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Alice In Chains, Mastodon & Mars Volta Members Form Supergroup

Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, the band consisting of Ben Weinman (The Dillinger Escape Plan), Brent Hinds (Mastodon), Pete Griffin (Dethklok), and Thomas Pridgen (ex-The Mars Volta), have reportedly recruited Alice In Chains frontman William DuVall as their lead singer. DuVall recorded with the band a few months ago, and Juliette Lewis previously worked with the band, but they had never found a permanent singer to complete their debut album since forming in 2012. The album could be released in 2016.

Alice In Chains Facelift and Dirt producer Dave Jerden recently discussed Layne Staley and Mike Starr on the Dean DelRay podcast ‘Let There Be Talk.’

“The day we started recording [Dirt] was the day that the LA Riots started. We come in there, we all show up, we’re going to start tracking, we set up all the drums and all that stuff. I think the first day we got a song down, I think we did “Rooster.” Layne is in the other room watching television, he goes: ‘Do you see this shit that is going on?’

That’s when the L.A. Riots started, and the next thing they have a curfew, and we couldn’t go to the studio for a week. So we got all set up ready to go, and then stopped. From what I understand, Layne was running downtown during the riots scoring. So we’re worried about Layne and all this stuff, he was staying down at the beach. So he’s making that run on the 10 back and forth.”

Jerden also said that Jerry Cantrell is one of the most talented musicians he’s ever worked with, and he doesn’t understand why he isn’t seen as a legend like Jim Morrison. He also discussed being addicted to heroin himself from 2001 to 2008, revealing that he actually went to rehab with late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr. Starr even told Jerden he didn’t think he was going to make it.

Alice In Chains Announce First 2016 Show, Soundgarden Members Attend Black Sabbath Concert

Alice In Chains, Slipknot, Hollywood Vampires, Five Finger Death Punch, Marilyn Manson, Breaking Benjamin, Rise Against Bullet For My Valentine, Skillet, Queensryche, All That Remains, Scott Stapp, and others will perform at Rock Fest in Cadott, Wisconsin on July 14-16, 2016. This is Alice In Chains’ first announced concert of 2016.

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Soundgarden members Kim Thayil and Matt Cameron attended Black Sabbath’s show in Tacoma over the weekend.  Check out a photo of Kim and Matt backstage with Tony Iommi below!

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Alice In Chains’ publicist informed Alternative Nation a couple of weeks ago that Jerry Cantrell was ‘totally fine’ after an emergency room visit last night. Cantrell underwent a ‘minor outpatient procedure.’

Cantrell was set to perform at ‘Dimebash’, a tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, but canceled last minute due to an emergency room visit, with Dave Grohl replacing him. Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Robb Flynn of Machine Head told the Lucky Strike Live Crowd the following, according to Blabbermouth: “Jerry Cantrell and I have been rehearsing this song all week. Jerry Cantrell was supposed to be with us. He went to the emergency room, unfortunately, tonight, couldn’t be here. This song’s gonna go out to him. Dave Grohl was nice enough to fill in for him.”

Deftones Preview Song With Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell & Debut “Prayers/Triangles”

A short clip of Deftones’ collaboration with Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell on a song on their new album Gore has surfaced online. The band have also released the album’s lead single “Prayers/Triangles.” Listen to the clip of the Cantrell collaboration and the single below.

Prayers/ Triangles Lyrics interpretation:

there’s a new strange…
godless demon awake, inside me

theres a force divine
terrorizing the angels i keep

while we dream…

prayers (prayers)
laid on the line (layed on the line)

you will never be free
you will never be free

i’m a true slave
to the fire and the air… around you

while this curse divine
it slowly rotting away inside me
while we dream

prayers (prayers)
laid on the line (layed on the line)

you will never be free
you will never be free

triangles (triangles)
placed in your mind (placed in your mind)

you will never be free
you will never be free

beware x4

i will never walk this street again!
the only time i feel im not alone!
i pull my heart out, i waved it in the air!

prayers (prayers)
laid on the line

you will never be free
you will never be free

triangles (triangles)
placed in your mind (placed in your mind)

you will never be free
you will never be free

prayers! (prayers)
triangles! (triangles)
prayers!

you will never be free
you will never be free

i will never walk this street again!
the only time i feel im not alone!
i pull my heart out, waved it in the air!
i pull my heart out… beware!

Sammy Hagar Discusses Grunge With Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell

Former Van Halen frontman Sammy Hagar discussed meeting with Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell on his AXS TV show in a new interview with Ultimate Classic Rock.

“Every one of them is a little different now. I don’t think we have a specific format. The format is Sammy Hagar goes to their home or wherever they choose to do it — meet ‘em at a bar somewhere, I don’t care — and we talk. And then I sit and reflect on what they were like afterwards, and before we finish all that we play music whether it’s with a band or acoustically. Jerry Cantrell and Nancy Wilson and I on the Seattle scene, we all just played acoustically and we all played each other a new song we’re kind of working on, so it’s really artsy-fartsy and all that too. [Laughs] What I think the hook is is that I know these people and if you’re a fan or you’re just a journalist and you’re going to sit down and interview Jerry Cantrell, he’s not going to tell you certain things.”

Alice In Chains’ publicist has informed Alternative Nation that Jerry Cantrell is ‘totally fine’ after an emergency room visit last night. Cantrell underwent a ‘minor outpatient procedure.’

