Watch: Alice In Chains – Layne Staley’s Last Show (7-3-96) (Full Concert)

Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002)was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-songwriter of the rock band Alice in Chains, which he co-founded along with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. The band became known for his distinct vocal style, as well as the harmonized vocals between him and Cantrell. Staley was also a member of the supergroups Mad Season and Class of ’99. By mid-1996, Staley would be out of the public spotlight, never to perform live again. Staley also struggled throughout his adult life with depression and a severe drug addiction, culminating with his death on April 5, 2002.

Layne Staley playing with Alice in Chains at The Channel in Boston, MA. 27 November 1992 - Photo: Rex Aran Emrick

Layne Staley playing with Alice in Chains at The Channel in Boston, MA.
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Photo: Rex Aran Emrick

 

Alice in Chains released their debut album Facelift on August 21, 1990, shaping the band’s signature style. The second single, “Man in the Box”, with lyrics written by Staley, became a huge hit. “Man in the Box” is widely recognized for its distinctive “wordless opening melody, where Layne Staley’s peculiar, tensed-throat vocals are matched in unison with an effects-laden guitar” followed by “portentous lines like: ‘Jesus Christ/Deny your maker’ and ‘He who tries/Will be wasted’ with Cantrell’s drier, and less-urgent voice.”

Facelift has since been certified double platinum by the RIAA for sales of two million copies in the United States. The band toured in support of the album for two years before releasing the acoustic EP Sap in early 1992. In September 1992, Alice in Chains released Dirt. The critically acclaimed album, also the band’s most successful, debuted at number six on the Billboard 200, and was certified quadruple platinum. During the Dirt tour (in 1992), Layne saved Mike’s life after he had overdosed. The band did not tour in support of Dirt for very long, because of Staley’s drug addiction. While touring, Starr left the band for personal reasons and was replaced by Mike Inez.

In his last interview, given on December 20, 2001 roughly four months before his death, Staley admitted, “I know I’m near death, I did crack and heroin for years. I never wanted to end my life this way.” Staley’s physical appearance had become even worse than before: he had lost several teeth, his skin was sickly pale, and he was severely emaciated. In the same interview Staley spoke of the damage caused by his heroin addiction:

“I’m not using drugs to get high like many people think. I know I made a big mistake when I started using this shit. It’s a very difficult thing to explain. My liver is not functioning, and I’m throwing up all the time and shitting my pants. The pain is more than you can handle. It’s the worst pain in the world. Dope sick hurts the entire body.”

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.” Further in the article, reporter Pat Kearney provides a glimpse into Staley’s daily life and public routine:

“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. ‘He minded his own business,’ said the employee, who wished to remain anonymous. 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’.”

Staley’s close friend Mark Lanegan had much of the same to say with respect to Staley’s isolation: “He didn’t speak to anybody as of late… It’s been a few months since I talked to him. But for us to not talk for a few months is par for the course.”

Cold’s song “The Day Seattle Died” (from the 2003 album, Year of the Spider) was an ode to Staley, as well as Kurt Cobain, who were both figureheads of the grunge movement. In addition, Staind featured a song called “Layne” in memory to the singer on the 2003 album, 14 Shades of Grey. Eddie Vedder, lead singer of Pearl Jam, also recorded a song eulogizing Staley, titled “4/20/02” (the day Vedder heard the news and subsequently wrote the song). The song featured only Vedder singing and playing the guitar in a ukulele-inspired tuning, and was released as a hidden track on Pearl Jam’s 2003 B-sides and rarities album, Lost Dogs, roughly four minutes and twenty seconds after the conclusion of the final listed song, “Bee Girl”. Eddie Vedder’s tone in the song “4/20/02” was very dark and heartbreaking considering that he was among one of Layne’s friends (as stated within the song for “lonesome friend”); One can hear how he truly felt about Layne Staley’s death in this song, not only aiming to other listeners to avoid ever “using” drugs, but he had also aimed this song to all of those “who sing just like [Layne]” (during the time when a lot of vocalists were aiming to imitate Layne Staley’s singing style) ending the song with the lines: “So sing just like him/f—ers/It won’t offend him/just me/Because he’s dead.”

