Alice In Chains
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Legendary grunge band ALICE IN CHAINS has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI's Virgin Records and are gearing up for the release of their first new studio album in more than 10 years. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) began recording last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for release this September.
Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. They began touring with new guitarist/vocalist William DuVall the following year.
"It's been a meaningful journey and a hell of a story," says Cantrell. "We're very excited to have a home at Virgin/EMI and are looking forward to writing new chapters in the book of Alice."
"We're in a good place," adds Kinney. "We've made a record that we're really proud of, we've got a team in place that's passionate about the music and we're excited for the fans to hear the new songs."
"Alice In Chains has had a big hand in the evolution of music and I still can't believe we get to work with them," says Rob Stevenson, President of Virgin Records. "This music is going to remind people what we've all been missing."
"There is a tremendous sense of excitement and dedication within EMI around the world as we head into this album release," Added Jeff Kempler, EMI's COO of New Music for North America and the UK,"Alice In Chains' place in rock history is undeniable and when people hear this remarkable new work it will be clear how timeless, potent and visionary this band is."
Alice In Chains was among the headliners at the recent Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. Next up is a July 18 show with Kid Rock at Comerica Park in Detroit, to be followed by festival shows with Metallica overseas, including an August 1 date at Marlay Park in Dublin and an August 2 show at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. Earlier this year, the quartet took a break from recording to perform a string of shows in Australia with Nine Inch Nails.
Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice In Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and achieved 11 top 10 hit singles.
Latimes.com is reporting:
The daily ritual is always the same: nine guys kneeling around a pile of money in Studio B at Henson Recording Studios in Hollywood, shouting, cheering and moaning as a pair of dice rolls across the carpet, delivering moments of euphoria and defeat. The members of ALICE IN CHAINS are among the group, briefly distracted from their final week of sessions for the band's first album of new material in nearly 14 years. Against the wall is an impressive row of vintage electric and acoustic guitars. Incense is burning and a U.S. flag hangs over a sound partition. But for the moment, the rock will have to wait.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell looks up from his pile of cash and smiles. "Compared to how we used to have fun," he says, "this is pretty tame." The low-stakes game is Left, Center, Right, and many $5 bills change hands before it's over. The day's winner is producer Nick Raskulinecz, laughing now as drummer Sean Kinney grumbles something about the man's take of "two hundred bucks in the last two games."
The real challenge is still ahead, as the three surviving members of Alice in Chains - Cantrell, Kinney and bassist Mike Inez - work to complete new songs as a band for the first time since the death of singer Layne Staley from a heroin and cocaine overdose in 2002 at the age of 34. Their album, still untitled and set for release mid-September on Virgin/EMI, will be another case study of a major group continuing after the loss of a key member. AC/DC managed the transition successfully back in 1980, while others have failed to match their earlier triumphs, including INXS (whose search for a new singer was turned into a 2005 reality TV show) and classic rock acts QUEEN and THE DOORS.
"I don't think we ever intended to do anything," says Cantrell, 43, his thick, blond beard marking the months of preparation and recording that has gone into the new album. "With the passing of Layne, all possibility of that went out the window, probably in my mind and everyone else's too."
The organizers of the British leg of this years Sonisphere festival have announced that four more bands will be joining the bill at Knebworth. Welsh alternative rockers Feeder will be performing at the event, as will Skindred, Frank Turner and Taking Back Sunday. The lineup for the festival, which will be held between August 1st-2nd, is now as follows:
Alice In Chains
Bullet For My Valentine
Lamb Of God
Nine Inch Nails
Taking Back Sunday
Alice In Chains has announced that they've finished recording their upcoming new album, which is tentatively due in September. Here's the update from the band:
"As most of you who have been paying attention have already figured out, the new Alice In Chains album is finally complete. We've been in the studio since October, and since it all began we celebrated 6 major holidays, elected a new President of the United States, crowned new World Series and Super Bowl champs, endured fires, earthquakes, & blackouts in and around Los Angeles, took a 2 1/2 week break to go to Australia, and to cap it all off, William & Jerry finally euthanized their beards.
"This long, arduous process is complete, and although there's still a lot of work to be done, the songs are in the can and that's the most important thing.
"So what can I tell you when I look back on the last six months?
"I can tell you that the monotony of 12 to 16 hour days in the studio can be broken up by multiple costumes and hair styles, hours and hours of dice games, any sort of dialogue delivered in a heavily accentuated southern drawl, and a slew of special guests dropping by the studio.
"Most of all I can tell you that some amazing songs were written and recorded. From the heaviest riff-dripping gut puncher to the most sadly beautiful song I think this band has ever recorded, I honestly believe that this album will return Alice In Chains to the top of the hard rock heap.
"So now the next few months are dedicated to things like album artwork, lining up interviews and press, shooting videos, planning tours, and figuring out whether to bury Jerry and William's beards at sea or donate them to science.
