Alice in Chains is an American rock band hailing from Seattle, Washington. Formed in 1987 by frontman Layne Staley and guitarist (and chief songwriter) Jerry Cantrell, it now consists of drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez, and William DuVall, who shares vocal and guitar duties with Cantrell; Layne Staley died in 2002 following years of drug addiction.
The band came about after frontman Staley found his first ever gig with glam metal outfit Sleze, having auditioned to be their vocalist. After sticking with the band for years to come - and through a series of personnel changes - they finally decided on the name Alice in Chains, and the band's future was sealed.
Prior to Staley's death, the band became one of America's best rock and metal exports, having sold millions of albums worldwide and topped the Billboard 200 with their eponymous third record in 1995. This became their last record before Staley's death, and the band was left devastated.
After disappearing for a few years, they returned in 2005 and started performing shows. In 2009, they put out new record 'Black Gives Way to Blue', hitting #5, and signalling the band's proper return to music. In 2013, they put out their latest album 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here', hitting #5 once again. 2018 saw the release of 'Rainier Fog' after touring North America and Europe.
Alice In Chains will return to the UK in spring 2019 for a trio of arena shows in Glasgow, London and Birmingham. They also play Download Festival in Sydney and Melbourne, as well as a headline side show in Brisbane, in March. Catch them live by checking out the tour dates and concert ticket information below on Stereoboard.
Thu 6th Sep 2018
Named after an ominous volcano near Seattle, while acting as a tribute to the music scene that shot them to prominence in the early 1990s, ‘Rainier Fog’ is Alice In Chains’ third record since reforming after the death of frontman Layne Staley in 2002. Erupting with flavours old and new, it’s a classy effort that demonstrates exactly what master craftsmanship looks like. So why is it difficult to shake the feeling something’s missing?