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Alice In Chains: The Gospel According To Jerry Cantrell

An article from Metal Hammer

Alice In Chains: The Gospel According To Jerry Cantrell

The Alice In Chains guitarist and sometime singer on staying alive, Seattle, Elton John as an inspiration and wanting to be Ace Freshley

This article originally appeared in Metal Hammer #250.

IT WAS ELTON JOHN THAT GOT ME INTO MUSIC. I wish I could remember which song it was. He was the first artist I started listening to and he’s one of the greatest of all time. Great song writing, a lot of feeling, amazing lyrics… even before I understood what it was about.

RED CARPETS ARE ALWAYS WEIRD, IT’S ALWAYS UNCOMFORTABLE. It’s cool that your peers or your fans or the industry recognise you. As far as numbers and winning awards, that’s nice, but it ain’t why I do this. We’ve had a lot of success and I guess those achievements speak better than a hunk of plastic or metal that sits on your mantel.

IF YOU’VE FOLLOWED US OVER THE YEARS YOU’LL GET OUR SENSE OF HUMOUR. You’ve probably seen us making asses out of ourselves on Headbanger’s Ball, and I think any band can relate to that. We’re not the cornerstone on having a good time or being smart asses! I guess everybody took the music very seriously, even though we didn’t take ourselves as seriously as we took the music! That certainly came across with all of the bands of our era and it wasn’t just in Seattle, it was all over the world.

I DON’T EVEN REMEMBER THE FIRST GUITAR I BOUGHT. It was maybe a Korean-made Strat from a swap meet. I bought my first real guitar on payments when I was working in a music store in Texas – I was about 18. I still have it. It’s the one most people recognise me playing – a 1984 G&L Rampage.

WE STARTED DOING ACOUSTIC STUFF EARLY IN OUR CAREER WITH SAP AND JAR OF FLIES. That was a side of music we explored early on, and people accepted that. If you take away the amplification and the distortion, there’s some really strong, simple songs. Any band should ask if you take everything away, does it still work? And that tells you whether it’s a good song or not. Take away all the tricks and special effects, is it still a good song with just a voice and a guitar?

I USED TO JAM WITH GUYS WHO WERE FAR BETTER THAN ME. Probably because I was always interested in learning and getting better, so I’d try to learn from them, and it seemed to work out pretty good! They were a couple of years older than me, maybe had a band and had done gigs, and I’d hang out with them until I was on their level or surpassed them, just absorbing as much as I could. Then when I felt it was time to move on, I’d do that, until I met the guys in Alice.

GRUNGE WAS NEVER A POPULAR WORD FOR ANY OF US FROM SEATTLE. Before that word, it was referred to as the ‘Seattle Sound’, and I liked that because, although we were all unique, there was definitely a kind of ethos, a bunch of kids making noise and playing bars and parties. All the Seattle bands shared that, because it was such a small town and we all went to each other’s gigs and hung out with each other.

WHEN I WAS A KID I WANTED TO BE ANGUS YOUNG OR ACE FREHLEY. Kiss get a lot of flak, it’s very fashionable to slag them off, but I think they were a very important band in rock history. They certainly were for me, when I was younger. They had good, basic rock songs, and nobody had that larger than life persona. For a young kid that was an important period. Those old records have some amazing songs.

EVERYBODY’S GOT A LITTLE BIT OF A DRIVE TO BEAT MORTALITY. Whether it’s having kids to live on after you or whatever. I don’t know if our music’ll be around forever, but it’ll probably be around for longer than me! A lot of achievements are based on that primal urge I guess. I’m glad people still dig it, and I’m aware of how rare that is, especially to get second chances. It’s funny to think the thing that you did to avoid having a job became your life’s work… the thing you created with your friends all those years ago took on a life of its own. You continue to give it life by recording and touring, but it’s kind of its own thing. A good example of that is when our band was very inactive when Layne passed. We weren’t around, but the music was still out there.

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April is the cruellest month…

April is the cruellest month, breeding
Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing
Memory and desire, stirring
Dull roots with spring rain.
— T.S. Eliot, The Wasteland, section 1, lines 1-4

Kurt Cobain (February 20, 1967 – c. April 5, 1994)

Layne Staley (August 22, 1967 – ca. April 5, 2002)

 

Happy Birthday Mike Starr!

