Some previously unseen photos of the late Layne Staley of Alice In Chains have surfaced on eBay on an auction for Layne’s sunglasses, which sold for $1,800. The auction features a few photos of Layne as proof that they were his sunglasses, and the photos, according to the seller autographs99, are from Layne’s final ever public musical performance with the Second Coming. If this were indeed to be photos from Layne’s final ever performance (post summer 1996 AIC shows/Grammys 1997 appearance) these would be the first post February 1997 photos of Layne Staley to surface. Below are two of the other newly surfaced photos.
Now let’s try and figure out when the photos may have actually been taken.
Layne played a handful of shows with the Second Coming in fall 1994 and then another show with them in fall 1995.
Above is a photo of Layne performing with the band in fall 1994, looking nothing at all like he does in the newly surfaced photos. His hair here is vintage Layne, a bit shorter and slicked back. Layne’s performance with the band in fall 1995 was during the Tripod era of Alice In Chains, when he also had shorter hair, so the photos are unlikely to be from any of those performances.
The only time Layne sported a look like this at all was in spring 1994, but the only reported performance he did during that time period was a brief performance with Tool, and he had a ski mask on while performing. So it is a possibility that the photos are from this time period, but his hair looks longer (especially on the side) and his face is whiter in the newly surfaced photos.
Here is an enlarged version of one of the newly surfaced photos.
Sorry if I bored everybody with this article, I’m a die hard Layne fan and his reclusive years fascinate me. I have always wanted to see a picture of him from that time era, and also hear some of the rumored home solo recordings he made during this time.
If any readers have any insight as to when these photos may have been taken, let me know!