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Alice In Chains

Formed: 1987
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Active

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Note: We began associating news directly with bands in late 2003. Therefore, earlier band news may not be listed on this page.

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Alice In Chains Announces New Live Shows

Alice In Chains is pleased to announce a Spring U.S. headline tour. Pre-sale tickets will be available this Wednesday, January 29 directly through the band's website. General on sale begins Friday, January 31st. The band's complete list of upcoming tour dates is as follows:

FEB 22 – Brisbane, Australia – Soundwave Festival
FEB 23 – Sydney, Australia – Soundwave Festival
FEB 28 – Melbourne, Australia – Soundwave Festival
MAR 1 – Adelaide, Australia – Soundwave Festival
MAR 3 – Perth, Australia – Soundwave Festival
MAR 6 – Fort Canning, Singapore – Singapore Rock Festival
APR 25 - Brady Theater - Tulsa, OK
APR 26 - Winstar World Casino & Resort - Thackerville, OK
APR 28 – Austin, TX – ACL Live, Moody Theatre
MAY 1 – Tunica, MS – Horseshoe Tunica
MAY 2 – Cherokee, NC – Harrah's Cherokee
MAY 6 – N. Charleston, SC – N. Charleston PAC
MAY 7 – Raleigh, NC – Memorial Auditorium
MAY 9 – Atlantic City, NJ – Ovation Hall at Revel
MAY 10 – Mashantucket, CT – Foxwoods Casino MGM
MAY 12 – Syracuse, NY – Landmark Theatre
MAY 13 – Reading, PA – Sovereign PAC
MAY 14 – Roanoke, VA – Roanoke PAC
MAY 16 – Huntington, WV – Big Sandy Arena
MAY 17 – Cincinnati, OH - Horseshoe Casino
MAY 19 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
MAY 20 – Battle Creek, MI – Kellogg Arena
MAY 22 – Elizabeth, IN – Horseshoe Southern Indiana
MAY 23 – Davenport, IA – Adler Theatre
MAY 24 – Council Bluffs, IA – Harrah's Stir Cove
JUL 1 – Rome, Italy – Rock in Roma
JUL 3 – Arras, France – Main Square Festival
JUL 4 – Basel, Switzerland – Sonisphere Festival
JUL 6 – London, United Kingdom – Sonisphere Festival
JUL 8 – Prague, Czech Republic – Aerodrome Festival
JUL 9 – Vienna, Austria – Krieau Rocks
JUL 11 – Warsaw, Poland – Sonisphere Festival

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Rock In Rio Streaming Live

Check out the live stream of Rock In Rio tonight (September 19th) via the link below. The live stream will feature the following performances:

Metallica
Alice in Chains
Ghost B.C.
Sepultura (with Tambours du Bronx)

The live stream can be viewed right here:

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Uproar Festival Highlights Posted Online

Highlights from the first day of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival in Scranton, PA on August 9th have been posted online and can be viewed below.

This exclusive Uproar video includes performance clips from Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive, Walking Papers, and Middle Class Rut.

In addition, Zippo Encore's Jayme Foxx talks with Coheed and Cambria, Circa Survive’s Anthony Green, and Walking Papers Duff McKagan.

The festival runs through September 15th and includes a lineup of multiplatinum superstars and breaking talent, featuring Alice In Chains and Jane’s Addiction, along with Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage.

The Zippo Encore Festival Stage powered by Ernie Ball hosts performances from Walking Papers (with Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, as well as 2012 Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and this year’s local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market. The Coldcock Herbal Whiskey Showcase Stage powered by Ernie Ball features performances from breaking talent including The Dead Daisies, Beware Of Darkness, and Charming Liars. More...

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Bands To Design Custom Zippos For Uproar Festival

Zippo Encore has announced sponsorship of the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival and will join the touring rock festival on the road in North America from August 9th through September 15th, 2013. Full dates for the Uproar tour are available after the jump.

The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival will include a lineup featuring Alice In Chains, Jane’s Addiction, Coheed and Cambria, and Circa Survive. The Zippo Encore Festival Stage powered by Ernie Ball will host performances from Walking Papers (with Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show, and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market.

