Alice in Chains: The Untold Story by David de SolaAlice in Chains were among the loudest voices out of Seattle. They were iconic pioneers who mixed grunge and metal in ways that continue to influence todays artists, and theirs is a story of hard work, self-destruction, rising from the ashes, and carrying on a lasting legacy.
Four years after their first meeting at a warehouse under Seattles Ballard Bridge, Alice in Chains became the first of grunges big four - ahead of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden - to get a gold record and achieve national recognition. With the charismatic Layne Staley behind the microphone, they became one of the most influential and successful bands to come out of the Seattle music scene. But as the band got bigger, so did their problems.
Acclaimed journalist David de Sola delves beneath the secrecy, gossip, and rumor surrounding the band to tell their full story for the first time. Based on a wealth of interviews with people who have direct knowledge of the band, many speaking on the record for the very first time, de Sola explores how drugs nearly destroyed them and claimed the lives of Staley and founding bassist Mike Starr, follows Jerry Cantrells solo career and Mike Starrs life after being fired from the band, and chronicles the bands resurrection with new lead singer William DuVall.
From their anonymous struggles to topping the charts with hits like Would?, Man in the Box, and Rooster, Alice in Chains reveals the members of the band not as caricatures of rock stars but as brilliant, nuanced, and flawed human beings whose years of hard work led to the seemingly overnight success that changed the music scene forever.
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Mike Starr, legendary Alice in Chains bass player, found dead
Layne Staley, the lead singer of the pioneering grunge band Alice in Chains, was found dead on Friday at his home in Seattle. He was 34 years old. Alice in Chains was one of the first grunge bands to gain national attention. Beginning with its EP, ''We Die Young,'' the group sang bleak visions of death, addiction and despair, set to grinding minor-key guitar riffs. Most of the band's material was written by its guitarist, Jerry Cantrell, though Mr. Staley wrote lyrics for many of its songs, including the band's first hit, ''Man in the Box,'' with the chorus: ''Feed my eyes, can you sew them shut?
Mike Starr, the former Alice in Chains bass player who went public with his drug problems on a reality TV show, has been found dead nine years after the band's singer died of an overdose. The body of the year-old Starr was discovered on Tuesday in a house in Salt Lake City according to police. Starr left Alice in Chains shortly after the release of their breakthrough album Dirt and before they went on to enjoy greater success during the heyday of Seattle grunge. But the band was rocked in by the death of singer Layne Staley, whose body was found in a Seattle apartment. The remaining members resurrected the group with relative success in recent years, although Starr had largely disappeared by this time.
The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal elements.
William Bradley DuVall  born September 6,  is an American musician, best known as the current co-lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist for the rock band Alice in Chains. DuVall is also co-founder, lead singer, guitarist and lyricist for Comes with the Fall. In his long musical career, DuVall has played a role in many bands playing in a variety of genres , an example being the influential punk rock group Neon Christ. DuVall's music career started in the early s Atlanta hardcore punk scene. He first performed with Awareness Void of Chaos.