Tom Verlaine, leader and founder of Television, has died at the age of 73 after a brief illness, Jesse Paris Smith, the daughter of Patti Smith, has confirmed.
Born in Morrisville (Pennsylvania) Verlaine began his musical career in New York in 1970 as part of the punk and new wave scene with the Neon Boys group along with Richard Hell, Billy Ficca, and Fred Smith. In 1973, they morphed into Television with Richard Lloyd replacing Hell as a guitarist.
With their first album, Marquee Moon, released in 1977, Television became one of the most influential bands of the day thanks to their innovative style of electric guitar playing and poetic approach to their songs. The group issued a second album, Adventure, in 1978 and soon after broke up over tensions between Verlaine and Lloyd.
Subsequently, Verlaine embarked on a solo career that lasted into the past decade. In the 90s, Television got together again, publishing a self-titled album in 1992, and offering sporadic concerts such as those offered at the Primavera Sound festival in 2014 or Azkena Rock in 2015.
Although they never achieved great commercial success, their music has influenced artists of several generations, from U2 and Sonic Youth to The Strokes or Yeah Yeah Yeahs.
Tom Verlaine Net Worth
Tom Verlainer had a net worth of $3 million, as per opoyi. But, according to many predictions, they have predicted that Tom Verlaines net worth was about $1 Million.