Top 10 Songs About Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley
April 5 is a sad day in rock history — not only was it the day that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain died, but also marks the passing of Alice in Chains vocalist Layne Staley. The troubled artist befriended and inspired many during his all too short stay on this planet. In honor of his passing 10 years ago, we take a look at the best songs written about the life and tragic passing of Layne Staley.
'The Day Seattle Died'
'Just a Bullet Away'
'Bargain Basement Howard Hughes'
Included as the hidden track on the Pearl Jam rarities disc 'Lost Dogs,' '4/20/02' starts playing 4 minutes and 20 seconds after 'Bee Girl,' the final song on the disc, stops playing. Eddie Vedder recorded the song on guitar with ukelele tuning the day he heard the new of his old friends passing. Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam (then named Mookie Blaylock) often played gigs together in the early days and the members of the two bands remained friends over the years. You can hear the pain in Vedder's voice as he warns the terrors of addiction — “It could be you” — and takes a shot at all the Layne imitators — “So sing just like him / f—ers / It won't offend him / just me / Because he's dead.” This is a truly heartbreaking song.