Obits — January 28, 2023 at 3:57 pm

Tom Verlaine, Television frontman and hugely influential guitarist, dies at 73

Tom Verlaine, the frontman of foundational late-’70s New York City art-punk quartet Television, an accomplished songwriter and solo artist, and a dazzling and hugely influential guitarist, died Saturday at the age 73, according to The New York Times.

The Times cited an announcement by Jesse Paris Smith, the daughter of Patti Smith, who said Verlaine died “after a brief illness,” but did not specify a cause of death.

Verlaine formed Television in 1973 with bassist Richard Hell, drummer Billy Ficca and second guitarist Richard Lloyd. Conflict within the band led to Hell’s departure, and he was replaced on bass by Fred Smith prior to the recording of the band’s classic debut, 1977’s Marquee Moon — a record that displayed Verlaine’s wild yet precise guitar interplay with Lloyd, no more so than on the 10-minute title track.

The band recorded another album, 1978’s Adventure, before breaking up later that same year. Verlaine went on to record numerous solo albums through the late ’70s into the 2000s, and Television ultimately reformed, recording a self-titled record in 1992, and performing live sporadically during the 2000s.

Below, play Marquee Moon — loud, preferably — and check out some reaction to Tom Verlaine’s passing.















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