Yesterday when I posted the new Scott Weiland 1990-2012 photo timeline I made in commemoration of Weiland’s 45th birthday, I mentioned a Layne Staley one I posted on April 5, 2010 on to commemorate the 8th anniversary of his passing. People asked me if I could repost it, so here it is. I made a slight modification to it, adding in the October 31, 1998 photo of Layne backstage at a Jerry Cantrell show that surfaced on earlier this year. The photo timeline covers the entirety of Staley’s recording career, from the Facelift days in 1990 all the way up until Staley’s final recording sessions in late 1998 (Get Born Again/Died with Alice In Chains and Another Brick In The Wall with Class of 99).  You can click on it to enlarge it.  I am considering doing photo timelines of Chris Cornell and Eddie Vedder sometime around Christmas when news is slow.

Another Layne note, this photo has been in circulation for a long time but nobody has able been able to definitively confirm when it was taken.  The only date I’ve heard is New Years 1997 (December 31, 1996/January 1, 1997) but I’ve never gotten official confirmation.  So try and identify the other guys in the photo and contact them to figure it out!

  • MacKeena

    Thanks for this Brett!

    I wish there were a release of an official book about his life (like there are about Kurt Cobain) or a documentary film or unreleased demos or something…

    I still believe there something more about Layne to know.

    The less the band can do is to release a book about his life.

  • Russ

    ^ Great idea for a book on him.

  • Creep

    Layne. I miss you. Your amazing Vocals, interesting style, your frog leg pose, and your goofiness.

  • moltas granola

    such a fantastic vocalist and lyricist. pure talent and soulful expression. i don’t mind the band doing it’s new thing with will, it’s just not the same without layne. best thing they could do to celebrate layne is to release what unreleased material there is feauturing layne. loads of demos that are just gathering dust. why there hasn’t been made a single documentary about this mans life and ordeals i just can’t understand. same thing with a official book. i wish someone would keep his legacy going, see the hendrix family for example. released tons of fantastic cd’s and dvd’s with awesome music that the fans can enjoy and cherish. that’s keeping the legacy going. not getting a new singer to karaoke old songs. i know they’ve made new songs as well, but it’s no way near the same without layne. without layne the magic was lost.

  • Shadow on the Sun

    This is a bit tougher to look at. The 1st pic of 1992 he looks so healthy. Damn those needles, too bad no one could save him from himself

  • Alternadude

    Fucking drugs killed our decade of music.

  • bon3z

    so that’s a wig on 98 photo? Also not all the best musicians were killed by drugs (Jeff Buckley)

  • RödeOrm

    If the band were to release a book about his life, everyone would say theyre making money of him and call them respectless, its hard to do anything in the grunge world without being called stuff.

  • jjc19461

    @bon3z Or Mr. Scotty Weiland. Its really a shame that Jeff Buckley died that way by drowning.

  • red

    Nancy doesn’t want anything out; she has all this stuff-photos,poems,etc and all she wants to do is lock them away. The only books about him are written by that Rubio bitch. Aic/Layne have always been under the radar with the music industry and the public; they/he just aren’t viewed the same way Kurt is-unfortunately….They/he certainly should though. But you have to also figure that if AIC wanted to do something for Layne or even Mike for that matter, they would-but they don’t.

  • Raj

    Very cool, Layne Staley was an awesome singer. He and Jerry created great awesome music in Alice in Chains. Can’t wait for the next AIC album.

  • Robert

    Very cool

  • Luke


    AIC do want to do something for Layne and Mike by letting their legacy speak for itself, instead of whoreing out their names to every holywood film and media scumbag just to be reconized, let these great musicians rest in peace. No one should be trying to make a buck off of these guys including AIC. you think Kurt would be happy about being put on a pedestal and his name being branded and used for the very things he hated?

  • imzetkaa

    thanks brett, i was waiting for it ;) well done

  • Philip

    It’s just frightening how terrible he looked at the end. In contrast to the 1992 slicked-back blonde hair “Would?” video look he going then. And that unknown photo of him at the bottom, been just devastated by smack. A soul as strong as his, he’ll be reborn into someone else, somewhere else, with that talent carried over…

  • Maverick785

    Sad to see his downward spiral over the years. He looks like the quintessential frontman in those pictures from 1992.