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Alice In Chains band members

 

 

“Voices” available now on Alice in Chains’ album ‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,’ download on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/BuyAIC
Official music video for Alice in Chains “Voices” directed by Roboshobo, produced by Jason Colon, Brian Turner and Colin Wyatt.

Hardrock band Alice In Chains announced more 2013 tour dates. Watch Interview [7 videos]

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Alice in Chains have new 2013 tour dates behind their last studio album. The current jaunt kicks off October 26th in Las Vegas, Nevada and concludes November 15th in Newport, Rhode Island. Check out the full docket below.

26 Oct The Pearl (Palms Resort & Casino) Las Vegas

09 Nov Alexandra Palace London

10 Nov O2 Academy Leeds Leeds

11 Nov Manchester Academy Manchester

13 Nov O2 Academy Birmingham Birmingham

14 Nov O2 Academy Glasgow Glasgow

15 Nov Newport Centre Newport

Alice in Chains have announced U.S. tour dates behind their upcoming studio album. The current jaunt kicks off April 25th in Miami and concludes May 24th in Lincoln, NE. Check out the full docket below.

A release date and title for the band’s new album, their first since 2009′s Black Gives Way to Blue, is forthcoming. In the meantime, check out their recent video for “Hollow”.

Past Alice in Chains 2013 Tour Dates
04/25 – Miami Beach, FL @ The Fillmore
04/30 – Birmingham, AL @ BUCC Concert Hall
05/01 – Augusta, GA @ William B. Bell Auditorium
05/05 – Norfolk, VA @ Norva
05/07 – Bethlehem, PA @ Sands Event Center
05/08 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Benedum Center
05/14 – Sioux Falls, SD @ Lyons Fairgrounds
05/15 – Milwaukee, WI @ Eagles Ballroom
05/18 – Philadelphia, PA @ Susquehanna Bank Center
05/21 – Ft. Wayne, IN @ Embasy Theatre
05/22 – Evansville, IN @ Aiken Theatre
05/24 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater
06/14 – Donington Park, UK @ Download Festival
09/13 – Rio de Janeiro, BR @ Rock in Rio
09/14- Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, Chula Vista
09/15 – Sleep Train Amphitheatre Chula Vista, Chula Vista
09/15 – 15 Sep Irvine Meadows / Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, Irvine

The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on May 28, 2013. It is the band’s second reunion album. Following a worldwide tour in support of its previous album, Black Gives Way to Blue (2009), Alice in Chains began work on a new album. The making of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here lasted for more than a year and the release of the album was delayed numerous times. The band entered the studio in July 2011 to start work on their fifth album. During the writing and recording sessions, guitarist Jerry Cantrell underwent shoulder surgery, which resulted in the delay of the album. The recording sessions of The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here were completed in December 2012.

Peaking at number two on the Billboard 200, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here was well received by music critics and “Hollow”, “Stone” and “Voices” were released as singles to promote the album. The album also reached the top ten in the national albums charts of Australia, Finland and Norway.

VIDEO INTERVIEW

Video interview in seven parts with hardrock band Alice In Chains. FaceCulture spoke to Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney about Nona, how it begun, persuading Layne Staley, being homeless, horrible lyrics, finding the sound, experience, Layne’s legacy, a tough decision, reactions on Layne’s death, new stuff and hard life.
 

 

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Interview Alice In Chains – Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney about Layne Staley

 

 
Video interview with hardrock band Alice In Chains. FaceCulture spoke to Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney about Nona, how it begun, persuading Layne Staley, Mike Starr, being homeless, horrible lyrics, finding the sound, experience, Layne’s legacy, a tough decision, reactions on Layne’s death, new stuff and hard life.

