Daily Archives: October 5, 2014

Barrett Martin About Layne Staley

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“Layne was an extremely intelligent, humorous, and gracious human being, and he cared about things like politeness and kindness to strangers, qualities that seem to be forgotten in today’s narcissism culture. He laughed easily and talked openly with his fans, and his guest list at shows was always reserved for the young, marginalized people who couldn’t afford to buy a ticket. Those were Layne’s people, the ones without a voice, and through the power of poetic language, Layne gave them a voice. He once told me a story about his first tour in South America, where, after a show in Rio de Janeiro, some of these new friends had taken him to a beautiful, jungle-like park on the outskirts of the city. As they sat on the Earth talking under a canopy of trees, a tiny marmoset only a few inches tall leapt onto Layne’s shoulder and resided there for quite some time, much to the amazement and delight of everyone. Layne said it was one of the greatest experiences he ever had on tour, and years later I saw many of these tiny creatures when I toured Brazil, but they always seemed rather terrified of humans. Apparently however, they loved Layne”
— Barrett Martin

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