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From the Seattle Times by way of KNAC.com:


    A body was removed last night from the University District residence of Layne Staley, lead singer and guitarist for the Seattle grunge band ALICE IN CHAINS. KOMO-TV, citing an unidentified source, said the body was that of Staley, 34.

    A King County medical-examiner's investigator said his office removed a body from the Staley address and planned an autopsy today, but he refused to confirm the identity of the person. He said it appeared the person had been dead for some time and would have to be identified scientifically.

    Staley had a history of substance abuse, and in the early 1990s publicly acknowledged an addiction to heroin.

    ALICE IN CHAINS, formed in Seattle in 1987, was part of the early '90s heyday of grunge. The band was mentioned in the same breath as NIRVANA and SOUNDGARDEN.

    The band's debut album, "Facelift", was released in 1990, and the song "We Die Young" became a top-5 metal track.

    In 1991, the band was nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal Artist.

    The band's last release was Nothing Safe Best Of The Box in 1999.

    Staley also fronted the side band MAD SEASON.

    Fans last night were already mourning Staley's death on bulletin boards on music sites.

    One wrote: "You were an amazing man Layne a tortured soul, but a loved one. Wherever you are, I hope you feel how much you and your music meant to your fans. Rest in peace."


Am I freaking naive here, or did this really come out of nowhere? I mean, tales of Alice in Chains' drug problems have been rampant for years, but I always thought they'd get it back together for another album and another tour.

Layne was so identifiable as the voice of Alice in Chains. Anyone think that maybe they'll consider looking for a singer to succeed him, or is this the end for the band?



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When Jerry Cantrell's solo career took off (his second album was released recently) his band was made up of the other two members of Alice -- with no Layne Stayley to be found. I always took that as the writing on the wall, since Cantrell was the driving creative force behind the band anyway. I always had them pegged as done for -- leaving Pearl Jam the only survivor of the early 90s "Grunge Invasion." That's finally confirmed.

Nonetheless, I'm not surprised at all that Layne is gone. Keep in mind they haven't released the cause of death, but it's interesting that we're (myself included) assuming it's drug related. At any rate, the first time my mom saw him (on their Unplugged Special) the first thing she asked me was "Is that guy on drugs?"



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RIP Layne. Say hi to Kurt :(



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I hope that MTV interrupts this damn Real World marathon and shows AIC Unplugged all day and night like they did when Kurt died, but I doubt they will.

(edited by Ryan1420 on 20.4.02 1610)

(edited by Ryan1420 on 20.4.02 1611)
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Alice In Chains had a unique sound compared to most of the bands that were tagged as *alternative* or *grunge*. There are actually quite a few carbon copies on the radio today. I really liked all of the stuff that AIC put out, the voice of Staley and the guitar work really was the driving force of the band.



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    Originally posted by Ryan1420
    I hope that MTV interrupts this damn Real World marathon and shows AIC Unplugged all day and night like they did when Kurt died, but I doubt they will.
I remember when Shannon Hoon, singer of Blind Melon, died shortly after Kurt Cobain. He barely got a mention on MTV News. The report ended with Kurt Loder noting that "no one gives a damn" quite distgustedly. It's amazing how MTV picks and chooses who's death is "important" to its viewers. Just like Sublime and B.I.G. won video awards the year after they died.



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Who the hell is Kurt Loder, errr I hate MTV

I agree with papercuts, it was NO SURPRISE unfortunately about this, a few years ago he was on suicide watch, his band member abandon him, because he couldn't get his head on straight, the signs were all there.

Alice in chains were my band of choice of the 90s, god they were talented, from dirt to there self-titled and my opinion the best unplugged album ever.

If you dug Layne I do suggest getting the Mad Season album called Above from 95, it was really good.
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It's being reported, by The Seattle PI, that his body had been there for two weeks. It was also surronded by drug paraphenllia.

That's harsh...the world goes on for two whole weeks before anyone notices you're gone. He must have really sealed himself off there in the end.



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Layne's poor choices aside, he was a really great singer. "Dirt" is still to this day one of my favorite albums. It flows together perfectly. Too bad for Layne, it was not at all fictional...