Life Advice From Alice in Chains – Take It of Leave It

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“When it comes down to Jerry [Cantrell] and I, everything operates friends-first, just like the band always did,” says Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney. “You gotta like what you’re doing and enjoy each other. There’s no reason to be out there riding around with someone you don’t like.”

That’s no small feat, especially as Alice in Chains has been a band for longer than some of their fans have been alive—going on 26 years. Nor is it mere lip service. “There are a lot of bands who don’t speak. They don’t like each other,” he observes. “Also, after all we’ve been through, it’s even more. . . . It’s a glaring everyday thing we live with, where you really miss people that you loved. They were your favorite people on the planet and when you live with that, it even means more.”

It’s a rare serious moment for the irrepressible drummer, who is, of course, referring to the death of vocalist/Alice in Chains founder Layne Staley in 2002 as a result of his decade-long battle with drug addiction, as well as the 2011 death of former bassist Mike Starr, who also succumbed to his demons.

Staley’s health issues essentially forced a band hiatus that began in 1996. Though, thanks to radio hits like “Man in the Box,” “Rooster,” and “Would?,” the band remained in the public consciousness. It wasn’t until 2005 that they reunited for a benefit show utilizing various vocalists, the surviving members tuning out the “No Layne, No Chains” outcry from some corners.

Those naysayers have since been silenced, and AIC themselves are both surprised and honored that fans embraced their second record with singer William DuVall, 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. DuVall’s powerful voice and commanding but not overshadowing presence were key components of AIC’s resurgence. Cantrell was rabid fan of DuVall’s Atlanta-bred band Comes with the Fall, using the group as both openers and his backing band for his 2001 and 2002 solo tours. By 2006, it appeared inevitable that DuVall would be the only choice if AIC was to carry on.

“When we were first touring in 2006, we were booking more shows piecemeal as we were on the road,” remembers DuVall. That turned into a year of touring, with one common thread: “It was all over the world, all these different scenes, languages, and weather systems, but playing for a whole wall of folded-arm-skeptic kind of people. Promoters were kind of reluctant to book the thing back then.”

That tour galvanized Alice in Chains (bassist Mike Inez has been with the group since 1993), forging a “gang mentality” that kept them strong. Cantrell, Kinney, and Inez, DuVall acknowledges, “were risking the reputation they had spent years building. My stake in it was proving, ‘No, I belong here, this is my house, fuck you motherfuckers!'”

With The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here they’ve got nothing to prove, following up their 2009 “comeback” album, Black Gives Way to Blue (which was only the band’s fourth studio record since 1990’s Facelift). Kinney, with his usual pointed, sarcastic humor and mocking tone, notes his band’s place in the critical and commercial pantheon: “Truth is, all our records are meaty two-stars when they come out. In hindsight, everybody’s [he shouts] ‘IT’S A FUCKING MASTERPIECE!’ Go back and read the reviews. It was mainly shit, and this band has always had that.”

But they’ve also always boasted a business sense as solid as their friendships. Alice are the rare band who didn’t go for immediate gratification in the heady days of big record company advances and mega publishing deals. “We were fortunate from the get-go,” Kinney says. “Instead of money, we choose to keep our rights. There was no A&R guy saying, ‘You need to rewrite this.’ Very early on, maybe they attempted that, but we’d be, ‘Um, refer to page 29 of the contract. Fuck you! I know you’re not used to this, but, hey, guy that sits in an office, who can barely play “Stairway to Heaven” on your guitar, maybe you should go back to doing that, because if you were so kick-ass at what you fucking do, maybe you’d be doing what we’re doing. And then I’d be sitting in your office telling you, “I’m not hearing it, man,”‘” Kinney laughs.

