This is ridiculous as is Staley's mom's lawsuit toward the current living band members. It's a disgrace for the fans who side with either one and not both. This isn't Guns n roses for crying out loud. The facts are simple: 1. Jerry Cantrell wrote nearly all the, 'music' back then and with these 2 new albums. 2. Staley was a fabulous frontman, but had a serious addiction which cost him his life way too early in life. 3. Cantrell and Staley were best friends and Alice in Chains not releasing albums in the late 90s to staley's death wasn't because of a band breakup, but because Layne Staley wasn't fit to perform AiC music. Sure he did Mad Season, but that was Alice style music. More public appearances would have been needed for Alice in chains music. 4. For me Alice in Chains were a nearly rock n roll hall of fame inductee and that push came up short to layne's overdose. Was his overdose Cantrell's fault? Was it Inez or Kinn's fault? Was it anyone's fault? No. That was on him. I'm not blaming him bc I know it's a disease. But we are talking music here. Not life. It wasn't Jerry's nor new singer/guitarist's fault. 6. If Staley were still alive and became sober do you not think he wouldnt be on stage with Jerry Cantrell? You're a fool if u think not. They had a love for one another as friends and as family. 6. The whole reason for Cantrell doing these new Alice albums is simple. He wants alice in chains to go down as they deserve to go down and that it rock royalty. If Alice in chains achieve and are hoisted up on rock's mantle do you not think Layne Staley's face and name will be plastered with the other band members? Of course it will. He was a great vocalist and will always be a part of the Alice family. Just remember his legacy and fame only go as far as Alice in chains go. I feel Jerry is doing everything possible to get this band in the hall of fame and that means staley getting in as well. In the end it's all Layne Staley had was Alice in chains. Jerry Cantrell will always be a top 100 guitarist. If he cared only for himself he'd continued solo or formed a new super band. But he cares for Alice in chains and that means Layne Staley too. Give it a rest. AC/DC did it and now Alice in chains are doing it. I love their old and new stuff. This wasn't a Beatles breakup, but a great band with a tragedy with Layne's death. Does that mean the rest can't try to seal the bands fate in history? When you are talking about the tone and sound of Alice in chains you are talking Cantrell and his guitar. We don't have any right making those claims. He does and he is. Leave it alone. He wrote not than half the lyrics and 98% of the
Music. He has every right and he doesn't have Ill intentions towards staley. He loves his former singer/band mate/friend. But idk where you get Alice wasn't popular?!?!?? Since 1999 their music from dirt, facelift, and the rest of their albums are main stream rock n roll as in playing all the time and even when they were recording those albums. I think you should consider writing about rap and their drama instead of creating some for metal bands.