Alice In Chains
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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.
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.
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."
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."
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.
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
04. I Can't Remember
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
13. Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy (ELTON JOHN cover)
14. Squeeze Box (THE WHO cover)
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".
MTV'a Unplugged album from Alice In Chains (among others) is getting the reissue treatment next month and will come with a bonus DVD that features content that was not included on the original releases.
Columbia/Legacy will release the album/DVD on September 18th. According to Billboard the releases will be loaded with extras. The Alice in Chains Unplugged will come with three songs that didn't make the broadcast. Those tracks are "Frogs," "Angry Chair" and "The Killer Is Me."
ALICE IN CHAINS singer William DuVall, who is also a member of the Los Angeles-based band COMES WITH THE FALL, has issued the following update:
"As it says on the ALICE IN CHAINS website, we've been working on new AIC material. The first in over 10 years. It's been deeply rewarding and the stuff is insane.
"I produced a new four-song EP for PROGRAM THE DEAD entitled 'Sticks And Bricks'. It RULES. Those guys just keep getting better. They're basing themselves out of Atlanta for the moment and they are completely taking that town over. A bit of advice for the rest of the world: There's no point in struggling. Just surrender.
"Back to AIC again, many of you know by now that we're gearing up for this late summer tour around North America with VELVET REVOLVER. What you may not know is how fucking 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.
"Finally, as you probably saw on this site's home page and on COMES WITH THE FALL's MySpace page, there is a release date for [the new COMES WITH THE FALL album] 'Beyond the Last Light'. September 4, 2007. We could not be more ecstatic. Thanks to all the faithful fallen for hanging in there."
VELVET REVOLVER and ALICE IN CHAINS will team up for a North American tour beginning early August. Confirmed dates so far are as follows:
Aug. 05 - Baltimore, MD, Pimlico Race Course
Aug. 06 - Verona, NY, Turning Stone Resort & Casino
Aug. 08 - Sturgis, SD, Buffalo Chip Campground
Aug. 11 - Montreal, QC, Bell Centre
Aug. 12 - Toronto, ON, Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - Mansfield, MA, Tweeter Center
Aug. 16 - Darien, NY, Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17 - Holmdel, NJ, PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 18 - Wantagh, NY, Nikon at Jones Beach
Aug. 20 - Camden, NJ, Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Aug. 21 - Uncasville, CT, Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 23 - Saratoga, NY, Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24 - Scranton, PA, Toyota Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Atlantic City, NJ, Borgata Hotel and Casino
Aug. 27 - Clarkston, MI, DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 28 - Tinley Park, IL, First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 - St. Paul, MN, Xcel Energy Center
Sep. 08 - Vancouver, BC, Pacific Coliseum
Sep. 11 - Santa Barbara, CA, Santa Barbara Bowl
Sep. 12 - Fresno, CA, Selland Arena
Sep. 14 - Concord, CA, Sleep Train Pavilion at Concord
Sep. 15 - Marysville, CA, Sleep Train Amphitheatre
Sep. 16 - Chula Vista, CA, Coors Amphitheatre
Sep. 18 - Phoenix, AZ, Cricket Pavilion
Sep. 20 - Irvine, CA, Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre
Sep. 21 - Las Vegas, NV, Mandalay Bay Events Center
Sep. 22 - Tucson, AZ, Anselmo Valencia Amphitheatre
Sep. 24 - Englewood, CO, Coors Amphitheatre
Sep. 25 - Albuquerque, NM, Journal Pavilion
Sep. 27 - Dallas, TX, Smirnoff Music Centre
Sep. 28 - Spring, TX, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Oct. 02 - Pelham, AL, Verizon Wireless Music Center
Oct. 03 - Atlanta, GA, HiFi Buys Amphitheatre
Oct. 05 - Mobile, AL, Bayfest
Oct. 06 - Tampa, FL, Ford Amphitheatre
Oct. 07 - W. Palm Beach, FL, Sound Advice Amphitheater
Oct. 09 - Southaven, MS, Snowden Grove Park
Professionally filmed video footage of VELVET REVOLVER performing at the Download festival on June 8, 2007 at Donington Park, Leicestershire, England is available for viewing at YouTube.
