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Alice In Chains Signs To EMIVirgin Records, Plans September Release

Legendary grunge band ALICE IN CHAINS has signed an exclusive worldwide deal with EMI's Virgin Records and are gearing up for the release of their first new studio album in more than 10 years. The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) began recording last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood. The highly anticipated album is scheduled for release this September.

Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. They began touring with new guitarist/vocalist William DuVall the following year.

"It's been a meaningful journey and a hell of a story," says Cantrell. "We're very excited to have a home at Virgin/EMI and are looking forward to writing new chapters in the book of Alice."

"We're in a good place," adds Kinney. "We've made a record that we're really proud of, we've got a team in place that's passionate about the music and we're excited for the fans to hear the new songs."

"Alice In Chains has had a big hand in the evolution of music and I still can't believe we get to work with them," says Rob Stevenson, President of Virgin Records. "This music is going to remind people what we've all been missing."

"There is a tremendous sense of excitement and dedication within EMI around the world as we head into this album release," Added Jeff Kempler, EMI's COO of New Music for North America and the UK,"Alice In Chains' place in rock history is undeniable and when people hear this remarkable new work it will be clear how timeless, potent and visionary this band is."

Alice In Chains was among the headliners at the recent Rock on the Range festival in Columbus, OH. Next up is a July 18 show with Kid Rock at Comerica Park in Detroit, to be followed by festival shows with Metallica overseas, including an August 1 date at Marlay Park in Dublin and an August 2 show at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. Earlier this year, the quartet took a break from recording to perform a string of shows in Australia with Nine Inch Nails.

Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice In Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide and achieved 11 top 10 hit singles.

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1. wilco writes:


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2. aj marro writes:

i think this is cool but ten years ?Hmmmmm,I think ther runnig out of money and needed to do something quick i mean sh** drugs are exspensive

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3. ntue writes:

i hope there are good songs like would?

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4. That_One_Guy writes:

Can't wait to hear what these guys sound like with Duvall on vocals..

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5. M703 writes:

I absolutely LOVE AIC, and Im now ready to admit that they can survive without Layne. BUT... them siging to a major (especially to a bunch of d***s like EMI/Virgin), is that a good thing? The minute the album flops they're dropped. Im not saying it will, but to meet a major's sales expectations, u know what I mean...

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6. utoad9 writes:

AIC has been away too long. Can't wait to hear the new stuff. Like everyone else, I miss Layne alot,but an AIC without Layne is better than no AIC at all. Good luck to Duvall. I'm sure he'll be great.

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