Mark Lanegan Taps Queens of the Stone Age, Former Pearl Jam Members for New LP

2011-11-08

Story by Anne Erickson

Ex-members of Pearl Jam, Red Hot Chili Peppers featured on Screaming Trees singer’s new LP

Mark Lanegan, known for his work heading up 1980s and 1990s grunge outfit Screaming Trees, is set to release his first album with his Mark Lanegan Band since 2004’s, Bubblegum. The release, Blues Funeral, will drop Feb. 7 in North America and a day earlier in Europe. What to expect? Try appearances from former Pearl Jam and Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Jack Irons, plus Queens of the Stone Age gullet Josh Homme and Twilight Singers main man Greg Dulli. Sounds like an all-star line-up worth its weight in grunge-rock gold.

Mark Lanegan’s musical lineage goes beyond Screaming Trees, as he’s also performed with Queens of the Stone Age, the Twilight Singers, Soulsavers, the Gutter Twins and Isobel Campbell. As for his stint with Queens of the Stone Age in the early to mid-2000s, Lanegan told Guest Listed that it was an easy decision to tour with the band. “I had played with Josh [Homme] already in Screaming Trees [Homme toured with the group in 1995], and I’m a big fan of what he does, so when the Trees split and he asked me to join, it was no question really,” he said. “Anytime I can travel the world and play songs I love and hang out with friends, I’m there.”

Lanegan recorded, Blues Funeral, at his 11AD studio in Hollywood. The Mark Lanegan Band have also announced they’ll play a crop of shows in Europe to support the album, and dates for an upcoming North American outing will arrive soon.

 




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