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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.

Selected Discography: ‘Facelift’ (1990), ‘Dirt’ (1992), ‘Jar of Flies’ (1994), ‘Black Gives Way to Blue’ (2009) Related Artists: Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Mike Starr, Sean Kinney, Mike Inez, William DuVall Further Reading: 10 Best Alice in Chains Songs

Alice in Chains + Friends Team Up for Fantasy Football Auction

Alice in Chains
Capitol Records

Alice in Chains and their friends have gathered together to auction off autographed items and memorabilia for a couple of worthwhile charities.

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Alice In Chains’ NFC Championship Halftime Performance Video Surfaces Online

Alice in Chains William DuVall
Christian Petersen, Getty Images

Alice in Chains rocked Seattle's CenturyLink Field Sunday during halftime of the NFC Championship Game and video has now surfaced online.

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Alice in Chains Set to Rock Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship Halftime Performance

Alice in Chains
Capitol / Photo by Johnny Buzzerio

Seattle favorites Alice in Chains will perform at halftime of the Seattle Seahawks NFC Championship game this Sunday.

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Corey Taylor Rocks Alice in Chains’ ‘Them Bones’ With Royal Machines

Corey Taylor
Michael Kovac, Getty Images

Corey Taylor delivers a blistering version of Alice in Chains' 'Them Bones' with the all-star covers band Royal Machines.

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Alice in Chains Vocalist William DuVall Recalls Being Detained at Own Home

Alice in Chains William DuVall
Buda Mendes, Getty Images

The singer-guitarist was greeted by police as he pulled into his garage and detained while they tried to determine his identity.

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Alice in Chains Reveal ‘Phantom Limb’ Video via BitTorrent Bundle

Alice in Chains
Capitol

Alice in Chains have unveiled their 'Phantom Limb' video, plus much more, via a new BitTorrent Bundle.

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Alice in Chains’ Sean Kinney Calls Spotify and Pandora ‘A F—ing Ripoff’ for Musicians

Alice in Chains' Sean Kinney
Janette Pellegrini

Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney spoke about how streaming services such as Spotify and Pandora are "a f---ing ripoff" for musicians.

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Soundgarden, Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Pearl Jam + More Covered in ’8-Bit Grunge’ Medley

Alice in Chains 8-bit
YouTube

Soundgarden, Alice in Chains, Nirvana and several others have been covered in the new medley / video for '8-Bit Grunge.'

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Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell ‘Surprised’ Nirvana Were Inducted Into Rock Hall Before Pearl Jam

Jerry Cantrell
Michael Loccisano, Getty Images

Earlier this year, Nirvana entered the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, making them the first "grunge band" from the Seattle scene to be inducted. As Alice in Chains prepare to play a show in Cleveland next week, where the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located, guitarist Jerry Cantrell spoke with Cleveland.com about Nirvana's induction and more.

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Soundgarden, Alice in Chains Lead 2014 ‘Guitar Center Sessions’ Season

Soundgarden Alice in Chains
Mary Ouellette, SheWillShootYou.com / Antonio Marino Jr., Loudwire

'Guitar Center Sessions' is coming back to DIRECTV for a new season and Soundgarden and Alice in Chains are leading the way. Season 8 kicks off with six brand new episodes that were filmed during South By Southwest this year in Austin, Texas.

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