HEART’S ANN WILSON DISCUSSES LAYNE STALEY ATTENDING A PARTY AT HER HOME IN THE LATE 90′S
Layne Staley on Halloween 1998 at Jerry Cantrell’s show in Seattle
Thanks to Chris Edwards for letting me know about this.
In the new Heart book Kicking and Dreaming, there is a part about Layne Staley (there are also plenty of Jerry Cantrell stories). Ann Wilson reveals in the book that Chris Cornell actually recorded vocals for “Ring Them Bells” but they couldn’t release it due to a label issue, so that’s when they called Layne Staley to sing. Layne requested that nobody be in the control room while he was singing, she said that even in 1993 she could tell the toll drugs had already taken on him. She also said that when Layne’s on again off again girlfriend Demri died in October 1996, it took away his essence.
The best part though is when she tells a story about Layne attending a party at her home in 1998/1999 (she said it was a couple of years after Demri’s death, which was in October 1996). She said after most of the crowd left at night Layne was still there, and she wanted to go swimming so Layne followed her to the pool. Layne didn’t get in, but sat in a chair sipping a beer. He told her as a kid that he excelled at swimming, he said “I loved to dive into water.” He said the water felt like a whole other world. As Layne sat there and Nancy was swimming, a huge meteor went over them and it lit up Layne’s face. She said he looked like a kid again, and at that moment there was no darkness in his life. Layne said, “Did you see that? How close do you think that was to us, Ann? Do you think that almost hit us, Ann? How lucky are we to have seen that?” Ann responded that it was beautiful, and Layne retorted, “Do you have any idea how rare it is for a meteor that big, and that bright, to come that close to us? We are really really lucky people Ann. You and me.”