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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 Posts Studio Update

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...

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Alice In Chains Posts Fourth Studio Video Online

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...

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Alice In Chains Posts New Studio Footage Online

Reunited grunge legends Alice In Chains has posted a third video update of themselves working on their brand new studio album. You can check it out below. The album will be the first to feature vocalist William DuVall who has filled the shoes of the bands legendary late lead singer Layne Staley who tragically passed away in 2002. More...

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Alice In Chains Posts More Studio Footage Online

Reunited grunge legends Alice In Chains has posted a second video online documenting the making of their brand new studio album. You can check it out below. This will be the first Alice In Chains album to feature vocalist William DuVall, who replaced original singer Layne Staley in 2006 following Staley's death in 2002. The band are working with producer Nick Raskulinecz who has previously worked with Stone Sour, Rush, Death Angel and more. More...

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Alice In Chains Posts Studio Video Online

Alice In Chains has posted a new video online documenting the first week of recording their new studio album. You can check it out below. The album will be the first not to feature late singer Layne Staley and features the lineup of Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney and new vocalist William DuVall. More...

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Metallica Discusses Leaving Staley Song Off Album

Metallica frontman James Hetfield penned a touching musical tribute to tragic Alice in Chains star Layne Staley - but decided it wasn't good enough for the band's new album Death Magnetic.

The frontman admits he didn't really know the late star, who died from a drug overdose in 2002, but his tragic demise inspired him to write many of the dark tracks on Metallica's new album.

And one track, "Shine," was written all about Staley.

Hetfield tells Rolling Stone magazine, "I know (Alice In Chains star) Jerry Cantrell quite well and learned about Layne through him... I could see some of the things Jerry went through to keep that band together.

"I started writing a song around a Layne Staley type - a rock 'n' roll martyr magnetised by death. Why did he choose that path, someone with such talent?"

Metallica recorded Death Magnetic with a photograph of Staley taped to the wall of their studio control room. More...

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2009 Soundwave Fest Acts And Dates Announced

The official bill for the 2009 Soundwave festival in Australia has been recently released. The festival will visit five of Down Under's major cities (Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth) starting in Brisbane on the 21st of February and finishing up Perth on the 2nd of March, 2009. Limited pre-sale tickets will be made available for $110 (Australian) via registering at the Soundwave Festival website.

The bands definitely ready to rock out so far are Nine Inch Nails, Alice In Chains, Bloodhound Gang, Scars On Broadway, Lamb of God, Alkaline Trio, Billy Talent, The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, Face To Face, In Flames, Rival Schools, Anberlin, Every Time I Die, Devildriver, Funeral For A Friend, Less Than Jake, Poison The Well, Madina Lake, New Found Glory, From First To Last, Bedouin Soundclash, Hellogoodbye, Finch, Goldfinger, The Subways, Say Anything, Chiodos, Silverstein, Saves The Day, Lacuna Coil, 36 Crazyfists, Straylight Run, Evergreen Terrace, Minus The Bear, Moneen, Ace Enders, (The Early November), I Am The Avalanche, Jaguar Love, Unearth, Bayside, Emery, Houston Calls, The Audition, Attack In Black, Innerpartysystem, Valencia, In This Moment, Alesana, The Riverboat Gamblers, HORSE The Band, Maylene and The Sons Of Disaster.

The dates for the Fest are as follows:
Saturday 21 February – Brisbane - RNA Showgrounds, Gregory Terrace, Bowen Hills, Brisbane
Sunday 22 February – Sydney - TBA
Friday 27 February – Melbourne - Melbourne Showgrounds, Ascot Vale, Melbourne
Saturday 28 February – Adelaide , Bonython Park, Port Rd, Adelaide
Monday 2 March - Perth - Steel Blue Oval, Bassenden, Perth

Tickets go on sale from the following dates:
Brisbane: Thurs 9 Oct @ 9am
Sydney: Fri 10 Oct @ 9am
Melbourne: Sat 11 Oct @ 9am
Adelaide: Sun 12 Oct @ 9am
Perth: Sunday 12 Oct @9am

General Admission tickets will be $130 (Australian), and will be available through the Soundwave Festival website and the Ticketek website.

