Posted: 3:57 pm Tuesday, June 28th, 2016

Layne’s swan song 

By Pete Rizzo

Layne Staley

Grunge was well on its way to becoming passe when one of the genre’s most distinctive bands played their last gig with their mysterious lead singer 20 years ago this month.

Alice in Chains played their last show with original lead singer Layne Staley on July 3, 1996 while touring with Kiss. Here’s a clip of them performing, sad but fittingly, “We Die Young”:

Though he would remain with the band for six more years, Staley never performed live with Alice in Chains again as his health steadily declined and he became increasingly reclusive until his death in 2002. But not before leaving behind an impressive catalog of songs.

This is an excellent version of has become one of my favorite Alice in Chains tunes.

How about you? What’s your favorite Alice in Chains tune?

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