Remembering Alice Chains’ “Would?” on MTV Unplugged in 1996

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Submitted by Kara Jayne on Tue, 04/06/2021 - 15:18

Remembering Alice Chains’ “Would?” on MTV Unplugged in 1996

Posted 6 Apr 2021
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Alice in Chains on MTV Unplugged via YouTube. 

There aren’t too many singers that cut straight to the heart but Alice In Chains frontman, Layne Staley was definitely one of them. 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. 

25 years ago this month in 1996, Staley gave one of his most memorable performances fronting Alice In Chains which would also be one of his last. In honour of the man himself, enjoy this classic set from the 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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