Alice in Chains, or Alice N’ Chainz as they were known as in 1986, grew its roots in the helm of the infamous and contagious hair metal that grew rampant in the second half of the 1980’s. Bass guitarist during that time (though later served as guitarist in the band), Johnny Bacolas, unleashed a clip of footage from their May 1986 show at Kane Hall in Seattle (UPDATE: Alice N’ Chainz producer Tim Branom has clarified to AlternativeNation.net that the show took place on May 16, 1987). You can watch it below:
To be fair, Alice in Chains weren’t the first later successful and later awesome band to come from such shabby beginnings. People often forget that Pantera was once a glam metal group and recorded and released three albums with singer “Terry Glaze”, included Metal Magic, Projects in the Jungle and I Am the Night. This changed when Phil Anselmo joined the band in 1987, around the same time the classic line-up of Alice in Chains formed with Layne Staley, Jerry Cantrell, Mike Starr and Sean Kinney.