Retro Rewind: Alice in Chains talk music, Van Halen…and goats.
By David Ciminelli
*To celebrate the 30th anniversary of Alice in Chains’ Facelift, which was released in August 1990, here’s a reprint of an interview that I did in October 1991 with Layne Staley and Michael Starr…
Walking into Alice in Chains’ tour bus feels a bit like entering into a scene from This is Spinal Tap.
A half-conscious groupie grabs her purse and combat boots and politely excuses herself as she exits.
A few quiet moments pass before two members of the band enter the alcove at the rear of the bus.
Looking a bit dazed and confused, the pair make themselves comfortable as they stretch out on the only two cots in the room.
From their appearance, one can guess that they’ve slept in the very clothes they’re wearing. Incidentally, this is the same attire they will wear tonight when they perform before 15,000 fans in Buffalo Memorial Auditorium.
For being members of one of America’s premiere hardcore-alternative bands, the pair look rather tame. Bassist Michael Starr is donned in standard thrash metal fashion: t-shirt, shorts, and combat boots. Frontman Layne Staley is shoeless and dressed in ripped jeans, t-shirt, and has his head wrapped in a bandana and his beard spun into a braid.