"Hopefully these new songs will strike a chord and make a similar impact on all of you out there that were moved by this band in the first place. These songs have definitely done that with me, and frankly I'm getting pretty sick and tired of loving this stuff alone, so I can’t wait for it to be released so it'll become your favorite record of 2009 and we can discuss it at the shows.
"So clear a slot in your CD shelf and schedule maternity leave from work in September, because the long drought will be over soon..."
Jerry Cantrell will appear in a supergroup alongside Perry Farrell, Tom Morello, Wayne Kramer, Don Was, and Billy Bragg to perform at the Road Recovery Benefit Concert 2009 at Nokia Theater in NYC on May 1. The event is in honor of Wayne Kramer of MC5 and benefits Road Recovery, an organization dedicated to helping young people battle addiction.
The emcee will be Matt Pinfield. Also appearing are Joan As Police Woman, Ours, Miggs, Crazy James, and more surprise guests.
Four more band have been added to the first edition of the Sonisphere Festival in Britain this year in the forms of Anthrax, Nine Inch Nails, Killing Joke and Airbourne. The festival will take place at the famous Knebworth Park between August 1st and 2nd.
The lineup is now as follows:
Alice In Chains
Bullet For My Valentine
Lamb Of God
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Nine Inch Nails
Metallica has announced that several more bands will be joining them at their show at Marlay Park in Dublin, Ireland on August 1st. Among the newly confirmed bands are Irish rock legends Thin Lizzy and grunge icons Alice In Chains in addition to Lamb Of God, Mastodon, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold. Tickets go on sale Tuesday and are priced at 76.50 Euros.
Activision will be expanding on the Guitar Hero franchise by releasing a new compilation game of what the company feels are the best songs to be included on the series. The game will be released on the Playstation 2 and 3, as well as XBox 360 and the Nintendo Wii.
The first tracks revealed are:
"Barracuda" by HEART
"I Love Rock N Roll" by JOAN JETT AND THE BLACKHEARTS
"I Wanna Rock" by TWISTED SISTER
"Killer Queen" by QUEEN
"Killing In The Name" by RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE
"Nothin" But A Good Time' by POISON
"Them Bones" by ALICE IN CHAINS
"Through The Fire And Flames" by DRAGONFORCE
Alice In Chains posted an update from Australia earlier this week, where they arrived to take part in the Soundwave Festival, including a humorous angle on hotel guests' reactions to bands and road crew arriving at their hotel:
"We arrived in Brisbane two days before the first show, which gave us all a little time to shake off the jet lag and get acclimated to the insanely humid conditions here. Jerry, William, Sean and I went to a Koala sanctuary the day after we got in, and being able to check out and feed koalas and kangaroos was a cool experience to start things off with. Mike opted to stay back at the hotel and check out a few Coronas instead of a koala, but in his own way he interacted with wildlife too, as our hotel was absolutely overrun by nearly 100 band & crew guys also playing the festival. It can be amusing sometimes to watch other guests react to a bunch of dirtbag musicians sullying up the hotel, but this was off the charts. Usually it’s just us doing the sullying, but here in Brisbane it was us times 10, and all the poor businessmen and families caught in the middle of the tattoos and greasy hair and black t-shirts looked like they’d rather ask the concierge for a canister of pepper spray than directions to the zoo.
"With a day off and a small dose of Australia in us, we all moved on to day # 1 of the Soundwave Festival. Brisbane had been getting pounded with intermittent rain showers since we landed, but not long after we arrived at the festival site the skies cleared up and it turned out to be a nice afternoon. The two main stages are located side by side, so within a couple of minutes of one band finishing, the next band was up and running right next door. There were also 4 more stages scattered throughout the site, so there was always a band playing for the fans to check out. There’s something about a festival that brings out a handful of colorful characters too, and today was no exception, as I saw a guy and a girl decked out in full Viking regalia. I’m not really sure what that was all about, but I enjoyed it. More...
Welsh rockers Bullet For My Valentine has been added to the bill of the Sonisphere festival at Knebworth, England this year. The festival lasts for two days and takes place between August 1st and 2nd. Headlining the show will be Linkin Park and Metallica and the bill also boasts performances from Lamb Of God, Mastodon, Alice In Chains, Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold.
The British leg of the Sonisphere Festival, which will be held at the legendary Knebworth Park, has added some more big names to the bill. Alice In Chains, Machine Head, Thin Lizzy, The Sword and Avenged Sevenfold have all been confirmed for the event aswell as headliners Linkin Park and Metallica. The show will take place between the first and second of August.
ROCK ON THE RANGE will return to Columbus, Ohio’s Crew Stadium Saturday, May 16 and Sunday, May 17, 2009. The 2009 line-up for the nationally renowned festival centrally located in the heart of the country will be highlighted by performances from some of rock’s biggest artists including Mötley Crüe, Slipknot, Alice In Chains, Avenged Sevenfold and Korn.
“We try to listen to our fans and they've been saying for years that we should play at Rock On The Range,” said Nikki Sixx of Mötley Crüe.
