Ah, Mark Lanegan turned 57 today (nearly lost you there!). He’s one of today’s greatest, most distinctive, archetypal rock ‘n’ roll singers. One of my biggest idols in vocal department.
I was pretty lucky, had a chance to see his performance at Pohoda Festival in Slovakia in 2017. On stage, he didn’t say much. Just a small introduction in the beginning and then pretty much silenceâor mumble a bitâbetween songs. Well, I guess being tranquil is part of his persona, it exudes effortless charm. To hell with Kanye West and his foul mouth, you just stay cool and sing, Mark. Let people be stoked with your gritty as dirt, corrosive as alcohol, mountainous and gravelly voice.
The video here, Mark Lanegan covers Joy Division classic, “Disorder”, as part of Sweet Relief Musicians Fund’s recent “For The Crew” fundraising event; to support roadies who have been hit hard by the coronavirus pandemic. Lanegan teamed up with the son of Peter Hook (Joy Division, New Order), Jack Bates (Smashing Pumpkins, bass), Jeff Schroeder (Smashing Pumpkins, guitar), and drummer Shane Graham. All funds raised by this event went towards supporting out of work touring crews.
Happy birthday, dear Emperor!
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Featured image via Dena Flows.