Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains



Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney,[1] who then recruited bassist Mike Starr[1] and lead vocalist Layne Staley.[1][2][3] Mike Starr was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez.[4] The band took its name from Staley's previous group, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains.[5][2]

Although widely associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates heavy metal elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains has released five studio albums, three EPs, three live albums, four compilations, two DVDs, 30 music videos[6][7] and 28 singles. The band is known for its distinctive vocal style,[8] which often included the harmonized vocals between Staley and Cantrell[9][10] (and later Cantrell and William DuVall).[11][12] Cantrell started to sing lead on the 1992 acoustic EP Sap, and his role continued to grow in the following albums, making Alice in Chains a two-vocal band.[10][11][12]

Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 20 million records worldwide,[13] and over 14 million records in the US alone,[14] with two No. 1 albums and six Top 10 albums on the Billboard 200 chart.[15] The band has had 16 Top 10 songs on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks chart,[16] 5 No. 1 hits,[16] and nine Grammy Award nominations.[17][18] Their debut album, Facelift, was released in 1990 and has been certified double-platinum by the RIAA, selling over two million copies.[19] In 1992, the band's second album, Dirt, was released to critical acclaim and was certified quadruple platinum.[20] Their second acoustic EP, Jar of Flies, debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 chart in 1994, becoming the first ever EP and first Alice in Chains release to top the charts, and it has been certified triple platinum by the RIAA.[21] The band's third album, Alice in Chains, was released in 1995 and has been certified double platinum.[22] It achieved No. 1 position on the Billboard 200 chart.[16]

Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity from 1996 onwards due to Staley's substance abuse, which resulted in his death in 2002. The band reunited in 2005 for a live benefit show, performing with a number of guest vocalists. They toured in 2006, with William DuVall taking over as lead vocalist full-time.[23] The new line-up released the band's fourth studio album, Black Gives Way to Blue, in 2009, which received gold certification by the RIAA[22] and two Grammy nominations.[17] Their fifth studio album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, was released in 2013. The band toured extensively and released several videos in support of these albums.[24]

Alice in Chains is currently working on their sixth studio album, tentatively set for release in early 2018.[25]



Black Gives Way to Blue
Black Gives Way to Blue is the fourth studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released in September 29, 2009.
Dirt is the second studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on September 29, 1992, through Columbia Records.
Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains (occasionally informally referred to as The Dog Album, The Dog Record, and Tripod) is the self-titled third studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains.
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is the fifth studio album by the American rock band Alice in Chains, released on May 28, 2013.

Photos - Alice in Chains593

People Photographed at Alice in Chains Events9

Popular Albums25

Album Appearances & References13

Popular Songs30

Popular Live Albums1

Live Album Appearances & References1


Minor Film Appearances & References5

TV Shows2

Collaborators & Influencers7

Other Music-Related Relationships41

Awards & Nominations19


Popular Tours1

Band Members6

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Spotify - Albums & Singles39


Spotify - Appears On4


Spotify - Top Tracks10


Upcoming Concerts30

House of Blues
Boston, United States
April 28, 2018
Landmark Theatre
Syracuse, United States
April 30, 2018
Massey Hall
Toronto, Canada
May 1, 2018
The Anthem
Washington, United States
May 3, 2018
Carolina Rebellion (May 4 - 6)
Concord, United States
May 4, 2018
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, United States
May 7, 2018
Hammerstein Ballroom
New York, United States
May 8, 2018
Coca-Cola Roxy
Atlanta, United States
May 10, 2018
Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Saint Louis, United States
May 12, 2018
Northern Invasion
Somerset, United States
May 13, 2018
Riviera Theatre
Chicago, United States
May 15, 2018
Morris Performing Arts Centric
South Bend, United States
May 16, 2018
Rock On The Range (May 18 - 20)
Columbus, United States
May 18, 2018
MMRBQ 2018
Camden, United States
May 19, 2018
O2 Academy
Leeds, United Kingdom
June 16, 2018
O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire
London, United Kingdom
June 17, 2018
Grona Lund
Stockholm, Sweden
June 20, 2018
Tons Of Rock Festival
Halden, Norway
June 21, 2018
Copenhell (June 21 - 23)
Copenhagen, Denmark
June 22, 2018
Hellfest 2018 (June 22 - 24)
Clisson, France
June 24, 2018
INmusic Festival (June 25 - 27)
Zagreb, Croatia
June 25, 2018
Padua, Italy
June 28, 2018
Arena Open Air Wien
Bezirk-Landstrasse, Austria
June 30, 2018
Budapest Park
Budapest, Hungary
July 1, 2018
Huxley's Neue Welt
Berlin, Germany
July 3, 2018
Live Music Hall
Cologne, Germany
July 4, 2018
Les Eurockeennes 30 (July 5 - 8)
Belfort, France
July 8, 2018
Ippodromo Snai San Siro
Milan, Italy
July 10, 2018
Mad Cool Festival 2018 (July 12 - 14)
Madrid, Spain
July 13, 2018
NOS Alive (July 12 - 14)
Lisboa, Portugal
July 14, 2018

