Layne was a founding member (along with lead guitarist Jerry Cantrell) of the Seattle based rock band Alice In Chains. Layne and Jerry’s harmonies were unique in the sense that they could not be matched by others; many have tried. . Layne’s voice was that of an “angry-angel”; you could FEEL his words!
In 1995 Layne along with Pearl Jam’s Mike McCready, Screaming Trees’ Barrett Martin and bassist John Baker Saunders formed the super-group Mad Season. They recorded just one album “Above”. ‘This was one of the greatest albums ever put out by any band of it’s kind. It also showed different sounds that Layne was able convey in songs like “Wake Up” and “Artificial Red”. The project was a huge success.
In the years following Layne’s passing, he’s finally getting the recognition he deserved for his contributions to the band. Jerry Cantrell stated in a 2009 interview with Netherlands based Face-Culture”, that Layne had taken on an “Obi-One” kinda thing and has become more powerful in death! He’s gained more reverence and rightly so. I hope Layne knows just how much his music has meant to the millions around the world.
I’ve seen more and more people come to the tributes each year. They come from all over the world to meet Layne’s mom Nancy and to share the experience that’s really hard to explain. It’s a “brotherhood & sisterhood” of Layniacs! This will be my 7th year in a row and 10th overall; it’s become something I do for the love of Layne and to meet newcomers and those I met years ago! Hope to see you there!
See The Crocodile’s event link here: Layne Staley Tribute Event.
A portion of the proceeds will go to THS (Therapeutic Health Services) – Under the Layne Staley Fund.
Feature photo by Joe Giron – used with permission.
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