Grunge pioneer Mark Lanegan lines up North East date

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One of American rock's most distinguished voices returns to Tyneside next month as part of his latest UK tour.

An Evening With Mark Lanegan takes place at The Sage Gateshead on Saturday, 23 April, before what's sure to be a packed-out crowd in the venue's intimate second hall.

Curiously, this latest overseas voyage comes little over a year since his previous visit (at Riverside last January), and with no new material or notable activities to promote.

Fans, however, aren't likely to balk at another chance to see the 51-year-old, whose grizzled baritone has been a staple of the past three decades of alternative music.

From Seattle, Lanegan first came to prominence as frontman of grunge band The Screaming Trees, who formed in 1985 and went on to deliver seven albums.

Although not as famous as contemporaries Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden, the group scored notable Stateside hits with the likes of Bed Of Roses, Dollar Bill and Nearly Lost You, and were firmly embedded amongst the movement's cult favourites.

Key to their success was Lanegan's voice; a weary, lived-in gift whose desert tone earned him the nickname 'Dark Mark,' and no doubt came shaped by years of cigarette, alcohol and hard drug abuse.

Ironically, by the time they reached their peak, the scene they'd helped create had already imploded - so it was perhaps inevitable that 1996's masterful Dust would prove to be their own final studio effort.

The ever-prolific Lanegan though was never going to fade into the shadows, and the group's dissolution allowed him to embark on a remarkable phase of creativity which persists to this day.

It's an ethic that's made him one of music's go-to collaborators, and seen him work with everyone from rockers Queens Of The Stone Age to electronic production duo Soulsavers and former Belle & Sebastian member Isobel Campbell.

The nucleus of April's show, though, will be based around his solo material, an on-off concern since the early '90s that's now his primary focus.

And even with nine full-lengths to his name, recent releases suggest an artist who's hit his peak, armed with a voice which - despite kicking his drink and drug habits - is only growing richer with age.

2012's Blues Funeral, for instance, rivalled Whiskey For The Holy Ghost and Bubblegum as his finest to date, while 2014's Phantom Radio found him embracing electronics on terrific cuts like The Killing Season and Death Trip To Tulsa.

Indeed, with British multi-instrumentalist Duke Garwood supporting, there's even the possibility of hearing material from the pair's excellent 2013 collaborative album Black Pudding.

Along with Hall 2's sublime acoustics, it's a carrot that's likely to make next month's visit even more essential than his last!

Tickets, priced £24.50, are on sale now HERE.