10 Unforgettable Layne Staley Moments

The last moments of the Alice in Chains with Layne Staley

Thomas , he would sing it even though he did not know the words.

Thomas , he would sing it even though he did not know the words. Seuss book, "All About Me", that he wanted to be a singer. I think there's a lot of people who are scared of life and living and they want to make sure they get to Heaven or whatever.

I try to stay away from it as much as I can. I was raised in the church until I was 16 and I've disagreed with their beliefs as long as I can remember, so when I had the choice I chose not to believe in anything apart from myself. He was much more timid — he looked down while he sang. But the grain of his voice was there, the soul was there. Staley met guitarist Jerry Cantrell at a party in Seattle while working at Music Bank rehearsal studios in It sounded like it came out of a pound biker rather than skinny little Layne.

I considered his voice to be my voice. We were going to have this band that dressed in drag and played heavy metal as a joke. Put her in bondage and stuff like that. However, one day before the band was due to record at the Music Bank studio in Washington, police shut down the studio during the biggest cannabis raid in the history of the state.

This recording can be found on the bootleg release Sweet Alice. Alice in Chains released their debut album Facelift on August 21, , shaping the band's signature style.

The second single, " Man in the Box ", with lyrics written by Staley, became a huge hit. Eventually, Staley would receive credit for about half the lyrics from the entire Alice in Chains catalog prior to the release of Black Gives Way to Blue in Staley's lyrics are largely viewed as having dealt with his personal troubles, such as drug use and depression.

Such a brilliant song. I'm very proud of Layne for writing it. When I've stepped up vocally in the past he's been so supportive, and here was a fine example of him stepping up with the guitar and writing a masterpiece. It debuted at number one, making it the first Alice in Chains release—and the first-ever EP—to do so.

The first single, " River of Deceit ", became a modest success on alternative radio. A live performance filmed at the Moore Theatre in Seattle was released in August as a home video, Live at the Moore.

He looked sickly and wore a wool ski mask to hide his face. Mark Arm of Mudhoney is quoted as saying: The self—titled album debuted at the top of the U. To accompany the album, the band released a home video, The Nona Tapes , but the band lapsed again, failing to complete tours planned in support of the album. When asked about the frustration of not touring to support the record, Cantrell provided some insight into how Staley's addictions led to repercussive tensions within the band: We rode the good times together, and we stuck together through the hard times.

We never stabbed each other in the back and spilled our guts and that kind of bullshit that you see happen a lot. I didn't want my fans to think that heroin was cool.

But then I've had fans come up to me and give me the thumbs up, telling me they're high. That's exactly what I didn't want to happen. Evil features Staley on lead vocals. Sadly, I felt that what he wanted was for us to leave him alone. In the end there was little else anyone could do", said Pearl Jam manager Kelly Curtis. I wanted to lead by example", McCready told Rolling Stone in As of , there is no news about this book. After that, I don't think he wanted to go on.

Larusta was a reference to 'John Larusta', which, according to Layne's step-brother Ken Elmer, was an alias that Layne was using during this period. Elmer also stated that this moniker was used so that Staley's name was kept off of official public records on the transaction of the condo. Toby Wright , the producer of Alice in Chains' self-titled third album, had set up a home recording system for him at his new home. I set up guitar paths, I set up a couple of vocal paths, and I think I had a keyboard path as well, and some multiple things where he could just go in, hit a button and record… He had a little drum machine and that kind of thing, he used to do demos.

Staley called the show to talk to his friend and stated that he had loved Cantrell's album. Dirt producer Dave Jerden —who was originally chosen by the band for the production—said, "Staley weighed 80 pounds…and was white as a ghost.

Best of the Box , when, unexpectedly, Staley called in to participate in the discussion. This was Staley's last interview. Cross would later say that they had Staley's obituary on stand-by at The Rocket in the late s. What a classic response", Ehrbar said. The Untold Story, that Staley had nearly joined Audioslave around Gallagher recalled that Staley told him he had gotten a call from the old Rage Against the Machine members and they were putting together a new project, and they wanted him to audition.

Staley said he was going back to rehab and then going to Los Angeles to do the audition in a couple of months. But he never made it and they ended up auditioning Chris Cornell instead. Other than this rare incident, Staley was not seen often by family or friends. Sean Kinney has commented on Staley's final years and isolation period: It got to a point where he'd kept himself so locked up, both physically and emotionally. I kept trying to make contact Three times a week, like clockwork, I'd call him, but he'd never answer.

Every time I was in the area, I was up in front of his place yelling for him Even if you could get in his building, he wasn't going to open the door. You'd phone and he wouldn't answer. You couldn't just kick the door in and grab him, though there were so many times I thought about doing that. But if someone won't help themselves, what, really, can anyone else do?

As far as published reports are concerned, such as Blender 's "We Left Him Alone", close friends such as Matt Fox have said, "If no one heard from him for weeks, it wasn't unusual. It appears that Staley's last few weeks were typically empty. According to an employee of the Rainbow, a neighborhood bar close to Staley's condo, the singer was a frequent patron, stopping by at least once a week. Staley would never buy anything to drink, the employee said, but would simply sit at a small table in the back corner of the bar and 'nod off.

We just left him alone'. But for us to not talk for a few months is par for the course. Silver then contacted Staley's mother, Nancy McCallum, who placed a call with to say she hadn't heard from him "in about two weeks.

Medical examiners had to identify the body by comparing dental records. When she got the phone call to check on her son two days later, she was not surprised that there wasn't an answer. There was a little bit of mail by Staley's door, but his cat meowed and according to McCallum, she had never done that before and that alerted her.

When Staley didn't answer, McCallum decided to call He will be missed immensely. We feel blessed to have shared life, love and music with him. We are all very sad to lose him, but happy that he's not sick anymore. He's free on his own journey.

He was such a lovely guy, like a brother to me. He was just a very smart, very funny, very mischievous guy. So anytime hangin' out with him, there was always a lot of laughter, regardless of what was going on. He was on a different plane, man. His concerns weren't so much about this world. It's good to be with friends and family as we struggle to deal with this immense loss We are looking for all the usual things: Mostly, we are feeling heartbroken over the death of our beautiful friend.

He was a sweet man with a keen sense of humor and a deep sense of humanity. He was an amazing musician, an inspiration, and a comfort to so many. He made great music and gifted it to the world. We are proud to have known him, to be his friend, and to create music with him. For the past decade, Layne struggled greatly — we can only hope that he has at last found some peace.

We love you, Layne. And we will miss you The ex-bandmates briefly argued, which ended with Starr storming out. Starr stated that Staley called after him as he left: Starr was the last known person to see Staley alive. She also told Starr: He'd say, 'Hey, I did this.

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