After a long hiatus the members of ALICE IN CHAINS have decided to honor their musical legacy by taking their beloved songs to the road this spring/summer. JERRY CANTRELL, MIKE INEZ and SEAN KINNEY will be joined by WILLIAM DUVALL (Comes With The Fall), who will handle lead vocals for the group's five U.S. club shows and overseas festival performances in Europe and Southeast Asia.
CANTRELL says, We're gonna take it like we always did, and we've always kind of made it up as we've gone along. If you were looking at how to really capitalize on this experience and really make dough and make it a profitable thing, a band might, you know, would come out with a singer, have a record ready and all that. But that's not where we're coming from with this thing. We're coming from the place of "It feels good, and we're having a good time, so we'd like people to be a part of that." KINNEY told Reuters, "We're not trying to replace Layne…We want to play these songs one more time, and if it seems like the right thing to do, it'll happen. I don't know how long it will go or where it will take us. It's kind of a tribute to Layne and our fans, the people who love these songs.
The ALICE IN CHAINS legacy dates back to 1987 when the tight-knit group began a riotous ride that saw them escorted from their illegal rehearsal space by Seattle's finest to a 1989 record deal with Columbia Records. Their instantly recognizable brand of dark, moody rock would become a signature sound and a major influence on later rock bands.
ALICE IN CHAINS released their debut EP WE DIE YOUNG (July 1990) and the title track went on to be their first of many rock radio hits. The gold-certified FACELIFT followed in August of 1990 and the video for the grinding hit "Man in the Box went into regular rotation on MTV. In 1992 ALICE IN CHAINS began recording the DIRT EP with Dave Jerden producing. DIRT-- which debuted at #6 on the Billboard charts in September 1992 and went platinum in less than two months--was their darkest release to that point with a heavy, guitar-driven sound and lyrics exploring a sense of alienation and addiction. It was Cameron Crowe's 1992 film Singles, about the lives of 20-somethings in Seattle that transformed the song Would? into an anthem for the brooding angst of Generation X. While the band was touring to promote DIRT, MIKE STARR left the group to be replaced by former Ozzy Osbourne bassist MIKE INEZ. JAR OF FLIES--released in January 1994--marked a return to more mellow acoustic arrangements, punctuated by CANTRELL's signature electric guitar riffs and STALEY's bracing vocal intensity. It would be the first EP in Billboard chart history to debut at #1. A year later the band released ALICE IN CHAINS, commonly known as Three or Tripod because it was the band's third full album and of the image of a three legged dog on the cover. ALICE IN CHAINS also debuted at #1 on the Billboard album charts and launched a handful of hard rock singles that would cement the band's place in the pantheon of metal legends.
Throughout their recording career, ALICE IN CHAINS toured the world and played with Megadeth, the Clash of the Titans tour (Slayer and Anthrax), Van Halen, Screaming Trees, Gruntruck and KISS. In the summer of 1993, ALICE IN CHAINS headlined Lollapalooza with Primus, Tool, Rage Against the Machine and Babes in Toyland. Sadly, their last live concert as ALICE IN CHAINS with Layne Staley was on July 3, 1996 in Kansas City, MO.
Over the next few years, CANTRELL, KINNEY and INEZ would go onto different projects. And on April 20, 2002, LAYNE STALEY was found dead of a drug overdose in his Seattle home. The other band members were devastated by the loss of their friend and bandmate. Jerry Cantrell dedicated Degradation Trip, his sophomore solo album, to STALEY. The 25-song double album was a stunning emotional tour-de-force, written before STALEY's passing but often cited for the prophetic mournfulness of its lyrics.
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