Formed in 1987 in Seattle, Washington, USA, by Layne Staley (22 August 1967, Kirkland, Washington, USA, d. April 2002, Seattle, Washington, USA; vocals) and Jerry Cantrell (b. 18 March 1966, Tacoma, Washington, USA; vocals, guitar) with Mike Starr (bass) and Sean Kinney (b. 27 June 1966, Seattle, Washington, USA; drums), Alice In Chains developed a sound that mixed Black Sabbath -style riffing with Staley and Cantrells unconventional vocal arrangements and strong songwriting. Cantrell had drifted from his home in Tacoma to Seattle, homing in on a musicians collective entitled the Music Bank. He brought in the rhythm section of Kinney and Starr, before Staley was recruited from a local funk metal act. After dispensing with their early moniker, Fuck, they became Alice In Chains, a name invented by Staley for a parody heavy metal band that dressed in drag.
The band won a major recording contract despite some...
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