Tom Verlaine 1949-2023— R.E.M. HQ (@remhq) January 29, 2023
"I've lost a hero.... You introduced me to a world that flipped my life upside down. I am forever grateful." - Michael Stipe pic.twitter.com/csmxXhKPht
Heartbroken and stunned to hear of the passing of Tom Verlaine. What an inspiration to so many guitarists, of which I was one. Brilliantly melodic, intense, orchestral, and groundbreaking. Thank you, Tom. R.I.P. 💔https://t.co/K8GVYEew6E— Richard Barone (@RichardBarone) January 28, 2023
listened to Marquee Moon 1000 times. And I mean LISTENED, sitting still, lights down low taking it all in. awe and wonder every time. Will listen 1000 more. Tom Verlaine is one of the greatest rock musicians ever. He effected the way John and I play immeasurably. Fly on Tom.— Flea (@flea333) January 29, 2023
No. Not Tom Verlaine. 💔— Garbage (@garbage) January 28, 2023
such a fucking drag RIP Tom Verlaine. a wonderful goddamn curmudgeon and a unique talent. he will be sorely missed. pic.twitter.com/TzeTmayRCA— Byron Coley (@ByronColey1) January 29, 2023
Beautifully lyrical guitarist, underrated vocalist. Television made a new kind of music and inspired new kinds of music. Marquee Moon is a perfect record. Requiescat.— steve albini (@electricalWSOP) January 28, 2023
Playing this one loud for Tom Verlaine— Tim Burgess (@Tim_Burgess) January 28, 2023
More 2023 fretted heartbreak 💔. One of the GREAT Punk lead stylists. Tom Verlaine was a True Downtown HERO. Saddened & bummed to hear it.— Vernon Reid (@vurnt22) January 28, 2023
Tom Verlaine’s playing meant the world to me. If I ever played anything that sounded like him I was happy. He set me on my path as a guitarist, thank you Tom. pic.twitter.com/wMTvkxuy04— Will Sergeant (@Will_Fuzz) January 28, 2023
i didn't know him personally, but i felt that tom verlaine's music somehow knew me, if that makes any sense. the way he played guitar, the words he sang, the way he sang them, all resonated with me in a very natural and deep way. thank you for all the happy hours of listening TV pic.twitter.com/lm0892tGj7— matthew caws (@nadasurf) January 29, 2023
A true original. No one played guitar like Tom Verlaine before or since. Sat crossed legged on the floor on his side of the stage in Roskilde as he played in Patti Smith’s band and that was as close to perfection as you can get. A sad sad day. Rest in Peace Tom 🥲 pic.twitter.com/445yrvH6m8— Simon Raymonde (@mrsimonraymonde) January 28, 2023
Devastated by this news. Tom Verlaine was a true great. His role in our culture and straight up awesomeness on the electric guitar was completely legendary. Name 10 minutes of music as good as Marquee Moon. You can’t. It’s perfect. Rest in peace Tom x https://t.co/6HAwg5k9PS— stuart braithwaite (@plasmatron) January 28, 2023
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Peace and love, Tom Verlaine. 💔 pic.twitter.com/zewZz0sJQn— Susanna Hoffs (@SusannaHoffs) January 28, 2023
Went by the book stalls outside Strand yesterday thinking I’d see you as usual, have a smoke, talk about rare poetry finds for a couple of hours, downtown NYC racing by our slow meditations on music, writing - gonna miss you Tom. TV Rest In Peace.— Thurston Moore (@nowjazznow) January 28, 2023
Definitely feeling weird about the idea of a New York where you might not bump into Tom Verlaine browsing books outside the Strand. Something ended right here.— Bryan Waterman (@_waterman) January 29, 2023
Bummer. Such a unique and talented musician. Marquee Moon is one of my all time favorite records. I guess after a couple years in showbiz Verlaine, like Richard Hell, didn't want to participate in the Rock'n'Roll Circus. Shame Television didn't ,or wasn't able to, put out more music. I saw one of the last reunion shows at Irving Plaza in 2007 (?) and TV really seemed to be enjoying himself on stage, smiling, creating ungodly sounds on his guitar. Like a true genius he made it look effortless.
a massive massive influence and equal loss.
Long live ROCK
He seemed to be New Wave before New Wave. Don't think of him as punk. He knew a lot of chords and could improvise a solo like a jazz man.
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