A highlight of Zippo Encore’s Uproar involvement will be the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Zippo Encore Artist Custom Series program. Several bands on the tour will create custom lighters featuring their own unique designs. These lighters will only be sold at the Zippo booth at UPROAR shows.

In addition, fans can submit their own artwork for a chance to have their design become the official Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival Zippo Lighter. The grand prize winner will receive two pit tickets to any Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival show of their choosing. The contest runs from now until August 2nd, 2013. Visit this location for full details and to enter the contest. More...

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Rocksmith 2014 Edition Revealed At E3

A new edition of Rocksmith - the game that lets you plug in a real electric guitar to help you learn how to play - was featured at this year's E3 convention. In fact, Alice in Chains' Jerry Cantrell was at Ubisoft's E3 booth showing off the all new Rocksmith 2014 Edition. The game will feature the Alice In Chains song "Stone" among many others.

Here's the Rocksmith 2014 trailer:

Session Mode is a new mode that was shown at E3. Exclusively in the all-new Rocksmith 2014 Edition, Session Mode allows you to jam with a customizable band that actively and dynamically responds to your playing.

Here's a video explaining Session Mode:

Rocksmith 2014 is due out this October 2013, sporting a new look, more flexible practice tools, new techniques and tunings, over 50 new hit songs, and much more. Rocksmith 2014 Edition will be available on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, PC, and for the first time, Mac, and is backward compatible with your library from the original Rocksmith.

Here's the list of songs revealed for Rocksmith 2014 so far:

Aerosmith - Walk This Way
Alice In Chains - Stone
Bob Dylan - Knockin’ On Heaven’s Door
B'z - Ultra Soul
Oasis - Don't Look Back In Anger
The Smashing Pumpkins - The Chimera

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Rocklahoma Performance List Announced

Band performance times are now available for Rocklahoma, the three-day camping festival to occur at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK.

Rocklahoma will celebrate its seventh year on May 24th, 25th, and 26th. The lineup is as follows:

Thursday, May 23
Pre-Party on the AXiS Campground Stage
6:00 PM Triple Se7en
7:00 PM Bruce Flea
8:00 PM Searching For Sanity
9:00 PM Sleepwalking Home
10:00 PM Motortrain
11:00 PM Baron Von Swagger
12:00 AM Rocker Lips
1:00 AM Drek
2:00 AM KingShifter

Friday, May 24
Main Stage
4:35 PM All That Remains
5:45 PM Ratt
7:10 PM Papa Roach
8:40 PM Bush
10:30 PM Guns N’ Roses

Hard Rock Stage
3:15 PM Zero Crossing
4:00 PM Otherwise
5:10 PM The Sword
6:35 PM Escape The Fate
8:05 PM Clutch
9:45 PM Device More...

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Rockstar Uproar Lineup Announced

The fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival will include a lineup of multiplatinum superstars and breaking talent, featuring Alice In Chains and Jane’s Addiction.

These seminal rock bands will be joined by Coheed and Cambria and Circa Survive on the Rockstar Energy Main Stage. The Ernie Ball Festival Stage will host performances from Walking Papers (featuring Duff McKagan), Middle Class Rut, New Politics, Danko Jones, Chuck Shaffer Picture Show and the local Ernie Ball Battle Of The Bands winner in each market.

The touring rock music and lifestyle festival will travel across North America from August 9th through September 15th, 2013.

"I think it's going to be a fun tour and we’re really looking forward to it. It's only going to happen that one time, that way, and you're going to be there," says Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains.

Tickets for most Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival shows go on sale Thursday, April 25th at Noon local time and are priced between $10.25 and $89.75 (plus fees). Go to this location for full details and to purchase tickets.

Check out an Uproar exclusive interview with Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney right here. Dates for the tour are as follows: More...

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Alice In Chains Posts Lyric Video

Alice in Chains has released a lyric video for the track "Stone," which can be found at Vevo here or through the player below.

A full music video for the track is also currently in the works. "Stone" will appear on the band's upcoming album "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here," due out May 28th, 2013. More...

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Rocklahoma Lineup Revealed

The daily performance lineup for Rocklahoma has been revealed and single day tickets will be available for purchase beginning Wednesday, April 17 at 10:00 AM CT at this location.

