We are totally devastated to hear that our dear friend Mark Lanegan has died at the age of 57.
With his brilliant voice, instinct for musical brilliance and idiosyncratic path he created some of greatest rock music of the last few decades.
We had the honour of supporting Mark in 2019 when he took the Membranes out on the road with him for 6 weeks around Europe. He was afan of the band from back in his youth in the back of beyond when he was the only punk in town travelling hundreds of miles for rare post punk releases immersed int he music that would save his troubled soul.
He was a brilliant person to tour with. He shared everything and made sure we were well looked after and watched our soundcheck every night. It was an honour to spend those six weeks with him and get to know him better and to watch him sing every night.
He gave me a copy of his autobiography to read on that tour before it came out and the book showed that his life was one that had been lived to the extreme. He didn’t pull any punches in the book – it was brazen and honest but like the man it showed that beyond the gruff bear like exterior their lurked an extraordinary sensitivity and a beautiful soul.
His voice of cracked thunder and sensual velvet tones was a thing of wonder. It was full of raw emotion and big sky drama and one of the great rock voices.
By the time of our shared European juant he was in a very differnet and much happier place than the book. A giant of man, an enormous talent, a humble soul and a beautiful friend hits death is a shock and a heartbreaker.
Below is an interview I did with him a few years ago where you get to see the real humble, drily funny and deep soul that was the great Mark Lanegan.
Feature photo © Paul Grace