Jonathan Fire*Eater Frontman Stewart Lupton Has Died, Aged 43
Written by Tom Williams on 30th May, 2018
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Stewart Lupton, the former frontman of New York indie rock band Jonathan Fire*Eater, has died.
The influential artist, who helped pave the way for bands like Interpol and Yeah Yeah Yeahs, was 43. The cause of his death remains unclear.
Lupton’s cousin Sarah Lupton and singer-songwriters Alison Mosshart and Cat Power are among those who have paid tribute online.
“Stewart, we will always remember you, love you, and sing your songs,” said Mosshart.
“You are gone too soon, but not without leaving great beauty in your wake. It is with such deep sadness to lose you. You inspired the fuck out of me.”
Read their tributes below.
Jonathan Fire*Eater formed in 1993, and featured Lupton alongside Tom Frank (bass), Paul Maroon (guitar and pedal steel), Matt Barrick (drums) and Walter Martin (organs, keyboards).
The group released their self-titled debut album in 1995 and their second album Wolf Songs for Lambs in 1997.
After the band’s breakup in 1998, Maroon, Barrick and Martin went on to form The Walkmen. Lupton later formed a new band called The Child Ballads.
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Stewart Lupton. He was a singer, a performer, a poet, a talent beyond comprehension, a beautiful soul, a heart the size of a planet. Maybe he was too old for this world, or too young, or too otherworldly- to stay. He was always somewhere beyond, thinking in poetry, thinking deeply, there when the sun came up. While he was with us, he wrote some of our favorite songs, he taught and gave, with his music and his incomparable blue childlike eyes, that sweet wondrous grin, always dancing in a dream in a world more beautiful than this one. He was enchanting and kind, he was wild, and he was our friend. Stewart, we will always remember you, love you, and sing your songs. You are gone too soon, but not without leaving great beauty in your wake. It is with such deep sadness to lose you. You inspired the fuck out of me. R.I.P. ?? #stewartlupton #childballads #jonathanfireeater
Thank you so much for your tributes to this beautiful artist. I love hearing what he meant to other people. Stewart inspires me endlessly and is so dearly missed ???? ??#StewartLupton ··· My cousin, the inimitable Stewart Lupton. An inspiration through the ages. Through my ages. I remember clinging to your leg in a princess costume. I remember flipping through @seventeen, seeing your face and saving the issue in a special stack on my bookshelf. I remember the thrill when you told me you liked my music choice on the day we buried grandad. I remember @catpowerofficial at @930club and my first night in NYC with you guiding the way – a Times Square blur all the way to Redhook. Had no idea where I was but trusted you to lead me. You have led me in such profound ways, even in distance, even in silence, even without knowing or meaning to. Your overwhelming, gut-wrenching genius even you don't understand. It has been a strong beacon of inspiration since I was a child. Sometimes it confuses you, and me. But I always stand in awe of you. I celebrate you, cuz. Because you give more to me and so many others than I think you know. ???????? #childballads #jonathanfireeater
RIP Stewart Lupton. Endless sad news these days.
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