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Remaining Alice In Chains Members Reuniting For Summer Shows

MTV.com reports that the surviving members of Alice In Chains will be reuniting for a number of gigs this summer, and a possible North American tour, and are seeking a vocalist for those gigs and possibly for recording future material with the band either under their name or a new band name.

In the words of Jerry Cantrell, "There will be some Alice in Chains shows this year — that's a fact." There may even be a new record from the grunge rockers, who've been idle for close to 10 years. At this point, the guitarist said, all he can really say is that the band is active, and that the remaining members of Alice — himself, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney — will be taking the stage this summer to perform songs from the band's catalog.

"We're making it up as we go along," Cantrell explained. "It's what we always did in the past. We're writing the book as we live it. We feel confident that we will have a good time and that it's something that will live up to the same level. It's an exploratory thing, and we're just having fun with it. We'd like to go out and play for the people that supported us and love the music as much as we have all these years. We want to celebrate what we did and the memory of our friend."

Cantrell of course refers to Layne Staley, the late Alice In Chains frontman, who died in April 2002 from a mixture of heroin and cocaine at 34 years old.

"We have played with some [singers] who can actually bring it and add their own thing to it without being a Layne clone," Cantrell explained, adding that the three remaining Alice In Chains members will be meeting with several would-be Staley proxies in the coming months, to front the group at European festival gigs. Alice in Chains have been listed as one of the acts performing at Austria's NovaRock Festival in June, but the guitarist said nothing's been confirmed yet.

Kinney said the band hopes to play several North American dates this summer. Cantrell, Kinney and Inez started jamming together late last year, and the reunion will get into full swing March 10, when the reunited Alice in Chains perform at the Trump Taj Mahal in Atlantic City, New Jersey, as part of VH1 Classic's "Decades Rock Live" homage to Heart. Former Jane's Addiction guitarist Dave Navarro, Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, "American Idol" winner Carrie Underwood, Rufus Wainwright and Gretchen Wilson are also set to appear. Cantrell promised a host of other special guests during the show, but he wouldn't give names.

The band will perform with Comes With the Fall frontman William DuVall — a member of Cantrell's touring band. DuVall could, theoretically, be part of the Alice in Chains fold come this summer. "We've done some rehearsing with Will and we're having a lot of fun with him," Cantrell said. "But we're still in the beginning stages where we're trying to figure out what we want to do. He could cut it, without a doubt — but we haven't made a final decision on that yet."

Kinney continued, "I don't see continuing as Alice and replacing somebody. ... We're not trying to replace Layne. We want to play these songs one more time, and if it seems like the right thing to do, it'll happen. I don't know how long it will go or where it will take us. It's kind of a tribute to Layne and our fans, the people who love these songs. It's not some 'I'm broke and I need the money' situation. We love playing together."

Kinney said Alice in Chains had been approached by the producers of "Rock Star" for the reality show's second season. They turned the offer down.

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1. Christi writes:

F*ck yea! Alice in Chains back once again!

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 4:14 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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2. JoeMetal writes:

alice in chains are terrible. who's gunna go see them?

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 5:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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3. silverbulletA7X writes:

ALICE IN CHAINS SUCK!!

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 5:10 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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4. madmetalman writes:

alice in chains blow balls!! grunge is horrible!!!! f*** cobain!!!

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 5:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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5. Christi writes:

F*ckin haters..Btw,Cobain is from Nirvana not Alice in Chains , assh*le

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 6:36 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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6. highvoltage1313 writes:

Alice In Chains is awesome. And you have to give them respect for turning down "Rock Star". That would've been a horrible move. Almost as bad as The Osbournes.

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 7:31 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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7. InTheShadows writes:

How in the hell can you say Alice in Chains sucks!?! You are obviously not a fan of music. And you should really get your facts straight. Kurt Cobain WAS IN NIRVANA!!!! I also don't know how you can call them grunge. Oh, I'm sorry! Mallcore didn't exist yet! You probably weren't even listening to music then! They are one of the best bands to come out of the 90's. Pantera would be the other. Grunge bands didn't have guitar leads and also had no musicianship. Next time do your research and maybe listen to the band before you slam em'. I will definitely go se Alice!!!!!!!!!

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 8:05 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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8. dominate writes:

Yes. Alice In Chains is one the the coolest bands there ever is. But its gonna be really really F***in difficult to find someone who brought as much presence as Layne did.

