Late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley had agreed to perform vocals on a track for Taproot’s 2002 album Welcome just a week or so before his death after hearing demos. Layne was actually set to record his vocals in Seattle at Robert Lang Studios in April 2002 with Alice In Chains producer Toby Wright, but Layne tragically passed away before he could record his vocals. According to David de Sola’s new book Alice In Chains: The Untold Story, the track that Staley was set to record vocals on was tentatively titled “Spacey.”
The track was later performed live as an instrumental, with the YouTube description from the band saying: “This is a song we wrote when we were working on Welcome. It’s called Kevin Spacey, which is just a working title that we kept. Stephen never got around to putting vocals on it, but it made for a pretty cool instrumental song and we played it live a few times. It’s possible this may end up on a future release…”
You can watch live video below of the song that made Layne Staley decide to return to music!