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Alice In Chains To Enter The Studio In October

The following update has been posted online by Alice In Chains associate, "The Baldy":

"Have you been asking yourself how the band spent their summer vacation?

"Well, Sean injured his beard in an unfortunate slip-n-slide accident back in June and needed six weeks of bedrest after a team of surgeons reluctantly removed it.

"Mike held vigil at his bedside, and Jerry & William used the time to go off to summer camp, where they learned to carve driftwood and make macaroni art. More...

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Metal Stars Confirmed For Dimebag Tribute

The Ozzfest live tribute to fallen Pantera/ Damageplan guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott has began to take a clearer shape with many big name members of the metal community confirmed. The musicians will perform a set of Pantera classics after the set of Hellyeah at Ozzfest. Among the confirmed artists are:

Vinnie Paul (Pantera, Damageplan, Hellyeah)
Kerry King (Slayer)
Scott Ian (Anthrax)
Charlie Benante (Anthrax)
Mike Inez (Alice In Chains)
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains)
King Diamond (Mercyful Fate, Solo artist)
Kirk Hammett (Metallica)
Chad Gray (Mudvayne, Hellyeah)
Jamey Jasta (Hatebreed, Icepick, Kingdom Of Sorrow)
Bob Zilla (Damageplan, Hellyeah)

Dimebag's former girlfriend Rita Haney has said about the tribute: “To have this event on the Mainstage at OZZFest in Dallas is such a treat and an honor!” says Rita Haney. “When this tragedy originally happened, I saw the music community come together like I've never seen before. To have the name ‘Dimebag’ still, to this day, unite musicians to pay homage in such a respectful way, is very overwhelming! In Dime's vision, it's always been about a damn good time!"

“When we decided on Dallas as the site for this year’s OZZFest, it seemed like the perfect opportunity to pay tribute to ‘Dimebag’ Darrell since it was his hometown,” said Sharon Osbourne. “’Dimebag’ was a part of our OZZFest family and everyone in the metal community misses him dearly.”

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Alice In Chains Readying First Album In 13 Years

Alice In Chains, having not released a full length studio album of original material since 1995's self titled album, are working hard in the studio to have the record done by the end of 2008. Although the band did record a few songs that were released on their box set Music Bank in 1999, "Alice In Chains" was the final album with original vocalist Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002. The band has since reunited with new vocalist, William DuVall who toured with Alice In Chains on their reunion tour.

Ultimate-Guitar.com recently caught up with Jerry Cantrell to get his thoughts on choosing DuVall to fill the immensely huge shoes of Layne Staley and where they are at with completing the new album. You can check out the video here.

Jerry Cantrell's comment on the upcoming album:

"We just kind of met and got along you know and ended up playing together on my solo tour and when we started thinking about doing some playing I suggested him coming in and jamming with us and the guys had a good time with him. That was like three years ago and we're still hanging out and having a good time and making some music. We're in the middle. Yeah, we're in the middle."

Alice In Chains have sold more than 14 million albums in the United States, released two number-one albums and 19 top 40 singles, and have received six Grammy nominations. As of press time the band doesn't have any tour dates for 2008 as they continue to work hard putting the finishing touches on the new material.

Read the full article at Ultimate Guitar.

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Hurt, Tantric To Co-Headline Layne Staley Concert

Hurt and Tantric will co-headline the 7th annual Layne Staley Fund tribute and benefit concert. The event will be taking place on August 23rd at Seattle’s Showbox SoDo.

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Alice In Chains Continues Work On New Material

It has been confirmed that Alice In Chains are now back to work on their new album, which will be the first album since their self-titled CD in 1995 and the first without vocalist Layne Staley.

