Jerry Cantrell looked to step out of the large, looming shadow of Alice in Chains with his second solo album, 'Degradation Trip,' which came out in 2002.
Alice in Chains developed their unique twin-vocal sound thanks to Layne Staley encouraging Jerry Cantrell to sing more.
Alice In Chains resurfaced for the first time in two years to record for MTV, but it's unlikely anyone knew it would be one of their singer's final shows.
While the world wouldn't know it for another two weeks, it was 14 years ago today that the reclusive frontman of Alice in Chains died of a heroin overdose.
He was with Alice in Chains only for their first two albums, but Mike Starr struggled with demons that haunted him until the end.
Just as their music was moving further away from darkness, Alice in Chains released what would end up being their final album with frontman Layne Staley.
Alice in Chains' sophomore album still crackles with an affirming thirst for life at the heart of its unrelenting gloom and despair.