Robert Downey Jr. Reveals Emotional Layne Staley Secret


Robert Downey Jr. revealed that Layne Staley and Mike Starr would be ‘proud’ of Alice In Chains carrying on and continuing their legacy in a newly filmed video for AIC’s MoPOP show on Tuesday night. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“Jerry, come on. Sean, Mike, William, Alice In Chains. It’s the one band everyone can still agree upon. How did you do it? 33 years later, I’ll tell you. Unadulterated, iconic, understatement, superstars who never sold out.

That’s the trifecta. Dark, luxurious harmonies, lyrics that make you think and feel. It’s the SEM baby: seriously elevated musicianship. I cannot wait to see and hear what you do next. I congratulate you, and and all, past and present.

Layne and Mike would be so proud of this legacy. Your profound contribution, in my opinion you have saved the planet from mediocrity. Like, oh my god, that would be a great superhero villain: Medicritist. You are forever vanquished forevermore, in the name of AIC.”

Robert Downey Jr. has deep ties to the Grunge movement, even going to jail at the same facility as late Stone Temple Pilots singer Scott Weiland in 1999. Soundgarden recorded “Live to Rise” for the Robert Downey Jr. starring film ‘The Avengers’ in 2012. At the time, it was Soundgarden’s first new song in 16 years.