# Feb 24, 2006 @ 8:44 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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9. deathbringer writes:

I didn't like Alice in Chains back in the day. They were not "metal" enough for my tastes. But over the years I've acquired a taste for their sound, got all of their albums and even appreciate modern bands who bear some influence from them.

# Feb 25, 2006 @ 12:00 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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10. huhz? writes:

Quest begins..the search for a layne clone -_-'

# Feb 25, 2006 @ 2:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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11. Azazel_Begotten writes:

HELL YEAH! AIC reunite!!! \m/

# Feb 25, 2006 @ 9:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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12. threexnine writes:

I hate AIC, I've heard them and they're not that good. I respect them as artist, but no more. I really can't stand them. I just never had a taste for the grunge sound. Also, Nirvana just doesn't cut it as musicians. I hate them, without a passion.

# Feb 25, 2006 @ 4:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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13. WhylordWhy writes:

Alice is looking for a replacement for Layne well I know of another Herion addict that would fit their bill. That dipsh** from Pearl Jam maybe he will die next.

# Feb 25, 2006 @ 5:53 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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14. sevenchurches writes:

alice in semen f***ing sucks a huge nad

# Feb 25, 2006 @ 6:59 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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15. metalmayhem writes:

how can you replace layne......just start a new band, go by a different name and you are all set....however, the name alice in chains will sell records and that is what the music is all about right???????????? what the f u c k ??? how could they do this

# Feb 25, 2006 @ 11:27 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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16. Christi writes:

Yea, they should of just started a totally new band with a new name and all. Take a look at Nirvana, Kurt died and none of the band members continued, they made their own bands. Yet, Drowning Pool's Dave Williams died, and they found a replacement... AIC will never be the same w/o Layne, but I guess it's worth a shot..

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 12:59 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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17. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

and to madmetalman. You are a total douche thinking that Cobain is from Alice in Chains. This shows that a lot of people don't know s h i t about music. Dont' comment on something you know absolutely NOTHING about. And just to let ya know. Alice in Chains is HARD ROCK! Not grunge!

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 2:54 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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18. bahhh writes:

guys there only getting back together for a few gigs
think of it as a tribute to layne?

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 6:05 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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19. bahhh writes:

i dont think thats what madmetalman meant...
he said grunge is horrible..then he said cobain sucks
i think he was just stating that cobain sucks and so does grunge
he sucks for thinkin that anyway haha
\m/

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 6:09 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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20. metalX writes:

All of you people that say AIC suck are a bunch of a$$holes!!!!!! give these guys respect. they are f***ing gods!!!!!!!

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 12:57 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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21. unsean writes:

Alice in Chains are an awesome rock band, I cant wait to see them again.

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 1:42 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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22. Beast writes:

Dirt is one of the best rock records ever made, I have faith in Jerry to find someone who can sing those songs with the same spirit as Layne. They better come through Chicago or I'm gonna be p***ed!!!

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 4:43 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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23. zumbi writes:

Take it from a true metal fan, AIC rock!

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 4:47 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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24. Heretic writes:

damn, this is really cool, its like what queens doing now, only not starting a new band. hope they tour with someone good.

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 9:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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25. JT writes:

This is great news...even though there is no Layne...I never had a chance to see AIC and I'd appreciate any chance to just hear the music played live. As far as picking a new singer...I think that is pretty esay if you heard the show that they did in Washington not that long ago. They had several guest singers come out that night including Maynard James Keenan, Pat Lachman, Anne Wilson, and Wes Scantlin (who was by far the worst). The best was very clear...Pat Lachman...he was absolutely right on with all the songs. If you haven't heard those tracks they are floating around on the internet in multiple locations. I know that Lachman is working on a new project right now...but this would be the chance of a lifetime for him. I look forward to whatever they choose to do...it should be amazing.

# Feb 26, 2006 @ 10:46 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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26. pissed off AIC fan!! writes:

i was introduced to AIC in the early 90's along with many other bands that are the sh** to this day. thats all i listen to every day. So why dont yu punk a$$ fa**ots dissing the chains go listen to the fa**ot a$$ radio . im out!

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 12:57 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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27. Ty-core writes:

Alice In Chains are f***ing awesome. This is f***in alright!

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 8:29 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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28. DEADGUY writes:

Jerry should sing and they should find a different guitarist... i think that would work....

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 9:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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29. Darksinger writes:

Why don't Cantrell do vocals rather than look for a Layne clone?

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 9:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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30. Ed Gein writes:

I think Y'all will burn in HELL! oh yeah these guy sux dix.

also the 90s called and they want there grunge, back sorry guys but you might wanna build a time machine so that some one actually care about you stupid pathetic no talent excuse for musicians.

