Layne Staley


Layne Thomas Staley was an American musician who served as the lead singer and co-lyricist of the rock group Alice in Chains, which was formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987 by Staley and guitarist Jerry Cantrell. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s. The band became known for its distinct vocal style, as well as the harmonized vocals of Staley and Cantrell.… Read More

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Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Layne Staley.


1967 Birth Born on August 22, 1967.


1984 16 Years Old In 1984, Staley joined a group of Shorewood High students in a band called Sleze, which also featured future members of The Dehumanizers and Second Coming.
1986 18 Years Old In 1986, Sleze morphed into Alice N' Chains, a band which Staley said "dressed in drag and played speed metal." … Read More
1987 19 Years Old Eventually the funk project broke up and in 1987 Staley joined Cantrell on a full-time basis. The band eventually took the name of Alice in Chains. Alice in Chains released their debut album Facelift on August 21, 1990, shaping the band's signature style. … Read More


1994 26 Years Old …  Referencing Staley's guest-singing appearance with Tool on the song "Opiate", the Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported, "At KISW-FM's 'Rockstock' concert at the Kitsap County Fairgrounds in Bremerton in May 1994—just a month after the death of Kurt Cobain—Staley made a surprise appearance. … Read More
One of Staley's last shows with the band was their 1996 MTV Unplugged performance.
1997 29 Years Old On February 26, 1997, Staley and the other members of Alice in Chains attended the Grammy Awards after "Again" (from the self-titled album) was nominated for Best Hard Rock Performance. … Read More


In September 1998, Staley re-emerged to help record two tracks ("Get Born Again" and "Died") with Alice in Chains, which were released on the Music Bank box set in 1999. … Read More
1999 31 Years Old From 1999 to 2002, Staley became more reclusive, rarely leaving his Seattle condo; little is known about the details of his life during this period. … Read More
2001 33 Years Old 1 More Event
…  In late 2001, shortly before his death, he would describe the experience of witnessing his parents' divorce: "My world became a nightmare, there were just shadows around me. … Read More
Staley's mother owns the last known photo of Staley, taken on February 14, 2002, which features him holding his newborn nephew, Oscar, although the photo has never been published. … Read More
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