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Alice In Chains

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

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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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Metal Music To Be Featured In Madden '10 Game

The forthcoming new video game Madden 10 will be seeing its fair share of metal music featured on its soundtrack, as classic songs from the likes of Black Sabbath, Judas Priest, Pantera and Iron Maiden will be appearing on the game. The game will be released on July 31st.

The tracklisting for the game is as follows:

2pac - Can't C Me
Airbourne - Heads Are Gonna Roll
Alice In Chains - Them Bones
B.O.B. - Created A Monster
Bang Camaro - Revolution
Beastie Boys - Sabotage
Black Sabbath - Paranoid
Cypress Hill - Get 'em Up
Helmet - Unsung
Iron Maiden - Aces High
Judas Priest - Painkiller
Kid Rock - I Am The Bulldog
Killswitch Engage - Reckoning
Korn - Blind
Mastodon - Divinations
Nas feat. Puff Daddy - Hate Me Now
Nirvana - Breed
Pantera - Walk
Public Enemy - Shut 'em Down
Rage Against The Machine - Guerilla Radio
Set Your Goals - Gaia Bleeds (Make Way For Man)
Slipknot - Duality
System Of A Down - Sugar
The Vanity Plan - Before I Die
Young Dre The Truth - Cheah Beah

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Alice In Chains To Headline WBUZ Buzzfest

Alice in Chains have announced that they will be headlining the WBUZ Buzzfest in Nashville, TN on September 11th. The band's other upcoming tour dates are as follows: More...

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Alice In Chains Adds Detroit Show To Upcoming Tour

Alice in Chains has added St. Andrews Hall in Detroit on 9/17 to the upcoming tour. Tickets go on sale this Saturday, July 25.

The band's upcoming tour dates include:

8/1 Marlay Park Dublin
8/2 Sonisphere Festival Knebworth, East
8/4 Scala - SOLD OUT London
8/6 Essigfabrik Cologne
8/8 Columbia Club Berlin
8/10 Grunspan Hamburg
8/12 Melkweg - SOLD OUT Amsterdam
8/22 Pomona Fairplex Pomona, California

9/4 Club - SOLD OUT Washington DC, Washington DC
9/5 Theatre of Living Arts - SOLD OUT Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
9/7 Paradise Rock Club - SOLD OUT Boston, Massachusetts
9/8 Irving Plaza - SOLD OUT New York, New York
9/12 X-Fest Indianapolis, Indiana
9/15 The Opera House - SOLD OUT Toronto, Ontario
9/16 House of Blues - SOLD OUT Cleveland, Ohio
9/17 St. Andrews Hall Detroit, Michigan
9/19 House of Blues - SOLD OUT Chicago, Illinois
9/20 The Rave Milwaukee, Wisconsin
9/21 First Avenue Minneapolis, Minnesota
9/26 Roseland Theatre - SOLD OUT Portland, Oregon
9/28 Fillmore - SOLD OUT San Francisco, California

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Alice In Chains Reports On Listening Party

Alice In Chains recently held a listening party for their upcoming album "Black Gives Way To Blue," which will be released on September 29th. The band issued the following report on the party:

"Ive been to a record release party before, but never a listening party. There actually isn’t that much of a difference, but at the record release party the emphasis seemed to be on party, while last night’s emphasis was definitely on listening.

"Oh sure, there were some typical L.A. industry weasels who were more concerned with their hair gel than the album, but the vast majority of people were paying attention and rocking out.

"I couldn’t pick out the website winners from the industry types, but I imagine they may have been the ones that were banging their heads and playing air drums. But then again I saw some label people doing a bit of air guitaring too, so who knows? More...

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Alice In Chains Announces Listening Parties

Alice In Chains are currently set to release their new album "Black Gives Way To Blue" on September 29th. The band has issued the following announcement about two exclusive listening parties for the album:

"Hey Alice fans.

"Do you live in L.A. or New York? Do you have an unquenchable thirst to hear the new Alice In Chains album now? Do you want to be cooler than everyone else for the next two months? Then check this out…

"There will be two private listening parties coming up, and a very small number of lucky Alice In Chains fans will be able to hear the new album in its entirety long before the release date on September 29th.

