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Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains

Though their earliest origins lay in ‘80s-style glam metal, Seattle’s Alice in Chains became one of the signature bands — along with Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Nirvana — associated with the 1990s’ Grunge movement. Signed to Columbia Records in 1989, AiC vocalist Layne Staley, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Starr and drummer Sean Kinney developed a distinctive style blending melancholy vocal harmonies, downcast lyrics, and contrasting hard and soft elements — elements that reflected their inspired creative duality across two albums featuring mostly electric alternative metal (1990’s ‘Facelift’ and ’92’s ‘Dirt’) and two EPs of introspective acoustic music (’92’s ‘Sap’ and ’94’s ‘Jar of Flies’). By the second half of the ‘90s, drug abuse had torn the band apart: first leading to the replacement of Starr with new bassist Mike Inez (in 1993) and, later, Staley’s slow descent into heroin addiction (both musicians are now deceased), and a long hiatus from touring and recording. Finally, Cantrell, Kinney and Inez resurrected Alice in Chains with new singer/guitarist William DuVall in 2005, and have since toured consistently and released a pair of well-received LPs.

 
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Slipknot, Hollywood Vampires + Alice in Chains to Headline 2016 Rock Fest

The lineup and ticketing information for the 2016 Rock Fest in Cadott, Wis. has been revealed.

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Columbia Records
Columbia Records

22 Years Ago: Alice in Chains Release ‘Jar of Flies’ EP

On Jan. 25, 1994, Alice in Chains turned an unfortunate situation into a chart-topping EP with the release of 'Jar of Flies.'

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Christian Petersen / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images
Christian Petersen / Daniel Boczarski, Getty Images

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The Alice in Chains musician shares a story of Lemmy Kilmister helping him out in a time of need.

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YouTube
YouTube

Anthony Vincent Covers Adele’s ‘Hello’ in Styles of Deftones, Alice in Chains, GN’R + More

Watch as Anthony Vincent does his best Deftones, Alice in Chains, Dimmu Borgir and more while covering Adele's 'Hello.'

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Jimmy Page
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Alice in Chains, Soundgarden + Nirvana Members Salute Jimmy Page in Seattle

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Sony Legacy
Sony Legacy

20 Years Ago: Alice in Chains Release Their Self-Titled Album

Alice in Chains released their third full-length album on Nov. 7, 1995. The self-titled effort marks the band’s final album with vocalist Layne Staley, who passed away in 2002.

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Alice in Chains William DuVall
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Alice in Chains’ William DuVall Covers Tom Petty + Bruce Springsteen at Bernie Sanders Event

William DuVall performed at Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' event, covering two classic rock hits.

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Alice in Chains Dirt

23 Years Ago: Alice In Chains Unleash ‘Dirt’

'Dirt' cemented Alice In Chains' place in rock ‘n’ roll history and stand out as one of the musical highlights of the 1990s grunge era.

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Alice in Chains 1990
Columbia

25 Years Ago: Alice in Chains Unleash Their Debut Album ‘Facelift’

On Aug. 21, 1990, Alice in Chains unleashed their solid debut album 'Facelift.'

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Layne Staley
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Layne Staley High School Band Footage Posted; Tom Morello Debunks Audioslave Audition Story

Watch a pre-Alice in Chains Layne Staley rock with his high school band Sleze.

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