Category Archives: Alice in Chains

The Story Behind The Song: Rooster by Alice In Chains

source: Classic Rock November 15, 2006

The Story Behind The Song: Rooster by Alice In Chains

Watch Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell On ‘Icons’, Streaming Now On Gibson TV

source: Blabbermouth July 9, 2020

Gibson TV, the iconic, American-made guitar maker’s first-ever, award-winning, worldwide online network, features original series from the world’s best storytellers. Gibson TV has premiered the third episode of the new series titled “Icons”, a longform interview series featuring some of the most iconic artists, producers and music business pioneers in the world.

In the new episode of “Icons” out today, Gibson TV sits down with one of the most iconic rock musicians of our generation, Jerry Cantrell to learn about his early years in Spanaway, Washington and the birth of the Seattle sound. The show takes a deep dive into his 30-plus year career in music as the guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of Alice In Chains, and as a solo artist.

Cantrell’s career outside of Alice In Chains has consisted of two solo albums and contributions to major film soundtracks. Jerry’s first solo album, “Boggy Depot”, was released in 1998, followed by his second album, “Degradation Trip” (2002). In addition to his solo artist work, Cantrell has released music on soundtracks for several films, including “Spider-Man”, “The Cable Guy”, “John Wick 2”, “Last Action Hero” and “The Punisher”.

Earlier this year, Cantrell returned to the studio to continue working on a new solo album. The upcoming effort will mark his first full-length release since “Degradation Trip”, the epic solo album he made in 2002 with future Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo and Faith No More drummer Mike Bordin.

Cantrell discussed his plans to record and release new solo music during a pair of interviews he gave in January. While chatting with Gibson about his new collaboration with the guitar maker, Cantrell touched upon his solo activity, saying: “There’s gonna be some cool things happening this year. I’ve already done a couple of shows in L.A. in December with a great group of friends. My friend helped me put together a really cool group of people, and we did a couple of solo shows.

“I’ve been in this band, in Alice In Chains, since 1987, so 33 years. And that’s always been my first love and my commitment, but I did have the opportunity to make a couple of solo records, and since we started the band back up, I really didn’t have the opportunity to revisit that,” he continued.

“[Alice In Chains] just finished touring in September off of Rainier Fog, and we generally take about a year off when we’re done touring anyway — just give it a rest for a second and then get it reinvigorated and focus on what’s new. So we’re gonna take a year off, so I thought I’d maybe do some shows and I’m working on some music as well. And there’s gonna be some exciting things. I don’t wanna say just yet what’s happening, but I can tell you that there’s gonna be some cool shit happening this year.”

In a separate interview with People TV on the red carpet of the MusiCares benefit honoring Aerosmith, Cantrell said that he tries to stay away from listening to other artists while putting together new material. “I’m working on a new record myself, so, generally, when I’m in that sort of a mode, I pretty much don’t listen to anything until I’m done, so nothing creeps in there,” he explained.

“I did a couple of shows December 7th and 6th at The Pico Union Project in L.A. with some friends, and I got to play some of my material from my solo records.

“When I’m with Alice, I’m with Alice, and that takes the majority of my time. This year, we’re taking a little time off, so… If you liked any of the solo work that I did or the work with Alice, I’m sure you might like some of this stuff too.”

Back in 2018, Cantrell told Billboard that he wasn’t in good headspace when he made “Degradation Trip”. “I was just really fucked up back then, to be honest with you, and you can totally hear it on that record,” he said. “It was done right before I got sober, and it was also done right when I was dealing with the death of my band, and then the unhappy coincidence of Layne [Staley, Alice In Chains frontman] passing away right after I released that record. So it was not a good time in my life, and it totally comes across on that record.”

Cantrell added: “It’s a record I don’t listen to a lot anymore because of all those things I mentioned,” revealing that he got sober a year after it was recorded. He continued: “But it’s a record that’s important to me, and I’ll see Robert and Mike every once in a while and they’re like, ‘We should do some fucking shows, man. Some Degradation Trip shows.’ [Laughs] I tell ’em we’ll do it someday.”

Alice In Chains regrouped in 2006 with William DuVall joining the band, and released its third LP with DuVall in the lineup, Rainier Fog, in August 2018.

source: Alternative Nation  Jul 12, 2020

By Brett Buchanan

Jerry Cantrell revealed the ‘worst show’ he ever played during the Layne Staley era of Alice In Chains in a new Gibson ‘Icons’ documentary.

“First time I met Ed Van Halen, I was getting ready to open for his band,” Cantrell recalls. “He’s standing in my pit, with Valerie [Bertinelli, Van Halen’s then-wife] right next to him and [son] Wolfie in her arms. He’s got his guitar on, and he’s just playing scales, and he’s like, ‘Hey dude! What’s up?’ I’m like, ‘Fuck! Are you fucking kidding me?’

“I was so fucking nervous, so I came over and said hi to him. He’s like, ‘Oh man, you’re gonna be fine!’ And I think it was probably the worst show I ever played in my life, because I could not stop thinking, ‘He’s right there.’ I just couldn’t focus, and I couldn’t wait until the gig was over.

“After that, I was fine, but that first gig was nerve-racking, because I just could not get out of my head that Eddie Van Halen was looking at me, and we’re playing in front of Van Halen.

