PEARL JAM frontman Eddie Vedder's tribute to late ALICE IN CHAINS singer Layne Staley, written on the day of Staley's death, will be included on "Lost Dogs", PEARL JAM's upcoming double-disc rarities collection, according to Billboard.com. The track, titled "4/20/02", is not listed on the album but can be found several minutes after "Bee Girl", the last song on the set's second disc.
"It was a real personal song [Vedder] wrote the night we all found out [Staley] died," PEARL JAM guitarist Stone Gossard told Billboard.com last year. "He stayed in there, didn't work on anything else, and worked this song up." Added guitarist Mike McCready, "he wrote it in the ukulele tuning, so it had this weird vibe to it, and it was sad."
In the song, Vedder lashes out at the singers of unnamed bands copying the style of Staley, who died after battling drug addiction for years. "So sing just like him, f***ers," Vedder sings. "It won't offend him / just me / because he's dead." The cut features only Vedder on vocals and guitar.
"Lost Dogs" will be released Nov. 11 by Epic, the same day as the concert DVD "Live at the Garden".
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