The Mad Season thing came about when Mike McCready went to Hazelden to get clean and sober. His roommate was a guy named John Baker Saunders.
He told Baker, “Come back to Seattle with me - I’ll make sure you have a place to stay. We’ll start this band, stay busy and support each other.”
They came back to Seattle and McCready started calling our house.
Layne didn’t answer the phone very often or answer the door, so I would say, “Hey man, McCready is calling - he’s a good guy and he wants to talk to you. He’s sober.”
McCready is one guy that comes to mind that really tried to help Layne.
He would fly in these counselors from Hazelden - a guy named Lowell who Layne loved.
Layne really listened to and looked up to this guy.
McCready would bring this guy in and kind of give Layne “the surprise attack.”
Yanni “Johnny” Bacolas