Marianne Faithful has been a near ever-present in the arts since she first blossomed onto the scene way back in 1964 with the hit single ‘As Tears Go By’, a track penned by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and the Rolling Stones manager Andrew Loog Oldham.
Thereafter she continuously performed in one guise or another, but sadly she has now announced that the tolls of COVID-19 may well mean that she has to retire her singing voice for good.
The 73-year-old artist suffered through a near-fatal battle with the illness back in March 2020 whereby she was hospitalised for 22 days.
Speaking to the LA Times, Faithful revealed that she is still feeling the effects of the virus to this day. “The damage has been very bad. It’s my lungs, my memory and fatigue. It couldn’t be worse,” she said. “I don’t know if I will ever be able to sing again. I have singing practice once a week, and I’m doing my best, but it’s very hard.”
“I love touring, and it’s breaking my heart that I might possibly not be able to do it again. But I think there are ways around that, like filming. I might be able to do five shows one day: London, Paris, Berlin and two others. But I won’t be able to travel. I’m in Europe and here I’ll stay. That’s OK. I really am European.”
Despite the health issues that she has suffered through, she has still managed to produce an album with Warren Ellis, violinist and songwriter, best known for his work with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds.
Ellis provides a nice bedrock of sound to accompany Faithfull who recites Lord Byron poems. And on this lighter note she previously announced, “It’s so beautiful, and that’s why I like it. I love the other side of Byron, too, but this is really amazing, sublime. And I was very drawn to the ability to do really beautiful rhymes. I think that’s from being a songwriter. It’s incredibly nice. Not what I connect with Lord Byron at all.”