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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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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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Chris Cornell’s Funeral (Part 1)

I really hate writing here recently.

But I have to.

We need to keep the memory alive so that the ones we love remain alive as well.

Here are some news from the last week’s funeral of Chris Cornell, I suspect you must have already seen them in various rock magazines but I will gather them all here. Part 1 today and soon you will see Part 2. I will be also adding gradually all the tributes to Chris that various artists have performed, stay tuned.

 Chester Bennington Singing ‘Hallelujah’

Chris Cornell was laid to rest during a private funeral service held at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Forever Cemetery on Friday afternoon. As part of the service, Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington, a close friend and godfather to one of Cornell’s children, sang Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah”. Video of the touching tribute has now surfaced and you can hear a snippet here.

Bennington was just one of several notable musicians who participated in Cornell’s funeral service. The singer’s former bandmates Kim Thayil, Matt Cameron, and Tom Morello all made remarks. Many others were in attendance, including: Metallica’s James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich; Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Taylor Hawkins, and Pat Smear; Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic; Courtney Love; Jane’s Addiction’s Perry Farrell and Dave Navarro; and Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell.

source: Consequence of Sound

Brad Pitt & Rock Icons Attend Chris Cornell’s Funeral

Brad Pitt and Pharrell joined mourners Friday at Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell’s memorial service at a storied Hollywood cemetery, ABC is reporting.

Soundgarden music played from a portable speaker outside the cemetery’s gates as a group of about a dozen fans gathered outside. Chauffeured cars and sport utility vehicles arrived carrying mourners, including Cornell’s widow and his two youngest children, for a private service on the Fairbanks Lawn at Hollywood Forever Cemetery. Rows of white chairs and floral arrangements were set out under overcast sky. Audioslave’s “Like a Stone” played from speakers.

source: Alternative Nation

Photos Of Soundgarden, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters & Nirvana Members At Chris Cornell’s Funeral

Brad Pitt, Pharrell, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Lisa Marie Presley, Dave Navarro, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love, Gavin Rossdale, James Franco, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Billy Idol, Krist Novoselic, Joe Walsh, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield attended Chris Cornell’s funeral.

The singer was eulogized by Tom Morello, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Brad Delson, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Josh Brolin. Chris’ wife Vicky was also in attendance. The report states that the surviving members of Soundgarden and Audioslave were in attendance.

View the photos below via TMZ/AP.












Among those who came to pay tribute were Lars Ulrich and James Hetfield of Metallica, and Dave Navarro of Jane’s Addiction.

source: Alternative Nation

Watch Alice In Chains Console Soundgarden & Pearl Jam Members At Chris Cornell Funeral

New video has surfaced of Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell with Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament and Pearl Jam/Soundgarden drummer Matt Cameron at Chris Cornell’s funeral. The three are hugging and putting their arms on each other mourning the loss of their fellow Grunge legend.

The video also includes Alice In Chains members William DuVall and Sean Kinney, along with ex-Stone Temple Pilots/Linkin Park singer Chester Bennington consoling the Cornell family. Brad Pitt and Bush frontman Gavin Rossdale are also in the video. Click the arrow to enlarge it.

Surviving Soundgarden & Audioslave Members Embracing At Chris Cornell’s Funeral Is Heartbreaking

New photos have surfaced of surviving Soundgarden member Matt Cameron embracing surviving Audioslave member Tom Morello, along with Morello talking to Courtney Love at Chris Cornell’s funeral on Friday at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery. View the photos below, along with Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell mourning Cornell.

“Chris was as melodic as The Beatles, as rocking as Sabbath and as haunting as Edgar Allan Poe,” said Tom Morello, who delivered one of the eulogies at Cornell’s service. Ex-Stone Temple Pilots/Linkin Park frontman Chester Bennington sang “Hallelujah.”

Brad Pitt, Pharrell, Dave Grohl, Pat Smear, Lisa Marie Presley, Dave Navarro, Jimmy Page, Courtney Love, Gavin Rossdale, James Franco, Christian Bale, Josh Brolin, Billy Idol, Krist Novoselic, Joe Walsh, Lars Ulrich, and James Hetfield attended Chris Cornell’s funeral.