  • nick

    that last pic he’s frail as shit the one with the guys.. thats def 2000 or later

  • Chris

    I wonder if the hat worn in the photo with the ‘1994’ under it is the same hat worn in the larger picture at the bottom?

    Looks like it. What was that 1994 photo from?

  • dakotablue

    Layne is a beautiful soul inside and out.
    We miss him and his fantastic voice, lyrics and kindness.
    The devil smack may think he won on this one, but NO. Layne has touched and still touches many, many people with his talent and goodness!

    Layne Staley Lives Within

  • RG

    The big picture shows Staley with the pink hair and earrings, same as the `96 photo

  • Jenna

    That first picture of him he just looks like a young naive kid. Then jump 6 years later, the picture of him with pink hair you still see that vulnerability in his face. Its heartbreaking because It could be anyone’s child.

  • http://google george

    there is a last photo i found of layne

  • http://google george here is a new photo of layne from 99 think

  • allie

    can you imagine? some people state they have seen layne riding a bike or walking in costumes. wigs clothes etc. one a homeless man, yet another a younger man on a bike. hmmm. very strange we dont hear from tanya at this point since she had all the hidden things. i remember especially the witchcraft clues and zings from her site. i also copied every word she wrote there. they are saved. didnt you suggest at one point that layne faked his own death? if so why? revenge? yet again fooling? where was that ceremony wiccan that u spoke of? yes layne and mike may have had some fun foolin around with the darkside but why you put it out then removed it? SCARED? the inverted cross on laynes forehead meant nothing. angry is all. i have all i need. dont play games with your stupid ass witchcraft lies as lame as they are. warning. anyone else reading this forgive my way. i am speaking to another. we are sick of all those lies. cast your last spell bitch! its halloween soon. boo! scurry away rat.

    • http://N/A LiquidG-man

      @allie what the hell are u talking about Layne was never into witchcraft nor was he a pagan Layne and his family is very catholic/christian he never had a inverted cross on his forehead either , i’m not one to diss people with mental illnesses cause i have alot wrong me adhd, depression, anxiety, and social phobias, and addiction issues but you really have too stop believing conspiracy theorys especially with no evidence

  • lucy

    nice picture…Layne I miss you ….:(

  • Hebert

    this is GREAT!

  • Mister V

    Please note the mistakes in this picture :

    The last 1994 photo (the one on the right) is from 1995.
    The last 1995 photo (the one on the right) is from 1993.
    The first photo (top left from 1990) is from 1989.
    The creator of this timeline could have replaced the faulty photos.
    This can lead to confusion.People will think that he looked better than he did in 1996 or they will think he looked bad in 1994(which is not true). Also, the creator of this could have put photos from around the recording of Dirt in 1992 in which Layne was skinnier then in 1996. This makes 1992 looks like a healthy year while it was actually the year where Layne was almost destroyed by heroin.
    At least check your information and make a decent photo before posting

  • Em

    Mister V – do you know when the last additional photo is from?

  • Mister V

    Em- Sure, the last additional photo is from 1996(I didn’t even notice this one). It’s been public for a long time. Now we have that new photo from the 1998 recording sessions. Maybe more will appear.

