Alice In Chains


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Layne Staley
Born on August 22, 1967 in Bellevue, WA
Vocalist, guitarist
Raised with 2 sisters in a middle-class family
At age 5 he joined a pre-school rythem group
His parents got divorced when he was 7
Started playing drums when he was 12
Stopped playing drums and took up vocals in high school
Met Jerry Cantrell at a party in 1987
Was in side band Mad Season
Jerry Cantrell
Born on March 18th, 1966 in Tacoma, WA
Guitarist, vocalist
His dad came back from Vietnam when Jerry was 3, this was thier first time to meet.
Later wrote the song rooster about his dad's experiences in Vietnam, his dad would later appear in the video and tour with them.
His mom was an organist and melodica player
Parents got divorced when Jerry was 7
First played guitar in 6th grade
Got his first electric guitar when he was 17
Lives about 40 miles outside of Seattle on a kick ass 20 acres of land
"My dad was trained to be a fucking killer. After that you can't just come home one day and say, 'OK, Everything's cool. I'm going to work 9 to 5 now.' That shit scars you forever. We had a lot of problems and occurances about that." -Cantrell, about his parents divorce.
"Jerry's a very complex person. He's very guarded of himself and especially of those whom he cares about. It's very hard because he has so many different sides to him, and it just depends on what side you get in the morning. I never, ever thought he would be as big as he is today. I thought he would be working for safeway or at a video place or something" -Cheri Cantrell, his sister
"He's a lot like me. There's always something going on in his head. In terms of mood swings we're both like a VU meter, bouncing back and forth between being really happy and and being an asshole and being really into something or not." -Lars Ulrich

Mike Inez
Born on May 14, 1966 in San Fernando, CA
Started out playing guitar
His main interest is scuba diving
Played with Ozzy Osbourne as his bassist on a tour

Sean Kinney
Born on May 27, 1966 in Seattle, WA
He started on drums when he was 3 years old
He got his very first kit when he was 5
Played in his grandpa's band when he was 9