Rocklahoma - presented by Bud Light - will celebrate its seventh year May 24th, 25th, and 26th with a lineup including Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Korn, and many more.

The three-day camping festival features the top current active rock artists and classic bands at “Catch the Fever” Festival Grounds in Pryor, OK. The lineup is available below.

Thursday, May 23 (AXiS Campground Stage):

Triple 7, Bruce Flea, Searching for Sanity, Sleepwalking Home, Motortrain, Baron, Von Swagger, Rocker Lips, Drek, Kingshifter

Friday, May 24:

Guns N’ Roses, Bush, Papa Roach, Device, Ratt, All That Remains, Clutch, Escape The Fate, The Sword, Otherwise, Zero Crossing, Down & Dirty, The Last Vegas, Hessler, Bai Bang, Ruff Justice, London’s Dungeon, Fist of Rage, The Summit, Wanton Looks, Kicktree, Shotgun Rebels, The Kul, Mine Enemies Fall More...

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Welcome To Rockville Expanded Lineup Announced

An expanded band lineup and festival experience has been announced for the third annual Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville - April 27th and 28th 2013 - at Jacksonville’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the beautiful St. Johns River.

As part of the enhanced festival weekend, Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville will also feature the “Corona Light presents the Downtown Rockville Experience” -a Friday, April 26 pre-party and two after-parties on Saturday, April 27. Admission to the parties is FREE. The Friday, April 26 pre-party will feature Saliva with Evergreen Terrace at Underbelly in Jacksonville.

The Saturday, April 27 after parties include DJ Monk with special guests at 1904 Music Hall in Jacksonville, and Icey and Robert Goodman at Underbelly in Jacksonville. For full details, visit this location. More...

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Alice In Chains Reveals New Album Title

Seattle hard rock titans Alice In Chains have announced that the name of their forthcoming fifth studio album will be, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here."

The record will be released in May, although no exact date for the album's release has been confirmed as of yet. The band has already released one single in support of the album, entitled, "Hollow." You can check out the video for the song below.

This will be the first Alice In Chains album since 2009's, "Black Gives Way To Blue," which was a top ten hit around the world, and marks their second release with vocalist/guitarist, William Duvall. More...

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Welcome To Rockville Lineup Revealed

This year, the third annual Monster Energy’s "Welcome To Rockville" festival expands to two days - April 27 & 28, 2013 - at Jacksonville’s scenic Metropolitan Park along the St. Johns River.

The event will feature headlining performances from Alice In Chains and Limp Bizkit, as well as Jacksonville legends Lynyrd Skynyrd. The lineup for Welcome To Rockville also includes: 3 Doors Down, Shinedown, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Bullet For My Valentine, Halestorm, Buckcherry, Hollywood Undead, Skillet, All That Remains, Device (featuring David Draiman from Disturbed), Asking Alexandria, Escape The Fate, Filter, In This Moment, Steel Panther, Motionless In White, Pop Evil, Otherwise, Saving Abel, Nonpoint, Red, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Gemini Syndrome, Girl On Fire, and more.

A special Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville ticket presale will take place on Tuesday, January 29th and Wednesday, January 30th at select Metro PCS stores. No ticket service fees will be charged during the presale. The regular ticket onsale begins Friday, February 1 at 10am EST at this location, all Ticketmaster locations, and select Metro PCS stores. Two-day General Admission tickets will be just $99.50 plus service fees and single day General Admission tickets will be $54.50 plus service fees. A limited number of two-day VIP tickets and hotel packages will also be available.

"After selling out the last two years of Monster Energy’s Welcome To Rockville, I now see that the city is ready to bring a full-fledged two-day rock festival to downtown Jacksonville and make it a staple in North Florida music for years to come,” says Danny Wimmer of Danny Wimmer Presents. “We have great radio partners at ROCK 104.5 and X102.9 providing amazing support to the city and event which will make this year’s festival more massive than ever." More...

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Rock On The Range Band Lineup Announced

American rock festival Rock On The Range - which has expanded to three days this year - will hit hard with performances from some of rock’s biggest names. Pre-sale tickets are available at this location.

