Rock and Metal kings Alice In Chains are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the release of their epic album Dirt (Columbia)! The album definitely catapulted the band to all-time great status, charted several singles, had videos that dominated regular rotation on MTV, when they played videos and had Headbangers Ball, and led to major tours all over the world. The impact of the music was huge, and it was to be the last album made with bassist MikeStarr (RIP), who was dismissed from the band soon after. Continue reading →
Catalan post-Rock masters Foscor have surprised and delighted us with their new cover of the Alice in Chains song “Would?” – an iconic track from the heyday of grunge and American rock. Released from both the original soundtrack to Singles and the band’s landmark album Dirt (both celebrating a 30th anniversary in 2022 (AIC this week), the song is epic. In Foscor’s hands they transform the track into a post-Rock masterpiece with other elements not heard in the original (nods to doom metal and black metal), but undeniably remains Foscor sounding. Listen to the cover via the official Season of Mist YouTube channel below.
Five years used to feel like a long time in music. Entire scenes have risen, consumed all and fallen away to be a nostalgic footnote (or an ever-lasting sea change) in the same length between Once Human‘slast release and Scar Weaver (earMUSIC), their re-birth of a third album.
Yesterday, Alice In Chains was awarded the prestigious Founders Award from Seattle’s Museum of Pop Culture (MoPop). They were celebrated for their 30-year career by a cadre of their friends and peers playing AIC covers from the Rock and Metal world such as Metallica, Korn, Mastodon, Slipknot’s Corey Taylor, and Fishbone, as well as members of Guns N’ Roses, Nirvana, Soundgarden, Jane’s Addiction, Pearl Jam, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumpkins, and others. Alice In Chains also performed their first show since the end of their tour cycle for 2018’s Rainier Fog album in 2019. The event was This year’s celebration was broadcast virtually on Amazon Music’s Twitch Channel watched by more than 275,000 people and raised over $600,000 USD. Watch Metallica and Korn covering “Would?” and the entire show as well.Continue reading →
In 1995, Alice In Chains had been feeling good on the success of their first #1 album on the charts, 1994’s Jar of FliesEP, the first EP to ever debut at #1. At the same time, they were in peril as a band, with issues stemming from Layne Staley’s addiction to heroin and other band turmoil. The band did not tour to support Jar of Flies as Layne was in rehab and they took part of 1995 off. The lost opportunities from this period, including a massive Metallica/Danzig/Suicidal Tendencies tour and a near-top-of-the bill split at Woodstock 1994 (which I am still mad about) almost killed the band. They broke up briefly too, according to Sean Kinney. Little did we know they were crafting a great album, Alice in Chains (Columbia), to wash all that pain and disappointment away for a brief moment in time.
The third and final day of SOS is more of a classic rock day, although it features fewer bands for me that I was aware of than yesterday. Today is more of an adventure day, and I’m hoping for some discoveries. Continue reading →
Alice In Chains has booked Canadian and additional US tour dates in support of its Grammy-nominated album Rainier Fog(BMG). The tour is set to kick off April 10 in Vancouver, British Columbia. The band, which has been playing in support of their new album since last summer, has been playing a career spanning set list nightly. AIC just celebrated the 25th anniversary of their chart-topping EP, Jar of Fliesas well. Continue reading →
Alice In Chains has booked an extensive tour of Europe, including the UK for spring 2019. The band continues to support their recent release Rainier Fog (BMG). Kicking off on May 23rd in Glasgow, the 14-date tour includes three UK shows, with a date at Birmingham’s Barclaycard Arena on the 24th and Wembley The SSE Arena on the 25th. These will be the biggest headline shows the band have played to date in the UK. Direct support on some of the shows will come from Black Rebel Motorcycle Club. The band will also play some other major headline dates and festivals including Rock Am Ring and Rock Im Park in June. Tickets are available below. Continue reading →
Ballers, HBO’s hit show about the world of sports agents and consultants featured Alice In Chains in their season three finale last night. The popular HBO show starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Rob Corddry often features music from rap (the theme song is by Kendrick Lamar), pop and indie rock in the show, so when it features hard rock or metal, you really notice it. Last night setting up a crucial scene, AIC classic hit ‘Man In The Box’ was heard in an edited form. Continue reading →
Rock legends Alice In Chains are closing in on the release of their long-awaited new album, Rainier Fog on August 24th on their new label BMG (Foo Fighters, A Perfect Circle, Bring Me The Horizon, Blondie). The band has shared a new single, ‘Never Fade’, which you can jam out to now.Continue reading →