Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder Pays An Emotional Tribute To Mark Lanegan
During one of his concerts in Seattle, Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder shared his sadness and admiration for Screaming Trees lead vocalist Mark Lanegan, who passed away on February 22, 2022. A fan recorded Vedder’s emotional tribute to the singer and shared it on Youtube.
Mark Lanegan proved his talent as a singer and songwriter with grunge pioneer Screaming Trees, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Gutter Twins. Also, the singer pursued a prevalent and commercially successful career as a solo artist, especially after Screaming Trees disbanded. He released his latest and twelfth studio album ‘Straight Songs of Sorrow’ on May 8, 2020, and he was probably getting ready for the next, but he couldn’t.
The last year was very challenging for Lanegan when he was diagnosed with COVID-19 and was hospitalized because of the disease. He lost his ability to hear and walk and entered a coma many times. Shortly after, his fans, friends, and family learned that he was going better and took a deep breath. However, his publicist Keith Hagan announced his early and unexpected death by releasing a statement that devastated them.
As one of the successor bands of Screaming Trees that hit the Seattle grunge scene, Pearl Jam’s lead singer didn’t forget to pay tribute to the late singer. In his concert on February 22, 2022, at Benaroya Hall, in Seattle, as part of his Earthling Tour, Vedder stated that he felt so sad and terrible that he started to shake and defined Lanegan as a one of a kind and strong voice. Eddie added that he would miss him, and the singer mourned after Lanegan’s death in their hometown Seattle.
Here’s what Vedder said in his concert:
“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. I started to feel terrible, and I think it was because I was having an allergic reaction to sadness. Because we lost… 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. 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.”
You can check out the video below.