An eight-minute video interview with VELVET REVOLVER frontman Scott Weiland and drummer Matt Sorum, which aired on June 6 on Canada's "The Hour", is available for viewing at this location.
ALICE IN CHAINS is writing songs for its first new studio album in 12 years, according to a source close to the band. A person named "the Baldy," who says his job is "to travel the world with ALICE IN CHAINS and send photos, videos and blog entries back to (the webmasters) at AliceInChains.com," recently provided this update: "I've been (in Los Angeles) for five days, sat through three rehearsals and one demo recording session, listened to several other demos, and I can happily report that the new stuff is kicking my ass right out of my pants." There is no word on whether William DuVall, who sang with the group on last year's reunion tour, is also handing vocals for the new material, and there's also no official info on when an album might be released.
Guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a tsunami benefit in Seattle before heading out last year on full European and North American tours with DuVall singing.
Cantrell told Launch last year that while new music wasn't out of the question, the band wasn't ready to commit to anything. "It's gonna be cool to see what happens," he said. "I'm just really excited about the possibilities, 'cause there's a lot of possibilities open. And that's a pretty cool place to start and it's a good place to just leave it there, rather than just making a bunch of claims of what we're gonna do and not living up to them (laughs)."
ALICE IN CHAINS performed at the second annual "VH1 Rock Honors", which was taped on May 12 in Las Vegas. This year's show honored OZZY OSBOURNE, HEART, GENESIS and ZZ TOP, with performances and tributes from QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NICKELBACK, KEANE and others.
Chicago-based rock act KILL HANNAH has secured the opening slot on the upcoming VELVET REVOLVER / ALICE IN CHAINS U.S. The dates are as follows:
Aug. 05 - Baltimore, MD @ Pimlico Race Course
Aug. 06 - Verona, NY @ Turning Stone Resort
Aug. 08 - Sturgis, SD @ Buffalo Chip Campground
Aug. 11 - Montreal, QC @ Bell Centre
Aug. 12 - Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheatre
Aug. 14 - Mansfield, MA @ Tweeter Center
Aug. 16 - Darien, NY @ Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
Aug. 17 - Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug. 18 - Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones Beach
Aug. 20 - Camden, NJ @ Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
Aug. 21 - Uncasville, CT @ Mohegan Sun Arena
Aug. 23 - Saratoga, NY @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug. 24 - Scranton, PA @ Toyota Pavilion
Aug. 25 - Atlantic City, NJ @ Borgata Hotel Casino
Aug. 27 - Clarkston, MI @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug. 28 - Tinley Park, IL @ First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
Aug. 29 - St. Paul, MN @ Xcel Energy Center
KILL HANNAH was formed in 1994 by singer-songwriter Mat Devine. Between 1996 and 2003, the band self-released eight LPs, singles and EPs independently.
KILL HANNAH recorded its Atlantic Records debut, "For Never & Ever", in Los Angeles in the winter of 2003 with producer Sean Beavan (NO DOUBT, MARILYN MANSON, NINE INCH NAILS) and mixer Tim Palmer (U2, THE CURE, TEARS FOR FEARS, H.I.M.). The band released its second album, "Until There's Nothing Left of Us", on August 1, 2006.