The 2013 line-up features Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Smashing Pumpkins, Korn, Bush, Stone Sour, Three Days Grace, Papa Roach, Cheap Trick, Bullet For My Valentine, Volbeat, Lamb Of God, Skillet, A Day To Remember, Buckcherry, Halestorm, Hollywood Undead, All That Remains, Device (with David Draiman), Steel Panther, Sevendust, Sick Puppies, Asking Alexandria, Pop Evil, In Flames, Clutch, In This Moment, Black Veil Brides, The Sword, Ghost, Motionless In White, Red, Deuce, Middle Class Rut, Big Wreck, Oleander, Otherwise, Red Line Chemistry, Young Guns, Thousand Foot Krutch, Mindset Evolution, Tracer, Beware Of Darkness, Heaven's Basement, American Fangs, Love And Death, Gemini Syndrome, and more.

“We're really looking forward to returning to Rock On The Range with a batch of brand new killer Alice tunes to play for everyone!” says Jerry Cantrell, Alice In Chains.

“Head is back!!,” says Korn’s Jonathan Davis. “Rock On The Range is going to start it all off!! Get ready, we are going to hit it hard!!”

“Bush are thrilled to be playing Rock On The Range with such great bands,” says Bush’s Gavin Rosdale. “We look forward to seeing you all out there.” More...

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Alice In Chains Announces U.S. Spring Tour Dates

Alice In Chains has announced a slate of U.S. tour dates this Spring. Full date and venue information is below.

Fan pre-sale for most tour dates begins, Tuesday, January 15. Tickets for all headline tour dates go on sale to the general public this Friday, January 18.

Thu-Apr-25 Miami Beach Fillmore
Tue-Apr-30 Birmingham BUCC Concert Hall
Wed-May-01 Augusta, GA William B. Bell Auditorium
Sun-May-05 Norfolk, VA Norva
Tue-May-07 Bethlehem, PA Sands Events Center
Wed-May-08 Pittsburgh Benedum Center
Tue-May-14 Sioux Falls, SD Lyons Fairgrounds
Wed-May-15 Milwaukee Eagles Ballroom
Sat-May-18 Philadelphia Susquehanna Bank Ctr
Tue-May-21 Ft. Wayne, IN Embassy Theatre
Wed-May-22 Evansville, IN Aiken Theatre
Fri-May-24 Lincoln, NE Pinewood Bowl Amphitheater

The band recently released a music video for the track "Hollow," which is off the band's upcoming new album to be released in the Spring of 2013. Shot by award-winning director Roboshobo (Metallica, Mastodon, GreenDay), the hypnotically mind-trippy “Hollow” captures a man closed off and losing himself in an empty repetition of daily tasks until his last thread with reality is completely severed.

Set for a spring 2013 release, Alice In Chains’ upcoming album was recorded in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz (FooFighters, Deftones), who also produced the band’s hugely successful 2009 release "Black Gives Way To Blue." That album entered Billboard's Top 200 at No. 5, sold over one million copies, spawned two No. 1 hit singles ("Check My Brain" and "Your Decision") and a third (“Lesson Learned”) that went top 10, earned two Grammy nominations and saw the band (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez) headlining a sold-out international tour that wrapped at Madison Square Garden in New York City.

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Alice In Chains Releases Music Video

After posting a lyric video online for the new track "Hollow," Alice In Chains has now released an official music video for the track as well. Watch the video over at the band's website or in the player available below. Look for a new album from Alice in Chains to be released in the Spring of 2013.

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Alice In Chains Releases New Track

Alice in Chains has issued the following announcement about releasing a lyric video for the new "Hollow" track featuring fan-submitted images:

"Two weeks ago, we began posting the lyrics from our brand new song, 'Hollow' to @aliceinchains on Instagram, asking you, the fans to create an image inspired by or featuring a word or phrase from the lyrics. Fans from around the world took to Instagram, sharing their photo interpretations of each lyrical phrase. Today, our new song 'Hollow' makes its world premiere on Aliceinchains.com along with a lyric video that includes your Instagram photo submissions."

