“Eye’s burn with the stingin’ sweat, the bullet screams to me from nowhere”
Ah! Lane Stayley. Another influential idol of mine. Born August 22nd 1967 began leaving his mark as an American musician who provided his incredible voice and insane lyrical talents for the band ‘Alice in Chains’. The rock band was established with guitarist Jerry Cantrell in Seattle, Washington in 1987. The original members also included drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr. As the grunge movement emerged, Alice in Chains rose to international fame in the early 1990’s. Stayley’s distinct vocal style helped in the identification of the band as well as the harmonised vocal parts shared between him and Cantrell.
The original band stuck together until 1996 when Layne stopped preforming live and sadly, in 2002, he died due to a drug overdose on April 5th. Mike Starr said that he spent time with Staley the day before he died as Starr’s birthday was April 4. Starr claimed that Staley was very sick but would not call 911. The two ex-bandmates briefly argued, which ended with Starr storming out. Starr stated that Staley called after him as he left: “Not like this, don’t leave like this”. Since Staley is believed to have died a day later, on April 5, Starr expressed regret that he did not call 911 to save his friend’s life; Starr reported that Staley had threatened to sever their friendship if he did. Starr was the last known person to see Staley alive.
The way in which Layne sang provides me with such a powerful and intense feeling, it enables me to let my emotions surface and discover whats going on deep down. I am deeply saddened that Layne’s battle with drugs and depression got to him but so thankful for the liberation and legacy that he has left behind. Such a legend.
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