Mark Lanegan On Layne Staley's Death: 'I Always Hoped It Wouldn't Happen'
Despite his reclusive nature over the last few years, Alice in Chains singer Layne Staley left a trail of musicians and friends behind when his death was discovered on Friday (April 19)
One such friend was ex-Screaming Trees vocalist Mark Lanegan, who has been friends with Staley for over 10 years and worked with the musician on the mid-'90s Mad Season side-project with Trees drummer Barrett Martin and Pearl Jam's Mike McCready.
"He made me be not such a pussy when it came to singing
because I would see him get up night after night blowing the fucking walls
out of a place no matter what was going on with him," Lanegan told
allstar exclusively on Monday (April 22) afternoon, on the phone from
L.A. "He was a
Lanegan, who is currently working with Queens of the Stone
Age, reports that he and Staley hadn't spoken as often as they had in
the past. "He didn't speak to anybody as of late," says Lanegan.
"It's been a few months since I talked to him. But for us to not
talk for a few months is par
When Lanegan and Staley did speak, however, there was talk
of doing some work together in the future. Unfortunately, that never came
As for the many rumors that have surrounded Staley and his well-documented drug use over the years -- such as him losing an arm due to damage from heroin addiction -- Lanegan had come to expect it. "With the circle of friends that he and I both had that shit was par for the course," he says.
But most of all, Lanegan says he has lost one of his
best friends, which in the end, is what hurts most. "Personally for
me, he was just a fucking great guy," he says. "He was like
a brother to me and I couldn't be more sad. I always hoped that it wouldn't