This is good news, as fans were concerned after Cantrell was set to perform at ‘Dimebash’ last night, a tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, but canceled last minute due to an emergency room visit, with Dave Grohl replacing him. Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Robb Flynn of Machine Head told the Lucky Strike Live Crowd the following, according to Blabbermouth: “Jerry Cantrell and I have been rehearsing this song all week. Jerry Cantrell was supposed to be with us. He went to the emergency room, unfortunately, tonight, couldn’t be here. This song’s gonna go out to him. Dave Grohl was nice enough to fill in for him.”

“I think the thing that embodies this event and entity is unity; bringing everyone together to celebrate the music played and loved by Darrell and to benefit the foundation of a very beloved man, Mr. Ronnie James Dio,” said Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Abbott and the person who knew him best. “Dimebag Darrell was notorious for giving us all so much, in some way, even to this day. So to be able to give back in his name is such an honor. With all of this amazing talent in one place, it makes for a damn good celebration! C’mon out and getcha pull!”

You can now donate any amount that you can afford to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund by going to www.ronniejamesdio.com. Your generous donations will go to cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs. Your donations will also help families that have loved ones suffering from this horrible disease that took Ronnie from us too soon.

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Update On Alice In Chains Guitarist Jerry Cantrell’s Emergency Room Visit

Alice In Chains’ publicist has informed Alternative Nation that Jerry Cantrell is ‘totally fine’ after an emergency room visit last night. Cantrell underwent a ‘minor outpatient procedure.’

This is good news, as fans were concerned after Cantrell was set to perform at ‘Dimebash’ last night, a tribute to Pantera’s Dimebag Darrell, but canceled last minute due to an emergency room visit, with Dave Grohl replacing him. Proceeds from the event were slated to benefit the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up and Shout Cancer Fund.

Robb Flynn of Machine Head told the Lucky Strike Live Crowd the following, according to Blabbermouth: “Jerry Cantrell and I have been rehearsing this song all week. Jerry Cantrell was supposed to be with us. He went to the emergency room, unfortunately, tonight, couldn’t be here. This song’s gonna go out to him. Dave Grohl was nice enough to fill in for him.”

“I think the thing that embodies this event and entity is unity; bringing everyone together to celebrate the music played and loved by Darrell and to benefit the foundation of a very beloved man, Mr. Ronnie James Dio,” said Rita Haney, longtime girlfriend of Abbott and the person who knew him best. “Dimebag Darrell was notorious for giving us all so much, in some way, even to this day. So to be able to give back in his name is such an honor. With all of this amazing talent in one place, it makes for a damn good celebration! C’mon out and getcha pull!”

You can now donate any amount that you can afford to the Ronnie James Dio Stand Up And Shout Cancer Fund by going to www.ronniejamesdio.com. Your generous donations will go to cancer research, cancer screenings and various cancer programs. Your donations will also help families that have loved ones suffering from this horrible disease that took Ronnie from us too soon.

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Debuts New Hairstyle

A recent photo of Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell has surfaced, and it looks like JerBear is growing his hair back out! Check out the photo below!

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Cindy Slade wrote this piece on Danny Clinch’s Alice In Chains photography for Alternative Nation a couple of months ago:

As a longtime fan of Alice In Chains, I have often wondered what photographers had to say about working with the band, so recently I decided to reach out to one of them. One prominent photographer was there for the best MTV Unplugged show that’s ever been done, which of course was Alice in Chains’ 1996 Unplugged concert in New York. That photographer and filmmaker is known for working with the most talented musicians and bands, and his name is Danny Clinch. Needless to say, getting a response from him so quickly was unreal and exhilarating. Here’s what he had to say, in our very brief exchange.

What was it like to photograph Alice in Chains at the MTV Unplugged show?

It was real cool to work with Alice in Chains, especially before the legendary MTV taping. I was able to be there for the sound check as well as the show. I love sound check, as you can hear the band work out the songs and discuss how they would play the songs in an unplugged setting.

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Do you have any more photographs of Alice in Chains from the MTV Unplugged concert?

Columbia Records has most of them. I only have a few that I hung on to for some reason; maybe they were outtakes.

Did you photograph Alice in Chains any other time in your career?

The “Unplugged” concert was my only shoot with them.

Danny went on to say that if his memory serves him correctly, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, both original founding members of Metallica, were among the audience.

Through his lens eye, Danny was able to capture the most vivid images; some looking like watercolor paintings. Alternative Nation thanks Danny Clinch for taking a few moments out of his very busy schedule to talk to us; maybe we’ll see some of those outtakes appear soon.

Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell Claims NFL Referees ‘Threw Game’

Seahawks.com recently asked Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell about his favorite Seattle Seahawks memory:

“Watching the utter destruction of the Denver Broncos in NYC at Super Bowl XLVIII with my good friend Duff McKagan. I’ll also include my worst memory, which was the Super Bowl the Seahawks lost to the Steelers. I thought it was the best thing ever that my two favorite teams were playing in the Super Bowl, until I actually sat down at the game and realized one of them was going to lose. The refs threw that game, in my opinion.”

Alice In Chains Facelift and Dirt producer Dave Jerden recently discussed Layne Staley and Mike Starr on the Dean DelRay podcast ‘Let There Be Talk.’

“The day we started recording [Dirt] was the day that the LA Riots started. We come in there, we all show up, we’re going to start tracking, we set up all the drums and all that stuff. I think the first day we got a song down, I think we did “Rooster.” Layne is in the other room watching television, he goes: ‘Do you see this shit that is going on?’

That’s when the L.A. Riots started, and the next thing they have a curfew, and we couldn’t go to the studio for a week. So we got all set up ready to go, and then stopped. From what I understand, Layne was running downtown during the riots scoring. So we’re worried about Layne and all this stuff, he was staying down at the beach. So he’s making that run on the 10 back and forth.”