Check out the song below, and look for a new album from Alice in Chains to be released in Spring, 2013. The band was also recently covered in our Sunday Old School column here. More...

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Smile Empty Soul Releases Alice In Chains Cover

Southern California-based hard rock veterans Smile Empty Soul and fellow tour-mates Hurt have launched a cover of the Alice in Chains track, "No Excuses," on the Banana 101.5 website right here.

The song was recorded earlier this month at 37 Studios in Rochester Hills, Mich. with producer Matt Dalton - known for his work with both local and national acts including Frequency 54 and Chiodos/D.R.U.G.S. front-man, Craig Owens.

Smile Empty Soul is currently in the midst of an extensive U.S. tour with Hurt, touring in support of fifth album "3's" and latest charting single, "Not Alike." Guitarist/vocalist, Sean Danielsen, has checked in with the following update from the road: "This tour with Hurt has been great so far. The music really meshes well and everybody is getting along like family! Two quality rock bands bringing it every night...don't miss it!" More...

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Alice In Chains Announces Festival Appearances

Alice in Chains has issued the following announcement about upcoming festival appearances in 2013:

"Alice In Chains is excited to announce their first two shows of 2013. Alice In Chains will be performing at Download Festival 2013 in Donington Park, England. Festival tickets are now on sale, and can be purchased right here.

"They will also be joining Metallica at Rock in Rio 2013 in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Tickets go on sale in Spring 2013. Click here for full event information.

"Stay posted to Aliceinchains.com for more news, coming very soon..."

The band was also recently covered in our "Sunday Old School" column. Check out our look back at Alice in Chains at this location.

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Six More Bands Confirmed For Download 2013

The organizers of the Download festival have announced a further six additions to next year's edition of the event, which will be headlined by Slipknot, Iron Maiden and Rammstein. The new names include legends such as Motorhead and Alice In Chains, as well as Queens of the Stone Age, Thirty Seconds To Mars, The Gaslight Anthem and Finnish outfit, H.I.M.

The festival will take place at Donington Park from June 14th-16th and will be the eleventh year of the festival. The lineup is presently as follows:

Slipknot (Headliner)
Iron Maiden (Headliner)
Rammstein (Headliner)
Alice In Chains
The Gaslight Anthem
H.I.M.
Motorhead
Thirty Seconds To Mars

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Sunday Old School: Alice In Chains

Usually at the end of every month, Sunday Old School examines a band from the glam metal genre, so we’re kicking off a new month of Sundays this week by taking a look at one of the bands that helped to kill off the era of men in lipstick, Alice In Chains. The band was formed in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bass player Mike Starr, and soon recruited a singer named Layne Staley, who joined in return for Cantrell participating in his funk project. The funk band broke up soon afterwards and the quartet performed under a number of different monikers, before eventually settling on Alice In Chains, which stemmed from Staley’s former band, Alice N’ Chainz. The group caught the attention of local promoter, Randy Hauser, who offered to pay for their demo recording, which was delayed when the studio they were set to record in was shut down a day before the recording was meant to take place, due to the biggest cannabis raid in the history of the state of Washington. The band eventually recorded a demo named, "The Treehouse Tapes," which was passed around the local scene until it reached Don Ienner, the president of Columbia Records, who decided to sign the band and make them a top priority.

In July 1990, Alice in Chains released their first EP, "We Die Young," and its title track became an instant hit on metal radio. Based on this positive response, the label rushed the band to release its full length debut, which surfaced only a month later in the form of, "Facelift." The album sold modestly at first, until the music video for, "Man in the Box" found its way into regular airplay on MTV and became a top twenty single. Six weeks later, "Facelift" had sold over 400,000 copies and was certified Gold before the year was out, peaking on the Billboard Charts number 42. The album was also highly praised by critics and their peers alike, and soon the group were invited to open the Clash of the Titans tour in North America, which apart from themselves, featured a thrash metal lineup of Slayer, Megadeth and Anthrax. The band found themselves subject to some hostile audiences but Anthrax bassist Frank Bello recalls them earning the respect of others by standing up for themselves. "If there was a guy starting shit, Layne would jump into the audience and beat the FUCK outta that guy!" he recalls in the documentary, Get Thrashed. More...

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