Layne Staley -- vocals
Jerry Cantrell -- guitar
Mike Inez -- bass
Sean Kinney -- drums
Here is a brief look at how the band has progressed over the years:
AIC forms in Seattle.
After being pursued by several record companies, the band signs with Columbia, after learning Mitch Miller was no longer head of A&R.
Columbia releases the band's first EP, We Die Young.
AICs' debut album, Facelift, is released. "We Die Young" becomes a Top 5 metal hit.
First U.S. tour date at the Marquee Club in Westminster, CA. An overflow crowd of 20 elbows its way in.
Band sells out New York's Cat Club for Halloween.
AIC tours with Iggy Pop, introduces songs "Dirt" and "Rooster" to audiences, who don't give a flying f**k.
The band sells out the Moore Theater in Seattle. The concert was filmed by acclaimed director Josh Taft, and later becomes Live Facelift, the band's home video release.
Nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite Heavy Metal Artist. They lose.
AIC films movie debut, playing part of a sleazy bar band in Cameron Crowe's film, Singles. They perform the song "Would?". Oscar buzz begins on the set.
"Man In The Box" is released, and makes an interminable 26-week climb into the Top 20. Video plays on MTV for 16 weeks.
Band tours Europe with Megadeth. They're nominated for a Grammy for Best Heavy Metal Performance. They lose again.
"Clash Of The Titans" Tour with Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth commences. Band debuts the song "Would?" at Starplex in Dallas -- the crowd responds by tearing up the Grassy Knoll.
The famed "Combo-pack," pairing the Facelift album with the Live Facelift home video, is released. The album charts for the first time, nine months after its release.
1991 through JANUARY 1992
Band tours with Van Halen. Eddie thinks the band needs some wardrobe tips and buys everyone new Doc Martens and plaid shirts (including some for himself).
AIC make their national network television debut on ABC-TV's "In Concert" Show. They steal the show.
Jerry Cantrell blows his chance for rock immortality when, while skydiving with Megadeth's Dave Mustaine, his parachute opens, and he lands safely.
Facelift is certified gold.
AIC records SAP, their second EP. The album title comes from a dream Sean Kinney had in which, at a press conference, he announces the band's new album is titled "SAP". The band decides not to mess with fate.
While hunting in the woods with his brother, Jerry Cantrell believes November has 31 days - he misses December 1st concert with Van Halen. Columbia buys him a pocket calculator for Christmas.
AIC is voted Best New Band in readers' polls in RIP Magazine and Guitar For the Practicing Musician.
AIC plays congenial hosts to the nation as they take "Entertainment Tonight" on a visual tour of the Seattle music scene - pool halls, rock clubs, and other revered dens of decadence.
Recording begins on the new album Dirt, with Dave Jerden and the band decides to co-produce. They record through June.
Sean Kinney redecorates his apartment by throwing his coffee table out the window.
"Would?" becomes AICs' biggest hit to-date, setting the stage for Dirt.
Dirt is released. Written entirely by the band, Dirt paves a grim descent into a fine and private hell. Clearly, AIC is on a collision course with some dark destiny.
Layne runs over himself while popping a wheelie with his 4-wheel ATV - breaks his foot but not his spirit. Undaunted, he completes Ozzy Osbourne tour in wheelchair and on crutches, never missing a date.
The band performs at two massive festivals in South America. Mike Starr reaches the top of the mountain, then retires. Bassist Mike Inez joins, causing music world to engage in "Bewitched"-style debate: who was the better, Darren?
European headline club tour gets underway. Several European countries dissolve into civil war, a coincidence?
AIC returns to U.S. to record songs "A Little Bitter" and "What The Hell Have I" for the soundtrack to Last Action Hero. The band predicts the film will be the top box office champ of all time, nice try guys!
through AUGUST 1993
AIC heads out on "Lollapalooza '93," the tour of the year. Joining them are Fishbone, Primus, Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Dinosaur Jr., Arrested Development, and Babes in Toyland.
