In 1996, Alice in Chains recorded a live album and DVD for MTV’s Unplugged series. It was recorded live on April 10, 1996 at the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Majestic Theatre. The first song they played was Nutshell, and their performance of this song is considered by many to be one of the greatest MTV unplugged performances of all time.
This concert was Alice in Chains’ first concert in two-and-a-half years, and from mid-1996 onward, lead singer Layne Staley stepped out of the public spotlight and never performed live again. Sadly, he struggled with depression and heroin addiction for most of his adult life, and he died from a speedball overdose on April 5, 2002, at the young age of 34.
Enjoy this look back at Alice in Chains performing Nutshell live during their 1996 MTV Unplugged concert!