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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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Lemmy To Appear In Guitar Hero: Metallica

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:

Metallica songs:

All Nightmare Long
Creeping Death
Disposable Heroes
Dyers Eve
Enter Sandman
Fade To Black
Fight Fire With Fire
For Whom The Bell Tolls
Hit The Lights
King Nothing
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
The Unforgiven
Welcome Home (Sanitarium)
Wherever I May Roam

Other artists: More...

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Alice In Chains Posts Another Video Update Online

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...

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Guitar Hero: Metallica Tracklisting Revealed

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...

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Alice In Chains Posts Another Studio Video Online

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...

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Second Wave of Sidewaves Revealed

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...

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Alice In Chains Posts New Studio Video Online

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...

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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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