Van Conner, Screaming Trees Co-Founder & Bassist, Dies at 55 

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Mark Lanegan, Gary Lee Conner, Van Conner, Barrett Martin of Screaming Trees photographed onFeb 22, 1993.

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Screaming Trees has actually shed one more among its participants. On Wednesday (Jan 18), Gary Lee Conner exposed that his bro– with whom he co-founded the band– bassist Van Conner, passed away Tuesday (Jan 17) at age 55 after a lengthy ailment as well as pneumonia.

The guitar player shared the news to his individual Facebook as well as Instagram accounts, together with a picture of himself presenting with his late bro. “Let me put this letter on Van’s grave,” he created. “Van Conner bassist and song writer of Screaming Trees died last night of an extended illness at 55 It was pneumonia that got him in the end. He was one of the closest friends I ever had and I loved him immensely. I will miss him forever and ever and ever…”

Screaming Trees likewise shared Gary’s message to its confirmed Facebook account.

Van Conner developed Screaming Trees in 1984 with his bro, singer Mark Lanegan– that died at age 57 in February 2022– as well as drummer Mark Pickerel after linking in senior high school over their shared tasted in punk as well as traditional rock songs. The list below year, the band taped its initial EP, Other Worlds, in their Ellensburg, Wash., home town. Lanegan’s 2020 narrative, Sing Backwards as well as Weep, exposed that the EP’s track “Picture in My Mind” was the initial track he created with the Conner siblings.

By 1986, the team’s initial workshop collection Clairvoyance was launched with Velvetone Records as well as aided the band to protect a recording agreement with SST Records, however it had not been till 1992– as well as the arrival of the Seattle grunge scene– that Screaming Trees began experiencing success on an industrial range. The band’s 1992 cd, Sweet Oblivion, came to a head atNo 141 on the all-genre Billboard 200, with songs “Nearly Lost You” as well as “Dollar Bill” coming to a head on Billboard‘s Mainstream Rock Airplay graph atNos 12 as well as 40, specifically.

In Van’s various other undertakings, he developed as well as fronted Solomon Grundy as well as launched a cd with the band in 1990. During his period in Screaming Trees, he likewise played together withDinosaur Jr for online programs. Following Screaming Trees’ break up in 2000, Van developed bands VALIS as well as Ox, as well as likewise did job as a session artist.

See Gary Lee Conner’s statement listed below:

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