Jerden also said that Jerry Cantrell is one of the most talented musicians he’s ever worked with, and he doesn’t understand why he isn’t seen as a legend like Jim Morrison. He also discussed being addicted to heroin himself from 2001 to 2008, revealing that he actually went to rehab with late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr. Starr even told Jerden he didn’t think he was going to make it.

Make Listening to These Great Up & Coming Bands Your New Years Resolution!

Do you think all the best rock music was made before the year 2000? Have you jumped ship with rock and hopped on the EDM bandwagon? Do you not have a New Year’s resolution? Well, before you pick up that latest Dead Mou-Five (Did I spell that right?) record, how about I give you a new years resolution.. and that is find a new up and coming band that you can’t get enough of!

It’s actually a little easier than you think, and I’ll make it even easier for you by giving you a list of ten of the best up and coming bands to check out if you haven’t already (and if you have, good job doing your homework!):

Black Map
Mark Engles: Guitar
Chris Robyn: Drums
Ben Flanagan: Vocals/Bass

Black Map is a three-piece alternative hard rock band hailing from San Fransisco, CA. Loud and boisterous, Black Map are a hard rock force with a heavy, clean sound. In 2014 Alternative Nation reviewed their album And We Explode… giving it a 9/10.

“This album practically holds every characteristic necessary for an alternative rock musical masterpiece, which should come as to no surprise.”
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Black Map have supported Chevelle on tour and have also played various shows with the likes of ††† (Crosses), Tombs, Pelican, and Kill Devil Hill.
Essential Tracks: “Code”, “Chinaski”, “I’m Just the Driver”

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Dinosaur Eyelids
Evan Staats – Vocals
Scott Staats – Bass
Patrick McKnight – Guitar
Mark Leone – Drums

Dinosaur Eyelids are a four piece band based out of New Brunswick, NJ. With a bit of a grungy and progressive sound, Dinosaur Eyelids are excellent songwriters with many tracks that can take you on a journey. “The LIDS” have opened for Parlor Mob and shared the stage with Dean Ween of Ween and have earned a reputation for their aggressive live performances.

Essential Tracks: “Further Down the River”, “21 Graham Salute”, “Answer In The Sky”

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Everyday Losers
Dylan Seidel- Vocals/Guitar
Tyler Seidel- Guitar/Vocals
Danny Norton- Bass
Damian Baker- Drums

The Everyday Losers are a four piece band out of Washington, Indiana. They describe themselves as a band full of heavy riffs, powerful choruses, and frenetic live performances. They recently wrapped up a touring stint with Saliva in November and have also shared the stage with Jackyl, Smile Empty Soul, and Black Stone Cherry.   The Everyday Losers boast tracks that are both heavy and melodic, such as the standout “Here We Are Now”.

Essential Tracks: “Outta My Head”, “Hate You”, “Here We Are Now”

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High/Low
Steve Weston – Guitar/Pedals/Vocals
Lee ‘meatarm’ Yates – Bass
Dave Pankhurst – Drums

High/Low are a four piece band out of Essex, UK. The band’s entire catalog is bursting with catchy, heavy, alternative rock tracks. All the elements seem to perfectly blend together to form a unique brand of rock music that works more on a high level, not a low one (ba dum tiss). High/Low have a much anticipated new album being released on January 29th, 2016.  Get an exclusive free download from the new album entitled “MONO” here and you can hear their new single entitled “Mould” below.

Essential Tracks: ‘Mould”, “Beef Back”, “Spy Eye”

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Minus Cube
Joe Weinstock – Guitars
Glyn Rolmanis – Drums
Michael Martin – Vocals

Minus Cube is a three piece band with a unique setup in that Michael is based in the USA, and Joe and Glyn are based in the UK, but that distance hasn’t stopped the band from creating one of the most unique sounds in rock today.  A listener can hear the influences from bands like Tool, Alice In Chains and Soundgarden, particularly in tracks like “Everything” and Trance Decay”.  Minus Cube have a new album planned for 2016 entitled The Butterfly Effect, watch the teaser here.

Essential Tracks: “Everything”, “Trance Decay”, “Catalyst”

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New Oceans
David Downs –Vocals/Guitar
Rob Miller – Bass
John Kehoe –Drums

New Oceans is a three piece band out of Chicago, IL. Starting out as an industrial, electro-rock band, New Oceans have changed their style, releasing a unique high energy punk/grunge album entitled Fuzzbuzz. Having the feel of early Seattle grunge while throwing in some of the most unique song progressions in modern rock, New Oceans have grown to be an innovative and exciting newcomer to the american rock scene.

Essential Tracks: “ADHD”, “She Lives in a Shack”, “Sun Drunk”

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Noiseheads
Nick Gray – Vocals/Guitar
Greg Nicholas – Drums/Vocals
Joe Gray – Bass/Vocals

Noiseheads are a three piece band from Pensacola, FL, but are soon transitioning to Greensboro, NC. Alternative Nation hailed Noiseheads as “One of America’s most promising young rock bands,” and with catchy radio friendly hard rock tunes, Noiseheads may be one of those bands that will ensure the world that rock is still alive and well. The band is influenced by many of the greats such as Pearl Jam and Nirvana, but sound like no other. Dave Grohl once said the intensity that Kurt Cobain had in his voice sounded like he was grinding nails in his throat when he performed, and this comparison is also the only way to describe Nick Gray’s vocals, throw in a stellar rhythm section from Greg and Joe and yes it is true, Noiseheads is one of America’s most promising young rock bands, and they may just be a band that brings rock music back from the underground.  Noiseheads may be taking a bit of a break with the move, but have been busy recently, including releasing a video for their track “Fellow Man” in November.

