Over the weekend, Henry Rollins shared the news that Suicide frontman Alan Vega had died at the age of 78. Posting a statement from Vega’s family on Rollins's website, the message revealed that Vega “passed peacefully in his sleep” on July 16. The punk icon’s family added, “Alan Vega was the quintessential artist on every imaginable level. His entire life was devoted to outputting what his vision commanded of him.”
Many musicians took to social media to express their condolences, including Red Hot Chili Pepper’s Flea, Billy Idol, Tiga and Yeasayer. Arcade Fire’s Win Butler shared a covered of Suicide’s 1979 song “Dream Baby Dream” under his DJ Windows 98 moniker. The song is re-titled “k33p Ur Dr34ms.”
Ex-Majical Cloudz singer Devon Welsh also paid tribute to Vega by posting a previously unreleased song he wrote called “Me and Alan Vega.” On Twitter, Welsh prefaced the song by writing, “R.I.P. Alan Vega — I made a song ‘about’ him in 2011 that I never released, so here’s to Suicide!” Listen to the song here.