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Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley: 10 Great Performances

Follow the late frontman from his high-school cover-band days to his grunge-era glory years

Original Alice in Chains frontman Layne Staley passed away 15 years ago today, his demise sadly coming as no great surprise to those who knew him or had followed his career. Even at the peak of the influential Seattle hard-rock band’s career, Staley had made no secret of his dalliances with heroin, and he’d completely dropped off the radar following the band’s brief 1998 reunion to cut a pair of songs for their Music Bank box set.

But while it’s impossible to fully separate the man’s art from his addiction, the fact remains that Staley was a massively talented and charismatic singer, one whose intense performances are still capable of raising the hairs on the back of your neck more than two decades after the fact. So rather than dwell on the unfortunate circumstances of his death, let’s enjoy these 10 amazing live highlights from his incredible but all-too-brief career.

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