This project was inspired by one of the greatest gifts that I have ever received. One of my very few longtime friends, Christopher Luthi, knowing how much I love the rock band “Alice In Chains”, and knowing how much I wanted their music to be a part of my wedding, rewrote the music to the song “Junkhead”. He also reworked the delivery of the lyrics to make it more “wedding appropriate”. This gift set my mind to wondering what if Layne Staley hadn’t given up and had stuck around. What if he could now, with some more years of wisdom and life behind him, rethink the choices that he made as an angry, rebellious, and hurt young man. What if he could sing the sublimely defiant lyrics of “Junkhead” today, with 46 years of life behind him. What would it sound like?
This is my interpretation.
I produced the song and shot/directed this project over the course of a year. I could not have done it without the incredible talents of Christopher Luthi (Composer/Pianist), Jaclyn Dean(Vocals), and (Cellist), Keith Dickerholf. Not to mention the long list of others who lent a hand to this project of passion.
My greatest wish out of this project is that the late Layne Staley(2002), Mike Starr(2011), and the current/still LIVING and ROCKING members of “Alice In Chains” might somehow get to see this and bless me with an approving “Rock Star” nod.