Thanks to the power of YouTube and a few enterprising fans who realized they had something great on their hands all those years ago and decided to hold onto it, you can now see a full Alice In Chains performance from 1989, filmed at the Washington State University CUB Ballroom in Pullman, a full eight months before they released their debut album, Facelift, on Columbia Records.
Yes, Virginia, there was actually a time where you could see Alice In Chains for “$5 in advance, $6 at the door.” And yes, the show did include some songs that fans have come to know very well.
The additional footage was actually posted earlier this year on YouTube, which is video of a teenage Layne Staley rocking out with his band Sleze as a high schooler in the ’80s. The clip comes from Johnny Bacolas, the founding member and guitar player in the band. The guitarist says the band mostly stuck to Slayer and Armored Saint covers and in the video you can see a rather glammed up Staley taking on the Armored Saint song “False Alarm.”
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