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Mike Starr

Michael Christopher "Mike" Starr (April 4, 1966 – March 8, 2011) was an American musician, best known as the original bassist in Alice in Chains, with whom he played from the band's formation in 1987 until 1993. In 1983, Starr formed the heavy metal band SATO, his first group of note. They are best known for the song "Leather Warriors", which appeared on Northwest Metalfest, a compilation album featuring various metal acts released in 1984 by local Seattle label Ground Zero Records. Starr briefly joined another band by the name of Gypsy Rose, which included early Alice N' Chains producer Tim Branom on lead vocals and his future bandmate Jerry Cantrell on guitar. Starr and Cantrell left Gypsy Rose and the two of them began working together to form a new band. First, they contacted drummer Sean Kinney, who coincidentally was dating Starr's sister Melinda at that time and had exchanged phone numbers with Cantrell's roommate Layne Staley. Then the trio began staging what Cantrell and Kinney later said were fake auditions in order to coax Staley into joining their band. Eventually, Staley quit the other bands he was performing with at that time and joined their band as well. This band

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Mike Starr Memorial -- Grunge Salute at Space Needle

Mike Starr Memorial -- Grunge Salute at Space Needle

Mike Starr's memorial is going down today at Seattle's Space Needle where the family and friends have planned an awesome water fountain tribute show for the former Alice in Chains bassist.Mike's… READ MORE >

'Celeb' Rehabber Mike Starr -- Funeral Plans on Hold

'Celeb' Rehabber Mike Starr -- Funeral Plans on Hold

Ex-Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr won't be getting a funeral for another few weeks -- we're told, the medical examiner put the family's burial plans on hold ... in order to perform more tests… READ MORE >

- 1286 days ago
Mike Starr's Last Voicemail -- I 'Need' Drugs

Mike Starr's Last Voicemail -- I 'Need' Drugs

Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr was on a desperate hunt for drugs the night before he passed away ... and TMZ has obtained the last voicemail Mike left for a person he was trying to score from… READ MORE >

- 1291 days ago
Mike Starr -- Mixing Drugs Hours Before Death

Mike Starr -- Mixing Drugs Hours Before Death

Alice in Chains bass player Mike Starr was "mixing" methadone and anxiety medication hours before he died ... this according to Mike's roommate.  The roommate tells TMZ ... Mike had been… READ MORE >

- 1292 days ago
'Celeb Rehab' Rocker Mike Starr Dead

'Celeb Rehab' Rocker Mike Starr Dead

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr died in Utah ... TMZ has learned. Starr appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab" back in 2009 -- and was arrested last month for felony… READ MORE >

- 1293 days ago
'Celeb Rehab' Rocker -- Busted with Prescription Pills

'Celeb Rehab' Rocker -- Busted with Prescription Pills

Former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr was carrying an unmarked bottle of prescription drugs when cops arrested him in Utah last night ... this according to police documents obtained by TMZ.… READ MORE >

- 1311 days ago
Ex 'Celebrity Rehab' Rocker Nabbed in Drug Bust

Ex 'Celebrity Rehab' Rocker Nabbed in Drug Bust

Mike Starr -- the former bassist for Alice In Chains -- was busted for alleged drug possession in Salt Lake City, and TMZ has his mug shot.Starr was arrested and booked on suspicion of felony… READ MORE >

- 1311 days ago

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