Happy Birthday Mike Starr!! He was born on this day in 1966.

Anniversary of Mike Starr’s Death

Today is the 7th anniversary of Mike Starr’s death.

Rock in Peace wherever you are.

Layne and Demri

Today I decided to post some pictures of Layne and Demri. For those of you who don’t know, Layne Staley, the singer of Alice in Chains, was in the long time relationship with Demri Lara Parrot who sadly died in 1996 from drug overdose. It is believed that her death has overwhelmed Layne so much that he returned to addiction. You can read more about her on her FB tribute page.

Below you will find an article from Alternative Nation about their wedding that eventually did not happen.

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The 20th anniversary of the death of late Alice In Chains frontman Layne Staley’s girlfriend Demri Parrott was over the weekend. Alice In Chains: The Untold Story author David de Sola shared some information with Alternative Nation about the wedding that never came to be between Staley and Parrott, and how the planned site of the wedding eventually was where a much sadder event took place.

“People who knew both of them well generally agree (and told me) that Layne never got over Demri’s death. He was already pretty reclusive in 1996, but after her death, there were only three recordings that I know of (Despiseley Brothers, 2 AIC songs, and a Pink Floyd cover for a movie soundtrack). He was supposed to record guest vocals for a song by Taproot, but his body was found shortly before a recording session was set to take place.

The last time Kathleen Austin – Demri’s mother – saw Layne was in 1997. He wanted a teddy bear that Demri had had with her in hospital. Austin got that bear back after it was found in Layne’s things after his death. She also has Demri’s engagement ring that Layne gave her. The engagement was called off, but she did pick out a dress. They had chosen Kiana Lodge on Bainbridge Island as the wedding venue, that’s why the private invitation-only memorial service for Layne’s family and close friends was held there in 2002.

Mike Starr said he was going to be best man at Layne and Demri’s wedding. Neither Demri’s mother nor Layne’s stepfather have been able to confirm that. Thinking about both of them yesterday and today, and what might have been. RIP Layne and Demri.”

Demri Parrott died on October 29, 1996.  Layne Staley died on April 5, 2002.

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Chris Cornell’s Funeral (Part 2)

Chris Cornell’s Final Resting Place And Funeral Details

Chris Cornell, the lead singer for Soundgarden, will be laid to rest on May 26 in Los Angeles, two people with knowledge of the plans told CNN Saturday.

Cornell’s body will be flown from Michigan to Los Angeles on Sunday, and Cornell will be buried at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, the sources said.

One of the sources told CNN, “The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”

Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in December 2015, with members of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Jane’s Addiction in attendance.

One of the sources told CNN, “The family is thinking about a (public) memorial for fans, but is coping now with their loss and the funeral service.”

Late Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland’s funeral was held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery in December 2015, with members of Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver, and Jane’s Addiction in attendance.

source: Alternative Nation

 Chris Cornell’s Mother-In-Law Criticizes Eddie Vedder, Claims He Won’t Attend Memorial

Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder has left for his European solo tour, and Chris Cornell’s mother in law is claiming he will not be attending Cornell’s Celebration of Life on Friday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Vedder kicks off his tour on Saturday in Amsterdam, and the tour runs through the end of June.

Cornell’s mother in law Toni Karayiannis criticized Vedder on Twitter for not attending the ceremony, and for a variety of other reasons. At first she did not say who she was talking about by name, but she later retweeted messages critical of Vedder, and tweeted about him singing “Daughter.” Pearl Jam released a tribute photo entitled ‘Chris’ on their website a few days ago.

We usually post written text from tweets in addition to embedding them, but due to the highly emotional nature of these remarks, we are only embedding them in case Karayiannis decides to remove any of them at a later date.

Everyone grieves in their own way, especially with a terrible tragedy like this. We have yet to hear from Vedder about how he is dealing with the loss of his friend of 27 years, so it is impossible for us to judge him or anyone involved in this situation. Our thoughts and prayers are with the Cornell family, Eddie Vedder, and all of Cornell’s other friends and fans.

View Vedder’s tour dates below.

