Mike Starr, Alice In Chains’ original bassist, died one year ago today. I still remember that day, a buddy texted me and I thought he was messing with me, and I checked online and was just in shock. Anybody who has been going on this site for the last few years knows Mike was a big topic on here and everybody on here was pulling for him. His battle to get clean was well documented on Celebrity Rehab and Sober House and I covered him every step of the way. His talk with Nancy on Celebrity Rehab was just gut wrenching, and after all of that pain it was great to see Mike get his life together in 2010. He had started playing music again, sounding as good as he ever had. Mike then relapsed sometime in late 2010/early 2011 and was arrested about a month before he died. Mike had been through arrests and relapses before so I thought he would keep going especially since he had made it into his 40’s, so when he died it hit me hard. Like Nancy had said to Mike, I really wanted to see him make it to honor Layne’s memory.
Mike wasn’t a perfect guy, he had his flaws but from what I could tell on Celebrity Rehab/Sober House/his interviews over the last few years, the guy had an incredibly big heart. It just really sucks that half of the original members of Alice In Chains are gone. It would be nice to be able to go see the real Alice In Chains play together today, but life isn’t perfect. Rest in peace Mike and Layne, I’ll NEVER stop cranking Dirt and I don’t think anyone ever will. Your contributions to music will never be forgotten.