Guitarist/ Vocalist Jerry Cantrell states: "We've been working about the last four months, and there's a good bulk of music and a good body of work so far, and we're having fun, and you know, we're taking our time and trying to figure out where William fits in and where we need to step up, and I have all the confidence in the world in the guys," he said. "The most important thing to me is that we're all together and, you know, it's been a tough and painful experience at times, but it's been very rewarding at the same time."

Cantrell has also said that the band has no plans for any live shows in 2008.

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Rock Heavyweights Jam Out At The Roxy

Billboard.com reports: A cast of rock heavyweights crammed the Roxy stage in Hollywood Thursday night (May 1) for a jam session that found the likes of Jane's Addiction's Dave Navarro, Sugar Ray's Mark McGrath and Matt Sorum (Velvet Revolver, Guns N' Roses) on stage with the likes of Lemmy Kilmister of Motorhead, Steve Jones and Paul Cook of the Sex Pistols and Alice In Chains' Jerry Cantrell.

All came together for the first of five Thursday-night gigs in May featuring Navarro and Sorum's occasional side project, Camp Freddy, which also features guitarist/vocalist Billy Morrison, bassist Chris Chaney (Jane's Addiction, Alanis Morissette) and singers McGrath and Donovan Leitch, son of folk singer Donovan.

The Roxy is known for holding occasional jam sessions with top-shelf names, and this collective opened its Roxy stand by wowing the crowd with covers of songs by Thin Lizzy ("Jailbreak"), Oasis ("Rock and Roll Star"), Killing Joke ("Eighties"), Blur ("Song 2") and David Bowie ("Suffragette City").

Read the full article at Billboard.com.

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Ozzfest Coming To London?

Kerrang.com reports that Ozzfest 2008 is strongly rumored to be coming to the UK with a one-off show at London's 02 Arena on July 19.

OZZY OSBOURNE, who begins a series a South American tour on March 30 with KORN and BLACK LABEL SOCIETY, looks set to headline the one-day extravaganza.

Although promoters and agents involved with the show are remaining tight-lipped, Kerrang.com believes that other bands in the running are KILLSWITCH ENGAGE, ALICE IN CHAINS, SERJ TANKIAN, DIMMU BORGIR and LACUNA COIL.

As previously reported, the U.S. version of Ozzfest is rumored to be morphing into a two-day "destination festival" in Dallas. There has been no official word yet on what format Ozzfest will take or who will be on the bill.

The rumors come in the wake of this year's arrival of the metal-oriented Rockstar Energy Mayhem Tour, which will play 30 North American amphitheaters during July and August, the time when Ozzfest is traditionally making its rounds.

Last year's Ozzfest offered free admission, with fans acquiring tickets mostly through sponsoring web sites. But the acts were not paid either, which resulted in a decidedly less than impressive main stage lineup. The Mayhem trek has already robbed Ozzfest of two potential main-stage heavyweights in DISTURBED and SLIPKNOT, with fan favorites DRAGONFORCE and MASTODON also taking part in the Mayhem tour.

OZZY OSBOURNE is likely to headline the U.S. Ozzfest as a solo act again, since his BLACK SABBATH bandmates are busy with their HEAVEN AND HELL offshoot.

The Mayhem tour is being co-produced by Kevin Lyman, who has the successful Warped and Taste of Chaos packages on his resume.

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Alice In Chains Go Platinum

ALICE IN CHAINS' "Nothing Safe" 1999 three-disc box set, which covered the group's best songs and assorted rarities, was certified platinum on December 11, 2007 by the RIAA (Recording Industry Association of America) for sales in excess of one million copies in the United States.

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently told MTV.com that the band is working on new material and hopes to have an LP recorded by the end of 2008.

"Definitely possibly," Cantrell responded when asked whether fans could expect an ALICE record next year. "I don't think you can put a time limit on it, because first we have to come up with a record we're satisfied with, and I think we can do that."

