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Layne Staley


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Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 -ca. April 5, 2002) was the legendary lead singer of the Seattle grunge/metal band Alice In Chains as well as the lead singer/songwriter of the rock supergroup Mad Season.

Staley was arguably the heart of Alice In Chains. His passionate and tortured singing style helped Alice In Chains become one of the most successful bands of the 1990’s. The band’s distinctive sound came from Staley’s vocal style and his lyrics dealing with personal struggles and addiction. Staley’s songs were often considered “dark”, with themes such as drug abuse, depression, and suicide. Staley battled with heroin addiction for several years, until his fatal overdose in 2002.

Layne Staley spent his childhood in Kirkland, Seattle WA. He was introduced to music at a young age and he started to play drums at the age of 12. He eventually found his place behind the mic stand as a lead singer and performed in glam rock bands during the 1980’s. Staley was also part of a groovy funk project, before meeting Jerry Cantrell, Sean Kinney and Mike Starr. The four guys ended up playing together, first under the name “Diamond Lie”, then Alice N’Chains and finally Alice In Chains.

Staley and the Chains released 3 albums; Facelift (1990), Dirt (1992) and Alice In Chains (1995), along with two EPs; Sap (1992) and Jar Of Flies (1994).

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