Screaming Trees and QOTSA vocalist Mark Lanegan dies at age 57

The grunge luminary passed away at his home in Killarney, Ireland.

Mark Lanegan

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Mark Lanegan, the grunge icon best known as the frontman of The Screaming Trees, has died at the age of 57.

News of Lanegan’s death was confirmed in a statement shared to his Twitter page today (23 February) which wrote:

“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.”

Aside from his work with The Screaming Trees from 1985 to 2000 and the rock supergroup Queens Of The Stone Age, Lanegan was also a solo artist and a collaborator with artists. He recorded an unreleased album of Lead Belly covers with Kurt Cobain and performed in Mad Season with both Layne Staley of Alice In Chains and Mike McCready of Pearl Jam.

The Screaming Trees are regarded as a pioneering grunge band, formed in 1984 between brothers Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner, Mark Pickerel and Lanegan. The group used to rehearse at the video rental store belonging to the Conners’ family.

In 1986, the band recorded their debut album, Clairvoyance, which helped them sign to SST Records, the label of Black Flag’s Greg Ginn.

Lanegan penned three books in his lifetime. In 2017, he released a compendium of his lyrical work with explanations and anecdotes of his songs. In 2020 and 2021, he released two memoirs, Sing Backwards And Weep and Devil In A Coma, respectively.

The second of his memoirs detailed Lanegan’s battle with COVID-19, which put him in and out of a comatose state in 2021.

Tributes to Lanegan have poured in online on social media from both fans and those from the music world. See a selection below:


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