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
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.
'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.
With their previously announced spring tour ready to kick off Friday night (April 25) in Tulsa, Okla., Alice in Chains have added more North American dates to the schedule for later this summer (all date below).
It's not an easy task choosing the 10 best Alice in Chains songs, especially with their stellar history, but we're giving it a shot. Pearl Jam and Nirvana may have gotten a little more glory in the early '90s but it's hard to pick a band that was more influential on hard rock music for the next two decades than Alice in Chains. The group cranked out one of the most impressive catal
Alice in Chains have announced dates for a U.S. tour that launches April 25 in Tulsa, Okla (dates below). Pre-sale tickets will be available beginning Wednesday, Jan. 29 at AliceinChains.com. The public on-sale date is Friday, Jan. 31.
In November of last year, Typhoon Haiyan devastated parts of the Philippines, killing more than 6,000 people and causing hundreds of millions of dollars in damage throughout Southeast Asia. Now, Alice In Chains are helping raise money for the typhoon victims.
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