Staley performing with Alice in Chains in Boston in 1992
|Birth name||Layne Thomas Staley|
August 22, 1967|
Kirkland, Washington, United States
|Died||April 5, 2002
Seattle, Washington, United States
Alice in Chains
I found out through the Internet that I have AIDS. I learned that I was dead. Where else would I find these things?
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.
Drugs will have a huge effect on my work for the rest of my life, whether I'm using or not.
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.
Music is the career I'm lucky enough to get paid for, but I have other desires and passions.
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!
Andrew Wood's death changed things for a few weeks. I probably got even heavier into drugs after that.
We try to be real nice and friendly to people, but sometimes they take advantage of that.
There's no huge, deep message in any of the songs. We recorded a few months of being human.
We started this band as kids, and as time has gone on, we've grown and are learning to accommodate each others' differences.
My bad habits aren't my title. My strengths and my talent are my title.
I started out when I was about 12, playing drums. I started singing when I was about 15.
Drugs are not the way to the light. They won't lead to a fairy-tale life, they lead to suffering.
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.
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.
I don't think any drug that can cause brain damage, failing kidneys, hardening arteries, pain, and suffering should be made available.
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.
People have a right to ask questions and dig deep when you're hurting people and things around you.
There are lasting consequences for using drugs. I'll still be paying for my prior use.
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.
A lot of power-pop comes out of LA, a lot of speed metal comes out of New York.
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.
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.
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.
I haven't read anything but regurgitated rumors. Nothing new, and nothing true.
We survived a Slayer crowd every night for about 50 days and thought we could do about anything after that.