The mother of late Alice in Chains singerLayne Staley is suing the band for a share of future royalties.
Staley’s mother Nancy McCallum has filed a lawsuit asking a court to establish her right to 16 per cent of the band’s revenue, which is half the money due to Staley, according toBlabbermouth.
But the band disagree, and told her that the the agreement to see her earn band royalties for a decade after the singer’s death came would come to an end. Staley died in April 2002 of a heroin overdose.
The band are also concerned that Staley’s mother tried to trademark the Alice in Chains band name, which their attorney described as “disturbing.”
The remaining band members say they’re happy for McCallum to collect a fair share of royalties on songs that Staley wrote or co-wrote, but insist that she has no further role in the band’s business decisions.
Meanwhile, guitarist Jerry Cantrell has promised fans that they would keep working on new music after their current album cycle for “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” - even if some fans would prefer the band came to an end to respect the passing of Staley.
“It sure seems like some people want it to be [the band’s final release], but I don’t do this for what people tell me I should do with my life, or my band,” he said. “I do what I want to do and what my band wants to do. We’ll continue to do that as long as we f—king want to!”
Hey I’m bored…again. Soooo what should I do? Oh, I know, I should travel the world. Go to France, visit my favorite places, drink awesome wine. Oh wait, I don’t have any money. Ok, what else? Yeah, I should go to some concert. Oh yeah, don’t have any money… Maybe go somewhere exotic, take some time for myself by the peaceful waves. Yeah, that would be great if I had some fucking money. Ok something else? Yeah I know. Go out, make some new friends, maybe find some new loooove in my life? Oh yeah, I can’t, I got to work late and still don’t have enough money. Maybe I should buy a rope. Yeah I got money for that. For rope to hang myself. And yes then I would not be bored anymore….. Kiddin’ But still hate my fucking life in this moment….Yeah… Fuck!