Layne Staley 1996 Portrait


Layne Staley 1996 Portrait, age 29, illustrated here at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Majestic Theater for the television series MTV Unplugged on April 10, 1996.

Staley was an American musician, songwriter and the original lead singer of the rock band Alice in Chains, which rose to international fame in the early 1990s as part of Seattle’s grunge movement.

On April 10, 1996, Alice in Chains resurfaced to perform their first concert in two and a half years for MTV Unplugged, a program featuring all-acoustic set lists.

Aired on May 28, 1996 the performance was one of Alice in Chains’ final appearances with vocalist Layne Staley and featured some of the band’s highest charting singles, including “Rooster”, “Down in a Hole”, “Heaven Beside You”, and “Would?”, and introduced a new song, “The Killer Is Me”.
The show marked Alice in Chains’ first appearance as a five-piece band, adding second guitarist Scott Olson.

A few songs such as “Got Me Wrong” and “Sludge Factory” had to be replayed numerous times due to error. Accordingly, the taping took approximately three hours to finish.

Staley said at the end of the show, “I wish I could hug you all, but I’m not gonna”.

“Unplugged” was the live album released on July 30, 1996 from the recording of the show.
The album has received platinum certification by the RIAA and the home video release has received gold certification by the RIAA.

Staley made his last performance on July 3, 1996, in Kansas City, Missouri, while Alice in Chains were touring with Kiss.

Staley suffered from depression and drug addictions for most of his adult life.
On April 19, 2002, Staley’s accountants contacted his former manager, Susan Silver, and informed her that no money had been withdrawn from the singer’s bank account in two weeks.
The police went with Layne’s mother and her ex-husband, Jim Elmer, to Staley’s home. It was reported that the 6-foot Staley weighed only 86 pounds when his body was discovered.

The autopsy and toxicology report on Staley’s body revealed that he died from a mixture of heroin and cocaine, known as a speedball.
The autopsy concluded that Staley died two weeks before his body was found, on April 5, the same day fellow grunge icon Kurt Cobain died eight years prior.

He was 34.

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