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# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:11 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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31. JT writes:

Cantrell did half the vocals anyway so I guess that might work...but it was really the combo of the two voices that made AIC unique (vocally)...if they are looking to do the old songs justice they probably need to find someone to sit in and sing with Cantrell.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:40 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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32. JasonNevermore1 writes:

Just an important clarification here...
Nirvana were grunge and yes they were sh**ty musicians.
Alice in Chains were hard rock and damn talented musicians.
To compare the two bands is to expose your own ignorance of a thing called musicianship.
No band has ever fused blues and hard rock like them.
They were truly original.
By the way, if you like AIC then you have to check out the Swedish band Drain. They're hot Swedish chicks who sound amazingly like AIC. They even ripped off the riff from Angry Chair. The lead singer is now married to Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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33. JasonNevermore1 writes:

Just an important clarification here...
Nirvana were grunge and yes they were sh**ty musicians.
Alice in Chains were hard rock and damn talented musicians.
To compare the two bands is to expose your own ignorance of a thing called musicianship.
No band has ever fused blues and hard rock like them.
They were truly original.
By the way, if you like AIC then you have to check out the Swedish band Drain. They're hot Swedish chicks who sound amazingly like AIC. They even ripped off the riff from Angry Chair. The lead singer is now married to Tony Iommi of Black Sabbath.

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 10:48 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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34. Opeth Suck!!! writes:

Very true. So stop calling this grunge damn it!!!

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 11:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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35. slayerdisciple writes:

i like alice in chains and nirvana

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 1:15 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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36. BodomFan writes:

jerry cantrell is a badass guitarist and AIC was the sh*t back in the day. still is

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 1:50 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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37. dead staley writes:

LEAVE IT ALONE IM DEAD, SO f*** IN LEAVE IT THAT WAY, IT WILL NOT BE THE SAME !! LEAVE IT IN THE PAST LIKE ME DEAD AND ROTTING AWAY

# Feb 27, 2006 @ 5:04 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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38. Chainsfan32 writes:

Alice in Chains are the best band to come out of Seatle. They were only lumped in with grunge cause they are from seattle and came out the same time as nirvana and pearl jam. Layne staley can never be replaced but you guys got to remember he wasn't the only member of the band. I would love to see the remaining members play together again. for all the people hating on the chains shut the f*** up and go back to your caveman nordic music that you can't understand a single lyric on. just cause a band can play something other than a power chord you guys get all up in a huff. Music is music you don't like it why you looking at a post about Alice in Chains?

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 1:32 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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39. Eddie is real writes:

fu ck grunge it f***e d things up for my generation now kids at school are saying bands like queen and nirvana are better than iron f*** ing maiden and chainsfan your stupid jimi hendrix is the best thing to come out of seatle so fu ck the grunge sh it i cant wait untill it goes back to the way it was in the early 80s with bands like venom and slayerr and metallica with cliff and stormtroopers of death and anthrax iron maiden i cant f***ing wait all them new bands that think there metal like avenged sevenfold come on give me a fuc king break and unearth that sh it is so f*** ing fa**ot its worse than guns and roses phhh............... Eddie is real

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 6:34 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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40. bradispissed writes:

2 things....

1)nirvana is f***ing grunge along with silverchair and every rip off con artist that followed

2) pearl jam, soundgarden, and alice in chains are alternative. and in the case of alice their sound was most influenced by metal.


for sh**s sake they toured with pantera and wrote "dirt"


the comments on this post are prime example of why i f***ing hate children. pissy little c***s

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 10:58 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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41. ! writes:

ditto. and yes,eddie is real.

# Feb 28, 2006 @ 11:20 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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42. breakthefoundation writes:

first off hand only one of Nirvana's members made his own band. I think Chris Noveselic is anti war spokes person or some sh**. And secondley the majority is right, there is no replacement for layne, and this new revamped tour AIC is talking about is just a bull sh** try at getting more money. Shame on you Cantrell for even trying to replace the heart and soul of AIC, ya f***en dusche nozel.

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43. slayerdisciple writes:

theres nothin wrong with wat hes doin but unless he gets a stanley clone then they shouldnt release the next album under the alice in chains name

# Mar 2, 2006 @ 8:39 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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44. Giorgio de Blackhand writes:

AIC is a great band I ever knew, thats good idea to replace Laney position and KEEP ON ROCKIN this f***in crazy world guys................

