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Layne Staley

Staley performing with Alice in Chains in Boston in 1992
Background information
Birth name Layne Thomas Staley
Born (1967-08-22)August 22, 1967
Kirkland, Washington, United States
Died April 5, 2002(2002-04-05) (aged 34)
Seattle, Washington, United States

Alternative metal[1]
heavy metal[4]
hard rock[5]
glam metal (early career)[6]





Years active 1979–2002
Labels Columbia
Associated acts

Alice in Chains
Mad Season
Class of ’99
Alice N’ Chains


I sing like a lark.
I found out through the Internet that I have AIDS. I learned that I was dead. Where else would I find these things?
Layne Staley
We write about ourselves because we know about ourselves.
It was all about music, about getting your friends to come and see you play. I don't see that same intimacy happening very much today.
Layne Staley
Drugs will have a huge effect on my work for the rest of my life, whether I'm using or not.
Layne Staley
Our perception of songs that we've written… the meaning changes from day to day… to whatever stage we're at in our life and careers.
Layne Staley
I wish I could just hug you all, but I'm not gonna.
Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions.
Layne Staley
The songs are about things that we were thinking and we wrote 'em down, and when you listen to 'em, whatever you think it's about… THAT'S what it's about!
Layne Staley
Andrew Wood's death changed things for a few weeks. I probably got even heavier into drugs after that.
Layne Staley
We try to be real nice and friendly to people, but sometimes they take advantage of that.
Layne Staley
There's no huge, deep message in any of the songs. We recorded a few months of being human.
Layne Staley
We started this band as kids, and as time has gone on, we've grown and are learning to accommodate each others' differences.
Layne Staley
My bad habits aren't my title. My strengths and my talent are my title.
Layne Staley
Los Angeles, I don't like that town. Too decadent, and it's slimy.
One of the first bands to break out of Seattle was Heart.
I started out when I was about 12, playing drums. I started singing when I was about 15.
Layne Staley
Drugs are not the way to the light. They won't lead to a fairy-tale life, they lead to suffering.
Layne Staley
My bed isn't made, I'm tired, I haven't slept well for two weeks. I haven't been laid in a month. I don't have a girlfriend. I have a warrant for my arrest.
Layne Staley
I don't take part in it the way I used to-the bimbos, the free beers, free drugs, all that. That's still there if you want it, but I don't really seek that out any more.
Layne Staley
I don't think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available.
Layne Staley
Kurt and I weren't the closest of friends, but I knew him well enough to be devastated by his death. For such a quiet person, he was so excited about having a child.
Layne Staley
People have a right to ask questions and dig deep when you're hurting people and things around you.
Layne Staley
I don't do much else but stay in my hotel room.
I guess I can go anywhere I want. If only I knew where to go.
When everyone goes home, you're stuck with yourself.
At home I'm just a guy who has interests that extend far beyond music.
There are lasting consequences for using drugs. I'll still be paying for my prior use.
Layne Staley
I was in a band when I was 15. We were a glam band. Then I couldn't afford to buy makeup. At the time that was the thing.
Layne Staley
A lot of power-pop comes out of LA, a lot of speed metal comes out of New York.
Layne Staley
Whatever dramas are going on in my life, I always find that place inside my head where I see myself as the cleanest, tallest, strongest, wisest person that I can be.
Layne Staley
There were a lot of drugs. We kinda just passed the time that way. For a couple of years we were all doin' anything we could get our hands on.
Layne Staley
I've always looked for the perfect life to step into. I've taken all the paths to get where I wanted. But no matter where I go, I still come home.
Layne Staley
I haven't read anything but regurgitated rumors. Nothing new, and nothing true.
Layne Staley
We survived a Slayer crowd every night for about 50 days and thought we could do about anything after that.
Layne Staley
Being me is no different than being most anyone else, I guess.
Music is the doorway that has led me to drawing, photography, and writing.