Tributes continue to pour in for late Television guitarist Tom Verlaine, who died on Saturday following a brief illness. He was 73.

The songwriter and frontman helped craft Television’s groundbreaking 1977 debut, Marquee Moon. Though the classic Television lineup of Verlaine, Billy FiccaFred Smith, and Richard Lloyd only released three albums—Marquee MoonAdventure the following year, and a 1992 self-titled reunion LP—Verlaine’s work both with the New York punk outfit and his decades of solo releases would prove hugely influential to the post-punk and indie scenes that would follow.

Verlaine’s contemporary and former partner Patti Smith paid tribute to her late collaborator on Instagram. “This is a time when all seemed possible,” the singer-songwriter wrote. “Farewell Tom, aloft the Omega.”

R.E.M. singer Michael Stipe also mourned Verlaine, whom he referred to as “a hero.” Television, along with other CBGB staples like The Velvet Underground and Patti Smith, created the early inspiration for R.E.M., with Stipe and guitarist Peter Buck forming an early bond over the proto-punk architects.

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“Bless you Tom Verlaine for the songs, the lyrics, the voice!” Stipe wrote on Instagram. “And later, the laughs, the inspiration, the stories, and the rigorous belief that music and art can alter and change matter, lives, experience. You introduced me to a world that flipped my life upside down. I am forever grateful.”


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More of Verlaine’s disciples in Sleater-Kinney also penned a remembrance of the guitarist and how he influenced their music.

“It was not only his serpentine style—jagged yet shimmering, capable of story-like melodies—but also how he played in conversation with his bandmate and fellow guitarist, Richard Lloyd,” the band wrote. “The intertwining of notes, completing each other’s sentences, toying with consonance and dissonance, beautifully colliding then breaking away; telling us so much without a single word.”


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Wilco bandleader Jeff Tweedy paid homage to Verlaine during his latest episode of The Tweedy Show, performing Television’s “Venus” with his son Spencer Tweedy on drums. The cover begins around the 3:30 mark.


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Check out some other tributes to late Television guitarist Tom Verlaine. Rest in peace.