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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.

 
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
Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

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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Alice In Chains
Eddie Malluk, Wire Image

Watch an Unearthed Alice In Chains Performance From 1989

Footage from an Alice in Chains' college show at Washington State University in 1989 has surfaced online.

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Layne Staley
Frank Micelota, Getty Images

Alice in Chains’ Layne Staley Reportedly Planned to Audition for Audioslave

After leaving Alice in Chains and struggling with drug addiction, vocalist Layne Staley had an opportunity to become the lead singer of Audioslave.

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Activision
Activision

Alice In Chains, Weezer, Bullet for My Valentine + More Added to ‘Guitar Hero Live’ Song List

Another ten tracks have been added to the growing list of songs to which you’ll be able to jam out on Guitar Hero Live, the newest game in the Guitar Hero franchise.

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Frank Micelotta, Getty Images

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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Mike Starr
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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Joey Siler

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?
Loudwire

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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