Layne Staley‘s performance with TOOL in 1993 has some interesting stories and emotional memory. This footage is one of the best memories of Layne from the first Big Mele festival in Oahu.
Layne Staley was the pioneer of the grunge trend in Seattle in the 1980s. He gained great popularity with the ALICE IN CHAINS, in the early 90s. However, Staley’s drug addiction prevented him from performing during his most popular years, and he passed away in 2002. We will share one of the beautiful memories left behind with you.
The members of ALICE IN CHAINS and TOOL met on their Lollapalooza tour in 1993. They spent a lot of time together on Lollapalooza tour in 19393 and they became best friends. Layne was going to the set of TOOL whenever available and trying to practice with Maynard James Keenan while spending time together. They even joke about Layne and Tom Morell. It was about the RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE or ALICE IN CHAINS is “more metal”.
TOOL – ‘Opiate’ performance with Layne Staley in Oahu, Hawaii in 1993
TOOL went to Oahu with STONE TEMPLE PILOTS, PRIMUS and VIOLENT FEMMES after the Lollapalooza festival. But there was another surprise guest: Layne Staley. It is still a mystery why Layne was in Hawaii, but his sincerity with the members of the TOOL band and the lack of a concert schedule helped to this.
Undoubtedly one thing, Layne Staley wanted to sing TOOL‘s “Opiate” at the concert, and his close friend Maynard also gave him permission. Unfortunately, the video recording of the performance is not very high quality, but TOOL and Layne’s “Opiate” performance is really amazing.
Also, once again, with the song “Opiate”, TOOL would perform in Washington with Layne. Following Staley’s death in 2002, Maynard would join the members of ALICE IN CHAINS for a benefit show in 2005 to raise funds for the victims of the devastating tsunami. A surprise guest at the show, Maynard would perform “Man in the Box” and “Them Bones”