# Mar 3, 2006 @ 12:12 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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45. relentless austin writes:

i've always loved this band, and i'm glad to see them getting back together.
i just hope they get the right guy to replay layne. that is the one thing that can blow the whole
thing out of the water.

# Mar 3, 2006 @ 1:22 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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46. Aenima writes:

Anyone who says Alice in Chains suck as musicians are obviously f***ing idiots or completely ignorant. Go back to listening to your sh**ty rap or whatever the f*** you little b****es listen to today. Do us a favor and kill yourself next time before posting this stupid sh**. The only band from the 90s that I like more than Alice in Chains is Tool because they are a phenomena. Staley was a great vocalist and Alice in Chains was an amazing band. Although I don't think they should get a replacement. By the way, yes Layne Staley was a big part of Alice in Chains but don't forget how much the other members put into it too, especially Jerry Cantrell who wrote a lot of AIC's lyrics maybe more than Staley did.

# Mar 3, 2006 @ 9:38 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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47. mighty marcus writes:

Aenima, alice in chains didn't suck. They were just a little sad. They started off okay but after a while you might have mistakenly thought your batteries had gone in your stero. They just go sadder and sadder until in the end he just pined away.........yes pined away.................pined away.......

# Mar 6, 2006 @ 1:01 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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48. ignorant metal head writes:

Alice in Chains sux d*** and should be shot because they ruined an intier generation and now they think they can come back well why dont they ask limp dikit to be there as well maybe then they teem up and tour with korn and linkin park. sorry but time has come and gone and only now has music recovered.

f*** off!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

spliting up was the best thing they ever maybe the nu craper can take advise and go back to there day jobs

pppppppppppppppppppffffffffftttttttttttttttttttttttttt

# Mar 6, 2006 @ 4:15 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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49. JT writes:

Huh???
I'm not getting the connection between Nu-Metal and AIC...I would ask you to explain...but I am not sure that would accomplosh anything.

# Mar 6, 2006 @ 11:42 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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50. JT writes:

*accomplish* (Damn typos)

# Mar 6, 2006 @ 11:43 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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51. MAD MOTHER FUC KER writes:

This site is about to be overrun by fuc king terards. First it was about sh it talking Dime, one of the most innovative guitarists off all time, not to mention one of the coolest guys on the face of this blue rock , the day after he was murdered. Now it's about sh it talking one of the only bands who did anything in the 90's that had some fuc king heart.

I wish to god I could jump through this computer and monkey stomp you stupid f***s.

AiC, hell yes.

# Mar 7, 2006 @ 7:16 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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52. Andrew writes:

Yo, how can you people be dissin on chains, one of the ,ost original bands of the 90's? And to all you morons saying"F*** Cobain" I agree, but he was Nirvana's frontman!!!!! If your gonna talk crap, do some research about it first, you douchebag! AIC isn't nu metal, either. I say that You go back listening to your Papa Roach or another pitiful artist that you call music, cause obviously you haven't heard Chains before. AIC is one of the best bands of their time, and probably one of the top 10 most influencial and talented bands ever, with the exception of bands like Iron Maiden, Testament, and Pantera, but AIC is regarded as a "Legendary" band now, so show some frickin respect!!!! I can't wait to see Chains live, Rock ON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Mar 8, 2006 @ 3:56 PM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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53. bITch oF tHe rOdeO writes:

f*** allz you bicthes who are hate'n on AIC none of you b****es could ever match up to Layne or Jerry soo blow yourselves and rott & no Nirvana does not suck ever since you p***y a$$ preps started listening to them is when they went down hill so all of you who were'nt around in the 90's really needs to get a reality check on who were the sh** then so f*** allz you talk sh**erz and BLOW ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

# Mar 11, 2006 @ 1:34 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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54. metalX writes:

Post 48 you obviously have your head way up your a$$ to think that AIC is new metal. Your a fuccking joke!!!!

# Mar 11, 2006 @ 10:27 AM ET | IP Logged Reveal posts originating from the same IP address
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55. Alice writes:

Well I think AiC is not the same anymore.
So give the band another name.
I grew up with them, really good band.
What you guys forgot to mention is, that Layne could write wonderful lyrics.
And the guys who think AiC suck? Just go nagging somewhere else will you?
Go tuning up your sh**ty car and listen to electronic beat sh**.
Because you can't say AiC suck! I think you a) you never heard of it, and you want to let people know that you know something too, but that's a huge joke, or b) you just don't know what music is.

Into the flood again, same old trip it was back then...

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