“We're really excited to play one of America's great rock festivals,” SLIPKNOT’s Corey Taylor says, “Being asked to headline Rock on the Range is an absolute pleasure! Columbus, Ohio has always been very good to us. The line-up looks great; the shows look fantastic. And I personally think it will be an absolute blast for everyone. See you in May!”
Presented by Right Arm Entertainment, AEG LIVE and Crew Stadium, the two-day, multi-stage music and lifestyle event will feature a potent line-up of more than 35 bands. This year’s well-rounded mix of rock’s top artists also includes Shinedown, Buckcherry, The Used, Atreyu, Chevelle, Flyleaf, Saving Abel, Saliva, Blue October, Hoobastank, Black Stone Cherry, and many more.
This marks the third outing for the annual event, which drew 30,000 people in its inaugural year in 2007 and more than 55,000 people in 2008. Event features this year include the addition of a third stage, the Jägermeister Music Stage, on-stage fan platforms--for contest winners--and an expanded vendor village.
In 2009, ROCK ON THE RANGE will also increase their “Go Green” initiative via ROTR “Go Green,” an online portal that allows fans to recycle old cell phones and mp3 players for free tickets and ROTR memorabilia and official festival merchandise. ROTR is the first festival to have an on-line recycling trade-in rewards component. More information can be found at www.rotrgogreen.com.
Tickets for ROCK ON THE RANGE, as well as VIP Packages that include festival tickets, hotel accommodations and festival merchandise, go on sale Saturday, February 21 at 10:00 AM (ET) via www.rockontherange.com and www.ticketmaster.com, all local Ticketmaster outlets and at the Crew Stadium box office. Two-day ticket packages will start as low as $99.50.
Here's the complete Rock On The Range 2009 lineup: More...
Motorhead's godly frontman Lemmy will be appearing in the forthcoming new video game Guitar Hero:Metallica. "It's great to be in 'Guitar Hero' with all these famous people and I'm really pleased to be in it with Metallica," Lemmy said, "but [frontman] James [Hetfield] is still taller than me."
The tracklisting for the game is as follows:
All Nightmare Long
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
Master of Puppets
Mercyful Fate (Medley)
No Leaf Clover
Nothing Else Matters
Sad But True
Seek And Destroy
The Memory Remains
The Shortest Straw
The Thing That Should Not Be
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam
Other artists: More...
Reunited rock legends Alice In Chains has posted another video update from the studio online. You can check it out below. The band are currently in the studio with producer Nick Raskulinecz working on their first studio album since 1996. More...
Metallica has now revealed the tracklisting for Guitar Hero: Metallica. As previously reported, Guitar Hero: Metallica will be hitting the streets on March 29 with some really cool features like different classic venues such as the L.A. Forum, Tushino Airfield, and The Hammersmith Odeon, the ability to play as us or in single instrument mode, and even the Expert+ setting with double bass drum kick pedals.
Here are the songs on the game, both from Metallica and other bands that they "admire and even call friends": More...
Alice In Chains has posted their ninth video chronicling the band in the studio, hard at work on their new album. You can check it out below. The album has yet to be named but will feature the lineup of Jerry Cantrell on guitars and vocals, Sean Kinney on drums, Mike Inez on bass and new vocalist William DuVall. More...
With the Soundwave festivals in Melbourne, Sydney and the Gold Coast nearing sell-out status, organizers have given fans the opportunity to catch their favourite bands in more intimate settings at the various Sidewave shows happening in Sydney and Melbourne.
The total number now stands at 25 with the inclusion of the latest batch:
Alice In Chains / Maylene And The Sons Of Disaster
Wednesday, February 25th – The Enmore Theatre, Sydney (licensed all ages)
Tickets from Ticketek.
Thursday, February 26th – The Palais, Melbourne (licensed all ages)
Tickets from Ticketmaster. More...
Reunited grunge legends Alice In Chains has posted their fifth studio video online, which documents the recording of their as-yet untitled forthcoming new album. You can check it out below. The band are currently recording the album in Los Angeles with producer Nick Raskulinecz. More...
Alice In Chains blogger, Baldy has posted the following message online:
"Here we are in December, the holiday season is in full swing, and William (DuVall - lead vocals, rhythm guitar) and Jerry (Cantrell - lead guitar, vocals) are just a few days away from recording vocals. Guitars and bass are heading down the home stretch, and although the drums are done, Sean (Kinney- drums) is coming in almost every day to provide input and give full body massages to anyone he can get his hands on.
"There's not a lot to report because it's pretty much like the movie Groundhog Day in here, just with a different soundtrack each day. Recording an album can be a long and laborious process. Play the song. Tune the guitar or bass. Play the song again. Tune again. Play a different part of the song with a different guitar. Tune again. Try something different on the bridge. Tune. Play a 12 string on the chorus. Tune. And so on and so on and so on… More...
Reunited grungers Alice In Chains has posted another studio video online documenting work on their forthcoming new studio album. You can check it out below. More...