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Concert review: Late lead singer Layne Staley's legacy lives on in grunge pioneers Alice In Chains

Published on Mar 7, 2014 12:32 PM
Alice in Chains bandmembers (from left) William DuVall, Sean Kinney, Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez. -- FILE PHOTO: LAMC  

Twelve years after he died of drug abuse, former Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley remained a presence in the band as they played their first gig in Singapore.

The initials of his name along with that of ex-bassist Mike Starr, who died in 2011, also of drug-related reasons, were emblazoned on the drum kit.

Moreover, much of the repertoire at Fort Canning Park on Thursday night were culled from their recorded works released from 1990 to 1995, when Staley fronted the band to international fame as one of the leading lights of the Seattle/grunge movement. During those years, he wrote and composed most of the songs with fellow founder Jerry Cantrell.

Their 90-minute set on the second night of the inaugural Singapore Rock Festival was, unsurprisingly, bookended by songs from the band's 1992 magnum opus Dirt, regarded by many as one of the finest rock records released in that decade.

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