Mike Starr was the original bassist for Alice In Chains. He was a member of Alice In Chains from it’s formation in 1987 until 1993 when he left the band while touring behind the album “Dirt”.
On Decemeber 13, 1993 Nirvana rehearsed and taped their MTV Live & Loud concert performance at Pier 48 in Seattle, Washington. The concert aired on MTV for their 1993 New Year’s Eve special. The hosts were Anthony Kiedis and Flea. And that’s where these pictures of Anthony and Flea in drag with Dave Grohl and Krist Novoselic come from…
Here’s a cool video of Layne Staley, performing the song “Opiate” with Tool at the Big Melee Music Festival in Kuualoa Ranch, Hawaii, August 15, 1993.
The tattoo Layne Staley had on his back was inspired from a lyric in the Alice in Chains song he wrote “Man in the Box.” “Feed my eyes/ Can you sew them shut?” The tattoo was also inspired by the the “Man in the Box” music video.
These are the last know published photos of Layne Staley. The photo was taken on February 26, 1997, when he and the other members of Alice in Chains attended the Grammy Awards.
The album cover for Alice in Chains self-titled album and last with Layne Staley is referred to as the “Tripod” because the album cover features a photo of Jerry Cantrell’s three-legged dog, Sunshine.
Part Two of Rock Stars yearbook photos…Layne Staley, Axl Rose, Taylor Hawkins, Jay Z, Steven Tyler & Jack White. Enjoy…
In 1985, Layne Staley formed a band called Sleze, a band which Staley said he “dressed in drag and played speed metal.” Sleze performed around the Seattle area mostly playing Slayer and Armored Saint covers.
In 1994 during Metallica’s Summer Shit tour, Alice in Chains was to open for Metallica but they backed out of the tour because Layne Staley was in no shape to tour due to his drug problems. So, James Hetfield thought it would be cool to make fun of Layne while the band played “Man In The Box”on a few occasions during the tour.
Mother Love Bone has the weird distinction of being the band that never happened but it turn made so many other things happen. Mother Love Bone featured lead singer Andrew Wood along with Greg Gilmore, Bruce Fairweather, Jeff Ament and Stone Goassard.