Friends and family of late ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Starr will stage a memorial show to celebrate his life and legacy on March 7 at Seattle’s Studio Seven.
Mike‘s sister, Melinda, has gotten together with some of his dear friends and fans to put together an evening open to everyone interested in sharing the love, and celebrating the bassist’s life through music and friendship.
The bill for the evening features BLACKLIST UNION with Tony West, the ALICE IN CHAINS tribute band GRIND, SIN CIRCUS, Amanda J. Hardy, GARDEN OF EDEN and STEAL BEANS, plus a number of surprise guests.
Come check out some of Mike‘s personal, never-before-seen pictures and memorabilia, on display throughout the night, as well as honor this hometown hero with a righteous party.
Tickets are $10.00, available at www.etix.com.
Check out the Facebook event page.
Mike was found dead in a house in Salt Lake City, Utah on March 8, 2011. Starr, who was a founding member of ALICE IN CHAINS and played on its first two albums, was 44 years old. Police who were called to the scene said that foul play was not suspected, but that drugs were found near the body.
According to The Pulse Of Radio, Starr had struggled with drug problems for years and was dismissed from ALICE IN CHAINS in 1993 due to his addiction. He had been arrested numerous times over the years for DUI, reckless driving, and various drug charges in Los Angeles, Seattle and Salt Lake City. Just a month prior to his death, he was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance in the latter city.
Starr was featured as a cast member of the third season of the VH1 reality series “Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew” in 2009. Hosted by Dr. Drew Pinsky, the season consisted of eight episodes that followed the real-life experiences of celebrity patients undergoing detoxification and treatment at the Pasadena Recovery Center. However, like fellow rocker participant Steven Adler of GUNS N’ ROSES fame, Starr seemed to struggle once his season on the show was finished.