Reportedly, Winger was squeezed out of the line-up, and for good reason...they suck!
At the end of Lollapalooza, the band members are evicted from their residence. Layne thought Jerry was gonna pay the rent. Jerry thought Sean would. Sean thought Mike would... The band moves to London Bridge Studio in Seattle - lonely, depressed and bored.
While in the studio, over a seven-day period AIC writes, produces and records a new 7-song EP, inspired by previous effort, SAP. Songs include "Rotten Apple," "Nutshell," "I Stay Away," "No Excuses," "Whale and Wasp," "Don't Follow," and "Swing On This."
They rush to release the EP before Stone Temple Pilots can get their own rumored acoustic EP out.
The band names the EP Jar Of Flies, after Jerry's famous high school science lab experiment: two jars of flies, one with food, the other without. The flies without food ate each other (Jerry's lifelong career indecision between music and entomology is settled on the spot).
Power fails at Jerry's house, he is trapped in home for two days because the automatic garage door fails to open. The guitarist nearly starves to death because electric can opener also was not working. He writes 20 more songs. Cantrell was later rescued by ski patrol.
Dirt certified double-platinum.
SAP idcertified gold. Jar Of Flies is released.
Jar Of Flies debuts at #1 on Billboard album chart, the first and only EP ever to reach #1.
The EP's first single, "No Excuses," reaches #1 on all key album radio airplay charts, setting the record for most spins in one week.
The second single, "I Stay Away," is released. The video of the song features not AIC members, but an amazing Claymation simulation.
Mike Inez plays on Slash's Snake Pit 5:00 A.M. Somewhere. Finds pace with Slash too slow; decides to return to warm bosom of AIC.
Layne Staley begins work with Mike McCready, Barrett Martin, and Mysterious Baker on a band initially known as Gacy Gang, but soon becomes Mad Season. An album is released in March of 1995. The single "River of Deceit" becomes a Top 5 Alternative hit. The album is certified gold in May 1995.
Jerry Cantrell records "I've Seen All This World I Care To See" for the Willie Nelson tribute album Twisted Willie.
Layne, Jerry, Mike and Sean descend into Bad Animals studio to begin sessions for what will become ALICE IN CHAINS. Toby Wright (Corrosion of Conformity, Slayer) produces.
Sean Kinney plays with Johnny Cash on "Time of the Preacher" for the Willie Nelson album. For some reason, Cash keeps calling Sean "Sue."
"Grind," the first track from ALICE IN CHAINS, leaks to radio prematurely, causing feeding frenzy of radio programmers nationwide.
"Grind" is delivered to radio via satellite uplink to stem excessive spread of taped copies of the song.
To celebrate Halloween properly, the band releases ALICE IN CHAINS in a vinyl edition.
NOVEMBER 7, 1995
ALICE IN CHAINS is released on CD and cassette. A new era of hard pleasures begins.
NOVEMBER 25, 1995
ALICE IN CHAINS debuts at #1 on the Billboard Top 200 album chart.
ALICE IN CHAINS is certified gold and platinum by the RIAA.
AIC tape a performance for "MTV Unplugged" at the Brooklyn Academy of Music's Majestic Theater. During the group's first live appearance since January 7, 1994, AIC debuts a new song, "Killer Is Me."
AIC warms up the KISS army in Detroit's Tiger Stadium on the opening night of the KISS reunion tour. AIC goes on to play three more shows on the KISS tour (Louisville, June 30; St. Louis, July 2; Kansas City, July 3).
Unplugged is released. It turns RIAA platinum a month later.
SEPTEMBER 4, 1996
AIC is nominated for Best Hard Rock Video at the MTV Music Video Awards. They lose one more time.
Jerry Cantrell releases his debut album Boggy Depot. It features Sean Kinney on drums, as well as Mike Inez and Les Claypool on bass.
AIC record "Died" and "Get Born Again."
AIC releases "Nothing Safe - Best Of The Box", with the full boxed set to be released in September.