Although there was no official breakup of Alice in Chains, the band effectively split up in 1996. Singer Layne Staley had become a recluse after the death of his ex-fiancee, which caused the troubled vocalist to delve deeper into drug culture. Any hopes for a reunion were apparently shuttered when Staley died in 2002 of a drug overdose.
Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan award for his contributions to the MusiCares MAP fund at an event on May 31. In a new video, you can hear Cantrell, former Guns N' Roses bassist Duff McKagan and more talk about their struggles with sobriety.
'Jar of Flies'
Is this ideally what Alice in Chains would have liked to have seen with the packaging? The initial pressing of the band's 'Jar of Flies' EP had plastic flies actually embedded in the spine of the jewel case. But the packaging was eventually changed in 1995 when it was released as a special CD Plus release with computer extras.
Last night (May 31), Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 8th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Cantrell, sporting shorter hair and a moustache (as seen in the photo above), was given the award for “his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process.”
Alice in Chains have had a few setbacks while recording the follow-up to 2009's 'Black Gives Way to Blue.' In a new interview, singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell reveals that the process is full speed ahead and talks about the MusiCares MAP award ceremony taking place tonight (May 31) and what it means to him.