Remembering Screaming Trees’ Thunderous ‘Nearly Lost You’ Live on Letterman in 1992

Remembering Screaming Trees’ Thunderous ‘Nearly Lost You’ Live on Letterman in 1992

Posted 23 Feb 2022
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Screaming Trees (Mark Lanegan on left). Photo by Martyn Goodacre/Getty Images.

With the shocking loss of Screaming Trees’ frontman and pioneering grunge legend, Mark Lanegan, overnight, we were inspired to go through the archives to remember this absolutely thunderous performance of the band’s 1992 Sweet Oblivion hit, Nearly Lost You live on Letterman. 

This performance comes with a particularly interesting back story, etched in annals of rock history. 24 hours before the band were set to debut on the show, the band found themselves in a bar fight in New Jersey, leaving Lanegan with a black eye; and drummer Barrett Martin, with his arm in a sling unable to play, had to be replaced by Steve Forona – who does an incredible job at such short notice! `

Enjoy the undeniable, soul-driven power of Lanegan’s voice below. 

Screaming Trees | ‘Nearly Lost You’ [Letterman, 1992]

Every second of this performance, and the events that preceded it, ooze an authenticity is fast becoming a dying art. RIP to the legendary, and truly compellingly credible, Mark Lanegan. 

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