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Remembering Alice In Chains' Layne Staley

Launch Radio Networks reports: ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist Layne Staley died four years ago today (April 5), at the end of a long and tragic descent into heroin addiction that ultimately sidelined his career and his band after three studio albums, an acoustic live disc and two EPs. The 34-year-old singer had all but disappeared from public view during the last few years of his life. His body was not found in his Seattle home until April 20, 2002, two weeks after the date on which it was ultimately determined that he died.

Staley was born in Kirkland, Washington on August 22, 1967 and began playing drums at the age of 12. He soon switched to singing and met guitarist Jerry Cantrell in 1987. The pair formed ALICE IN CHAINS, which started out as a glam band but eventually became one of Seattle's biggest "grunge" exports.

Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney recently reunited to appear at a taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!" and plan to tour this summer with guest vocalists on the mic. Inez told Launch that the surviving members of the band still feel Staley's presence onstage with them. "He's in our hearts and we're carrying him with us every place we're gonna be playing this year," he said. "If anything we've got an angel looking out for us, you know, and of course, he's crazy."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. tornbrokenbruisedbattered writes:

what about his band Mad Season? They were f***ing awsome. Do they deserve no credit? Or better yet have you forgotten about Layne?

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2. RememberMetal? writes:

Take your problem with the article to blabbermouth, deathbringer just posted it....

AIC were kind of fringe metal....but they really gave my interest in metal a jumpstart when I was falling out of favor with late 80's metal (not hair metal)...I needed some vocal melody put to good riffs and these guys brought it and then some....

Miss ya Layne.

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3. deathbringer writes:

I'll admit I never heard of Mad Season, and I wasn't a big fan of AIC until probably their last real album (before the MTV unplugged), at which point I started getting all their back catalog. It was just a timing thing. When grunge was getting big, I was just getting into more thrash bands that had been out of my area of interest prior to that. While I liked most of the Seattle and grunge bands coming out at the time, they didn't fill my need for metal at all.

Years later, I appreciate Layne and Alice in Chains and all the bands that have been influenced by them and have a little AIC sound in them. R.I.P. Layne.

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4. BodomFan writes:

RIP Layne Staley

# Apr 6, 2006 @ 12:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. ! writes:

why do these dumbasses have to get involved with all these worthless damn drugs?! best guess is, they're insecure about themselves. it never seems to end. always someone dying from this crap. these kids need to wake up. it is not part of the rock lifestyle . that's a copout. it's idiotic at best. they have their whole future in front of them, but they seem to live in the moment. just sick of hearing about these kids wasting their lives. RIP

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6. JT writes:

Layne is indeed missed...and for those who haven't checked it out...Mad Season's "Above" is a great album...with a feel the likes of which may be exactly what you need if you didn't get enough of this amazing vocalist during his time with AIC.

RIP LAYNE

# Apr 6, 2006 @ 3:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. argh! writes:

still the missing piece of AIC....
Laney Staley and the whole AIC got me...Very wonderful...Great classic...
their music lives by...though Staley was physically not with us now... hiis presence still lingers...
I trully admire for his amazing and unique vocals...Yeah!
and i look forward to hear and see AI's reunion this summer....
kudos to LAney Staley and Alice in Chains!

# Apr 10, 2006 @ 4:14 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. growlgrunge666 writes:

laynes accomplishments in mad season, alice, and in the end class of 99 (1 song thing with tom morello of RATM/audioslave) will stand amongst the likes of hendrix, morrison, ozzy, and metallica as genre-breaking, balls to the wall honesty before its over. im glad to see jerry, mike, and sean carrying on, much in the way ac/dc did in the 80s and drowning pool did a coupla years ago. i only hope that laynes legacy concentrates on his abilities as probably the greatest singer to come out of the 90s drug culture and not on his untimely and utterly lonely descent into darkness. according to morello, staley was an angry angel and i only hope hes still p***ed and snarling tunes when i get there

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