the lead vocalist for Screaming Trees and former member of Queens of the Stone Age, released 11 solo albums, and authored a number of books. A statement from his official Twitter account confirmed the news on February 22:

"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. The family asks everyone to respect their privacy at this time."

Having started his career with Screaming Trees in the mid-1980s, he put out his debut solo LP, 'The Winding Sheet', in 1990 via Sub Pop, featuring collaborations with Nirvana's Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic.

He also featured on Queens Of The Stone Age's 2000 debut album, 'Rated R', having performed with Josh Homme while touring with Screaming Trees. He went on to play on four more Queens Of The Stone Age albums, including 2001's 'Field Songs', 2004's 'Bubblegum', and 2020's 'Straight Songs Of Sorrow'.

In 2021, he released his book Devil In A Coma, which he wrote after surviving a battle with COVID-19, which hospitalized him. His 12th solo record, 'Straight Songs Of Sorrow', arrived in 2020.

Tributes have poured in from the music community, including messages from former bandmate in Screaming Trees Mark Pickerel, Iggy Pop, Duff McKagan, The Velvet Underground's John Cale, and Laura Jane Grace.

"Mark Lanegan rest easy mate. A real singer," wrote Sleaford Mods, with Peter Hook adding: "Mark Lanegan was a lovely man. He led a wild life that some of us could only dream of. He leaves us with fantastic words and music! Thank god that through all of that he will live forever. RIP Mark. Sleep well."


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