Posted in music | tour dates on May 14, 2013

Layne Staley

"The mother of deceased Alice in Chains lead singer Layne Staley has sued her son's former bandmates, claiming they cut her out of royalties owed on the band's hits.

Staley's mother Nancy McCallum contends the surviving members of Alice in Chains owe her half of the money due Staley - about 16 percent of the hard rock band's income. According to the lawsuit, the band has attempted to cut her out of any further payments. [seattlepi {via)]

The Staley-less Alice in Chains meanwhile are on the road and play the MMRBQ at Susquehanna Bank Center in Camden, NJ on Saturday (5/18) with Cheap Trick and fellow grunge representatives Soundgarden (who we just caught in Jersey earlier this month).

Later in the summer Alice in Chains join Jane's Addiction for a "Rockstar Energy" tour that hits CT, NJ and NY among other places. All of those dates are listed below...

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Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival tour dates

"The fourth annual Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival will include.... Alice In Chains, also with Jane's Addiction. These seminal alternative rock bands will be joined by Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. The Ernie Ball Festival Stage will host performances from Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market."
Fri 9-Aug Scranton, PA Toyota Pavilion at Montage Mountain
Sat 10-Aug Hartford, CT The Comcast Theatre
Sun 11-Aug Darien Center, NY Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Tue 13-Aug Saratoga, NY Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Wed 14-Aug Mansfield, MA Comcast Center
Fri 16-Aug Bristow, VA Jiffy Lube Live
Sat 17-Aug Holmdel, NJ PNC Bank Arts Center
Sun 18-Aug Wantagh, NY Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
Tue 20-Aug Toronto, ON Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Thu 22-Aug Tinley Park, IL First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Fri 23-Aug Noblesville, IN Klipsch Music Center
Sat 24-Aug Clarkston, MI DTE Energy Music Theater
Tue 27-Aug Oklahoma City, OK Zoo Amphitheater
Wed 28-Aug Dallas, TX Gexa Energy Pavilion
Thu 29-Aug The Woodlands, TX Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion *
Sat 31-Aug Albuquerque, NM Isleta Amphitheatre
Sun 1-Sept Denver, CO Fiddler's Green Amphitheatre
Mon 2-Sept Salt Lake City, UT USANA Amphitheatre
Sun 8-Sept Ridgefield, WA Sleep Country Amphitheater *
Wed 11-Sept San Francisco, CA Shoreline Amphitheatre
Fri 13-Sept Phoenix, AZ Desert Sky Pavilion
Sat 14-Sept Chula Vista, CA Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sun 15-Sept Irvine, CA Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
*Main Stage bands only

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Comments (19)

BVtrolls gonna have a blast with this one. Let's watch.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 11:05 AM

Mike Starr's family getting his 10% as well?

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 11:14 AM

Dr. Drew is suing on behalf of Mike Starr

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 11:31 AM

Nancy In Chains

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 8:31 PM

Neon (fucking) Christ.

Posted by Anonymous | May 14, 2013 11:20 PM

I loved Layne Staley.
I used to have a cat that I named after him.
Why can't he just rest in peace? :(

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2013 2:46 AM

Alice Cooper

Posted by Anonymous | May 15, 2013 11:39 PM

I hope she wins, fuck those bastards, you never EVER restart a bad after someone's death in the bands this proves Jerry's all about fucking money

Posted by Dale | May 21, 2013 12:23 AM

Or, you definitely restart the band because you shouldn't have the fruits of your creative labor and livelihood destroyed by a drug addict. Layne Staley ruined himself with heroin. So Jerry's supposed to let the name die with him because... what?You have to respect the sanctity of someone who cared more about getting high than his friends and the band? Hogwash. Good for them that they let Alice In Chains live. I loved Layne's voice too, and this version of the band might not sound quite as good, but no one can blame them for making a living. Welcome to the real world, 12:23.

Posted by Anonymous | May 30, 2013 4:34 PM

alice in chains went on just like ac/dc! yes it's a blow to the whole band, the world, when a front man falls, be it contract issues or death! but when they suffer the loss, pick up the pieces, and keep going forward? outside looking in , that is a TRUE band of musicians that pull it together for not just the band...but for the fans and give them credit for doing just that!! alice in chains sound strong and are back on track and I support and wish them with great success that they they all, as a band deserve!

Posted by robert epley | June 2, 2013 2:51 PM

If Jerry was half the genius he thought he was, then why didn't anyone give a shit about his solo career? And why does he STILL need a Layne stand-in to do the majority of the singing? Give me a fucking break. You hang it up out of respect for a FRIEND and a human being. Any real fan would be boycotting this shit.

Posted by Anonymous | June 2, 2013 4:19 PM

Jerry was the most talented musician/songwriter in AIC. Layne could barely play guitar and half the time Jerry wrote the lyrics for him to sing. Was Layne a better singer than Jerry, absolutley, but thats about it. Tripod in 1995 was practically a jerry cantrell solo album, he took over alot of lead vocals, b/c layne could barely show up. And Jerry always wrote 90% of the music. If anyone deserves blame, it's Layne. He destroyed the band, they couldnt even tour when they had number 1 records (early-mid 90s). He was a druggie, that cared about little else but getting high. It's sad, but he gets way too much credit.

Posted by AIC | June 3, 2013 12:54 PM

I smell a goldigger.

Posted by junkhead uhh | June 6, 2013 10:02 PM

What you all have to consider is that the BAND, Alice in Chains ALL signed contracts, did the inital tough time getting discovered, working thier asses off, etc. reaching fame. Layne, as well as Mike were parts of that time period. I knew Mike - even dated him. He was a narcissistic ass most of the time, but personality has NOTHING to do with it. Contracts spell out exactly what is supposed to happen and to say that Layne's mother is a "golddigger" is a HORRIBLE thing to say. She wants what her son's estate is entitled too. AIC today have NO right to keep what is legally and ethically his, and thus, hers. Trust me the record companies take ALL they are entitled to - whether its blood or cash! AIC, the entity is already owned by those that started it = pay up!!!

Posted by DebbieCalifornia | August 8, 2013 7:46 PM

Rockstar "Energy" tour ? More like rockmeh "Energy" tour.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2013 8:51 PM

I heard that in order for the rockstars to be selected. They went on a 3 year quest doing research, combing through interviews, and months worth of networking. Through all of this research, they discovered who eats the most hummus from this they concluded the best rockstars.

Posted by Anonymous | August 8, 2013 9:16 PM

I loved Layne's voice too, and this version of the band might not sound quite as good, thanks!

Posted by Imoveis sp | July 23, 2014 10:12 PM

such a tortured yet beautiful soul... it scares me to think of how rough he looked at the Unplugged gig and that he still lived another 6 years unable to create or perform music. what a tragedy.

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