Ex-Alice In Chains Bassist Mike Starr Behind Bars for Drug Possession
Mike Starr, former bass player in Alice In Chains, has been arrested and jailed for drug possession. The Police discovered pills on him he did not have a prescription for. The arrest took place in Utah on Thursday February 17. Starr has been charged with two counts of possession of a ‘controlled substance’. The drugs were the anti-anxiety drug Xanax and Opana, a prescription pain killer. He had six pills of each. Starr is being held on bail of no less than US$20,000 (15.300 Euro).
The bassist has struggled with drug addiction in the past and appeared on the US reality show “Celebrity Rehab” last year to help combat his heroin addiction. His subsequent stint staying in a sober living environment was then documented on the spinoff “Sober House”. He reappeared on the show later in the year to act as a role model for new contestants (see the video here). Starr left Alice In Chains in 1993, after contributing to their 1992 album “Dirt” and has taken no part in their reunion. He joined the band in 1987.
Alice in Chains was formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. Although widely associated with grunge music, the band’s sound incorporates heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released four studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four compilations, and two DVDs.
Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 25 million albums worldwide and over 12 million in the US alone.
Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity due to substance abuse, culminating in the death of Layne Staley in 2002. Alice in Chains reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall and released “Black Gives Way to Blue”, their first studio album in 14 years, on September 29, 2009.