“But we ended up being really good friends, and they kept asking us to do more and more legs, and I think we ended up spending maybe six months with those guys. We did a leg, and they were like, ‘Hey, do another one, hey, do another one!’”

Alice In Chains wrapped up their Rainier Fog world tour last year, and Jerry Cantrell is currently working on a new solo album, his followup to 2002’s Degradation Trip albums.

 

Alice In Chains Dedicate “Nutshell” to Pantera’s Vinnie

Vinnie Paul, Pantera, Damageplan and Hellyeah’s drummer, passed away on this day in 2018. For more information about Jerry Cantrell’s long friendship with Vinnie and Darrell from Pantera, check tomorrow’s post on my other blog Metal Graveyard.

Alice In Chains performing “Nutshell” at Val de Moine in Clisson, France on June 24, 2018. Jerry Cantrell often dedicates Nutshell to Layne Staley and Mike Starr, but this time he dedicated the song to his longtime friend and Pantera drummer Vinnie Paul, who passed away two days before the concert. More Jerry Cantrell/Alice in Chains videos: https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL9PnF5M5bSl31Dh7JvTjj6cbA9tVLrkjK

Mark Lanegan About Layne Staley and Kurt Cobain

source: Alternative Nation  Jun 1, 2020

Layne Staley Rejecting Queens of the Stone Age Leaks

Late Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley rejected former Screaming Trees and Queens of the Stone Age singer Mark Lanegan’s claim that he had been clean for a year in a conversation that appears to have taken place around 2001, when Lanegan had cleaned up and was joining QOTSA after the Screaming Trees’ 2000 breakup.

Lanegan told Rolling Stone, “”Out of my friends, I was the guy who they always thought would never have a chance of getting clean because I was so maniacal in my approach. I would have climbed Mount Everest for drugs. I was always trying to kick. Layne was a magical person who was also hellbent on doing drugs until he died.

The first time I saw him after I’d gotten clean, I’d been clean a year. I’m pretty sure that [Alice in Chains guitarist] Jerry [Cantrell] and [bassist] Mike Inez flew me up to Seattle because they were unable to get into his house. He had a camera and lived in the penthouse of this condo. So whenever anybody from that camp would come to see him, he would just ignore it. Jerry and Mike knew that when he saw me, he would let me in.

I went along with that, and I also wanted him to see that I was clean, that it was possible to get clean, that his prediction that I would never be able to do it had failed. [Laughs] Hopefully, maybe, it would give him the idea that he, himself, could do it. But he didn’t want to do it.

When I got there, I said, ‘Hey, man, it’s been a while. I’ve been clean for more than 12 months.’ And he was like, ‘No, you weren’t, man. You just left, like, two months ago.’ His sense of time had warped. And he wasn’t buying the truth from me.

I remember him saying at that point, ‘I always just keep thinking I’m gonna get that same feeling I got the first time again.’ And, dude, I never got that first feeling again after the first time I ever did dope. I immediately had to do five times more to even get close to it. So for me, that was an impossibility, but that was his obsession.”

He later added, “It’s heartbreaking the way he went. I always knew that that’s what was gonna happen, although I always hoped there would be some medical emergency that would put him in the hospital and give him a moment away from the routine of crack and heroin that might give him a break and some insight. That medical emergency ended up being his death.”

Staley died in 2002 from a drug overdose, with Lanegan suffering the untimely death of another close Grunge singer friend, 8 years after the death of Kurt Cobain. Lanegan has discussed his regret over missing a phone call from Cobain shortly before his death.

Alice In Chains – What the Hell Have I

Official music video for “What The Hell Have I” by Alice In Chains.

What the Hell Have I” is a song by the American rock band Alice in Chains. It was originally featured on the soundtrack to the 1993 John McTiernan film Last Action Hero starring Arnold Schwarzenegger. The song was released as a single and peaked at No. 19 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Tracks chart. It was included on the compilation album Nothing Safe: Best of the Box (1999). A remixed version of the song was included on the compilation albums Music Bank (1999) and The Essential Alice in Chains (2006).

For more info check https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/What_the_Hell_Have_I

Layne Staley’s Final Recording With Alice in Chains With Tom

The story of Class of 99 and the recording of the Pink Floyd Cover

JAR OF FLIES (Full Album)

Rotten Apple

Nutshell

I Stay Away

No Excuses

Whale & Wasp

Don’t Follow

Swing On This

It’s April 5th Again

I don’t think I have to remind you what happened on that day, right?

Happy Birthday Mike Starr!

Mike Starr was born on this day in 1966.

Alice In Chains – Dirt (Live Stockholm 02.08.1993)

Alice In Chains feat. Phil Anselmo & Duff McKagan – Would? – Dedicated to Layne and Dimebag Darrell

Alice In Chains feat. Pantera’s Phil Anselmo on vocals and Guns N’ Roses’ Duff McKagan on guitar performing “Would?” at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino’s Etess Arena in Atlantic City, New Jersey on March 10, 2006. At the end of the performance, Jerry Cantrell dedicated the show to his late friends Layne Staley and Dimebag Darrell. This concert was part of the Decades Rock Live show honoring the band Heart. Ann Wilson introduced the band at the beginning.

Line-up: Phil Anselmo – lead vocals Jerry Cantrell – lead guitar, backing vocals Duff McKagan – rhythm guitar Mike Inez – bass Sean Kinney – drums