News Articles13

Interpol join the INMusic Festival 2018 line-up
  –  February 15, 2018
The festival, which takes place on the Isle of Youth in Zagreb’s lake Jarun, has already announced a host of huge names for its 2018 edition, from Queens Of The Stone Age and Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, to Alice In Chains, David Byrne, St. Vincent ...
Newly Announced: Vince Staples, Styx, Melvins, Turnstile, Chicano Batman and More
  –  February 15, 2018
Melvins: Thu., May 24, 8 p.m., $20-$25. The Ready Room, 4195 Manchester Ave, St. Louis, 314-833-3929. Pointfest 2018: W/ Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, the Struts, Blue October, Candlebox, the Glorious Sons, Brookroyal, Sat., May 12 ...
VIDEO: La Misa Negra Unveils New Music Video SANCOCHO!
  –  February 14, 2018
They also allude to their non-Latin influences, with instrumental tracks and samples that pay homage to Black Sabbath, Alice in Chains, and Wu-Tang Clan. Finding common ground between their heavy metal leanings and mambo-inspired horn lines, La Misa Negra ...
Easy Street's Matt Vaughan Talks About Thriving for 30 Years in Music Retail
  –  February 14, 2018
In the interim decades since, Vaughan has watched the neighborhood around him change dramatically and watched friends, like members of Alice in Chains, rocket to stardom and then tragically fall. Vaughan was there when Sir Mix-A-Lot first began hustling ...
REALMS OF VISION Show You Their "Deception Mask" of Chunky Stoner Riffage
  –  February 13, 2018
Realms of Vision take inspiration from bands like Alice in Chains and High on Fire. Frank sings and plays guitar in the group along with Corey Largent on guitars and vocals, Mike Ambrose (Set Your Goals) on drums, and Brandon McCubbin on bass.
Pointfest with Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots coming to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
  –  February 13, 2018
Pointfest returns to Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre on May 12 with Alice in Chains, Shinedown, Stone Temple Pilots, the Struts, Blue October, Candlebox, the Glorious Sons, Brookroyal and more. Tickets are $29.50-$149 or four lawn tickets/select reserved ...
Metal Icon Criticizes Alice In Chains Producer For ‘Waste of Time’
  –  February 13, 2018
Anthrax’s Scott Ian discussed a production technique used by producer Dave Jerden on Alice In Chains’ Dirt and Anthrax’s The Sound of White Noise in a new Mixdown Mag article. The technique is to fatten up the guitar sound. Jerden had Cantrell use a ...
HALESTORM Into '11th Hour' Of Recording New Album
  –  February 12, 2018
HALESTORM's fourth album is being recorded at Dark Horse Recording studios just outside Nashville with Nick Raskulinecz, an acclaimed producer who has previously worked with RUSH, KORN, ALICE IN CHAINS and DEFTONES, in addition to having produced HALESTORM ...
Troy Blakely Dies: Managing Partner And Head Of Music At APA Was Top Agent
  –  February 12, 2018
He went on to expand his ICM roster to include Boston, Faith No More, Alice In Chains, Kings X, Y&T, and The Black Crowes, and served as responsible agent for Rush, Ozzy Osbourne, and Iron Maiden. Blakely was most proud of his work arranging global arena ...
Alice In Chains' New Album Reportedly Done
  –  February 11, 2018
(Gibson) Since November, grunge and hard rock veterans Alice in Chains have been steadily announcing more live dates for the coming year. So far, they've announced a spring tour of the US, followed by run of dates in June-July 2018 across Europe.
The Story Behind 'Nutshell' by Alice in Chains
  –  February 2, 2018
It is one of Alice in Chains' best-known songs. The song is well-known for its emotional acoustic instrumentation and electric guitar solo, as well as dark lyrics about loneliness, despair, and death. The lyrics are also considered to be an expression of ...
Grunge band Alice in Chains to play in South Bend
  –  December 14, 2017
SOUTH BEND, Ind. (WNDU) - Grunge band Alice in Chains are coming to South Bend in 2018. The group from Seattle will be playing at the Morris Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, May 16. Ticket presale begins Thursday from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. online only.
Alice in Chains will return to Landmark Theatre in April
  –  December 11, 2017
SYRACUSE, N.Y. -- Get born again. Grunge giant Alice in Chains will return to the Landmark Theatre on Monday, April 30, 2018. Tickets go on sale on Friday, Dec. 15 at 10 a.m. Presales start on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. Prices range from $45.50 to $71.


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