Morello gave Staley “Spark” to play more guitar in AIC
While Jerry Cantrell did most of the guitar work in Alice in Chains, co-singer Layne Staley also stepped in on occasion, and in a conversation with Tom Morello for his Maximum Firepower podcast, Cantrell has revealed Morello’s impact on Staley’s guitar playing after their tour. together on Lollapalooza 1993.
Cantrell recalled, “I remember, on that tour, Layne really had a shine to you. He wanted to play more of the guitar, and he was a little intimidated because he didn’t play a lot of guitar, but he was really turned on by the way you played the guitar – I was a little hurt by that. [Laughs]”
The Alice in Chains singer-guitarist continued, “You gave him the spark to learn to play guitar and write more songs.”
While in Alice in Chains, Staley wrote and played guitar on tracks such as “Angry Chair”, “Hate to Feel” and “Head Creeps”.
This 1993 edition of Lollapalooza also included emerging artists such as Primus, Tool, Dinosaur Jr. Fishbone, Front 242, Babes in Toyland, and Arrested Development.
The friendship between Staley and the Rage Against the Machine guitarist continued over the years, with the couple eventually teaming up on a cover of “Another Brick in the Wall (Part 2)” by Pink Floyd as part of a supergroup dubbed Class of ’99 also included Jane’s Addiction drummer Stephen Perkins, Porno for Pyros bassist Martyn LeNoble and Matchbox Twenty keyboardist Matt Serletic. The song was eventually used for the soundtrack of the 1998 film. Faculty.
Although Staley’s death in 2002 ended the first era of Alice in Chains, the group has since enjoyed a successful second act with William DuVall joining their formation. Cantrell is currently taking a break in the band’s schedule to release and promote their new solo album. Enlighten. You can hear more discussion with Morello in the player below.