Contact Us

Alice in Chains, ‘Rooster’ – Songs About Soldiers

Alice in Chains Jerry Cantrell
Giulio Marcocchi, Getty Images

Alice in Chains guitarist/co-vocalist Jerry Cantrell needed to look no further than his own father for inspiration for the band’s hit song ‘Rooster.’ The title came from the nickname given to his father while he was serving in the Vietnam War.

Cantrell stated in the ‘Music Box’ liner notes that doing the song brought he and his father closer together. He recalled, “The first time I ever heard him talk about [Vietnam] was when we made the video and he did a 45-minute interview with [director] Mark Pellington and I was amazed he did it … It even brought him to the point of tears. It was beautiful. He said it was a weird experience, a sad experience and he hoped that nobody else had to go through it.”

Next: 'One' for All

Subscribe to Loudwire on

Recommended For You

Around the Web

Best of Loudwire

Leave a Comment

It appears that you already have an account created within our VIP network of sites on . To keep your personal information safe, we need to verify that it's really you. To activate your account, please confirm your password. When you have confirmed your password, you will be able to log in through Facebook on both sites.

Forgot your password?

It appears that you already have an account on this site associated with . To connect your existing account just click on the account activation button below. You will maintain your existing VIP profile. After you do this, you will be able to always log in to using your original account information.

Please fill out the information below to help us provide you a better experience.

(Forgot your password?)

Not a member? Sign up here

Sign up for Loudwire quickly by connecting your Facebook account. It's just as secure and no password to remember!