Jerry Cantrell Compares Axl Rose and Layne Staley
Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell was recently interviewed on the Let There Be Talk with Dean Delray. Both singers suffered foot injuries while on tour and Jerry discussed the similarities between the two singers.
“He wrecked on the four wheeler behind the stage. You know what’s really funny about that, he didn’t miss a show at all, he played with a broken foot that night on crutches just kind of singing at the mic. He went and had surgery the next day, put a couple of pins in his foot, pretty much the same break that Axl had at the beginning of this tour.
You’ve got to roll with it and make it work. He did, and he had that kind of dark creepy insect sort of vibe anyways as himself, so we put him in a wheelchair and brought all this dressing room furniture, we put a little living room out there so he had places to go, sit on the couch and sing. He played it up and went with it. That’s another thing, when we got to do those shows with Guns N’ Roses in , when Axl fell at the Troubadour and broke his foot, pretty much the same break, and the, he dealt with it.
What do you do? Dave Grohl comes in with a ’ throne that he had to ride when he broke his foot, and he did it. In a weird way, probably starting that thing up again, okay, now you’re really limited, you’re here, I’ve never heard him sing better. All you can do is sit there and focus and sing, and it’s not that the guy is wild or a bad singer anyways, he’s one of the best and most consistent I’ve ever heard, but I remember talking to Slash and Duff about that, the same thing happened to us with Layne, and we rolled on with it just like they did too.”