Essential Tracks: “Fellow Man”, “Expectations”, “Pretty Hate Song Pt. 2”, “Annie”

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Soul Inclination
Shashank Bhatnagar – Vocals/Rhythm Guitars
Puneet Vohra – Lead Guitars/Vocals
Ashish Sharma – Bass
Nishant Hagjer – Drums/Vocals

Soul Inclination is a four piece band from New Delhi, India. Though they have recently gone through some lineup changes, the two tracks they released in 2015 were fantastic. So great in fact that their second single “Not a Loser” was the most requested song on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015. Influenced by bands like Pearl Jam and Alice in Chains, Soul Inclination has the makings of a modern rock force.

Essential Tracks: “Not a Loser”, “I Am Alone”

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The Burning of Rome
Adam Traub – Vocals/Keys/Guitar
Joe Aguilar – Guitar/Vocals
Aimee Jacobs – Keys/Glockenspiel/Vocals
Keveen Baudouin – Bass/Vocals
Danny King – Drums

The Burning of Rome are a five piece band from the Los Angeles and San Diego, CA area. Describing themselves as death-pop, they have the elements of a band who will eventually garner a very large cult following. Their use of both male and female vocal leads gives them a diversity that not many modern rock bands possess.  They released their second album Year of the Ox in 2014 which included three tracks that were among the most requested on Alternative Nation Radio in 2015.

Essential Tracks: “Better Than He”, “Cowboy’s and Cut Cigars”, “Year of the Ox”

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Tidalwave
Dean – Guitar/Vocals
Marc – Bass
Nils – Drums

Tidalwave is a three piece band from Berlin, Germany. Their first release, a four song self-titled EP released in Feburary 2015, was pure melodic alternative rock bliss. Influenced by bands like Foo Fighters, Deftones, and Muse, Tidalwave have the ability to create a smart and cohesive sound unlike no other. With a new EP entitled “1992” being released in early 2016 (watch the teaser), Tidalwave is sure to turn even more heads in the coming months.

Essential Tracks: “Find Myself”, “Rx”, “Solace”

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Hear all the best from all these great up and coming bands plus many more at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.  What are some up and coming bands that you can’t get enough of?  Feel free to share them in the comments section below.

Top 10 Most Anticipated Rock Albums Of 2016

Co-written and edited by Brett Buchanan

As we kick off 2016, the year should be an eventful one in the year of alternative rock. Check out 10 of the most anticipated albums for the year below!

Wolfmother

Wolfmother are set to release their new album Victorious in February. The band has already released two raucous tracks from the album, “Victorious” and “City Lights“.

PJ Harvey

PJ Harvey will release her first album since 2011’s Let England Shake this spring. The album documents a “unique artistic journey which took her to Kosovo, Afghanistan and Washington, D.C,” according to a press release. She has already performed new tracks live, including “Chain of Keys” and “The Ministry of Social Affairs.”

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In October, Radiohead’s Johnny Greenwood said that the band has recorded “lots” of material for a new album and are currently sifting through the material to find the best tracks.  It will be the band’s first release since 2011.

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Alice In Chains

Alice In Chains were already beginning work on their new album this past summer, so a 2016 release has to be expected.

Bassist Mike Inez told Rock 103 (as transcribed by Alternative Nation) in August:

“We’ve been throwing around riffs for a new record, we’re taking it nice and slow, and we just wanted to get out of the house this summer, and just play. It’s funny, we’re still like brothers to this day.

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Red Hot Chili Peppers

Red Hot Chili Peppers have completed the majority of their new album and in December were only waiting for Anthony Keidis to track vocals.  Flea has called the new material “emotional” and the first single is set to be released in early February.

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Deftones

In November Chino Moreno announced in an interview with BBC Radio 1 that the Deftones have finished recording their new album and were in the mixing process with an early 2016 release.  Moreno also mentioned that the album has 16 tracks and will feature an appearance from Jerry Cantrell.

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Soundgarden

In August Chris Cornell told Rolling Stone that Soundgarden is working on a new album. Kim Thayil said earlier in the year that the band is aiming for a 2016 release.  No additional details have been confirmed.

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Smashing Pumpkins

Billy Corgan has been hyping up the followup to 2014’s Monuments to an Elegy since before that album came out, originally titling the followup Day for Night and saying it’d be released in 2015. Corgan then dropped the titled and reworked the album over the summer, but there has been no update from Corgan since. Pumpkins drummer Jimmy Chamberlin recently revealed that he will be getting together with Corgan early this year, so there may be news coming soon.

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Nine Inch Nails

Trent Reznor made a big announcement on Twitter on December 18th: “New NIN coming in 2016. Other stuff, too.”

Reznor told Rolling Stone in July that he was in the early stages of working on new Nine Inch Nails music.

“Yeah, I’ve been messing around with some things. And I went through a period of “tour, tour, tour.” Things right after another, with scores and what I’ve been doing whilst working on Apple music here is what I call “laboratory time,” more experiments without any definite agenda. It’s not for a thing, it’s not a record I’m trying to finish in a month. It’s more just feeling around in the dark and seeing what sounds interesting. It’s nice to do that every few years to try and reinvent and discover and try to learn about yourself and what feels exciting to you as an artist.”

