Pearl Jam guitarist Mike McCready has confirmed that he has revived the renowned 1990s supergroup Mad Season and announced that Screaming Trees frontman Mark Lanegan will be replacing the late Layne Staley on vocals.
McCready recently revealed that he had a collection of unreleased Mad Season songs, and was auditioning for a new singer. The songs, McCready told Kentucky radio station WFPK, were written more than a decade ago during recording sessions for an intended Mad Season/Disinformation album. “…there are probably twelve songs, and out of that, probably eight that are pretty great,” he explained. “…we’re trying to find singers that are up to the caliber of Layne to do justice to it.”
While it is still unclear if multiple singers will be used in the new Mad Season lineup, McCready has confirmed that Lanegan will be taking on at least part of the unenviable task of filling Staley’s shoes.
Mad Season achieved worldwide success following the release of their first and only album ‘Above’ in 1995. The album went gold after selling more than half a million copies and produced two Top 20 modern rock singles, ‘River Of Deceit’ and ‘I Don’t Know Anything.’ Unfortunately, the group disbanded in 1999 following the death of bassist John Baker Saunders. Layne Staley passed away in 2002 from a drug overdose.