Rare Footage of Early Hair Metal Incarnation of Alice In Chains

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:

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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.

  • Guest

    this is Layne from Alice In Chains… but not Mike, Sean or Jerry.
    it’s still pretty fricken awesome tho! awe… the 80’s : )

    • Ben

      It’s pretty terrible actually!!!

      Just as well Layne started a real band and gave us real music with Alice in Chains. How sad would it be if we didn’t get to hear him use his amazing voice to its full potential. And all the meaningful lyrics which would not exist. Ugh…. the 80s! :S

      • Go Hiomlán Mandelbrotmenge Imi

        I would say it is quite ok for a 19 year old and considering that this kind of music was the hot shit at that time. But yes, thankfully things got better after that 🙂

  • fuck them

    nice