Former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan recently performed with Peter Hook and the Light in Los Angeles at the Wiltern Theater. They performed together on May 18th, the one year anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death. The bassist for Peter Hook is his son Jack Bates, who is the bassist for The Smashing Pumpkins on their Shiny and Oh So Bright tour.
D’arcy Wretzky had hoped to be the bassist for the tour, but she was informed by Billy Corgan in January that he had chosen to go with Jack Bates over her, ending hopes of an original Smashing Pumpkins lineup reunion. Bates previously toured with The Smashing Pumpkins on the 2015 End Times tour with Marilyn Manson.
Bates wrote about the performance with Lanegan, “Brilliant gig in LA the other night with @peterhook & co.. it was nice to be back for one night only! And a thrill as ever to share a stage with the great @marklanegan.” The Smashing Pumpkins are set to release a new single called “Solara” soon, with an accompanying music video.
Mark Lanegan is planning to release a book in 2020, and he continues to regularly release solo albums and tour. After the death of Cornell in 2017, Lanegan is one of the last surviving voices of the Grunge movement.