Tom Verlaine, Tv Frontman and Punk Godfather, Useless at 73 ‘Following a Temporary Sickness’

Mandatory Credit: Photo by Ibl/Shutterstock (4026309l) Television- Tom Verlaine Festival of Music and Arts in Stockholm, Sweden - 01 Aug 2014

Necessary Credit score: Picture by Ibl/Shutterstock (4026309l) Tv- Tom Verlaine Pageant of Music and Arts in Stockholm, Sweden – 01 Aug 2014


Tom Verlaine, the Tv founding member and frontman, has died. He was 73.

The New York Occasions reported that the pioneering fixture of the Nineteen Seventies New York Metropolis punk scene died Saturday in Manhattan “following a brief illness,” based on Jesse Paris Smith, daughter of Verlaine’s ex and frequent collaborator Patti Smith.

Many paid tribute to Verlaine on social media, following the information of his loss of life. Smith, 76, shared an outdated black-and-white picture of the 2 of them on Instagram. “It is a time when all appeared attainable. Farewell Tom, aloft the Omega,” she wrote within the caption.

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Fellow punk icon Billy Idol penned in a tribute: “Unhappy 2 hear of @TELE_VISION_TV #tomverlaine passing at the moment. He made incredible music that enormously influenced the US & UK punk rock scene within the ’70’s RIP.”

The Bangles founding member Susanna Hoffs wrote: “Peace and love, Tom Verlaine.”

Tom Verlaine of Television performs on stage at Hammersmith Odeon, London, 16 April 1978. (Photo by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

Tom Verlaine of Tv performs on stage at Hammersmith Odeon, London, 16 April 1978. (Picture by Gus Stewart/Redferns)

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Blondie guitarist Chris Stein reminisced about his first time assembly the late singer, songwriter and fellow guitarist. “I met Tom Verlaine when he just arrived in NYC I assume ’72,” he began.

No. Not Tom Verlaine,” wrote ’90s band Garbage.

Aww man… rest well, Tom Verlaine,” wrote Elijah Wood on Twitter.

“He had lengthy hair and got here to my condominium with an acoustic guitar and performed some songs he’d written,” Stein, 73 continued. “Each Tom and Richard Hell have informed me that I auditioned for the Neon Boys, however I do not keep in mind.”

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Born Thomas Miller on Dec. 13, 1949 in Denville, New Jersey, Verlaine took up piano and saxophone at an early age, earlier than discovering his pleasure for guitar upon listening to the Rolling Stones‘ 1966 monitor “19th Nervous Breakdown,” based on Far Out Journal.

After assembly Richard Hell (né Meyers) at Sanford Faculty, a boarding faculty in Delaware, the pair moved to New York Metropolis, the place they took on their stage names (Verlaine’s being impressed by French poet Paul Verlaine) and shaped the proto-punk trio Neon Boys with drummer Billy Ficca.

The group shortly disbanded earlier than reforming months later as Tv and including guitarist Richard Lloyd. They grew to become large within the punk scene with performances at CBGB and Max’s Kansas Metropolis, earlier than Verlaine kicked Hell out of the band in 1975 and changed him with Fred Smith.

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Tv recorded two albums, Marquee Moon (1977) and Journey (1978), which have been crucial successes however industrial flops, earlier than breaking apart in July 1978.

Earlier than reforming the band on a number of events and releasing their third self-titled album in 1992, Verlaine loved a solo profession in England, the place he had a loyal following. Through the years, he collaborated with a number of large names in rock music.

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