Trouble singer Eric Wagner has died

Chicago doom legend Eric Wagner passed away due to COVID this morning, aged 62.

Trouble singer Eric Wagner has died
Nick Ruskell

Eric Wagner, singer of Chicago doom legends Trouble and The Skull, has died at the age of 62.

The frontman’s passing was confirmed in a post on Facebook by his son Luke this morning (August 23), after he was admitted to hospital with COVID pneumonia last week.

Eric fronted Trouble for seven albums including the masterful Psalm Nine (1984), The Skull (1985) and Manic Frustration (1992), as well as playing in post-Trouble outfit The Skull, and doing albums with Blackfinger and Lid.

With their doomy vibes, killer twin lead guitar, incredible guitar tone and Eric’s simultaneously powerful and mournful vocals – often with a heavy, religious lyrical slant – Trouble were one of doom metal’s most influential bands. But even outside that scene, their impact was massive.

It is said that a young Metallica ran onstage to copy the settings on their amps at a gig in the early days, while Dave Grohl saluted his hero by inviting him to appear on his 2004 Probot metal album, singing on the song My Tortured Soul.

Kerrang! sends deepest sympathies to Eric’s family, friends and bandmates.

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