March 31 [17:00 EST] -- Mark Lanegan, leader of the Seattle band Screaming Trees, was arrested for alleged possession of a controlled substance last Thursday in San Francisco, where the band was playing some club dates.
If found guilty at a hearing Wednesday, Lanegan (as a first-time offender) would face a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $1,000 fine.
After toiling on indie labels SST and Sub Pop for years, Screaming Trees signed to Epic Records in 1990, and leapt into the public eye with their contribution ("Nearly Lost You") to the 1992 film "Singles."
Meanwhile, Screaming Trees drummer Barrett Martin's side-band, Tuatara (which also includes R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck) is releasing its first album this week, and will start touring in May.