There aren’t too many singers that cut straight to the heart the way Alice In Chains frontman, Layne Staley did. His soaring voice and the rich harmonies with Jerry Cantrell stood out in Seattle’s early 90s grunge scene, powerful and fiery, haunting and vulnerable; all in the right measure to make rock music an emotionally exorcising experience.
Staley’s personal life was marked by the torment heard in his music and lyrics. From the mid-90s, the singer retreated to reclusion and in April 2002, he lost his battle with addiction at just 34 years old. While he is gone far too soon, Staley's music and poetic words carry a legacy that remains inspirational to peers and fans alike to this day.
One of the band’s most memorable performances with the legendary vocalist would also be one of their last. In honour of what would've been Staley's 55th birthday today, enjoy this classic cut from the iconic MTV Unplugged vaults.
Alice In Chains | 'Would?' [MTV Unplugged]
See more from that now-legendary night with some highlights below.
Alice In Chains | 'Down in a Hole' [MTV Unplugged]
Alice In Chains | 'Nutshell' [MTV Unplugged]
On August 22, 2019, which would have been Staley's 52nd birthday, Seattle mayor Jenny Durkan officially proclaimed that day as "Layne Staley Day" in the city, in honour of Staley's contributions to music. Read more, here.
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