Mad Season guitarist Mike McCready announced yesterday that he is looking to find singers for the unreleased second Mad Season record. There are 12 unreleased instrumental recordings that were done by Mike McCready, Barrett Martin, and the late John Baker Saunders in the late 90’s (known as the Disinformation sessions but they could not get Layne Staley or Mark Lanegan to sing on it at the time.
Here are some people who I think would be worthy of singing on the album.
Mark Lanegan is an easy choice. He sang duets with Layne Staley on two Mad Season songs from Above (Long Gone Day and I’m Above) and has strong ties to the group, especially since drummer Barrett Martin is his ex-Screaming Trees bandmate. I think Lanegan should definitely sing at least a couple of songs on the album.
Soundgarden’s Chris Cornell is another great choice. He was the frontman for Temple of the Dog (which included Mike McCready) and it would be really interesting to hear what Chris would come up with.
One issue with Eddie Vedder singing on the album is, it would essentially become a Pearl Jam song featuring a different drummer and bassist. Vedder/McCready have written many songs together in Pearl Jam, but obviously Mad Season is in a different vein. But regardless, Eddie/Mike together is always gold so if this happens it’d obviously result in something great. It’s just that Mad Season has always seemed like Mike’s own project, his escape from Pearl Jam.
Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell would be a very interesting choice. Jerry’s vocal range is limited but he is great at singing ballads, it would be interesting to hear Cantrell possibly sing a duet with Chris Cornell. For the record there’s no way William DuVall should have anything to do with this. William is a nice guy and good singer, but it wouldn’t feel right for him to take Layne’s place in another band.
Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland would be a solid choice to sing on the song. I know Weiland and STP aren’t popular with everybody in the Seattle community, but Weiland is friends with Alice In Chains and has performed with AIC and Cantrell a handful of times. I think Scott could bring something different if he were to sing on a song.
I think it would be cool if there could somehow be some sort of small Layne Staley appearance on the album. May it be a spoken word opening/breakdown to a song taken from Layne talking at a live Alice In Chains/Mad Season show, or from a vocal take from one of his various projects as a added harmony/bit part to a song. Slim chance of this happening but it would be cool!