Frank Turner covers Frightened Rabbit in tribute to late Scott Hutchison

Turner covered 'The Modern Leper' during his Roundhouse show this week

Frank Turner covered Frightened Rabbit track ‘The Modern Leper’ in tribute to the band’s late singer Scott Hutchison.

Turner took to the stage during his Roundhouse gig on Friday (May 11,) to pay homage to his friend, whose death was confirmed this week.

You can watch a clip of the performance below.


Speaking before the track, Turner said: “We’ve got to the bit of the set now that I can only describe as a little difficult.

“I had some sad news this morning about my friend Scott Hutchison from the band Frightened Rabbit.”

He added: “Scott played this festival last year, on the Sunday morning we sat out back and drank beers and talked shit and played songs. And I don’t want to talk about death today, ladies and gentleman. I want to talk about life.

“Because he was one of my fucking favourite people in the world. I fucking love that guy.

“He was my friend and I was inspired by him, I want to be like him as a song writer, that guy is fucking incredible.


“And Scott decided to go away from us and it breaks my fucking heart. But as a songwriter I think the best thing we can have is that if someone goes you keep their fucking songs going, ladies and gentleman.

“We all need to stick around to tell other people how fucking good Scott was, ladies and gentleman.

“I used to sing one of Scott’s songs with him, so I’m going to sing it now. He should be here too.”

Hutchison was found dead on Thursday evening, with his family confirming the news on Friday morning (May 11.)

The 36-year-old Frightened Rabbit frontman was initially reported missing in the early hours of Wednesday morning (May 10.)

CCTV footage showed Hutchison leaving Edinburgh’s Dakota Hotel at 1AM.

Posting on Twitter shortly before his disappearance, he wrote: “Be so good to everyone you love. It’s not a given. I’m so annoyed that it’s not. I didn’t live by that standard and it kills me. Please, hug your loved ones.” His final tweet read: “I’m away now. Thanks.”

His family and bandmates appealed for information of the singer’s whereabouts before his death was confirmed on Friday morning.

Hutchison’s Frightened Rabbit bandmates paid tribute to him on Twitter, writing: “There are no words to describe the overwhelming sadness and pain that comes with the death of our beloved Scott but to know he is no longer suffering brings us some comfort… He will be missed by all of us and his absence will always be felt but he leaves a legacy of hope kindness and colour that will forever be remembered and shared. Rest peacefully, Scott.”

Frank Turner also took to Instagram to talk about his late friend. He posted a selfie of himself and Hutchison with the caption: “What a life. What a shining, beautiful life. I remember Scott giving great Scottish hugs, cracking jokes, apologising for being drunk, always being kind. He lit up the sky with his voice, his songs, his heart, and I will forever be in awe of his genius. He was the kind of guy who, if he came up in conversation, people would talk over each other, in a hurry to say how wonderful he was. He was my friend and today I am heartbroken. Talk to someone, don’t try to keep it all inside.”

The music world, including NME’s Andrew Trendell have paid tribute to the singer since the news was confirmed. NME have also rounded up some of his best performances.

Tributes have also come in from The National’s Aaron Dessner, Idlewild’s Roddy Woomble, Twin Atlantic, Snow Patrol, Death Cab For Cutie’s Benjamin Gibbard and Glasvegas.