On this day in 2002, we lost another Rock Icon, Layne Staley....The legendary vocalist for Alice In Chains and Mad Season.
He was one of the greats. Layne's voice immediately takes you to the 90's, to Seattle, and at times, some dark fuckin' places. But isn't that we want...Real, unfiltered, raw f'in emotion. He had it, and put a giant crater in the world of Rock! Thanks Layne & Keep Rockin' In Peace... -Ryan
Check out some epic videos below. I put one of my favorite Chains songs way down below -- "Rain When I Die"
alternativenation.net has some rockers paying tribute to Layne on the 15th anniversary of his death. Here's what his bandmate from Mad Season, Mike McCready had to say about Layne....
MIKE MCCREADY: With Layne and [Mad Season’s] “River of Deceit,” to get back into that time period, it was an interesting time. There was a lot of darkness going on, but there was also some light, and there was some music happening. Mad Season had started with Barrett [Martin], [John] Baker [Saunders], Layne and myself. It was kind of an open template in terms of music. When I talked to Layne about this project initially, it was just kind of like: ‘Layne do whatever you want to do. Do you have any vocals, or any songs you want to bring in? We’ll do whatever.’ I kind of wanted it to be that type of band, where all four guys were making decisions on it, in terms of songwriting or whatever. I remember having that conversation with him, he seemed into that. He had been reading a book called The Prophet by Kahlil Gibran at the time, and he explained that to me, and I thought wow, that is super deep.
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