The Scottish Singer Songwriter Isobel Campbell has offered a tribute to musician and Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan, who passed away on February 22 at the age of 57. Campbell was a frequent collaborator with Lanegan, and the two created multiple albums together, including their 2006 Ballad of the Broken Seas, their 2008 Sunday at Devil Dirt and their 2010 Hawk.
Stereogum reports that Campbell has taken to The Guardian to give her tribute to Lanegan. In her article, she describes how she did not want to believe it when she was informed by Lanegan’s bandmate of his passing, and states that she “[hopes] your final journey after arduous battle was kind and graceful enough, Old Scratch. And I pray grieving loved ones left behind in time are soothed and heal. I will for ever cherish your memory in my heart.”
Speaking on their musical relationship, Campbell explains that “People said we were beauty and the beast. Yet I witnessed your beauty and I could frequently inhabit beast. Light and dark. Angel and devil.” She goes on to detail all of the ways that Lanegan affected her in their collaborations together, as well as speaking on certain personal memories she had with the musician, saying “On producing our records, I was, in your words, a ‘benevolent dictator’. Though in truth I just could not help or stop myself; you were that inspiring. A bit too young and uncool for grunge, I missed Screaming Trees and Nirvana and all that, but oh boy did I love Bubblegum and I’ll Take Care of You. To play organ for you live on Brook Benton, my heart was zinging! And we would talk about our old bands and all the fighting. And we would laugh.”
Notably, Campbell notes that Lanegan had said that the music they made together helped him in the past, mentioning that “You chose to stay with us back then and that was no small miracle. Said our songs were keeping you alive. I wish they had still. Fifty-seven is too young.” She concludes by telling Lanegan that she will “See you again for one last concert together in the furnace or sky. Sueños con los angelitos, dear friend, you are loved and missed.”
Isobel Campbell is only one of many who are mourning the loss of the legendary musician. Previously, Dave Grohl, also a collaborator with Lanegan, has offered his respects to the musician, saying that “there was nobody like him.” Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder has also recently offered a tribute at one of his concerts in Seattle.
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