Layne Staley of Alice In Chains Reportedly Planned to Audition for Audiosoave

July 24, 2015

Believe it or not, Chris Cornell may not have been destined to be the lead singer of the supergroup Audioslave. Instead, that title could have gone to Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley,

Morgan Gallagher had been a friend of Staley's, and at one point a roommate, since 1986, "I hadn't seen him in a couple of years and wasn't prepared for it," referring to meeting up with Staley in 2001. "By this point he had quit [Alice In Chains], he had list most of his teeth, and weighed barely 100 pounds. We talked for a little and when we parted ways, I cried."

Staley met up with Gallagher again and was in good spirits the second time around. He even talked about auditioning for Audioslave. "That day we were talking and he said he had gotten a call from the old Rage Against The Machine members and they were putting together a new project. and they wanted him to audition," Gallagher says. "He said he was going back to treatment and then going to L.A. to do the audition in a couple of months. He never made it, so Chris Cornell went and got the job."

Staley was also going to be recording vocals for Taproot in 2002, but had died of a heroin overdose earlier that year.  

(source: Loudwire)