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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.

 
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire (2)

Alice in Chains + Stone Temple Pilots Members Lead Los Angeles Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp

Members of Alice in Chains and Stone Temple Pilots will lead the next edition of the Rock and Roll Fantasy Camp in Los Angeles this coming February.

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Loudwire
Loudwire

Loudwire Podcast #3 – Alice in Chains’ William DuVall + The Dillinger Escape Plan’s Ben Weinman (Giraffe Tongue Orchestra)

Alice in Chains vocalist William DuVall and Dillinger Escape Plan guitarist Ben Weinman, both of the new band Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, joined us in the studio!

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Buda Mendes, Getty Images
Buda Mendes, Getty Images

Alice in Chains’ William DuVall Talks Axl Rose in AC/DC + Shutting Up Naysayers [Podcast Preview]

In this Loudwire Podcast Preview, Alice in Chains' William DuVall talks Axl Rose singing for AC/DC and how he relates when it comes to shutting up naysayers.

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26 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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Liz Ramanand, Loudwire
Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Alice in Chains Bring the Rock to New York City’s Beacon Theatre

Alice in Chains headlined two consecutive packed shows at New York City’s Beacon Theatre, and we had the opportunity to attend and photograph night two (July 26).

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Loudwire
Loudwire

Alice in Chains Albums Ranked

See where we ranked Alice in Chains' albums from weakest to strongest.

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Photo Credit: Johnny Buzzerio
Photo Credit: Johnny Buzzerio

Alice in Chains Reveal Second Leg of 2016 U.S. Tour Dates

Alice in Chains have lined up September and October dates after their run in late June and July.

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Loudwire

10 Unforgettable Layne Staley Moments

Join us in celebrating Layne’s life with this list of 10 Unforgettable Layne Staley Moments.

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Kevin Winter / Buda Mendes / Jason Merritt, Getty Images
Kevin Winter / Buda Mendes / Jason Merritt, Getty Images

Guns N’ Roses Select Alice in Chains + Lenny Kravitz to Open ‘Not in This Lifetime’ Shows

Alice in Chains and Lenny Kravitz have signed on to open select dates for Guns N' Roses' 'Not in This Lifetime' tour this summer.

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Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Charles Epting for Loudwire
Kathy Flynn, WickedGoddessPhotography.com / Charles Epting for Loudwire

Avenged Sevenfold + Alice in Chains to Headline Inaugural Houston Open Air Festival

Avenged Sevenfold and Alice in Chains will be the inaugural headliners for the first Houston Open Air Festival in September.

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