Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987. The band is known for their distinct sound that blends heavy metal, grunge, and alternative rock, creating a unique and influential sound in the 1990s music scene.
The band was originally comprised of vocalist Layne Staley, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Starr, and drummer Sean Kinney. They gained popularity with their debut album "Facelift" in 1990, which featured hit singles like "Man in the Box" and "Bleed the Freak." This album established their signature dark and brooding style, which would become their hallmark throughout their career.
Tragedy struck the band with the struggles of substance abuse, particularly affecting Staley. Despite the turmoil, Alice in Chains managed to release critically acclaimed albums like "Dirt" in 1992 and "Alice in Chains" in 1995. These albums further solidified their status as one of the most influential rock bands of their era.
However, internal conflicts and drug-related issues led to the departure of Mike Starr and ultimately the tragic death of Layne Staley in 2002. The loss of their lead vocalist was a devastating blow to the band and left their future uncertain.
After taking a hiatus, the surviving members regrouped in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall and released the album "Black Gives Way to Blue" in 2009. This album marked a new chapter for Alice in Chains and showcased their resilience and ability to adapt.
Alice in Chains' music continues to resonate with fans worldwide. Their intense lyrics, haunting melodies, and heavy riffs have left an indelible mark on the rock genre. Their discography is a testament to their talent and enduring legacy, showcasing their ability to explore dark themes while delivering powerful and timeless music.
Despite the challenges they've faced, Alice in Chains remains a beloved and iconic band, continuing to captivate audiences with their raw emotion and distinctive sound.
Alice in Chains- A Brief History
This legendary band was formed way back in 1987, by two friends, Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley. Even before the two came up with the idea of forming a band, they had already tried their hand in music. Staley for instance had been part of a glam metal rock band, called Sleze. Jerry on the other hand was an already established guitarist.
Initially, the two endowed musicians had agreed to divide their time between two bands. At the time, Staley had joined another funk band, after Sleze, which was later rename to Alice N’ Chains, disbanded. Staley’s band needed a guitarist, and Jerry needed a lead vocalist for his own band, which consisted of drummer Sean Kinney and Mike Starr who was the bassist of the group. When the funk band disbanded, Staley became a full time band member. Finding a name for the band was not easy. They tried several options- at one point, the band called themselves Diamond Lie, which was the name of Cantrell’s previous band. Eventually, they settled on the name Alice in Chains, which also happened to have been a suggestion for Staley’s former band.
When Alice in Chains started producing music, it took the music industry by storm. Singles from the band’s first two albums became hit songs the world over, and especially to grunge fans. People loved the band because their songs, in addition to being nothing if not spectacular, often carried important messages. Their trademark sign was often the harmonized vocals that left crowds in awe of their musical talent. Cantrell was really good with the guitar, and everyone in the band simply had amazing talent. It was therefore just a matter of time before the band rose to fame and became a household name.
When Tragedy Struck
However, as the group was at the peak of its career, misfortune struck. The misfortune that struck was so detrimental to the band’s activities that for nearly a decade, the band ceased to exist. The first to be affected was lead singer was Layne Staley. In 1995 and consequent years, Staley became a recluse. He had once been under rehabilitation for the use of heroin. When his fiancée died, Layne’s addiction became worse than ever. He rarely left his condo- he was fighting for survival. He became so reliant on drugs that he simply couldn’t live a normal life, let alone be of any help to the band.
He later passed on in 2002 under depressing conditions. In fact, his corpse was discovered two weeks after he had died, because he really had no tight relations with many people. His demise was a big blow not only to his fellow band members, but also to all the band’s fans. Staley was a fine musician, one whose talent had long earned global approval.
The second tragedy was the death of fellow band member, Mike Starr, who also succumbed to a drug overdose. Starr was forty four at the time of his death. Until 2005, little was ever heard of the once prominent band.
In 2004, the remaining band members reunited to perform at a live benefit show, although with help from other musicians. The show was aimed at helping the victims of the Tsunami catastrophe in South Asia. In the following years, the band did many tours to promote their videos. It was during this period that William Duvall joined the band. He became the band’s leading vocalist, and he really fitted well. Mike Starr was replaced by Mike Inez, and the four musicians continued to rebuild the name of Alice in Chains.
In total, the band has released five albums, the latest being a 2013 release. The album, entitled The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, produced such catchy singles like Hollow, Stone and Voices. Other noteworthy singles by the band include Rooster, which Cantrell said was a dedication to his father, a veteran army man who went to the historic Vietnam War, and Would.
Alice in Chains Concert
The Alice in Chains in Vegas concert is certainly one that must not be missed for any reason. Alice in Chains concerts are characterized by energetic performances from the band members. The rage that pervades rock music, and that rock music fans are only so familiar with, is very well brought out in Alice in Chains concerts.
It is imperative that you attend the Alice in Chains in Vegas concert if only so you can witness the talent these musical prodigies possess. These guys know how to keep an audience enthralled. From blaring hard metal rock music to unique vocals, the band is bound to keep you wanting for more of their music all night long. When they want to, they can extract sympathy from even the hardest of souls. The Jar of Flies is one of the most emotional songs ever produced in rock music; one that can move crowds to tears and a single live performance of the song by this band will forever remain etched in your brain.
Alice in Chains is a great band- one whose reputation and music will far outlive the band members themselves. Their concerts are guaranteed to be nothing short of enthralling and electrifying, which is why you should attend them.
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