Updated the story on Wednesday afternoon:
Yesterday in the comments section of my article about some possible late 90’s photos of Layne Staley surfacing, people were discussing another photo of Layne that surfaced about a year ago that also might be from the late 90’s/early 2000’s. I have now been able to confirm that this is the first ever photo of Layne to surface from his reclusive years (and at this point the final ever photo of Layne available to the public), and the earliest it could have been taken was September 1998. The photos indicate that it was taken on a Halloween sometime between 1998 and 2001.
Here is the proof from Jrock73:
The guy with the red flannel is Jimmy Shoaf (drum tech for many Seattle bands in he early 90′s). I’m also inclined to think this is late 90′s because yes, of course Layne looks much more frail and pale. But also, Jimmy Shoaf looks older than he did in the early 90′s.
Here’s another clue: the shirt Layne is wearing is “Metal Gear Solid” (video game) although the shirt is printed upside down:
Many published stories talk about Layne’s love for video playing video games, especially during his reclusive years. I think this game was released with a special t shirt promo around Sept 1998. So this pic couldn’t be any earlier than 1998.
Not sure who the other guy (in Clockwork Orange costume) is..
Whatever the conclusion is in regards to the actual year/ date of this photo. One thing is certain, that is absolutely, positively Layne Staley.