Tv Frontman, Influential Guitarist Dies – Billboard


Tom Verlaine has died after a short sickness, a consultant for the revolutionary guitarist and founding member of Tv confirms to Billboard. He was 73.

Verlaine died peacefully and surrounded by associates in New York Metropolis, the rep says.


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Born Thomas Miller in 1949, Verlaine was raised in Wilmington, Delaware, earlier than transferring to New York Metropolis in 1968 and taking up his stage identify.

He shaped Tv, who grew to become an influential fixture of NYC’s punk rock scene at CBGB within the ’70s, establishing an early residency on the legendary Decrease East Aspect membership with bandmates Richard Hell, Billy Ficca and Richard Lloyd. With Tv he introduced his signature guitar work and songwriting to 2 albums, 1977’s landmark Marquee Moon and 1978’s Journey, earlier than the group parted methods in 1978.

Verlaine then launched into solo endeavors — releasing a number of of his personal albums all through his profession over the following few a long time, starting with a self-titled document in 1979 — and reunited with Tv periodically.

His early musical influences ranged from free jazz to the Yardbirds’ 5 Dwell Yardbirds to the Rolling Stones’ “nineteenth Nervous Breakdown,” and included John Coltrane, Pablo Casals and John McLaughlin.

“My first music experiences had been with classical after which jazz,” Verlaine instructed Billboard in 2005. “I performed sax for 3 years, so my actual roots are in instrumental music. In actual fact, once I hear the time period ‘music’ I by no means consider ‘songs.’”

Following Verlaine’s demise, fellow musician Patti Smith’s daughter, Jesse Paris Smith, penned a heartfelt, private tribute on Instagram.

“Dearest Tom. The love is immense and without end. My coronary heart is just too intensely full to share every thing now, and discovering the phrases is just too deep of a wrestle. The sensation inside is so heavy, although your spirit is gentle and lifted, it’s in all places, fully and really free,” she wrote on the publish, the place she shared a private photograph of the pair.

“I really like you all the time and without end, and can all the time keep in mind and maintain shut the contact of your hand – palms of an exquisite creator and of a love extra heat, tender, delicate, and true that one can ever dream,” she continued. “There has by no means been one other such as you and there by no means will likely be. What a blessing and reward I used to be given to share my time on earth with you. I will likely be grateful to the tip of my life, and we are going to see you once more past that, assembly you there wherever you’ve gone. Thanks main the way in which.”

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