Dates have begun to roll out for Alice In Chains' upcoming run with Velvet Revolver, here's the schedule so far:
August 05th Baltimore, MD - Pimlico Race Course
August 06th Verona, NY - Turning Stone Resort & Casino
August 08th Sturgis, SD - Buffalo Chip Campground
August 11th Montreal, QC - Bell Centre
August 12th Toronto, ON - Molson Amphitheatre
August 14th Mansfield, MA - Tweeter Center
August 16th Darien, NY - Darien Lake Performing Arts Center
August 17th Holmdel, NJ - PNC Bank Arts Center
August 18th Wantagh, NY - Nikon at Jones Beach
August 20th Camden, NJ - Tweeter Center at the Waterfront
August 21st Uncasville, CT - Mohegan Sun Arena
August 23rd Saratoga, NY - Saratoga Performing Arts Center
August 24th Scranton, PA - Toyota Pavilion
August 25th Atlantic City, NJ - Borgata Hotel Casino
August 27th Clarkston, MI - DTE Energy Music Theatre
August 28th Tinley Park, IL - First Midwest Bank Amphitheatre
August 29th St. Paul, MN - Xcel Energy Center
Velvet Revolver members Slash and Scott Weiland have confirmed they will tour with Alice in Chains this summer for a U.S. and Canadian tour which will run into the fall. Sparta will open on the second leg of the tour with additional supporting acts to be names shortly. Only the following two dates have been confirmed so far:
August 17th in Homdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 18th in Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
More dates have been released for the Summer tour featuring VELVET REVOLVER and ALICE IN CHAINS:
August 17 - Homdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center
August 18 - Wantagh, NY @ Jones Beach
ALICE IN CHAINS has commenced the songwriting process for a new studio album. In an online posting by The Baldy — whose job is "to travel the world with ALICE IN CHAINS and send photos, videos and blog entries back to [the webmasters] at AliceInChains.com" — he writes, "I've been [in Los Angeles] for five days, sat through three rehearsals and one demo recording session, listened to several other demos, and I can happily report that the new stuff is kicking my ass right out of my pants. Remember that these songs are still only in the early stages of being written too. Just in the time I've been here, the guys have taken a riff and worked on it and expanded it and added layers to it, and now it's practically a full-fledged song."
ALICE IN CHAINS has been added to the list of artists who will take the stage for tribute performances at the second annual "VH1 Rock Honors". This year's celebration will honor the music and influence of OZZY OSBOURNE, GENESIS, HEART and ZZ TOP.
These honorees will perform live, along with additional tribute bands QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, NICKELBACK, GRETCHEN WILSON and KEANE, on Saturday, May 12 at the Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas.
Hosted by Bam Margera ("Jackass", "Viva La Bam"), "VH1 Rock Honors" will air on VH1 Thursday, May 24 at 9 p.m Eastern. Presenters will include Billy Bob Thornton, Robin Williams, Criss Angel, Taylor Hawkins and more.
ALICE IN CHAINS filmed its concert on October 31, 2006 in Providence, Rhode Island for a possible DVD release. The Halloween performance was two hours and forty minutes long, with the group playing additional songs for the filming. There's no indication yet of when the DVD could surface or what other features it might contain.
The group's most recent North American tour featured the reunited band playing a two-hour show that included an acoustic middle section as well as an eight-minute video tribute to late ALICE IN CHAINS frontman Layne Staley.
Staley died in 2002 after a long struggle with drug addiction that effectively put ALICE IN CHAINS on ice in 1996.
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne will make a "surprise groundbreaking, historic announcement about this summer's Ozzfest" at CIC 2007 (Concert Industry Consortium) on Tuesday, February 6 at 11:00 a.m. PT at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel (The Westside Room), located at 2025 Avenue Of The Stars in Century City, California at a media-only event (not open to the public).
Current rumors about the summer festival include the tour being scaled back to indoor arena's that will be headlined by Ozzy with 5 to 6 other bands on the bill. One of these rumored bands, Alice in Chains.
Ozzyhead.com reports that Sharon Osbourne was interviewed by Opie and Anthony on their syndicated radio show. She confirmed that Ozzy will be performing on the 2nd stage again next year at Ozzfest 2007. She also said that they are trying to get Alice In Chains on the bill.
Sharon also made a quick reference to a 40th Anniversary tour for Black Sabbath in 2008.
STONE SOUR's Corey Taylor joined ALICE IN CHAINS onstage at Saturday's 99.5 Fan Fest show at Verizon Wireless Amphitheatre in San Antonio, TX to sing lead vocals on the ALICE IN CHAINS classic 'Would?' as thousands of fans cheered them on.
Next up for STONE SOUR, they'll embark on the "Music As A Weapon Tour" with DISTURBED in November. Meanwhile, the band's debut single "Through Glass" has been #1 at Mainstream and Active Rock for five weeks, marking the first #1 single in the band’s career. The song is also #4 on Billboard's Modern Rock tracks chart and the video can be seen on MTV2.
