Layne Thomas Staley (August 22, 1967 – April 5, 2002)

One of the most recognizable voices of the Grunge era, a singer whose performances and vocals strike fear and inspiration into the hearts of any wannabe, Staley was the frontman of Alice In Chains – a band who always considered themselves to be Metal rather than Grunge. Like many performers of the era, Staley was catapulted into stardom over a short space of time and became embroiled in the difficulties which such experiences can breed.

Remembered as one of the most powerful voices of his generation, and should be noted as a gifted lyricist too as he penned many of the band’s songs, his tortured vocals suiting the often grim subject matter yet when blended with Cantrell’s harmonies and music, a sound unlike any other band was produced.


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