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 17 million albums worldwide. The band achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums (Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains), 13 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and seven Grammy Award nominations. Although never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains was plagued by extended inactivity due to Layne Staley's problems with substance abuse, culminating in his death in 2002. Alice in Chains reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist William DuVall and released Black Gives Way to Blue, their first studio album in 14 years, on September 29, 2009.
About Alice in Chains
Although Alice in Chains has been labeled grunge, alternative rock, and hard rock, Jerry Cantrell identifies the band as primarily heavy metal. He told Guitar World in 1996; “We’re a lot of different things… I don’t quite know what the mixture is, but there’s definitely metal, blues, rock and roll, maybe a touch of punk. The metal part will never leave, and I never want it to”.
The band has been described by critics as “hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands”. Three of the band’s releases feature all acoustic music, and while the band initially kept these releases separate, Alice in Chains’ self-titled album combined the styles to form “a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers”.
Alice in Chains is also noted for the unique vocal harmonies of Staley and Cantrell, which included overlapping passages, and dual lead vocals. Alyssa Burrows said the band’s distinctive sound “came from Staley’s vocal style and his lyrics dealing with personal struggles and addiction”. Staley’s songs were often considered “dark”, with themes such as drug abuse, depression, and suicide, while Cantrell’s lyrics dealt more with personal relationships.
Alice in Chains has sold more than 14 million albums in the United States, released two number-one albums and 21 top 40 singles, and has received six Grammy nominations. The band was ranked number 34 on VH1’s 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock. Alice in Chains was named 15th greatest live band by Hit Parader, with vocalist Layne Staley placing as 27th greatest vocalist of all time. The band’s second album, Dirt, was named 5th best album in the last two decades by Close-Up magazine. In August 2009, Alice in Chains won the Kerrang! Icon Award.
Alice In Chains 2019 Tour Dates
Jul 18 — Austin, Texas @ Austin360 Amphitheater
Jul 20 — The Woodlands, Texas @ The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
Jul 21 — Dallas, Texas @ Dos Equis Pavilion
Jul 23 — Birmingham, Ala. @ Oak Mountain Amphitheatre
Jul 25 — Alpharetta, Ga. @ Ameris Bank Amphitheatre
Jul 26 — Nashville, Tenn. @ Bridgestone Arena
Jul 28 — West Palm Beach, Fla. @ Coral Sky Amphitheatre at the S. Florida Fairgrounds
Jul 30 — Virginia Beach, Va. @ Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater at Virginia Beach
Jul 31 — Bristow, Va. @ Jiffy Lube Live
Aug 02 — Darien Center, N.Y. @ Darien Lake Amphitheater
Aug 03 — Camden, N.J. @ BB&T Pavilion
Aug 06 — Wantagh, N.Y. @ Northwell Health at Jones Beach Theater
Aug 07 — Holmdel, N.J. @ PNC Bank Arts Center
Aug 09 — Mansfield, Mass. @ Xfinity Center
Aug 10 — Hartford, Conn. @ XFINITY Theatre
Aug 11 — Saratoga Springs, N.Y. @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center
Aug 13 — Clarkston, Mich. @ DTE Energy Music Theatre
Aug 14 — Toronto, ON @ Budweiser Stage
Aug 16 — Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio @ Blossom Music Center
Aug 17 — Burgettstown, Pa. @ KeyBank Pavilion
Aug 18 — Cincinnati, Ohio @ Riverbend Music Center
Aug 20 — Noblesville, Ind. @ Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center
Aug 21 — Tinley Park, Ill. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 23 — Maryland Heights, Mo. @ Hollywood Casino Amphitheatre
Aug 25 — Denver, Colo. @ Pepsi Center
Aug 27 — Albuquerque, N.M. @ Isleta Amphitheatre
Aug 30 — Irvine, Calf. @FivePoint Amphitheatre
Aug 31 — Phoenix, Ariz. @ Ak-Chin Pavilion
Sep 02 — Chula Vista, Calif. @ North Island Credit Union Amphitheatre
Sep 04 — Mountain View, Calif. @ Shoreline Amphitheatre.