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Jerry Cantrell: 'You Can't Replace A Guy Like Layne Staley'

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Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently spoke to MTV.com about his upcoming solo album, which he expects to complete by the fall.

"I've spent the last year and a half in writing mode, compiling a lot of material, writing with a lot of different people," Cantrell told MTV.com. "I've worked with some great songwriters, and I've just been stockpiling my warheads, so to speak, until it's time to do a record. And it's getting pretty close to that time. I've been just gearing up for the next phase of my career, whether that's my third solo record or, of course, there's a possibility it may be a new band as well. I'm just sussing that out for myself. CARDBOARD VAMPYRES [the 'covers' band featuring Cantrell and ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy], is something we do for a blast."

Cantrell's been working with several high-profile musicians, including METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION bassist Chris Wyse, ex-JANE'S ADDICTION drummer Stephen Perkins, ALICE IN CHAINS' Sean Kinney and Mike Inez, producer Marti Frederiksen (MICK JAGGER, AEROSMITH) and FAITH NO MORE's Mike Bordin, who played drums on Cantrell's most recent disc, 2002's "Degradation Trip".

While Cantrell wouldn't speak in detail about the album, saying he'd like to keep its title and track list to himself for now, he did promise the LP would see release in early 2006 — but through which label, he's still not sure. At present, he has no label ties.

"I'm really enjoying my free agency," he said. "But I guarantee you some shit's coming, and it's serious. There's a really exciting thing that's happening with the material I'm coming up with. It's beautiful, it's ugly, it's powerful, it's all that stuff. It's got edge, it's got teeth. It also is something a little different. It encapsulates this part of my life, and I'll be sharing it with everyone else."

With regards to whether or not Cantrell, Inez and Kinney would ever take the stage again together, as they did in February for the K-Rock Tsunami Continued Care Concert in their native Seattle, Cantrell said, "It was a fucking great feeling being back onstage with those guys, but it was also heavy. There's a big hole there, and Layne [Staley, late ALICE IN CHAINS frontman], he's still something major to get through. You can't even put him behind you, you can only get through. Layne not being there, it's such a huge hole, and such a sad thing. All we can do is appreciate what we had and, it was, I mean, it was pretty fucking amazing. It still has impact. We did it honestly, the right way, and we did it for us, with the right intentions. But you can't replace a guy like Layne. But this is what you're left with — life. So, you live.

"Still, there's always the possibility, man," Cantrell continued. "But there's really no plan of it. I would hope and probably say that Sean and I and Mike would get together and do something at some point. That's always been a big hope for me. The Seattle show, that was a one-time deal. It's hard to step forward with a hole as big as Layne and out of respect to not only him, but the music we created with him, I mean, where do you go from there? I don't know. I'm not saying it couldn't happen. It's pretty unimaginable. But if it did happen, [the band] would have to evolve into something new that carries on the old tradition."

Source: Blabbermouth

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1. unearthed writes:

Alice in cahains are gods! You could never replace Staley

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 7:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. bradispissed writes:

amen

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 8:07 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. MAW writes:

I thought Cantrel was doing a blues record with glen danzig?

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 9:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. Queen_Nothing writes:

So did I...

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 9:11 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. BLACKDOG writes:

their shall be no other staley.Yeah that thing about Danzig and Cantrel was the last thing I herd.

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 9:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. thadeus writes:

a truly kik a$$ band.

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 9:52 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. DEADMETAL writes:

much agreed post 1 ...

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 9:54 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. brokenwings13 writes:

Danzig and Cantrell were last working together on some music for Danzig's movie. Wasn't sure if it was "blues" type stuff though.

So what's with the rumors that Pat Lachman was joing the ex-members?

# Jun 15, 2005 @ 11:33 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. RememberMetal? writes:

The only singers I can think of from their generation who could stand in for (certainly not replace) Layne would be Soundgardens/Audioslaves Chris Cornell, Tool/APC's MJK, and to a considerably lesser degree Aarom Lewis of Staind or Sully Erna(who sounds more like Cantrell than Layne anyway) of Godsmack.....It's ann impossible task really, Pat Lachman "might" work but his lyrics leave a bit to be desired.

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 12:13 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. brokenwings13 writes:

But remember, Cantrell wrote most of the songs.

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 2:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. nickelbagnickels writes:

so true so very f***ing true (post 10) i heard that chains just did a benefit for the (?sunami?) victims mjk was the frontman inplace of staley thats just what my bass player told me recentley dont know if its true never looked into it............. someone has to know let us who dont know in on whats up!..........nbn

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 3:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. unearthed writes:

Read the article from Feb. 21. It sounded like a sweet concert, has anyone heard or seen it?

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. brokenwings13 writes:

I heard some parts of it, just a radio excerpt. It was good. Stellar. Excellent.

Maynard was the vocalist for that show, which rocked. MJK could be a good frontman for AIC, but he's so busy with APC and Tool, and let's not forget, the Bikini Bandit movies.

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 4:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. Rulin Kmadd writes:

Ought O' here comes the 13 and brad battling about maynard show!
Hahaha!

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 4:48 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. brokenwings13 writes:

What the f*ck? Brad isn't even on this thread yet.

I stress the word "yet."

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 4:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Rulin Kmadd writes:

It's only a matter of time. Did maynard fix his lisp? Hahaha!
Just pullin your chain 13. Hey I dont know if someone erased one of my
postings but here is a question?
What the fukk happened to Andy Christ or ac666?

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. brokenwings13 writes:

I haven't heard from them in awhile. Who knows?

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 5:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. Rulin Kmadd writes:

Been wondering about him, Emperor4ever, and some other folks in this forum.
Esp. good ol Tom Selleck. (eheh)

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 5:25 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. brokenwings13 writes:

Hahahahaha.

DerailTheTrain is now the name MarlaSinger, and I haven't seen her recently.

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 5:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. Rulin Kmadd writes:

You had a sister on this forum too right 13?

# Jun 16, 2005 @ 5:35 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. dominate writes:

Layne staley had to be one of the greatest singers known. his expression and passion made you feel what he was singing. I sure do hope Kinney, Inez and Cantrell play together again. there will never be another Layne Staley.

# Jun 19, 2005 @ 11:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. brokenwings13 writes:

Yeah, Kmadd, my sis was on as Morningstar. But she's hardly is on anymore.

# Jun 19, 2005 @ 11:12 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. Hecsan writes:

Layne Staley helped me with my life through his vocals in AIC and lyrics I Love Him.

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