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Mike Starr
Birth name Michael Christopher Starr
Born 4 April 1966 (1966-04-04) (age 43)
Honolulu, Hawaii
Genres Hard rock
Heavy metal
Alternative metal
Occupations Musician, Bassist
Instruments Bass guitar
Years active 1987 - 1993
Associated acts Alice in Chains
Sun Red Sun

Michael Christopher Starr (born April 4, 1966 in Honolulu, Hawaii), better known as Mike Starr, is an American musician, and was Alice in Chains' original bassist from the group's formation in 1987 to 1993. He played bass for albums Facelift, Sap, and Dirt and left the group in the middle of the Dirt tour. He also sang backing vocals on the song "Confusion" on the Alice in Chains album Facelift.

According to press releases, Starr's departure from Alice in Chains was amicable, and was due to the rigors of constant touring and the desire to spend more time with his family.

He was most often seen playing several variations of a Spector NS-2 bass guitar, through an Ampeg SVT all-valve head and Ampeg 8x10" speaker cabinets. He later played bass for the band Sun Red Sun, which featured Ray Gillen and Bobby Rondinelli, both former members of Black Sabbath.


Personal life

He attended high school in Burien, Washington at Highline High School. He graduated in 1984. In the years following his tenure with Alice in Chains, he has had numerous brushes with the law. In April 1994 he was jailed for 30 days in a Houston,Texas jail for misdemeanor drug possession at the Houston Intercontinental Airport. He was trying to check in for a flight to Los Angeles with a suitcase he had allegedly stolen from the baggage claim area. Authorities searched him thoroughly and found marijuana in his possession. He has also been in legal trouble on numerous occasions in Seattle, Los Angeles, and Salt Lake City. His past offenses include driving under the influence, reckless driving, and various drug charges. He was also arrested in 2005 for vandalizing a car in Seattle after he reportedly pulled a hood ornament off of a car. He was booked on property destruction and theft charges. [1] [2][3]

Starr was arrested Monday, September 28, 2009 in Los Angeles on a drug charge. He was held at the Bauchet Street Jail in downtown L.A. with bail set at $100,000.[4] He is currently on the new season of Celebrity Rehab with Dr Drew.



With Alice in Chains

With Sun Red Sun


  1. ^ BLABBERMOUTH.NET - Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist Arrested
  2. ^ Michael Star, NNDB
  3. ^ Seattle Rocker Jailed, KIRO TV
  4. ^ Former ALICE IN CHAINS Bassist MIKE STARR Arrested On Drug Charge


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