From Facelift to The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, AIC have made “records we like, for us. It’s a pretty selfish thing.” Kinney recalls the band’s early days, being told by the powers-that-be: “‘Man in the Box’ is a career-killer. Your record is stalled at 40,000.’ We said, ‘Nope.’ We put it out, and that was the turning point. Then they fly out on a Sony jet and the thing goes gold, and they hand you a spray-painted Mott the Hoople album, and put your sticker on it, and they take a picture of you for the trade magazine.”

As the members and band enter midlife, they’ve lost none of their weird humor (“buffoons” is how DuVall refers to himself and the band) nor their often dirgeful yet catchy musicality. And with perspective comes gratitude. “If Alice in Chains started now, we wouldn’t exist. We’d have 3,000 Facebook friends and a MySpace page we were still trying to work. We’d have ‘unfinished’ music on the Internet. It’s tough out there,” says Kinney.

His advice to the many bands who ask him for it? “It’s your life. Do the best you can, and take your lumps. You learn from fucking up, not from doing things up. Don’t be a victim. Don’t do it on the backs of others. If you’re OK with yourself, for the most part, you’ll be OK with life.”

As Alice in Chains co-headline the Uproar Tour with Jane’s Addiction, they’re on the road with lot of old friends. “We made our own opportunities,” reflects Kinney of the band’s early days of touring. “We’d play with Poison and with Iggy Pop. Our whole deal was, ‘Are people there? Cool, ’cause we’re pulling about 12.’ That’s what helped the band. We’re out with Van Halen, with Slayer, with Extreme. We pushed our way into the mainstream because we went anywhere we could. We didn’t completely fit in. But we do: We’re a rock band. We play rock songs.”

Ultimately, Kinney and Cantrell remain the pre-grunge Seattle boys who were in the KISS Army, and possessed of none-too-lofty ambitions, as Kinney reminisces. “We’re still the same; then, our goal was to sell out a bar when we got old enough in Seattle. When we did that, we thought, ‘Oh, we made it.’ We kind of still operate the same way. We’re not overly jaded. We never lost sight of the fact that we’re fortunate to do this.”

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Listen: “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” Album Sampler by Alice in Chains

Just received this from Alice in Chains. Great album. Enjoy!

Published on Jun 18, 2013

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‘The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here’ track listing:
1. Hollow
2. Pretty Done
3. Voices
4. The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
5. Lab Monkey
6. Low Ceiling
7. Breath on a Window
8. Scalpel
9. Phantom Limb
10. Hung on a Hook
11. Choke

Alice in Chains, ‘Hollow’ – Fan Lyric Video

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Alice in Chains are one of the most influential American rock bands of the early ’90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of metal and the gloomy strains of grunge, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding metallic riffs with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They were hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands. While this dichotomy helped the group soar to multi-platinum status with their second album, 1992’s Dirt, it also divided them. Guitarist / vocalist Jerry Cantrell always leaned toward the mainstream, while vocalist Layne Staley was fascinated with the seamy.

Alice in Chains have unleashed the first taste of their upcoming album in the form of the new single ‘Hollow.’ The track can be heard in the lyric video below.

The band’s upcoming disc is the follow-up to 2009′s ‘Black Gives Way to Blue,’ which was AIC’s first album to feature current vocalist William DuVall, who replaced the late Layne Staley. The disc is set for release in the spring of 2013.

The song ‘Hollow’ boasts a vintage Alice in Chains sound, with DuVall and guitarist-singer Jerry Cantrell trading harmonies over some crushing guitar riffs. Lyrically, the song offers a series of cryptic phrases, beginning with the lines, “Turning in circles / Slowing down / Pulling against a closing out / Easy to feed off a weaker thing / Harder to say what I really mean.”

The tune is accompanied by a lyric video that features Instagram photos that were sent in by fans at the request of Alice in Chains. The band posted a series of lyrics to inspire the photo submissions.

‘Hollow’ will be available for purchase on iTunes beginning Jan. 8, with the official music video for the song set to follow.