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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.

 

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.

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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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Eight Unreleased Songs From Layne Staley May Surface Soon

Read the news 😀 !

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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Mike Inez About Layne Staley

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REVOLVER What are your fondest memories of Layne?
MIKE INEZ Layne was just such a real human being, and such a good human too. He never had an ulterior motives. He’d never do any racist jokes, I never heard him talk shit about anybody. He was always very supportive of other bands, like on Lollapalooza, we had Tool, Rage Against the Machine, Fishbone, Dinosaur Jr., Primus, and Arrested Development. And by the end of that six-week tour in the states, we were all jamming with each other. Dudes would come down with us, and we’d go jam with them. But there was this crazy industrial Belgian band called Front 242 that was on that. And they didn’t speak good English, and they were kind of like doing their own thing. Turns out, they were great guys. It was just hard to relate to them because they were so foreign and everything was just a traveling circus. For some reason, Layne just loved that band. He would go up and jam with them; it was really cool. Out of the all the rocks stars—you know, Rage Against the Machine and Tool and all the rock star bands—he wanted to jam with the opener and play some crazy industrial music.

From http://www.revolvermag.com/news/layne-staley-remembered-outtakes-from-revolver%E2%80%99s-mike-inez-interview.html

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“Layne was such an icon – such an American original with such a distinctive voice,” Inez says. “The courage of William coming in like this is amazing. Layne was one of my favorite vocalists I’ve ever played with over the years. It was tough for William to try to step in at the beginning. I told him early on that the only way to win people over was one gig at a time, face-to-face. He puts his chin out to the audience and gives it his all every night. He’s well prepared and works hard. We all just blast it out every night now, and it’s great.”

From http://www.alternativenation.net/alice-in-chains-mike-inez-remembers-layne-staley-as-an-icon/

Update from July 13th

Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez discussed missing Layne Staley in a new Facebook posts. Inez noted that it has been 20 years since Alice In Chains performed at Tiger Stadium in Detroit, which was a part of Alice In Chains’ final series of shows in 1996 with Layne Staley.

“Damn 20 (FUCK 20??) years ago, our band played this KISS reunion show at the old Tiger Stadium in Detroit..and almost to the day, 20 years later, we went back and played the Football Stadium opening for Guns & Roses reunion in the same city..

Mixed emotions… I miss Layne but am proud to still be standing next to my brothers making a bunch of noise and laughing on the tour bus.
‪#‎blessed‬”

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