Alice In Chains’ bassist Mike Inez, of Philippine descent, was born on May 14, 1966 in San Fernando, California. He began his professional career in 1989 as a member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band during the recording of their No More Tears album. While touring for their 1992 release Dirt, bassist Mike Starr departed Alice In Chains because of, as singer Layne Staley stated in an interview with Rolling Stone, “… a difference in priorities. We wanted to continue intense touring and press, Mike was ready to go home.” Starr later revealed that his exodus was due to a growing addiction to heroin that left him unable to continue as a functioning band member. In late 1993 Inez replaced Starr as the bassist for Alice In Chains. Inez resumed the tour for Dirt and his first studio recording with the band was the Jar Of Flies EP in 1994. He also recorded with the band for their eponymous release in 1995 and their unforgettable MTV Unplugged concert in 1996. Alice In Chains finally disbanded in 2002 after the tragic death of Layne Staley. Inez went on to join with Slash’s Snakepit, Jerry Cantrell on Boggy Depot and Black Label Society. In 2005 Inez reunited with his old bandmates when Alice In Chains announced their reunion during a benefit concert in Seattle.
Inez’s approach to the bass is refined and never overstated. His style is highlighted by melodic elements that add great mood and texture to the songs of Alice In Chains. “Rotten Apple” emphasizes his understanding of the band’s vision and his talents as an accomplished bassist. Happy Birthday Mike Inez.