He also discussed rock bands no longer selling albums, “As an artist, there’s the difficult transition from realizing that where you used to sell an item that you got X amount for – those days are over. And the toothpaste is not going to go back in the tube. And people aren’t going to suddenly want to buy CDs again and feel good about overpaying for them. That’s a fact. Most of my peers have swallowed the bitter pill that I have swallowed, which is that you don’t make a lot of money selling music these days. It’s just the way it is. I don’t think that’s the way it should be, but that is the way it is. So I’m excited to accept that.”

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Tool

The elusive Tool have been somewhat quietly working on a new album over the past year.  They debuted a snippet of a new song entitled “Descending” at a Halloween show in Tempe, Arizona which Adam Jones later told Rolling Stone was a preview of a new track.  So we are all holding out hope that 2016 is the year that we finally get a new Tool album since 2006’s 10,000 Days.

Top 95 Rock Songs Of 1995

As we close 2015, it was quite depressing putting together the ‘Top 10 Rock Songs Of 2015’ list. There just wasn’t a lot this year to get too excited about. But when it comes to 1995, it was easy to put together a Top 95 Rock Songs of 1995 list. Check out some of the greatest rock songs of 1995, in mostly random order (barring some of the top choices). Thanks to Alternative Nation reporter Greg Prato for contributing songs to this list.

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95. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Tearjerker”

94. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Jellybelly”

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93. Alice In Chains – “Over Now”

92. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Fuck You (An Ode To No One)

91. Mad Season – “Lifeless Dead”

90. Foo Fighters – “Floaty”

89. Filter – “Dose”

88. Sleater-Kinney – “Sold Out”

87. No Doubt – “Spiderwebs”

86. The Rentals – “Friends of P”

85. Silverchair – “Israel’s Son”

84. Radiohead – “My Iron Lung”

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83. Radiohead – “High and Dry”

82. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Porcelina of the Vast Oceans”

81. Alice In Chains – “Sludge Factory”

80. Mad Season – “I’m Above”

79. The Verve – “History”

78. Supersuckers – “Bad, Bad, Bad”

77. No Doubt – “Sunday Morning”

76. 311 – “Don’t Stay Home”

75. Primus – “Southbound Pachyderm”

74. Kyuss – “One Inch Man”

73. Morrissey – “The Boy Racer”

72. Mad Season – “Long Gone Day”

71. The Verve – “This Is Music”

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70. Truly – “Blue Flame Ford”

69. Soul Asylum – “Misery”

68. Everclear – “Santa Monica”

67. The Magnificent Bastards – “Mockingbird Girl”

66. Wilco – “Box Full of Letters”

65. Mudhoney – “1995”

64. Collective Soul – “The World I Know”

63. Collective Soul – “Smashing Young Man”

62. Sonic Youth – “The Diamond Sea”

61. Slash’s Snakepit – “Beggars & Hangers-On”

60. Local H – “Cynic”

59. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Warped”

58. Ben Folds Five – “Underground”

57. Ben Folds Five – “Jackson Cannery”

56. Ben Folds Five – “Where’s Summer B?”

55. Morphine – “Honey White”

54. Morphine – “Super Sex”

53. Faith No More – “Digging the Grave”

52. Mr. Bungle – “Chemical Marriage”

51. Faith No More – “Ricochet”

50. Mr. Bungle – “Carry Stress in the Jaw”

49. Faith No More – “Evidence”

48. Mr. Bungle – “Desert Search for Techno Allah”

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47. David Bowie – “The Heart’s Filthy Lesson”

46. Meat Puppets – “Scum”

45. Morrissey – “Dagenham Dave”

44. Kyuss – “Hurricane”

43. Faith No More – “Cuckoo for Caca”

42. Meat Puppets – “Taste of the Sun”

41. Meat Puppets – “For Free”

40. Primus – “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”

39. 311 – “Down”

38. Primus – “Professor Nutbutter’s House of Treats”

37. Collective Soul – “December”

36. PJ Harvey – “Down by the Water”

35. Spacehog – “In the Meantime”

34. Garbage – “Only Happy When It Rains”

33. No Doubt – “Don’t Speak”

32. Radiohead – “Fake Plastic Trees”

31. Bender – “Headless Soldier”

30. Blind Melon – “2 X 4”

29. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Thirty-Three”

28. No Doubt – “Just a Girl”

27. Foo Fighters – “Exhausted”

26. Neil Young & Pearl Jam – “Peace & Love”

25. Mad Season – “I Don’t Know Anything”

24. Blind Melon – “Galaxie”

23. Radiohead – “Just”

22. Oasis – “Don’t Look Back In Anger”

21. Green Day – “Brain Stew”

20. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Zero”

19. Foo Fighters – “This Is A Call”

18. Silverchair – “Tomorrow”

17. Bender – “Rope”

16. Blind Melon – “Toes Across The Floor”

15. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Muzzle”

14. Mad Season – “Wake Up”

13. Oasis – “Wonderwall”

12. Alice In Chains – “Grind”

11. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “Aeroplane”

10. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Bullet With Butterfly Wings”

9. Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”

8. Alice In Chains – “Again”

7. Foo Fighters – “I’ll Stick Around”

6. Red Hot Chili Peppers – “My Friends”

5. Oasis – “Champagne Supernova”

4. The Smashing Pumpkins – “1979”

3. Alice In Chains – “Heaven Beside You”

2. Mad Season – “River of Deceit”

1. The Smashing Pumpkins – “Tonight, Tonight”

Alice In Chains Producer Talks Layne Staley Scoring During L.A. Riots & Rehab With Mike Starr

Alice In Chains Facelift and Dirt producer Dave Jerden recently discussed Layne Staley and Mike Starr on the Dean DelRay podcast ‘Let There Be Talk.’

