Launch Radio Networks reports: ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist Layne Staley died four years ago today (April 5), at the end of a long and tragic descent into heroin addiction that ultimately sidelined his career and his band after three studio albums, an acoustic live disc and two EPs. The 34-year-old singer had all but disappeared from public view during the last few years of his life. His body was not found in his Seattle home until April 20, 2002, two weeks after the date on which it was ultimately determined that he died.
Staley was born in Kirkland, Washington on August 22, 1967 and began playing drums at the age of 12. He soon switched to singing and met guitarist Jerry Cantrell in 1987. The pair formed ALICE IN CHAINS, which started out as a glam band but eventually became one of Seattle's biggest "grunge" exports.
Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney recently reunited to appear at a taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!" and plan to tour this summer with guest vocalists on the mic. Inez told Launch that the surviving members of the band still feel Staley's presence onstage with them. "He's in our hearts and we're carrying him with us every place we're gonna be playing this year," he said. "If anything we've got an angel looking out for us, you know, and of course, he's crazy."
The surviving members of ALICE IN CHAINS have tapped COMES WITH THE FALL vocalist/guitarist — and member of AIC guitarist Jerry Cantrell's touring band — William DuVall to sing lead vocals for the group on their upcoming European tour.
ALICE IN CHAINS recently reunited and have announced that they'll play some U.S. club dates and European festivals this spring and summer. Beyond that, however, the group does not have any set plans. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Launch that operating this way is nothing new for ALICE IN CHAINS. "We're gonna take it like we always did, and we've always kind of made it up as we've gone along," he said. "You know, if you were looking at how to really capitalize on this experience and really make dough and make it a profitable thing, a band might, you know, would come out with a singer, have a record ready and all that. But that's not where we're coming from with this thing. We're coming from the place of 'It feels good, and we're having a good time, so we'd like people to be a part of that.'"
Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney performed with DuVall and ex-PANTERA frontman Philip Anselmo on March 10 at a taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!" Anselmo sang two songs with the group, while DuVall performed another two and dueted with HEART vocalist Ann Wilson on "Rooster".
This was only the second live show for ALICE IN CHAINS since 1996. The band members played at a tsunami relief benefit in February of 2005.
ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist Layne Staley died in April of 2002.
For a list of upcoming ALICE IN CHAINS tour dates, visit AliceInChains.com.
(Thanks: Nature Girl)
According to the Boston Herald, AEROSMITH frontman Steven Tyler recovering after undergoing laser surgery on his throat.
A "die-hard" member of the AEROSMITH fan club Aeroforce One by the name of Marge reportedly tracked down Tyler while he was trying on outfits at Riccardi on Newbury Street in Boston the other day and reports he's still whispering but managed somehow to out-talk her!
"He explained to me that he burst a blood vessel in his throat and had to have laser surgery to repair it," blogged the superfan. "He was wearing a groovy red scarf around his neck and I think I saw a scar when he was re-tying it."
AEROSMITH cancelled the remaining dates of their North American tour to allow Tyler — who recently turned 58 — time to heal his voice.
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