A blog covering the best in underground sounds, based in Dublin, Ireland
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Tribute to Layne Staley
OK, so it's regrettable that we are a day late with this post, but nevertheless it had to be done. All here at Nihilist have been Alice in Chains fans since we were tweens (although at the time there was no such word). And as every fan of AIC knows, everything about their early sound is damn near perfect, Jerry Cantrell's smoldering, sun burnt guitar, the late Mike Starr's throaty bass and Sean Kinney's infectious grooves. But standout even from all that wonderful stuff was Layne's utterly brilliant voice. Yesterday was his birthday, August 22nd 1967, unfortunately he passed away aged just 34 in 2002. Earlier this year, another original AIC member was lost too, Mike Starr, born Michael Christopher Starkey, died at 44.
Here's the younng Alice in Chains in their prime after their debut 'Facelift'.