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Alice In Chains

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

Latest Alice In Chains News

Below is our complete Alice In Chains news coverage, including columns and articles pertaining to the band. Some articles listed may be indirectly related, such as side projects of the band members, etc.

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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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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Revolver's "Fallen Heroes" Video Tribute Posted

The "Fallen Heroes" video tribute which was played during the 2011 Revolver Golden Gods Awards has been posted online. The video pays tribute to Ronnie James Dio, Slipknot's Paul Gray, Avenged Sevenfold's The Rev, Type O Negative's Peter Steele and Alice In Chains' Mike Starr. You can view the video in the player below.

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Alice in Chains To Headline Rock On The Range

Alice in Chains is headlining Canada's Rock On The Range this August. The festival takes place on Saturday August 20, 2011 in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada at Canad Inns Stadium. Tickets go on-sale Friday, April 15 at 10am CDT. Full details and ticketing can be found here.

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William DuVall Producing Hardcore Documentary

William DuVall (Alice In Chains, Comes With the Fall, Neon Christ) is producing a feature-length documentary film about Atlanta’s hardcore punk scene. Under the working title, "All Alone Together," the film spotlights two generations of hardcore kids- those who jump-started the scene in the early 1980s and the new generation of kids who are carrying it forward in the present day.

Funding for the project is being sought via kickstarter. Visit this page to see how you can get involved and contribute to the project.

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Salt Lake City Police Officer Discusses Mike Starr

As was previously announced, former Alice in Chains member Mike Starr was found dead in Salt Lake City on March 8th.

Artisan News Service has now posted a video online that features Sgt. Shawn Josephson discussing Starr's death. You can listen to Sgt. Josephson in the clip below.

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Headline News

Alice In Chains' Mike Starr Reportedly Dead

TMZ.com is reporting that former Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr has died in Utah. Starr was 44 years old. According to TMZ, police found his body in a Salt Lake City, Utah home earlier today. No information on the cause of death has yet been made available.

ABC News 4 in Salt Lake City is reporting that Starr's body was found at 1:42 p.m. in a residence at 1986 South Richards St. The station is also reporting that Starr was busted in February in Salt Lake City for illegal prescription drug possession.

Tributes to Starr have already been posted on his personal website - www.wix.com/mikestarr. The site also includes an undated posting from Starr which reads: "Wrote a killer song with my new band . . . We jammed last week at a small club. It was straight comedy."

Born in Hawaii, Starr played with AIC from the band's formation in Seattle in 1987 until he left in 1993. He also appeared on the 2010 reality TV show "Celebrity Rehab" with Dr. Drew Pinsky on VH1. Dr. Drew posted a message moments ago on his Twitter, which read: "Devastating to hear of Mike Starr succumbing to his illness. So very sad. Our prayers are with his family."

Additional information on this developing story will be updated as it is made available and as statements are made by family and friends.

Read the full article at TMZ.

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Alice In Chains Posts New Music Video Online

American hard rock icons Alice In Chains have posted its new music video online. The video was shot for the track "Last Of My Kind" which appears on the band's 2009 comeback album "Black Gives Way To Blue." You can view the video below:


Last Of My Kind 2010

Alice In Chains | Myspace Music Videos

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Slayer, Maiden, Ozzy Get 2011 Grammy Nominations

Nominees for Best Hard Rock Performance and Best Metal Performance in the 53rd annual Grammy awards have been announced.

Best Hard Rock Performance
Alice in Chains: "A Looking In View"
Ozzy Osbourne: "Let Me Hear You Scream"
Soundgarden: "Black Rain"
Stone Temple Pilots: "Between the Lines"
Them Crooked Vultures: "New Fang"

Best Metal Performance
Iron Maiden: "El Dorado"
Korn: "Let the Guilt Go"
Lamb of God: "In Your Words"
Megadeth: "Sudden Death"
Slayer: "World Painted Blood"

It’s the second nomination in a row for Alice in Chains, Lamb of God, Megadeth and Slayer. Maiden has been nominated twice before but never won. Ozzy has won Best Metal performance twice. Soundgarden won both awards in 1995. Slayer and Korn have two awards each and Stone Temple Pilots have one.

The award ceremony takes place on February 13 in Los Angeles, with the rock and metal awards traditionally held in a lower-key venue than the main televised event.

Last year’s Best Hard Rock Grammy went to AC/DC for "War Machine," which won over Alice in Chains’ "Check My Brain," Linkin Park’s "What I’ve Done," Metallica’s "Unforgiven III" and Nickelback’s "Burn it to the Ground." The Best Metal Performance was won by Judas Priest for "Dissident Aggressor," which was up against Lamb of God’s "Set to Fail," Megadeth’s "Headcrusher," Ministry’s "Senor Peligro" and Slayer’s "Hate Worldwide."

Read the full article at RockAAA.com.

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Alice In Chains Announces Acoustic Show

Alice In Chains has announced an upcoming special acoustic performance in Thackerville, OK on February 5th, 2011 at the Winstar Casino. Tickets for the acoustic show go on sale on December 3rd at 10:00 AM CST at this location. You can also check out several Alice in Chains tracks available for streaming through the band's official MySpace profile.

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