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According to The Pulse Of Radio, eight previously unreleased songs from late ALICE IN CHAINS lead singer Layne Staley are currently being restored and properly mixed by Seattle-based audio designer Jesse Holt. The tunes all have vocal tracks from Staley on them and Holt has asked Staley’s MAD SEASON bandmate, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready, for help in completing them.
Reportedly among the songs is “Things You Do”, which has surfaced online in various forms in the years since Staley died of a drug overdose in April 2002.
ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that there was more to his friend than the way in which he died. “It’s unfortunate that that seems to be the only headline that gets equated with him, because there was so much more to him than that,” he said. “Not taking away the fact of the reality of what that is, and how it ended, everybody knows that too. But there’s a whole lot more to the story.”
Before his death, Staley had planned to work on a solo album and also intended to record vocals for a song by metal outfit TAPROOT. The demo of the song was in Staley’s CD player when he was found dead.
There are also rumors that Staley was going to audition for the band that eventually became AUDIOSLAVE. He had reportedly gotten a call from the instrumental members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE about singing with them, but never made it. SOUNDGARDEN’s Chris Cornell took the job instead, recording three studio albums with that act.
The source for the eight songs was not made immediately clear by Holt, and it is also not clear if there is any chance of them being released.
ALICE IN CHAINS was inactive for several years before and after Staley’s death, but regrouped in 2006 with William DuVall on guitars and vocals. The band has since cut two studio albums and is working on a new one.
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REVOLVER What are your fondest memories of Layne?
MIKE INEZ Layne was just such a real human being, and such a good human too. He never had an ulterior motives. He’d never do any racist jokes, I never heard him talk shit about anybody. He was always very supportive of other bands, like on Lollapalooza, we had Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Fishbone, Dinosaur Jr., Primus, and Arrested Development. And by the end of that six-week tour in the states, we were all jamming with each other. Dudes would come down with us, and we’d go jam with them. But there was this crazy industrial Belgian band called Front 242 that was on that. And they didn’t speak good English, and they were kind of like doing their own thing. Turns out, they were great guys. It was just hard to relate to them because they were so foreign and everything was just a traveling circus. For some reason, Layne just loved that band. He would go up and jam with them; it was really cool. Out of the all the rocks stars—you know, Rage Against the Machine and Tool and all the rock star bands—he wanted to jam with the opener and play some crazy industrial music.
“Layne was such an icon – such an American original with such a distinctive voice,” Inez says. “The courage of William coming in like this is amazing. Layne was one of my favorite vocalists I’ve ever played with over the years. It was tough for William to try to step in at the beginning. I told him early on that the only way to win people over was one gig at a time, face-to-face. He puts his chin out to the audience and gives it his all every night. He’s well prepared and works hard. We all just blast it out every night now, and it’s great.”
Update from July 13th
Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez discussed missing Layne Staley in a new Facebook posts. Inez noted that it has been 20 years since Alice In Chains performed at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, which was a part of Alice In Chains’ final series of shows in 1996 with Layne Staley.
“Damn 20 (FUCK 20??) years ago, our band played this KISS reunion show at the old Tiger Stadium in Detroit..and almost to the day, 20 years later, we went back and played the Football Stadium opening for Guns & Roses reunion in the same city..
Mixed emotions… I miss Layne but am proud to still be standing next to my brothers making a bunch of noise and laughing on the tour bus.
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