Ryan Adams, Craig Finn, Tanya Donelly, Carl Newman & more pay tribute to Grant Hart

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Grant Hart at Brooklyn Bowl
Grant Hart at Brooklyn Bowl in May (more by Stephanie Augello)

We woke up to the sad news today that Grant Hart lost his battle with cancer at age 56. His former Husker Du bandmate Bob Mould penned a tribute, and other musicians have been paying their respects too. See below for tributes from Mike Watt (The Minutemen), Tanya Donelly (Throwing Muses, The Breeders, Belly), Justin Broadrick (Jesu, Godflesh), Ryan Adams, Carl Newman (The New Pornographers), Craig Finn (The Hold Steady), Colin Meloy (The Decemberists), Billie Joe Armstrong (Green Day), comedian Michael Ian Black, Fred Armisen, Mac McCaughan and Jon Wurster of Superchunk, METZ, Cloud Nothings, The Meat Puppets, Frank Turner, Ted Leo, J Mascis’ band Sweet Apple, and more.

we lost brother grant, another terrible blow… pic.twitter.com/zElSoZd1gi

— mike watt (@wattfrompedro) September 14, 2017

Incredibly sad waking up to this news of Grant Hart — RIP amazing musician/songwriter Turn On The News – Hüsker Dü https://t.co/Ell5ZLhXHf

— Tanya Donelly (@TanyaDonelly) September 14, 2017

Holger Czukay and now Grant Hart. CAN soundtracked my childhood thanks to my Step Dad's taste in music, & there's no Jesu without Husker Du.

— Justin K Broadrick (@JKBroadrick) September 14, 2017

round of applause for Grant Hart. x

— future of the left (@shit_rock) September 14, 2017

RIP Grant Hart
Your music saved my life.
It was with me the day I left home.
It's with me now.
Travel safely to the summerlands. pic.twitter.com/B8JfIdp57H

— Ryan Adams (@TheRyanAdams) September 14, 2017

This one hurt. Bad. The passing of Grant Hart of Hüsker Dü .. there are no words that describe the huge impact that Grant Hart and Bob Moulds music on Green Day. When we first started we listened to Warehouse songs and stories, candy apple gray, flip your wig constantly. We were 16 years old. Hüsker Dü was our favorite band. We became a three piece because of Hüsker. We went through adolescence listening to this band. I wanted to be a song writer because of Hüsker Dü To put it simply there would be no GD if it wasn't for Hüsker Dü .. Grant where ever you are , I don't have to put on your records to listen to them. They are memorized in my head. "Please leave a number and a message at the tone Or you can just go on and leave me alone" heart breaking #granthart #hüskerdü

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Husker Du had a mix of anger, sadness + joy I'd never heard before. Didn't care about style or image + that struck young me as super punk.

— Carl Newman (@ACNewman) September 14, 2017

Husker Du changed the way I think about stuff. I loved them . #RIPGrantHart

— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) September 14, 2017

Grant Hart wrote some of the songs that matter the most to me. Thank you and Rest in Peace.

— Craig Finn (@steadycraig) September 14, 2017

Waking up early to the news that Grant Hart has died. Gutted. His music changed me. Thanks, Grant. Safe travels.

— colin meloy (@colinmeloy) September 14, 2017

This was taken in the photo booth at Lounge Ax in Chicago, I think around 1992. Before a Grant Hart solo show. I loved (and still love) Hüsker Dü so much. Rest in peace, Grant! #granthart #huskerdu #sst #novamob

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His drumming was so incredible I feel like a fraud when we play Husker Du songs. AND he could write & sing like thishttps://t.co/aDaGE6QuU4

— Jon Wurster (@jonwurster) September 14, 2017

me too. they were the people on the back of the record that you felt you could be one day. go listen to grant hart and husker du. they rock. https://t.co/Tjkph9q8qK

— torqcampbell (@torquilcampbell) September 14, 2017

"And we start to dream of grandiose things…" pic.twitter.com/tZnZVLXkQZ

— greg dulli (@MrGregDulli) September 14, 2017

#RIP Grant Hart All these songs and records in 5 years. FIVE. No one has a run like this but Grant and Bob and Greg did. Such important music and to be able to play that ferociously while singing in that voice? Sad that he's gone. (Not pictured – my copy of Candy Apple Grey which also rules). #granthart #huskerdu

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Love and respect Grant Hart RIP

— METZtheband (@METZtheband) September 14, 2017

Rest In Peace Grant Hart.

— themeatpuppets (@themeatpuppets) September 14, 2017

Well fuck me. RIP Grant Hart. Bad news to wake up to :(

— Radiator Hospital (@radhostweets2u) September 14, 2017

Damnit. September takes away another one of the greats. RIP Grant Hart.

— Dave Hause (@hausedave) September 14, 2017

Wonderful show in Vancouver, but gutted to get offstage and hear that Grant Hart has died. I fucking adore Hüsker Dü. Sad news.

— Frank Turner (@frankturner) September 14, 2017

Waking up to news Grant Hart is gone. I can't even *understand* his drumming, but his classic melodicism was a massive inspiration. RIP.

— Ted Leo (@tedleo) September 14, 2017

RIP, Grant Hart. A good guy with a great sense of humor… an all-around good egg.

— Sweet Apple (@sweetapplesongs) September 14, 2017

RIP Grant Hart, a cyclonic drummer, soulful singer, epochal songwriter and inspiring autodidact. I hope he has found peace at last.

— Michael Azerrad (@michaelazerrad) September 14, 2017

impossible to say how much grant hart meant to me as an angry confused young kid. his songs guided me through very hard times. RIP grant :(

— Cloud Nothings (@cloudnothings) September 14, 2017

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