According to IGN, the final track listing has been revealed for the upcoming PS2/Xbox 360 video game "Guitar Hero II". The track list will run as follows (sorted by their in-game categories):
Motley Crue - "Shout At The Devil"
Danzig - "Mother"
Cheap Trick - "Surrender"
Wolfmother - "Woman"
Spinal Tap - "Tonight I'm Gonna Rock You Tonight"
Kiss - "Strutter"
Nirvana - "Heart-Shaped Box"
Police - "Message In A Bottle"
Van Halen - "You Really Got Me"
Kansas - "Carry On Wayward Son"
Foo Fighters - "Monkey Wrench"
Alice In Chains - "Them Bones"
Iggy Pop And The Stooges - "Search And Destroy"
The Pretenders - "Tattooed Love Boys"
Black Sabbath - "War Pigs"
Thrash And Burn:
Warrant - "Cherry Pie"
The Butthole Surfers - "Who Was In My Room Last Night"
Mathew Sweet - "Girlfriend"
Rolling Stones - "Can't You Hear Me Knockin'"
Guns N' Roses - "Sweet Child O' Mine"
Return Of The Shred:
Rage Against The Machine - "Killing In The Name"
Primus - "John The Fisherman"
The Sword - "Freya"
Thin Lizzy - "Bad Reputation"
Aerosmtih - "Last Child"
Heart - "Crazy On You"
Stone Temple Pilots - "Tripping On A Hole In A Paper Heart"
Stray Cats - "Rock This Town"
Allman Brothers - "Jessica"
Jane's Addiction - "Stop"
Anthrax - "Madhouse"
The Living End - "Carry Me Home"
Lamb Of God - "Laid To Rest"
Reverend Horton Heat - "Psychobilly Freakout"
Rush - "YYZ"
Avenged Sevenfold - "Beast And The Harlot"
Suicidal Tendencies - "Institutionalized"
Dick Dale - "Misirlou"
Megadeth - "Hangar 18"
Lynyrd Skynyrd - "Free Bird"
Around 15 or more unlockable bonus tracks will also be included in the game, with Every Time I Die, Drist, The Last Vegas, Valient Thorr and The Breaking Wheel rumored to be among them. "Guitar Hero II" will see a November 7th release date on the Playstation 2 while a spring release on the Xbox 360 is currently pending.
ALICE IN CHAINS recently spoke to AOL Music about the group's decision to reunite with a new singer, William Duvall.
"We spent half our lives together and created all this music, so just getting back in touch with it is a big thing, man," guitarist Jerry Cantrell said. "When you look back, you realize how much fun we actually had."
"Once we got rolling it was just really emotional for me, doing this without our brother Layne [Staley, late frontman]," added bassist Mike Inez.
"I think we've kind of found some sort of neutral buoyancy. We're floating in the ocean. It just feels good. It feels more natural."
Drummer Sean Kinney said the band had to deal with a lot of doubters at first. "Nobody knew what would happen, 'cause some people are just stupid," he said. "They can't let go of the past, and they believe things have to be a certain way. I hear a lot of people tell me, 'This can't work, and it shouldn't be.' By the third song, they're singing along. And then they feel the need to hunt you down and tell you they were wrong."
AOL Music reports: If fans didn't know what to expect when the three remaining members of Alice in Chains decided to reunite with a new singer, William Duvall, they weren't the only ones.
"We spent half our lives together and created all this music, so just getting back in touch with it is a big thing, man," says guitarist Jerry Cantrell, speaking to AOL Music backstage at KROQ's recent Inland Invasion show. "When you look back, you realize how much fun we actually had."
"Once we got rolling it was just really emotional for me, doing this without our brother Layne [Staley, late frontman]," adds bassist Mike Inez.
The band also had to deal with questions about where they fit in, music-wise, a decade later, but Inez says the group is finding its way: "I think we've kind of found some sort of neutral buoyancy. We're floating in the ocean. It just feels good. It feels more natural."
Drummer Sean Kinney says the band had to deal with a lot of doubters at first. "Nobody knew what would happen, 'cause some people are just stupid. They can't let go of the past, and they believe things have to be a certain way. I hear a lot of people tell me, 'This can't work, and it shouldn't be.'"
But Kinney says after seeing the show some fans have admitted their mistake. "By the third song, they're singing along. And then they feel the need to hunt you down and tell you they were wrong."
AOL Music has a few listening parties for new releases this week including: