Original Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr was found dead today in Salt Lake City. It’s sad knowing that half of the original Alice In Chains line up is now officially gone. Mike Starr was a huge factor in the gold era of Alice In Chains (1989 – 1992). Mike’s bass playing was stamped all over the first two albums Facelift, and Dirt. Just listen to songs like “Would” and “Bleed The Freak” and you’ll know what I’m talking about. Mike played a big part in creating the signature sound of early AIC.

I only got to see the definitive Alice In Chains line up once back in the fall of 1992 when the came to Vancouver opening up for Van Halen, and to this day I can never forget the awesome chemistry on stage that Sean Kinney, Jerry Cantrell, Layne Staley, and Mike Starr had. I’ve seen them a few times over the years after that performance, but it was never the same. Seeing Mike on Celebrity Rehab was truly sad, as he looked to be in rough shape. I was hoping he would come out ok, but sadly it was not to be. R.I.P Mike Starr.