DATE CITY, COUNTRY VENUE
May 27 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
May 29 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
May 30 Amsterdam, The Netherlands AFAS Live
June 1 Berlin, Germany Zitadelle
June 3 Kvaerndrup, Denmark Heartland Festival, Egeskov Castle*
June 6 London, UK Eventim Apollo
June 7 London, UK Eventim Apollo
June 9 Dublin, Ireland 3 Arena
June 11 Cork, Ireland Live at the Marquee*
June 19 Antwerp, Belgium Lotto Arena
June 24 Florence, Italy Firenze Rocks Festival*
June 26 Taormina (Sicily), Italy Teatro Antico di Taormina
June 27 Taormina (Sicily), Italy Teatro Antico di Taormina

source: Alternative Nation

[I personally agree with the editors of Alternative Nation. It’s just impossible to believe that Eddie was not deeply touched by his long time friend’s death but with the tour dates already scheduled, he had to make a difficult choice and I absolutely understand that he did not want to leave his European fans. In fact, he paid a tribute to Chris during his live shows and I think it was the best he could do to celebrate Chris’ life. I believe Chris would understand and approve it. – footnote by Anna Solun]

First Video And Photos From Chris Cornell’s Funeral

The first video and photos have surfaced from Chris Cornell’s Celebration of Life at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery.

source: Alternative Nation

Watch Dave Grohl & Courtney Love Hug Chris Cornell’s Bandmates In Beautiful Video

More video footage has surfaced from Chris Cornell’s funeral at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery from Friday.

The new video initially shows Josh Brolin, Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell, Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale, Filter frontman Richard Patrick, and then 1:05 in Dave Grohl and Courtney Love are shown hugging Chris Cornell’s surviving bandmates, Soundgarden’s Matt Cameron and Audioslave’s Tom Morello.

Watch a video of the beautiful and surreal moment below.

source: Alternative Nation

Watch Tom Morello’s Beautiful Eulogy At Chris Cornell’s Funeral: ‘Look Out For Each Other’

The first video clips of one of the eulogies at Chris Cornell’s funeral has surfaced, and it is two portions of former Audioslave guitarist Tom Morello’s eulogy. The clips are short, but a videographer also included another quote that Morello said during the service.

Morello told mourners to make a committment to look after one another “for Chris’ sake.”

Watch two video clips of Morello’s eulogy below.

source: Alternative Nation

 

Surviving Soundgarden members reunite for dinner following Chris Cornell’s funeral

Family, friends, collaborators, and contemporaries came out in force to honor Chris Cornell during a funeral service held at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery last Friday. Soundgarden’s three surviving members, Kim Thayil, Ben Shepherd, and Matt Cameron were in attendance, as was founding bassist Hiro Yamamoto. Following the ceremony, Thayil, Cameron, and Yamamoto went out to dinner together, joined by longtime Soundgarden producers Jack Endino and Stuart Hallerman, and Cornell’s ex-wife, Susan Silver. Hallerman shared a photo of the group with the caption, “We’re all living on ‘silver linings’ today, but they are abundant” (via Alternative Nation).

Stuart Hallerman shared the following photo after Chris Cornell’s funeral with the caption: “We’re all living on “silver linings” today, but they are abundant.”

In the photo are Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, former Soundgarden producer Jack Endino, Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron, former Soundgarden bassist Hiro Yamamoto, and Chris Cornell’s ex-wife Susan Silver.

Hallerman responded to a comment from former Screaming Trees drummer Mark Pickerel, “Your name came up, Matt was reminiscing about their first trip to Ellensburg, a show with you and the Trees. Car problems! VW bus with no clutch cable made it home over the pass after…”

Ex-Pearl Jam drummer Dave Abbruzzese commented, “Absolutely fantastic!! Thank you for posting this photo! Great great great to see you all together!”

Ben Shepherd was not featured in the photo, and the only photograph that appeared to surface of him at the funeral was a picture of him next to Filter frontman Richard Patrick.

source: Alternative Nation

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Blog Renovations + Layne&Shannon

Hello everyone!

I just want to say that I have refurbished the blog a bit so hopefully the layout is clearer and easier to read now.

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And now that I’m done with announcements I can post Layne and Shannon 😉

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