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Taproot Speak About Ill-Fated Collaboration With Late Alice In Chains Singer Layne Staley


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The newly released Alice In Chains book ‘Alice In Chains: The Untold Story‘ has been digging up some forgotten AIC facts, including a failed collaboration with Taproot.  Just prior to his passing from an overdose, Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley was set to record vocals for a Taproot song that was written for their 2002 album, “Welcome“. While that never came to be, the bands then drummer Jarrod Montague recently commented on it:

“The new Alice in Chains book mentions how Layne Staley was set to record vocals to a song Taproot was going to put on our album “Welcome” right before he passed away. We never talked about this much because it didn’t seem appropriate.

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We had a “spacey-sounding” track which we didn’t have vocals for, but our producer Toby Wright, who had made several AIC records, liked it and passed it along to Layne for vocals. We called it “Kevin Spacey.”

When he passed, Layne‘s mom told Toby that this demo was in his CD player. Very sad ending to a very talented individual’s life.”

Alternativenation.net dug up some live footage of that song, which was apparently never finished:

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