Eric Wagner’s Solo Album “In The Lonely Light Of Mourning” To Receive Posthumous Release In March

Cruz Del Sur Music will be posthumously releasing a new solo album from Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) in March 2022. The effort is titled “In The Lonely Light Of Mourning” and the cover art and track listing for it can be found below:

“In The Lonely Light Of Mourning” Track Listing:

01. “Rest In Place”
02. “Maybe Tomorrow”
03. “Isolation”
04. “If You Lost It All”
05. “Strain Theory”
06. “Walk With Me To The Sun”
07. “In The Lonely Light Of Mourning”
08. “Wish You Well”

A number of people involved in the project commented:

Cruz Del Sur Music owner Enrico Leccese:

“It has been a great honor to have the chance to work with Eric. He has been a reference in my life since, as a fan, I bought his Trouble albums back in the 1980s. I must give While Heaven Wept’s Tom Phillips 100 percent credit for Cruz Del Sur Music being able to release Eric’s solo album. Eric really put all himself, his passion, his deepest emotions and his skills into this release. I must also thank Mike and Ron Holzner for the extremely mature talk we had after Eric’s passing. His loss has been a tragic event and we hope that this album gives justice to his career.”

Tom Phillips:

“I’d say this album is an amalgamation of Trouble, Blackfinger, LID and The Skull. There’s a little bit of each all swirled together. Basically, there’s a little something for everyone!”

“There’s no doubt that he will be rightly remembered as one of the most iconic voices of metal — not just doom metal considering he had the power to traverse anything he sang over from psychedelic to somber, from acoustic tenderness to bone-crushing metal. Of course, he’ll always be tied to the legacy of TROUBLE and thus, considered by nearly everyone — including myself — as one of the founding fathers of the doom metal genre. But for those who knew him, we’ll also never forget his laid-back personality, sense of humor and ‘Eric-isms.’ It’s a staggering and totally unnecessary loss, but he lived by his own rules and spent 2021 doing all of the things he loved doing the most, so there’s some solace in that.”

David Snyder:

“He was excited about the songs. He and I worked on this project for a little over four years. It took that long, mostly because we did it over the phone. Either he would be in Chicago or New Mexico, and I’m in West Virginia, so I’d send him demo riffs, and if he liked something, he’d give me arrangement ideas, and I’d re-demo to fit his vision to place the lyrics. I already miss the process of working with him! Before Eric left for the last The Skull tour this summer, he told me about the record and said, ‘It jams. I’m turning it into Cruz.'”

“He was a friend to everyone he met. He always would hang out with fans and, through his music, helped a lot of people through tough times, including myself. His lyrics were always thought-provoking and his voice was one of a kind. When you heard it, you knew it was Eric Wagner! Ultimately, his legacy to me is his work with Trouble. I am eternally grateful to have been close to him at times, to have finished this record and to have worked with what many call the ‘Godfather of Doom.'”

Mike Smith:

“We have guests representing every band Eric has worked with over the years, and even extended family member Victor Griffin, which really brings things full circle. This was not the original plan by any means, but as the process started to unfold, it became apparent that this was exactly how it should be. How it was meant to be.”

“Eric was a dear friend, and I miss him immensely. This solo album became so much more than we initially expected, and I hope fans will be able to listen with open hearts and realize how lucky we all were to have Eric in our lives.

When Eric and I signed off on the album back in July and delivered it to Cruz Del Sur Music, Eric said something I will never forget: ‘If this were to be my last one, it’s a perfect final chapter to the story.'”

Ron Holzner:

“The LID record [1997’s ‘In The Mushroom’] was a break from Trouble and his first tastes of freedom. The Blackfinger records were more of a sideband to express himself differently than THE SKULL. It’s been a long journey lyrically for Eric and his story was coming towards the end. He sensed his time was short. The new record was his career coming full circle, in a sense. He included musicians from all his records and never intended this record to be a band. It was more a solo record than anything he ever did before. He needed to share his journey since this record was to be the end — he was contemplating retirement. The new The Skull record would be the epitaph to his story.”

“He did what he wanted, said what he wanted, lived like he wanted and wrote what he wanted…his way. He touched a lot of souls with his life and death.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Candlemass Pay Tribute To The Late Eric Wagner With Cover Of Trouble’s “The Tempter”

Candlemass have paid tribute to the late Eric Wagner by releasing a cover of Trouble’s “The Tempter.” You can check that out below. The band commented:

“Here’s our homage to our friend and hero Eric Wagner (Trouble/The Skull) who sadly died some time ago, way too soon! This is for you Eric, R.I.P.”

The Skull’s Ron Holzner Says The Late Eric Wagner Refused To Get Vaccinated For COVID-19

During a recent interview with the Chicago Reader, Ron Holzner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) opened up about the death of his bandmate Eric Wagner, who recently passed away following a battle with COVID pneumonia. According to him, the frontman refused to get vaccinated for COVID-19.

Holzner said the following about Wagner’s resistance to the vaccine:

“We argued about it, and he stood his ground on the matter. I always joked, ‘The World According To Eric Wagner — you should write a book.’ He lived his life his way.”