“The day we started recording [Dirt] was the day that the LA Riots started. We come in there, we all show up, we’re going to start tracking, we set up all the drums and all that stuff. I think the first day we got a song down, I think we did “Rooster.” Layne is in the other room watching television, he goes: ‘Do you see this shit that is going on?’

That’s when the L.A. Riots started, and the next thing they have a curfew, and we couldn’t go to the studio for a week. So we got all set up ready to go, and then stopped. From what I understand, Layne was running downtown during the riots scoring. So we’re worried about Layne and all this stuff, he was staying down at the beach. So he’s making that run on the 10 back and forth.”

Jerden also said that Jerry Cantrell is one of the most talented musicians he’s ever worked with, and he doesn’t understand why he isn’t seen as a legend like Jim Morrison. He also discussed being addicted to heroin himself from 2001 to 2008, revealing that he actually went to rehab with late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr. Starr even told Jerden he didn’t think he was going to make it.

Remembering 10 Grunge Legends We’ve Lost

Edited by Brett Buchanan

As the holidays approach, I feel the overwhelming need to write this after the recent passing of Scott Weiland. We take for granted that our favorite musicians will always be there, but the truth is, life happens, and circumstances in their own lives change, and they are gone.

We’ve lost so many people from the 90’s grunge/alternative rock music scene, and we should not forget them as 2015 concludes, or ever for that matter. The gifts we’ve received from them will last forever, and I am grateful for that. My thoughts go out to their friends, families, and significant others as well, hoping they know the fans are still with them.

Drug addiction is such a hard thing to talk about, so I won’t, but I know all too well the impact it leaves on the living, as I lost my husband in 2010 to a prescription narcotic drug overdose. I then lost my father from Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease just 4 days later. The sadness subsides, but never really goes away.

I’d like to take this time to remember those that I often think of and had a huge impact on my ‘alternative music days’ years ago, which I still listen to and love. I’d like to note that not all the artists listed below died of a drug overdose from addiction.

In memory of:

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Andrew Wood, Vocals, Piano, Guitar-Malfunkshun, Mother Love Bone

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Stefanie Sargent, Guitar – 7 Year Bitch

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Mia Zapata, Vocals, Piano, Guitar – The Gits

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Kurt Cobain, Lead vocals, Guitar – Nirvana

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Shannon Hoon, Lead vocals, Guitar, Various instruments – Blind Melon

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John Baker Saunders, Bass – Mad Season, The Walkabouts

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Ben McMillan, Lead vocals, Guitar – Gruntruck

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Layne Staley, Lead vocals, Guitar – Alice in Chains, Mad Season

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Michael Starr, Bass – Alice in Chains, Red Sun Red

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Scott Weiland, Lead vocals – Stone Temple Pilots, Velvet Revolver

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The biggest losses for me personally were Layne Staley and Mike Starr. Both were such talented musicians, and part of a musical phenomenon that still continues to this day, Alice In Chains. I previously wrote about the sound that Layne and Jerry Cantrell created when singing together, an unparalleled duo to date. Mike Starr played his bass guitar with unmatched aggressiveness.

Unfortunately, thinking about their deaths puts me into a depression, something I cannot explain. But I knew it was time to pull out the music again as I wrote this article, so I started playing Facelift, SAP, Dirt, Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains. I’m sure many of you have done the same when missing Layne, as for me the music is healing. Although the lyrics state something of despair, I find the opposite in their music, and it gets me back to living my life again rather being stuck in a state of depression.

This past August, I brought candles to the Layne Staley and Mike Starr annual vigil at the Seattle Center fountain. Every single person listed above (except for Scott Weiland) had a candle. We even had a candle for Layne Staley’s beautiful ex-fiance Demri Parrott, because the impact she had on so many people.

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There have obviously been others that we’ve lost, but the ones listed above I either met in person, or saw live in Seattle. However, I can honestly say that I never got to see Scott Weiland live, but I have always loved the music of Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver.

If you have a musician that you have loved and lost, and you haven’t listened to their music for a while, I urge all of you to find the albums, or CD’s, and dust them off and play them. I bet you will feel a sense of happiness in what they left behind, as I did with Layne and Mike.

I wish you all a very Merry Christmas, and wish you joy and happiness into the next year. I also hope you remember the great music these artists have left behind.

Scott Weiland & Alice In Chains’ Mike Starr Went To Rehab Together

Late Alice In Chains bassist Mike Starr’s sister Melinda has shared a story on Mike’s Facebook page discussing his friendship with Stone Temple Pilots frontman Scott Weiland, who died on Thursday.

The first time Mike went to rehab, around ’94 I guess, Scott checked into the same place. Mike had been there for a few weeks already, so he was asked to be Scott’s “buddy”, to show him around & help him get comfortable there. I still remember the look on Mike’s face when he told me that he was helping Scott.

He liked that he was able to help a fellow rocker, and had a sense of pride to be sober at that time. They became instant friends & that friendship carried on throughout the rest of their lives. I like to think Mike is reprising his “buddy” role, greeting him at the gates & welcoming Scott to his beautiful new adventure.

Our thoughts , prayers & hearts are with his family & loved ones today.

XOXO SCOTT WEILAND XOXO

gone way too soon, but never forgotten!

Rest in peace.

Scott Weiland
1967-2015

Mike Starr
1966-2011

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Top 10 Alternative Rock EP’s

With Foo Fighters’ recent surprise free Saint Cecilia EP release, Alternative Nation has decided to take a look back at the top 10 greatest alternative rock EP’s.

