Mark Lanegan passed away yesterday at the age of 57. He was an artist loved by many and one of the most important voices in rock over the last 40 years. Many colleagues and friends have taken to social media to remember him.
Eddie Vedder, who performed with The Earthlings in Seattle last night, paid tribute to him during the show: “We felt good last night and excited… and then I got here at 4:00 and all of a sudden, my body started shaking a little bit and I started to feel really terrible, and I think it was because I was having an allergic reaction to sadness. Because we lost.. um… ” —Vedder said, his voice cracking with emotion — “There’s a guy called Mark Lanegan. There are a lot of really great musicians; some people know Seattle because of the musicians that have come out of the great Northwest. Some of those guys were one-of-a-kind singers. And Mark was certainly that, and with such a strong voice. It’s hard to come to terms, at least at this point, that, yeah, he’s going to be deeply missed, and at least we will always have his voice to listen to, and his words and his books to read — he wrote two incredible books in the last few years. So I just wanted to process it and put it out there and let his wife and loved ones know that people in his old stomping grounds are thinking about him and love him.”
He then dedicated Tender Mercies, from the Flag Day soundtrack, to his memory.
Matt Cameron shared a photo of Mark on his Instagram account with the simple caption “RIP Mark 💔”.
Tributes have been pouring in since the news of his death, from his partner-in-crime Greg Dulli, who simply shared a photo of them together at the time of the Gutter Twins, to artists like Sleaford Mods (“Mark Lanegan rest easy mate. A real singer“), Badly Drawn Boy (“Met him on a couple of occasions and I was nervous because I loved him so much. He was a perfect gentleman, really kind. One of THE great singers of the last 30 years. So sad“), Iggy Pop (“Mark Lanegan, RIP, deepest respect for you. Your fan, Iggy Pop“), J Mascis (“Bye Mark. I’ll miss you. This is truly sad. That voice soothed us”) and many, many others.
This is an article we never wanted to write. Mark, we will miss you every day, for the rest of our lives. Thanks for your stars.
“Goodbye my friend
I hate to see you go
You brought me down the stars
The last one in the world
I hear you cry
But let’s not waste this night
The last one in the world”
– Mark Lanegan, Last One In The World
Born in 1980, she joined the pearljamonline.it team in 2007, in particular taking care of the English version and the texts and translations section. Co-author of “Pearl Jam Evolution”, always looking for news and curiosities about the band.
Favorite song: Given To Fly
Favorite album: Vitalogy
Favorite bands/artists other than PJ: Bruce Springsteen, U2, Mark Lanegan, Cat Power, Ramones