"The first listening party in Los Angeles will be this coming Tuesday, July 14th, at 7:00 P.M. The New York Listening party will be on July 21st.

"Here’s all you need to do: Send an email to aliceinchains@velvethammer.net with either LOS ANGELES or NEW YORK in the subject line and include your name, email address, and phone number.

"Five winners will be chosen at random, and the winners will be able to bring one guest. You’ll sit next to record company honchos and industry bigwigs as they all get a sneak preview of Black Gives Way To Blue. Then you can race home and start blogging about the music, and every board member on this site will hammer you with questions for the next two months. More...

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Alice In Chains Posts "A Looking In View" Video

Reunited grunge legends Alice In Chains has posted their new music video online for the song, "A Looking In View." You can check it out by heading to the bands official website. The song is the first single from the bands forthcoming new studio album, "Black Gives Way To Blue," which is to be released on September 29th.

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Alice In Chains Confirmed For X-Fest Indianapolis

Alice in Chains will headline this year's WRZX X-Fest in Indianapolis on September 12. Ticket pre-sales begin July 9 from 10am to 10pm at www.wrzx.com.

As previously reported, Alice in Chains' upcoming album, "Black Gives Way To Blue," will be released on September 29th via EMI/Virgin.

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Alice In Chains Offering Free Song For Download

Alice in Chains is currently offering their new song "A Looking in View" as a free download here (registration is required). The song is from their upcoming album "Black Gives Way To Blue," which is scheduled to be released on September 29th through Virgin Records.

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Alice In Chains Posts New Video Teaser Online

Grunge legends Alice In Chains has posted a short teaser for their forthcoming music video, "A Looking In View" online. You check it out below. The song will appear on the bands new studio album, "Black Gives Way To Blue" which is scheduled to be released on September 29th through Virgin Records. This is the bands first studio album in fourteen years. More...

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Alice In Chains Reveals Initial European Dates

Alice In Chains has added a handful of very select and intimate headline shows throughout Europe following Sonisphere. This marks the band’s first appearance overseas since the Summer of 2006. Here are the newly announced tour dateS:

August 6 - Cologne, GR - Essigfabrik
August 8 - Berlin, GR - Columbia Club
August 10 - Hamburg, GR - Grunspan
August 11 - Amsterdam, NE - Melkweg

As previously reported, the title of Alice in Chains' upcoming album is "Black Gives Way To Blue" and will be released in stores and online September 29th.

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Alice In Chains Reveals New Album Title

Reunited grunge legends Alice In Chains has announced that they will be entitling their new studio album, "Black Gives Way To Blue" and that it will be released by Virgin Records on September 29th. Stay tuned for more information regarding the album.

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Alice In Chains Signs To EMI/Virgin Records

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.

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Alice In Chains To Release New Album In September

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."

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Four More Bands Added To Sonisphere 2009

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:

Linkin Park
Alice In Chains
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Frank Turner
Killing Joke
Lamb Of God
Machine Head
Nine Inch Nails
Taking Back Sunday
The Sword
Thin Lizzy

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Alice In Chains Completes New Album

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..."

You can check out pictures of the beard madness spoken of here.

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Jerry Cantrell At Road to Recovery Benefit Concert

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.

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More Bands Added To Sonisphere Festival U.K.

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
Avenged Sevenfold
Bullet For My Valentine
Killing Joke
Lamb Of God
Linkin Park (Headliner)
Machine Head
Metallica (Headliner)
Nine Inch Nails
The Sword
Thin Lizzy

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Metallica Adds More Bands To Dublin Show

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.

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First Bands Revealed For Guitar Hero:Greatest Hits

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 Wanna Rock" by TWISTED SISTER
"Killer Queen" by QUEEN
"Nothin" But A Good Time' by POISON
"Them Bones" by ALICE IN CHAINS
"Through The Fire And Flames" by DRAGONFORCE

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Alice In Chains Posts An Update from Down Under

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...

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