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10. Smashing Pumpkins – American Gothic (2008)

American Gothic was an under the radar release, featuring acoustic based songs written during the Zeitgeist era. The EP features “The Rose March,” one of the best songs Billy Corgan has written in the last decade. The EP gives just a taste of Billy Corgan recording acoustic songs, which was also teased with Djali Zwan.

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9. Foo Fighters – Saint Cecilia (2015)

Foo Fighters’ Saint Cecilia was spontaneously recorded in Austin just a few months, and while it doesn’t feature any songs that stack up with the band’s all time great hits, there is a laid back feeling to the EP that you can hear. It sounds like friends just sitting around the campfire writing music, without any pressure from record labels for commercial success.

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8. Green River- Dry As A Bone (1987)

Green River is a fascinating listen for Grunge fans who discovered the band after Pearl Jam and Mudhoney’s formation. The band merges the sound of the two bands with Mark Arm bringing his punk rock sensibilities to Stone Gossard and Jeff Ament’s arena ready sound.

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7. Soundgarden – Fopp (1988)

Fopp largely consists of covers, including a cover of Green River’s “Swallow My Pride.”

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6. Mudhoney – Superfuzz Bigmuff (1988)

Mudhoney’s Superfuzz Bigmuff may be the band’s most famous release, featuring their signature song “Touch Me I’m Sick.” Superfuzz Bigmuff strips down the Grunge sound to its barest bones, and is one of the greatest examples of the eras punk influence.

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5. Tool – Opiate (1992)

Opiate was Tool’s first ever release and immediately showcased the band’s brooding sound, despite the raw recording quality. Maynard James Keenan’s lyrics are some of the darkest and angriest of his career, singing about his frustration with God, murder, among other subjects.

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4. Soundgarden – Screaming Life (1987)

Soundgarden’s Screaming Life features one of the band’s most underrated songs, “Nothing to Say.” Despite the production quality, the soaring riff and Cornell’s wailing vocals show that the band were destined to headline arenas.

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3. Alice In Chains – Sap (1992)

Sap was an important EP for Alice In Chains, with the band exploring their more melodic stripped down side for the first time after their heavy metal leaning debut album Facelift. The EP features ‘Alice Mudgarden’ on standout “Right Turn,” with Chris Cornell and Mark Arm lending guest vocals. “Am I Inside,” featuring Ann Wilson from Heart, is one of Alice In Chains’ best songs. “Got Me Wrong” had incredible staying power, becoming a hit two years later when it was featured on the Clerks soundtrack, and finding new life again when Alice In Chains performed a stellar version of the song on MTV Unplugged in 1996.

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2. Nine Inch Nails – Broken (1992)

Broken is the bridge between Pretty Hate Machine and The Downward Spiral, and sees Trent Reznor’s songwriting reach a whole new level, further developing the heavy industrial sound that would come to define Nine Inch Nails. Grammy winner “Wish” remains a fan favorite to this day.

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1. Alice In Chains – Jar of Flies (1994)

Despite being an EP, Jar of Flies is regarded by many fans as their favorite Alice In Chains’ record, and also as one of the greatest releases of the 90’s. Alice In Chains came into the recording sessions for Jar of Flies with no material at all ready to go, and within a week they had a classic EP featuring some of their greatest songs. Layne Staley’s vocal performance and melody on “I Stay Away” are some of the most inventive and impressive of the 90’s, as well as his vocal part of “Don’t Follow.”

Watch Alice In Chains’ William DuVall & Jerry Cantrell Cover “No Quarter” & “Living Loving Maid”

Photo credit: Paul Lorkowski

Video has been uploaded of Alice In Chains members William DuVall and Jerry Cantrell cover Led Zeppelin’s “No Quarter” and “Livin’ Lovin Maid” with Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan and Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin at the Founders Awards ceremony for Jimmy Page over the weekend in Seattle.

Alice In Chains members Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin, Paul Rodgers, and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen performed at a tribute concert for Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, with Page himself even joining in. Read the full setlist from the epic performance above.

Setlist:

[With Rich Robinson and John Hogg]
“Ten Years Gone”
“Custard Pie”
“Sick Again”
“Dazed and Confused”

[With Jerry Cantrell and William Duvall]
“When the Levee Breaks”
“Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)”
“No Quarter”
“How Many More Times”

[With Kim Thayil and Duvall]
“Immigrant Song”
“Communication Breakdown”
“Four Sticks”

[With Thayil, Hogg and Krist Novoselic]
“Out on the Tiles”

[With Hogg and Rick Nielsen]
“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”

[With Paul Rodgers and Brian Wheat]
“Satisfaction Guaranteed”
“Radioactive”

[With all of the above, Jimmy Page and Paul Allen]
“Rock and Roll”

Watch Soundgarden, Nirvana & Alice In Chains Members Perform With Jimmy Page

Alice In Chains members Jerry Cantrell and William DuVall, Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic, Guns N’ Roses bassist Duff McKagan, Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil, Mad Season drummer Barrett Martin, Paul Rodgers, and Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen performed at a tribute concert for Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page, with Page himself even joining in. Watch videos below from the show.

