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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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21 Years Ago + 13 Years Ago: Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain + Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley Die on April 5

On April 5, 1994, Nirvana's Kurt Cobain died, while Alice in Chains' Layne Staley would pass on April 5, 2002.

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Columbia Records

Annual Benefit Show Honoring Late Alice in Chains Bassist Mike Starr Set for April 4

The annual benefit show honoring late Alice in Chains bassist Mike Starr will take place April 4 at Louie G's in Fife, Washington.

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Alice In Chains Parody Group ‘Kitties In Chains’ Turn ‘Man in the Box’ Into ‘Cat in the Box’

The animator who brought you the Pantera-flavored Cooking Hostile series is at it again -- this time bringing some cute, animated kitties your way.

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You Think You Know Alice in Chains?

How well do you know Alice in Chains? Dig into their history in this edition of 'You Think You Know Rock?'

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Capitol / Photo by Johnny Buzzerio
Capitol / Photo by Johnny Buzzerio

Alice In Chains Unveil 2015 Summer Tour Dates

Alice In Chains have announced a summer tour, which kicks off July 17 at the Starlight Theater at the Pala Casino Spa & Resort.

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Capitol Records

Alice in Chains + Friends Team Up for Fantasy Football Auction

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

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Capitol / Photo by Johnny Buzzerio

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

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

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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