The singer was eulogized by Tom Morello, Pearl Jam’s Jeff Ament, and Matt Cameron, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington and Brad Delson, Soundgarden’s Kim Thayil and Josh Brolin. Chris’ wife Vicky was also in attendance. The report states that the surviving members of Soundgarden and Audioslave were in attendance.

source: Alternative Nation

 

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Jerry Cantrell About Saying Goodbye To Layne Staley

Today would be Layne Staley’s 49th birthday… On this sad occasion let me quote Jerry Cantrell talking about the way he was coping with the death of his bandmate.

Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell says he still has a hard time listening to the Black Gives Way To Blue, the group’s 2009 tribute to their original frontman Layne Staley.

After struggling with severe drug addiction, Staley died in his Seattle apartment in April 2002 from a mixture of heroin and cocaine while the band were on hiatus.

The remaining members regrouped in 2005 for a three-year run of reunion shows that featured a variety of singers, including former Madfly and Comes With The Fall vocalist William DuVall, who joined Alice In Chains in the studio for their 2009 comeback album Black Gives Way To Blue.

The project’s title track saw a guest appearance by Elton John on piano as the band offered a public goodbye to their fallen bandmate.

Cantrell exclusively tells the latest edition of Metal Hammer: “That song really set it in stone, because we had to properly address Layne’s death and say goodbye to our friend. We had done it privately, but if we were going to do this, we had to do it publicly. It’s a beautiful song and it’s still really tough for me to listen to.”

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The song, which features Elton John on piano, doesn’t specifically mention Staley, but it’s not hard to make the connection to him, particularly with the last verse. “Curtains drawn, now it’s done / Silencing all tomorrows / Forcing a goodbye.”

Staley died of a fatal mixture of heroin and cocaine on April 5, 2002. His body was discovered two weeks later in his Seattle apartment that was littered with drugs and drug paraphernalia. In his hand was a syringe with another dose of heroin. Although Alice in Chains had not broken up, they had been mostly inactive since they opened up for Kiss in July 1996, with a couple of songs recorded in 1998 as Staley’s last sessions with the band.

At the time of his death, Staley weighed only 86 pounds. Coincidentally, it was eight years to the day that the biggest star of the Seattle alternative scene of the early ’90s, Kurt Cobain of Nirvana, died of a self-inflicted shotgun blast.

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Jerry Cantrell About Andrew Wood

AIC’s “Would?” was written by Jerry Cantrell and was the first single released from the Singles soundtrack.

Cantrell said this about the song:

I was thinking a lot about Andrew Wood at the time. We always had a great time when we did hang out, much like Chris Cornell and I do. There was never really a serious moment or conversation, it was all fun. Andy was a hilarious guy, full of life and it was really sad to lose him. But I always hate people who judge the decisions others make. So it was also directed towards people who pass judgements.

From  Jeff Ament’s Army

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Eight Unreleased Songs From Layne Staley May Surface Soon

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According to The Pulse Of Radio, eight previously unreleased songs from late ALICE IN CHAINS lead singer Layne Staley are currently being restored and properly mixed by Seattle-based audio designer Jesse Holt. The tunes all have vocal tracks from Staley on them and Holt has asked Staley’s MAD SEASON bandmate, PEARL JAM guitarist Mike McCready, for help in completing them.

Reportedly among the songs is “Things You Do”, which has surfaced online in various forms in the years since Staley died of a drug overdose in April 2002.

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio a while back that there was more to his friend than the way in which he died. “It’s unfortunate that that seems to be the only headline that gets equated with him, because there was so much more to him than that,” he said. “Not taking away the fact of the reality of what that is, and how it ended, everybody knows that too. But there’s a whole lot more to the story.”

Before his death, Staley had planned to work on a solo album and also intended to record vocals for a song by metal outfit TAPROOT. The demo of the song was in Staley’s CD player when he was found dead.

There are also rumors that Staley was going to audition for the band that eventually became AUDIOSLAVE. He had reportedly gotten a call from the instrumental members of RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE about singing with them, but never made it. SOUNDGARDEN’s Chris Cornell took the job instead, recording three studio albums with that act.

The source for the eight songs was not made immediately clear by Holt, and it is also not clear if there is any chance of them being released.

ALICE IN CHAINS was inactive for several years before and after Staley’s death, but regrouped in 2006 with William DuVall on guitars and vocals. The band has since cut two studio albums and is working on a new one.

Source: Blabbermouth

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Alice in Chains and Richie Sambora

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via Mike Starr