Between June 28th and July 3rd in 1996, Alice in Chains played four shows opening for KISS on their reunion tour. The last of these, at Kemper Arena in Kansas City, would prove to be Layne Staley's final performance with the grunge greats. The first took place at Detroit's Tiger Stadium, and recently, rare, previously unreleased footage of that gig hit YouTube, capturing the revered, embattled vocalist singing his heart out, not knowing that he was playing one of his last AIC shows.
According to YouTuber Alt Copperpot 5, who posted video, the footage was likely "filmed to be used for television news segments/promotional purposes."
The seven-minute clip sees Staley and the rest of Alice in Chains in fine form, tearing through the songs "Again" and "God Am" off the Seattle titans' self-titled third album, a.k.a. "The Dog Album," which was then around seven months old. The singer looks skinny and pale, and is virtually motionless, but still delivers a riveting performance, decked out in sunglasses and black latex pants, wailing with that unmatched voice. Watch above.