Friday, September 08, 2006

Alice In Chains Songs

For those of you that do not really know too much about Layne Stanley or Alice In Chains I would like to suggest some songs to acquire, I will start out with a few that anyone would like if they enjoy grunge music and then add some more obscure ones.

Smash Hits:

Man In The Box
Them Bones
Got Me Wrong

Lesser Known:
Down In A Hole

Layne Stanley should be kept alive as his music met so much to so many people.

The Remaining Members

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, reports Blabbermouth.

Alice In Chains have recently reunited and announced that they'll play some US club dates and European festivals this spring and summer (read story on UG). 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.'"

Jerry Cantrell alongside with 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."

A Better View

Grunge is dead, literally. The body of Layne Staley was found in his Seattle home Friday. His death was not a shock to fans, but rather an anticipated, inevitable horror. The agonized, brooding vocalist/lyricist for Alice in Chains and Mad Season had long been enduring the self-destructing and unrelenting clutch of drug addiction.

Alice in Chains formed in 1987, originally classified as heavy metal. The band later joined the genre of grunge when "Would?" appeared on the trendy Singles Soundtrack in 1992 alongside tracks by fellow flannel-clad Seattle rockers Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

With his heroin addiction as the principal premise of his lyrics, Staley's drug addiction was palpable. As he sang in "Junkhead" (Dirt, 1992), "You can't understand a user's mind, but try, with your books and degrees. If you let yourself go and open your mind, I'll bet you'd be doing like me and it ain't so bad." Sadly, Staley lived the rock star legendary existence of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll; beginning as an experimental user, being impressed by the expansion of mind, writing a few amazing lyrics and ultimately turning into an emblematic junkie.

While his mistakes may have been great, his impression on the world and the music industry was greater. The Alice in Chains fan base was saddened as the news was broadcasted via radio, television and the internet on Saturday.

A wonderful musician, Staley wrote from the depths of his soul and transcribed the ominous hell that he faced inside. His voice was beautifully poignant and unforgettable to whose hearts he touched. Layne Staley has hopefully found his peace, at last.

For a generation that has already witnessed the heartrending suicide of Nirvana's Kurt Cobain (1994) and the fortuitous cocaine overdose of Blind Melon's Shannon Hoon (1995), Staley's death serves as just another reminder that the rock scene of the early '90s has indeed ended.

Layne Stanley Dies

Heroin was found in the blood of Alice in Chains front-man Layne Staley, Seattle police have confirmed.

The 34-year old singer and guitarist was found dead on Friday at his flat in Seattle.

He had been dead for two weeks before a relative discovered him.

A number of items connected with heroin were found at the scene, the suggestion being an overdose as the likely cause of death.

As a result, there will be no criminal investigation, with detectives not suspecting any element of foul play.

Fans have been leaving bouquets of flowers and gifts at the foot of the building where Staley lived, and more than a hundred held a candlelit vigil by the Seattle Centre.

This is the same venue that hosted the public mourning in the wake of Kurt Cobain.

Alice in Chains’ seven albums (including a Billboard number 1 in 1995), helped to establish Seattle as the home of Grunge, along with the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.

Staley’s surviving bandmates have also commented for the first time about their front-man’s death.

Drummer Sean Kinney admitted the Grunge star's death had 'broken his heart'.

Staley had been battling against drugs for a number of years, having been in rehab in the mid 1990s, and losing his girlfriend to narcotics more recently.

Staley’s gruff vocals and inventive guitar work will always live on.