He continued, "The body of stuff that's been coming out so far — all the riffs and song ideas — are really cool. It's really aggressive and everything ALICE was, but it's moved on into a different thing too. It's [indicative of the] transformation of this band. The dynamic is different, and it should be. But Mike, Sean and I, we're still here. We're still a big part of how this band sounds. The elements that remain and the element that William [DuVall, new singer] brings to the band are powerful things. I couldn't put a time on it, but I can tell you that [writing songs] is what we are working toward. We're gathering material and doing other business to help this band move forward."

(Thanks: Jason Bodak)

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Papers Detail Horror Story of Cornell's Stalker

TMZ.com has obtained court documents outlining a terrifying series of events that have left former SOUNDGARDEN and AUDIOSLAVE frontman Chris Cornell and his family in terror. Cornell is seeking a restraining order against a man who they say was hired to do the dirty work of the woman to whom Cornell was once married.

According to documents, filed yesterday in L.A. County Superior Court, Cornell claims his ex-wife, Susan Silver — the manager of ALICE IN CHAINS and the singer's former band, SOUNDGARDEN — has sent his family "numerous threatening and terrifying death threats." According to the docs, Silver has even threatened to harm Chris' two-year-old son. It has become so terrifying LAPD's Threat Management Unit has taken the case.

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Alice In Chains Part Ways With Management

ALICE IN CHAINS has parted ways with its management company, Core Entertainment. According to a press release issued by Core, the split was caused by "the changing nature of the music business and the increasing demand for [Core's] consulting and entertainment-related services. . . Core co-founder Bill Siddons stated that we take great pride in what we accomplished in a short time — the successful re-launching of the reconfigured ALICE IN CHAINS in a manner that protected the bands credibility."

Core will continue to provide music and television management for its existing roster which includes FU MANCHU, FIREBALL MINISTRY, Michael Glabicki, Drew Lachey, Dr. Drew Pinsky, Tom Green, Elayne Boosler, and others.

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently told MTV.com that the band is working on new material and hopes to have an LP recorded by the end of 2008.

"Definitely possibly," Cantrell responded when asked whether fans could expect an ALICE record next year. "I don't think you can put a time limit on it, because first we have to come up with a record we're satisfied with, and I think we can do that."

He continued, "The body of stuff that's been coming out so far — all the riffs and song ideas — are really cool. It's really aggressive and everything ALICE was, but it's moved on into a different thing too. It's [indicative of the] transformation of this band. The dynamic is different, and it should be. But Mike, Sean and I, we're still here. We're still a big part of how this band sounds. The elements that remain and the element that William [DuVall, new singer] brings to the band are powerful things. I couldn't put a time on it, but I can tell you that [writing songs] is what we are working toward. We're gathering material and doing other business to help this band move forward."

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Alice In Chains Discuss New Album For 2008

The following report is courtesy of Chris Harris from MTV.com:

It's been nearly two years since the surviving members of ALICE IN CHAINS - guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney - announced they'd be returning to action for a series of reunion gigs. At the time, some in the band even hinted at the possibility of some fresh Alice tunes somewhere down the line.

Now, two highly successful tours later , Alice in Chains — with COMES WITH THE FALL frontman William DuVall stepping in for late singer Layne Staley — are ready to write and hope to have an LP recorded by the end of 2008.

"Definitely possibly," Cantrell responded with a healthy guffaw when asked whether fans could expect an Alice record next year. "I don't think you can put a time limit on it, because first we have to come up with a record we're satisfied with, and I think we can do that."

No, Alice in Chains haven't written any complete songs for their forthcoming record yet, but Cantrell said they have been tinkering with a few ideas here and there, and they'll start writing in earnest after the holidays.

"The body of stuff that's been coming out so far - all the riffs and song ideas - are really cool," Cantrell explained. "It's really aggressive and everything Alice was, but it's moved on into a different thing too. It's [indicative of the] transformation of this band. The dynamic is different, and it should be. But Mike, Sean and I, we're still here. We're still a big part of how this band sounds. The elements that remain and the element that William brings to the band are powerful things. I couldn't put a time on it, but I can tell you that [writing songs] is what we are working toward. We're gathering material and doing other business to help this band move forward."