On another note, Holzner also revealed that Wagner recorded a solo album before his death:

“Eric just finished a solo record. It will be released in 2022. I played on three songs, as well as members of his bands Blackfinger and Lid and Trouble alumni Sean McAllister, Dave Snyder, and Chuck Robinson—as well as former Pentagram guitarist Victor Griffin.”

[via Blabbermouth]

Current Trouble Singer Kyle Thomas Pays Tribute To The Late Eric Wagner

As previously reported, former Trouble frontman Eric Wagner recently passed away following a battle with COVID-19. Now, the band’s current singer, Kyle Thomas has taken to social media to pay tribute to the late vocalist.

Thomas said the following:

“Upon awakening yesterday morning to begin celebrating my wife’s birthday with her, we were first met with news of the tragic loss of Eric Wagner. His passing ripped through the remaining artists and fans that had yet to leave Psycho Las Vegas. Just a few days ago I was hoping to see Eric and The Skull joining us all at the festival, and here we are now mourning his passing. So many tears followed, but more love and great memories eventually began to take over the conversations.

Eric was one of a kind; a brilliant lyricist with a grand voice that was unmistakable. He was an influence on me more than I can say, and singing his songs will continue to be an honor as well as a pleasure. Although we had only properly met once, Eric reached out to me when I officially joined Trouble with these encouraging and kind words. I cannot tell you what that means to me as a fan. But as someone that is always going to be under a microscope for occupying the spot where he once stood, it really meant a lot to me. I’ll never forget that.

I could go on and on, but I just want to wrap this tribute to one of my heroes up with some love. I want to send peace, condolences, and wishes of comfort for his family and closest friends. Thank you, Eric, for helping to bring us a soundtrack for our lives. And thank you for welcoming me into the Trouble legacy when you did. It made my ride much more enjoyable, please believe that.

‘Where all the flowers are
Here to greet the sun
Oh no, the stars are gone
I know we’ll see them later on’

-Eric Wagner”

Trouble’s Bruce Franklin Pays Tribute To The Late Eric Wagner

As previously reported, former Trouble frontman Eric Wagner recently passed away following a battle with COVID-19. The band’s guitarist Bruce Franklin has since taken to social media to pay tribute to the late singer.

Franklin said the following:

“We were all deeply saddened to hear of the passing of our old friend and former bandmate, Eric Wagner. I am struggling with how to describe the complex relationship we had together, in just a few paragraphs. A person’s life deserves the fullness of a book, but I will try to convey things in brief form.

I met Eric when I was 16 and he was 18. We played in our first band together and even though he hadn’t realized it yet, I saw the potential that he had. We saw a lot of things the same way, which led us to ditch the band we were in and look for something more serious. We found Rick’s band Trouble, who were looking for a lead vocalist and guitarist. Those next couple of years produced the sound and early songs of Trouble, that you would all come to know and love. Eric definitely played a big part with his unique lyrics and visions for album artwork, along with his eventual iconic image fronting the band.

On a more personal note, we could all tell some great stories of things Eric used to say that would make us all laugh until we cried. You had to be there and if you were, you know what I’m talking about. I’ll also never forget the hours upon hours that Eric and I would spend in his apartment, sometimes just talking about tv shows, movies, or sports. Other times, talking seriously about lyrics, songs, and band direction.

Eric grew from an aspiring lyric writer and novice singer to become a serious lyricist and kind of poet. When the band hit its peak, Eric had fully realized his potential as a singer and lyricist. This helped to catapult Trouble to new heights and made forever fans out of thousands of you. Eric was what musicians call a “lifer”. He made music his life’s mission. He was always working on the next thing and God knows he wasn’t doing it for the money.

It’s a tough thing to accept that a close friend is gone and you will never see them again. We all will have to get by with our memories and Eric’s bountiful legacy of music through 5 decades.

God bless and keep our brother Eric.

Rest in Peace ¥

Bruce Franklin on behalf of Trouble”

Eric Wagner (The Skull, Ex-Trouble) Passes Away Following Battle With COVID-19

Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) has sadly passed away at the age of 62. The frontman, who was reportedly unvaccinated, died after being hospitalized with COVID pneumonia. The Skull confirmed the news on Facebook:

“We all are devastated and in shock. We lost a band mate, friend, and brother. We will make a statement once we get more info and come to terms with this.”

The band’s ex-guitarist Chuck Robinson also commented:

“This morning I awoke to the worst news… We are all truely devastated.. My dear friend, band mate and brother Eric Wagner has passed. Goodnight Tempter.. We love you..”

Eric Wagner (The Skull, Ex-Trouble) Hospitalized With COVID Pneumonia

Eric Wagner (The Skull, ex-Trouble) has sadly been hospitalized with COVID pneumonia. The Skull issued the following statement:

“Hey All. More bad news…. We will not be able to play Psycho Vegas this Thursday. Eric Wagner’s bout with Covid has gotten worse and he was admitted to the Hospital yesterday with COVID pneumonia. All the other members have tested Negative. Positive thoughts and words will be helpful.”