In a sad story, Ministry frontman Al Jourgensen has revealed in his new book, Ministry: The Lost Gospels According to Al Jourgensen, that he introduced heroin syringes to late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley. Below is an excerpt from the book:
It’s not a myth that junkies hang together. Like finds like. Water seeks its own level. And not all junkies are scumbags- though many of them are. Some are just lost souls looking for glamour in their life. The vocalist from Alice In Chains, Layne Staley, was one of them. He did drugs before I met him, but he was always a sniffer. He’d snort heroin or coke. For some reason he came to see Ministry in Hawaii when we played right next to Pearl Harbor. He got backstage into the dressing room and saw Mikey shoot up. So he asked if he could try. I looked him right in the eye, held up a syringe, and said, “Are you sure you want to do this, man?” And he nodded. I feel really bad about that because we turned him on to needles, and now he’s dead.
I don’t feel responsible, because he was gonna find someone to shoot with; it just happened to be us. He did a dose and passed out and didn’t wake up. He was barely breathing, I didn’t know if he was dead or alive. I had to keep checking. Then he woke up, got some more dope, and shot up again. He took to needles like a fish to water, but I could tell he got into it for the glamour. That was a mistake. Other than the fact that he died from drugs, there’s no glamour in being a junkie. It’s the hardest job in the fucking world.