Alice In Chains were joined onstage last week by Phil Staley, father of the band's late lead vocalist Layne Staley, during their set at Fox Fest in Burnaby, British Columbia. According to Loudwire, the group invited the senior Staley to the stage before playing the song "Nutshell" in honor of Layne, who died in 2002, and original bassist Mike Starr, who passed away in 2011.
Alice In Chains' official blogger Baldy wrote about the experience online, saying, "Layne's dad Phil came to the show with us today, and he got a great response when Jerry introduced him to the crowd before the band played 'Nutshell,' which was cool. All in all it was just one of those days where everything lined up perfectly."
Layne Staley died on April 5th, 2002 -- eight years to the day that Nirvana's Kurt Cobain killed himself -- after a long, lonely struggle with drug addiction that effectively derailed Alice In Chains' career.
But guitarist Jerry Cantrell told us a while back that there was more to his friend and bandmate than his association with drugs: "It's unfortunate that that seems to be the only headline that gets equated with him, because there was so much more to him than that. Not taking away the fact of the reality of what that is, and how it ended, everybody knows that too. But there's a whole lot more to the story."
After being on hiatus for a decade, Alice In Chains re-emerged in 2006 and released its fourth album, Black Gives Way To Blue, in 2009. It marked the recording debut with the group of singer/guitarist William DuVall.
The band's new effort, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, debuted at Number Two on the Billboard album chart last month, selling 61,000 copies in its first week of release. The disc was the band's fifth Top 10 debut.
Alice In Chains will co-headline the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival with Jane's Addiction this summer, kicking off on August 9th in Scranton, Pennsylvania.