Alice In Chains
From: Seattle, WA, United States
Last Known Status: Active
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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:
Iron Maiden (Headliner)
Alice In Chains
The Gaslight Anthem
Thirty Seconds To Mars
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...
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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.
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.
Alice in Chains has issued the following update about filming the Seattle stop of the BlackDiamondSkye tour in 3D:
"The Seattle BLACKDIAMONDSKYE date on this Friday, October 8, will play host to a very special Alice in Chains 3D concert filming. If you would like to be immortalized as a part of BDS and Alice in Chains history for this groundbreaking event, hurry and buy one of the remaining tickets for this show here!"
The upcoming BlackDiamondSkye tour dates are as follows:
10/4 Denver, CO Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/7 Vancouver, BC General Motors Place
10/8 Seattle, WA Key Arena
10/9 Portland, OR Rose Quarter Memorial Coliseum
10/11 San Jose, CA SJSU Events Center
10/12 Los Angeles, CA Gibson Amphitheatre
10/15 San Diego, CA Viejas Arena
10/16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint
Alice in Chains has posted up a new video clip online from the band's time on the "BlackDiamondSkye" tour, which also includes Deftones and Mastodon. The video can be viewed below.
The upcoming "BlackDiamondSkye" tour dates are as follows: More...
Alice In Chains is debuting their music video for new hit single “Lesson Learned” on Yahoo! Music today. Conceived and directed by Paul Matthaeus, known for his groundbreaking main titles on the award-winning HBO series “Six Feet Under” and “True Blood,” and produced with Bobby Hougham and Sevrin Daniels of Blank Design, the video is comprised of over 6,000 still pictures stitched together to create a visually stunning stop-frame animated clip.
Using physical lacerations as a metaphor for lessons learned, the video sees a young man and woman plummet through a derelict industrial building. Tattered clothes dissolve off, revealing wounds that symbolize emotional learning. The video was shot entirely as a stop–frame animation, but with live actors on set.
Alice in Chains has posted more footage online from the band's "BlackDiamondSkye" tour with Deftones and Mastodon. A clip of Alice in Chains performing "Them Bones" can be viewed below.
Alice in Chains is currently embarked on the BlackDiamondSkye tour with Mastodon and Deftones. A video clip has been uploaded of Alice In Chains performing the song "Dam That River" on the September 16th Chicago stop of the tour, which can be viewed below.
Alice in Chains has issued the following announcement about uploading an interactive music video for the song "Acid Bubble:"
"Alice In Chains is proud to introduce an interactive music video experience for 'Acid Bubble!' Produced by Spy Films (http://www.spyfilms.com/), director Nick Goso created an interactive space where users manipulate their perspective and experience 360-degree environments. Check it out now at this location."
The eighth teaser trailer for the upcoming "BlackDiamondSkye" tour has been posted online, which can be viewed below. The tour includes Mastodon, Deftones, and Alice in Chains.
A seventh teaser trailer for the upcoming "BlackDiamondSkye" tour has been posted online, which can be viewed below. The tour includes Mastodon, Deftones, and Alice in Chains.
The sixth teaser trailer for the upcoming "BlackDiamondSkye" tour has been posted online, which can be viewed below. The tour includes Mastodon, Deftones, and Alice in Chains.
A fifth teaser video for the "BlackDiamondSkye" tour has been posted online, which can be viewed below. The tour features Mastodon, Alice in Chains, and Deftones.