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Taproot Stream B-Side Track “Kevin Spacey”, Which Was Originally Set To Feature Layne Staley Of Alice In Chains


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Taproot have released a stream of their rare b-side track “Kevin Spacey“—a song originally written for the band’s 2012 album, “Welcome“. The group had planned to have late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley guest on the song, though he passed prior to laying down his parts. Former Taproot drummer Jarrod Montague commented of the track back in 2015:

“…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.

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.”

It will now officially see the light of day as part of Taproot‘s upcoming 8-disc b-sides and rarities set, “Besides“. Pre-orders and details for that set can be found here.

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