Alice In Chains Layne Staley Died On This Day In 2002

Via To add to the sadness of Kurt Cobain's death on April 5th, original Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley passed away 17 years ago today at the age of 34, his demise coming as no great surprise to those who knew him or had followed his career. Even at the peak of his career with Alice In Chains, Staley had made no secret of his dalliances with heroin, and he’d completely dropped off the radar following the band’s brief 1998 reunion to cut a pair of songs for their Music Bank box set.

Layne Staley will always be remembered as one of the most distinct and powerful vocalists in rock history. Barrett Martin, who played with Layne in Mad Season, said, “Layne’s voice was so powerful that I could hear his voice coming off his body, out of his chest [was] louder than what was coming out of the monitors.” Here's a couple of his best performances...

"Man In The Box" from ABC In Concert 1991, "Would?" from Hollywood Rock Rio De Janiero 1993, and "Down In A Hole" from MTV Unplugged 1996

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