From Grammy.com‘s new interview with Alice In Chains frontman Jerry Cantrell.
I saw you play with Metallica at the MusiCares MAP Fund benefit in 2006. That was obviously a special performance, but I know you’ve been to a number of these shows. Are there any favorite memories for you?
Yeah, that one is obviously a classic. I’ve been a fan of Metallica and friends with those guys for a long time and that was just great — half Alice In Chains and half Metallica playing together. Obviously, on a more serious note, it’s inspiring to see James [Hetfield] take control of his issues, some of the same things I have issues with. And it’s just inspiring to see somebody make the effort and make a turn for the better.
Tell me about the other artists playing at this year’s benefit concert.
Ann and Nancy [Wilson of Heart] are the top of the heap. They’ve been there for us and we’ve been there for them too. Any time we got a chance to remind people how important their role has been to music and the world and what that means to us, we’re always there for them. I look at them as my older sisters, they’ve given a lot of great advice and they fought through a lot of adversity and I’m very much looking forward to having them play.
When they told me I was gonna receive the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award, they asked me if I would make a little list of the people I would like to see play. I had just seen [Mark] Lanegan out in Silver Lake and he killed it. God, it was amazing. I hadn’t seen him in some years and it was a really magical experience, so I gave him a call and asked him. Duff [McKagan]’s been a friend for years and been very involved with our band as well in various ways. And I don’t know Billy [Idol] personally, but I do know Billy Morrison and Steve Stevens, the guitar player. I jammed with Steve a couple of times as well.