Then he'd come up to you, and you'd be like, ' Oh, wow, a frog.' Then he'd turn it around, andall its guts would be hanging out." Needless to say, nobody's too hungry when the food finally arrives.After dinner, Cantrell, Kinney and Inez return with Staley to his house, where they stay up until 5 in the morning, smoking pot and playing video games.Grinning widely, he slams his open-top vehicle into reverse and glances over his shoulder just in time to see a Whiffle ball descend in an arc toward him.Staley shifts his bony hips, reaches his left arm out and catches the sphere in a scoop that resembles a cross between a squash racket and a jai alai cesta.Alice in Chains may never make the Whirly Ball all-star squad, but they've managed to hang together, sometimes just barely, through almost nine years of hardship and continuing struggle.Starting out as a fledgling glam-metal outfit, Alice in Chains' sudden move toward grunge after one album and one EP earned the derision of Seattle scenesters, some of whole dubbed the band Kindergarten, due to their sonic similarity to Soundgarden.We were like four plants trying to grow in the same pot."Things got worse when Staley, who, according to Kinney, had just returned from drug rehab, came to practice high.
"At first I was dumbfounded," Staley recalls, mumbling like someone awakened by a late-night phone call."They've survived drug addiction and personal tragedy, but Alice in Chains are having a hard time living with themselves".JON WIEDERHORN : the steering wheel hard to the right and stomping his foot on the gas, Alice in Chains' lead singer, Layne Staley, accelerates full speed into the back of a stopped car.Their camaraderie has helped the band mates endure the hardships of substance abuse and personal tragedy. In the summer of 1994, the day before the start of a tour with Metallica, Alice nearly reached the end of their chain.
At the time, Staley was in the throes of heroin addiction, and Kinney was struggling with the bottle.
Considering how dark their music is, you'd expect the members of Alice in Chains to brood offstage as well as on.