  • anthony magda

    As a close and personal friend of both layne and demri I find it both frustrating and irresponsable for people to publish photo’s without knowing anything about the time, place, and people (besides layne) in the photo(s).
    I met layne through demri in 1995 on capitol hill, we were all strugling with heroin addiction, when demri said, “my boyfriend is kind of famous, so don’t fawn over him, just treat him like you do me”. I took this to heart, he picked us up in a cab, and right from the start he was like a brother to me, for a couple of reasons, niether ofwhich had ANYTHING TO DO WITH DRUGS. First I acted like I did’nt care who he was, as in a rockstar. Second I respected he and demri’s privacy (the only reason I’am doing this is to dispell this myth about him being less then human do to his addiction) and for this he loved me. I could not keep up with he and demri when it came to drug use, I would have died had layne not suggested that he help mme enroll in the mmt @ THS on capitol hill. THIS IS WHY I LOVE LAYNE, and why I get so mad when people say he was pro-drugs, he was, for himself, he had a great grasp of the disease of addiction, and knew it would kill US, so he and demri called and set up my intake, AND PAID FOR A YEAR OF TREATMENT, TO THE TUNE OF NEARLY $4000.oo dollars, and I was his main H connect at the time, so he was hurting his own situation trying to help ME, not what I call pro-drug. The man had a huge heart. He and demri really cared about me, he a famous rockstar, and she, his beautiful girlfriend, who by this time had contracted endocarditis, and had to have open heart surgery to replace a heart valve, I should have been the last thing they worried about, but they did.
    I did’nt see he or demri until her funeral, and I can say with 100% certinty that when demri passed he was a dead man walking, he gave up, and spent the next six years commiting suicide. Yet he was still happy to see me clean, and happy.
    The last time I saw layne was in the u district, near his condo, my new wife and myself were walkin up 45th and a killer looking firebird pulled up with a very skinny and disheveled guy behind the wheel, and it was layne, they say he weighed 80lbs, that is an exageration, he probably weighed a whole 100lbs, I know because the fucker got out and hugged me and my new wife. She is a huge AIC/Mad Season fan, and did not know who he was until he dropped us off downtown, and as he drove off I told her, that was layne, to which she said, “oh my god, he looks like he is dying”, to which I said, “honey he has been for three years, and will be soon unless. I think we should all quit speaking of layne unless we remember him for the loving, gentle yet tourtured soul he was, he and demri are together and not in pain anymore. I choose to think of them in that context, not a rockstar and his beautiful girlfriend dying like a couple of street junkies, I LOVE AND MISS YOU SO MUCH LAYNEE AND D, as I called them, I feel you around me all the time, and I KNOW YOU HELP ME STAY SOBER, you guys saved, and continue to save my life, and for that I’am eternally greatful…. so to all you hack journalist (yes you mr. Rolling stone dick) and internet trolls, speak of them with love and respect, or don’t speak at all. GUYS I MISS YOU BOTH MORE THEN EVER, and layne I will hit demri for you, we just need to be patient bro… only THEY AND I KNOW WHAT I’AM SPEAKING OF, IT IS AN INSIDE THING… love anthony (ant to you two)

  • Ncb

    My father introduced me to AIC and my friend to Mad Season. I love the music of both and I have never related to any singular bands music more than AIC (though Bob Dylan ties).
    I am 15 and was born in 1997, so I am just old enough to remember my father playing AIC in his truck when I was a little boy, and just old enough to remember Layne’s death. He was one of the best singers and lyricists of all time.
    Wherever you are Layne, thankYOU for everything you created, you helped me become who i am, I miss you.

  • VS

    hi, just wondering, have any newer pictures of Layne surfaced in recent history? Listening to Unplugged now

  • Seola

    The last known photo in existence was taken by Layne’s mother, Valentine’s Day 2002, just over a month before he died. He had emerged from his reclusive hideout to hold his new nephew. She has never released this, but I hope someday she does. This photo timeline surely shows his demise from drugs. It’s expected he started using sometime in early 92 when his drug-addicted dad sought him out after 15 years of no contact, and then started Layne on getting high. Great parent, huh? I’m not even so sure on the mother at this point – if this photo she claims to have is mere weeks before his death, he was 87lbs when he died, he had to be under 100lbs, yet he was over 6 feet tall. He couldn’t have been more than a skeleton. Why not have him involuntarily committed either psychiatric or physically? She hadn’t heard from him (despite claiming to be extremely close to him) for weeks. It was his accountant who sent the alarm bells going up – that accountant watched Layne’s accounts more carefully for him than his own mother or family did of him. I get he was a recluse, but he was obviously having some contact with people – he was known to frequent a bar and he had a dealer.