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Book On Late Alice In Chains Singer Due In 2008

A new book based on late ALICE IN CHAINS singer Layne Staley's last five years of reclusive life in downtown Seattle is scheduled for release in late 2008. Entitled "Itch, Love Stories about Heroin", the book "will reveal some secrets about the singer, as well as offer an inside look at his addiction and struggles with heroin," according to a press release.

"It will be a struggle to finish the book," author Tanya Vece said. "It will be like closing a chapter on his life, and mine — not for good but I think saying what he would want to have said."

According to the press release, "Staley did call in an interview to Vece's friend author Adriana Rubio about a month before his passing. Weak and coughing, Staley wasn't ready to comment on his reclusive life, but did talk briefly about his fight with drugs."

"Everyone knows he was addicted," Vece stated. "I want to talk about who he was, and get to the real Layne — addiction and art."

When asked on her connection to Staley, Vece said "Let me just say there are some things I won't expand on — some things even I will keep secret!"

Tanya Vece is the current editor of independent art e-zine The Horse Chronicles. She has three other fictional independent books out and is an honoree of the International Press Academy. Her recent accomplishments include press coverage through CNN for the Democratic debate in Las Vegas.

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Alice In Chains Record Show For Live Album

ALICE IN CHAINS recorded its acoustic performance Friday night (August 31) at The Rave/Eagles Club in Milwaukee, Wisconsin for an upcoming live album. It is likely — although not officially confirmed — that the remaining three AIC acoustic shows while on the road with VELVET REVOLVER this summer and fall will also be recorded for the live CD, which is tentatively due in early 2008.

ALICE IN CHAINS's setlist for last night's concert was as follows:

01. Don't Follow
02. Heaven Beside You
03. Brother
04. I Can't Remember
05. Nutshell
06. Killer is Me
07. Love Hate Love
08. Sludge Factory
09. Angry Chair
10. No Excuses
11. Down in a Hole
12. Got Me Wrong

Encore:

13. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (ELTON JOHN cover)
14. Squeeze Box (THE WHO cover)
15. Rooster

Remaining ALICE IN CHAINS "Acoustic Hour" shows (in between regular dates with VELVET REVOLVER):

Sep. 01 - Pageant - St. Louis, MO
Sep. 29 - Antone's - Austin, TX
Oct. 01 - House Of Blues - New Orleans, LA

ALICE IN CHAINS singer William DuVall recently posted a message online about the new music that the band has been writing recently. DuVall wrote, "As it says on the ALICE IN CHAINS website, we've been working on new material. The first in over 10 years. It's been deeply rewarding and the stuff is insane." DuVall also mentioned the band's just-started tour with VELVET REVOLVER, adding, "What you may not know is how f***ing ravenous we are to get out there and rock your faces again. We are coming (like a pack of wild dogs) to an amphitheater/arena near you. There will be no quarter asked. And none given. You've been duly warned."

DuVall's comments were the first made publicly by a member of ALICE IN CHAINS regarding new music from the band, although reports surfaced earlier this summer that the band was writing new songs.

ALICE IN CHAINS reunited last year, with DuVall on vocals, for its first live dates since 1996. Original singer Layne Staley died in 2002.

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse of Radio last year that the band hadn't given much thought yet to writing new music. "Well, you know, it's been all we can handle just to get this thing going, you know," he said. "It's quite an undertaking on a lot of different levels — professionally, musically, between us as friends and working through the loss of Layne, you know, so there's so many levels of things that we've dealt with. We intended to do exactly what we're doing right now and that pretty much takes up most of our attention, I guess."

ALICE IN CHAINS' 1996 "MTV Unplugged" album will be reissued on September 18 with a bonus DVD featuring additional songs left off the original version. The tracks are "Frogs", "Angry Chair" and "The Killer Is Me".

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