This Day In Rock. Alice in Chains' Layne Staley
Layne Staley (1967-2002) One of the most well-known rock singers to have emerged in the 20th century. He would be 49 today.
Few rock vocalists created such a dark and eerie body of work as Alice in Chains' Layne Staley. Born in Kirkland, WA US, on August 22, 1967, Staley showed musical talent at an early age, and took up the drums. But upon joining garage bands and discovering rock music as a teenager he switched to singing. In 1984, he became a part of the students metal-band called ‘Sleze’. He met guitarist Jerry Cantrell shortly thereafter, and both formed a Van Halen/Guns N' Roses-esque glam metal band, Alice N' Chaynz (along with drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr). Taking a hint from fellow Seattle bands, the group rejected their early showy direction in favor of a more straight-ahead approach both musically and visually, and ultimately changed the spelling of their name to Alice in Chains.
By 1992, he started using drugs and due to his addiction, the band couldn’t go on tours to promote their second studio album ‘Dirt’. In 1996, his ex-girlfriend and ex-fiancée Demri Lara Parrott lost her life due to accidental overdose of drugs and after this tragic death Staley was said to have basically given up in his battle with drug addiction.
On April 19, 2002, at the age of 34, his dead body was found at his University District apartment in Seattle, so decomposed that it was almost unidentifiable His autopsy report stated that he had died due to an overdose of heroin and cocaine. It is believed he died on April 5, 2002 exactly eight years to the day that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain killed himself.
OFF#ROCK Layne Staley TOP 3 songs
#3 Alice In Chains - Would?
#2 Alice in Chains - Nutshell
#1 Alice In Chains - Angry Chair