It’s a rather different show on Riot Act this week. Steve and Remfry spend the majority of the show paying tribute to a musical hero in the aftermath of the news of Mark Lanegan’s passing at the age of 57. From Screaming Trees to Queens of the Stone Age to his solo material and guest appearances on releases from the likes of Cult of Luna, Manic Street Preachers and The Armed, Lanegan has been one of our most covered artists on this show and we have seldom been anything other than awestruck by his magnificent voice, poignant lyrics and vast range and brave decision making as an artist. So it felt right that we dedicate the majority of the show to talk about our feelings on losing him.
There is more sad news as we also pay tribute to Jamal Edwards, who also passed away at the age of 31 this week, and talk about his incredible work in helping the early careers of everyone from Dave and Stormzy to Ed Sheeran and Rita Ora. We also discuss the latest releases by Bambara and Blood Incantation, ask why Tool are charging nearly £600 for a vinyl and examine the damage done to the O2 Arena in London after Storm Eunice ripped parts of its roof off.