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Did it get mentioned at ALL? I watched MTV/VH1 for as long as I could stand, and there was absolutely *zip*, not even a sentence on a news brief. (Mariah Carey and her attempt to come back from abject humiliation were more important to MTV, and VH1 seemed to think that a whole day of Madonna took precedence over *any* news at all.) MTV.com did have an article online, but you'd think they'd have said *something*.

All I saw was a crawl at the bottom of the screen on one segment of E! News Daily later in the evening.

RIP, Layne... hopefully whatever demons made you shut yourself out like that are quiet now.



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All Mtv did was scroll something across the bottom, during the real world marathon. They also would report it in newsbreaks throughout the day. They didn't show AIC unplugged, like I hoped they would. I'm not sure how VH1 dealt with it, I usually just watch that for the Rock and Roll Jeopardy.



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I'm surprised that there hasn't been much mention of it as well. Maybe he wasn't as big a deal as I thought he was. I still think he'll make the cover of Rolling Stone though, but then again maybe not...maybe I'm just getting old and out of date.



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My sister told me about Staley's death Monday and I just didn't want to believe it. As a tribute our local radio station has been playing AIC fairly heavily this past week. I'll miss the band and I'm kicking myself because I never went to see them in concert. I'm not really surprised, however, that there hasn't been a lot of press regarding his passing. AIC fans love the band, but they never had that "crossover" appeal to a broad audience.

Back in the day I think the same thing (regarding a lack of news)applied when Cliff Burton was killed. Metallica wasn't "broadly" known at that time. Luckily I got to see Metallica with Burton in 1986 when they were opening for Ozzy. It was my first real concert (can't count when my parents dragged me with them to see Alabama when I was eleven years old).

Anway, RIP Layne. I think I'll go listen to "Rooster" and "Junkhead" (I still have a tape from when AIC played the MTV party for the movie Singles and they did Junkhead live). I guess I'll watch that too.
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Saw AiC in a show opening for... Ozzy, I believe. Layne had broken his leg on the tour, so he spent half the show standing at the mic on crutches and the other half buzzing around the stage in a wheelchair like a freakin' loon.

Damn that was a fun one.



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MTV2 did some AIC on that Monday. The Unplugged show, as well as videos. I don't know how long they had it on, since I was doing other stuff. I did catch the last minute or 2 for the video of "Rooster", and the last couple songs from the Unplugged show.



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figures they would do some tribute thing on MTV2. We used to have that station around here, and then for no reason they just took it off our local listings. It seemed to be a decent station. I remember them showing live REM and Radiohead concerts. Oh well.



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I'm not sure whether to post this in this thread or the Lisa Lopes thread, but I guess I'll just go here.

While I'm a bit bothered by MTV's and VH1's "excessive" (my own words) coverage of Lisa Lopes' death while just about ignoring Layne Staley's death, I do take some small solace in one thing.

Last Friday, I went to ZETA's (WZTA, 94.9 FM, Miami/Ft. Lauderdale, FL) Bonzai Fest, to take a break from studying for finals. Several bands there dedicated at least one song to Layne. Jerry Cantrell performed there, including "What the Hell Have I?" and "Them Bones" in his set.

And not one band said one thing or dedicated one song to Lisa Lopes.

I'd forgotten how much I can enjoy concerts like that. :)



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    Originally posted by Ryan1420
    figures they would do some tribute thing on MTV2. We used to have that station around here, and then for no reason they just took it off our local listings. It seemed to be a decent station. I remember them showing live REM and Radiohead concerts. Oh well.


Yeah, the problem with moving out of the school's apartments is that I won't get MTV2 at home. But I will get MuchMusic, so at least for one hour a week, it's a fair trade. (Said hour would be "The Wedge".)
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Damn. And here I was one of the few holdouts still hoping for a new AiC album sometime sooner or later.

It's sad that Kurt Cobain's death was one of the worst days in music history while the more talented singer of a much better band isn't worth more than a footnote. AiC was the best of the Seattle Four (AiC, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden) by a large margin, and I will miss Layne Staley more than I ever missed Kurt Cobain.



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Yeah, but the thing is, who killed off hair metal? Nirvana had a more dramatic impact than AiC did, or at least will ever get credit. AiC was certainly one of the more interesting bands to come out of those four, if not the most. 'Tis a shame how far he fell.
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