Setlist:

[With Rich Robinson and John Hogg]
“Ten Years Gone”
“Custard Pie”
“Sick Again”
“Dazed and Confused”

[With Jerry Cantrell and William Duvall]
“When the Levee Breaks”
“Living Loving Maid (She’s Just a Woman)”
“No Quarter”
“How Many More Times”

[With Kim Thayil and Duvall]
“Immigrant Song”
“Communication Breakdown”
“Four Sticks”

[With Thayil, Hogg and Krist Novoselic]
“Out on the Tiles”

[With Hogg and Rick Nielsen]
“Happenings Ten Years Time Ago”

[With Paul Rodgers and Brian Wheat]
“Satisfaction Guaranteed”
“Radioactive”

[With all of the above, Jimmy Page and Paul Allen]
“Rock and Roll”

Alice In Chains, Nirvana, Soundgarden & Mad Season Members Jam For Jimmy Page

Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains), Kim Thayil (Soundgarden), Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses/Velvet Revolver), and Barrett Martin (Mad Season/Screaming Trees) performed together at a Jimmy Page tribute gig last night in Seattle. You can view photos of the rehearsal for the performance, and the performance itself below, including a photo of Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic and Alice In Chains singer William DuVall with Jimmy Page. Novoselic also shared photos with Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney, Paul Rodgers, and Cheap Trick’s Rick Nielsen. Chris Cornell’s daughter Lily filmed video of the performance, and was also photographed.

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Barrett Martin posted about the show on Facebook a few weeks ago: “The Seattle contingent is ready for the Jimmy Page Tribute on November 19th at EMP in Seattle. From left to right, Duff McKagan (Guns & Roses) on bass, Barrett Martin (Mad Season) on drums, Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) on guitar, and Kim Thayil (Soundgarden) on guitar. I just gotta say, that was a whole lotta heavy in one room. 8 Led Zeppelin tunes from this particular group, and Barrett and Duff are the house rhythm section for the whole show. Zeppelin is the great church of rock & roll and Mr. Page is our high priest. We are honored to serve.”

Barrett also posted about the terrorist attack in Paris on Facebook earlier this week, “I love my city, Seattle, and I love Paris, a city I’ve visited and played music in many times. Today our Space Needle flew the French Tricolour and I couldn’t be more proud. Cities like ours, where music, art, and freedom are allowed to flourish, are bonded to each other in a sacred way. We love you France, we will be there for you, just as you have been there for us.”

Photographer Danny Clinch Remembers Alice In Chains’ Unplugged Performance

Edited by Brett Buchanan

As a longtime fan of Alice In Chains, I have often wondered what photographers had to say about working with the band, so recently I decided to reach out to one of them. One prominent photographer was there for the best MTV Unplugged show that’s ever been done, which of course was Alice in Chains’ 1996 Unplugged concert in New York. That photographer and filmmaker is known for working with the most talented musicians and bands, and his name is Danny Clinch. Needless to say, getting a response from him so quickly was unreal and exhilarating. Here’s what he had to say, in our very brief exchange.

What was it like to photograph Alice in Chains at the MTV Unplugged show?

It was real cool to work with Alice in Chains, especially before the legendary MTV taping. I was able to be there for the sound check as well as the show. I love sound check, as you can hear the band work out the songs and discuss how they would play the songs in an unplugged setting.

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Do you have any more photographs of Alice in Chains from the MTV Unplugged concert?

Columbia Records has most of them. I only have a few that I hung on to for some reason; maybe they were outtakes.

Did you photograph Alice in Chains any other time in your career?                                    

The “Unplugged” concert was my only shoot with them.

Danny went on to say that if his memory serves him correctly, James Hetfield and Lars Ulrich, both original founding members of Metallica, were among the audience.

Through his lens eye, Danny was able to capture the most vivid images; some looking like watercolor paintings. Alternative Nation thanks Danny Clinch for taking a few moments out of his very busy schedule to talk to us; maybe we’ll see some of those outtakes appear soon.

You can find Danny on Instagram, Twitter and his website:

Instagram: Dannybones64
Twitter: Danny_Clinch
Website:  www.DannyClinch.com

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Top 10 Underrated Alice In Chains Songs

One of the very best bands to come from the Seattle Grunge scene is Alice in Chains. Some consider them the Kings of Grunge. With Layne’s sultry and unparalleled voice, and the harmonious melodies between him and Jerry Cantrell, made this unlike any other band of its kind to date. Though Alice in Chains have had many obstacles, they’ve still managed make some of the most powerful songs ever.   Those same songs are now reaching new generations, and are still among the most played records in thousands of homes worldwide. I can say I’m a true Alice in Chains fan, and honestly, love all of their songs, there are however, quite a few songs considered “underrated”. Underrated because of a few factors: no airplay, critic reviews and lack of promotion.

Over the past two months, Alternative Nation did a poll on a social media site, and asked many Alice in Chains fans what they believed the underrated Alice in Chains songs were. We’ve narrowed down the list based on the numbers and we are sharing results with you, the readers.

10. Sludge Factory:  Album- Alice in Chains

9. Don’t Follow:  Album- Jar of Flies

8. Sunshine:  Album- Facelift

7. Rain When I Die:  Album- Dirt

6. Black Gives Way to Blue:  Album- Black Gives Way to Blue

5. Junkhead:  Album- Dirt

4. Hate to Feel: Album- Dirt

3. Confusion:  Album- Facelift

2. Am I Inside:  Album- SAP

1. Frogs:  Album- Alice in Chains

Certainly, there are more songs that one might consider underrated by this powerhouse band.  Even if you aren’t a die-hard fan, give them a listen, and I’m sure you’ll agree that these should have had more exposure.

Within each Alice in Chains song, there is a story, a personal account of feelings, and a message to the listeners. The message is a subliminal one, and one that brings you back for yet another listen. Alice in Chains have been storytellers for almost 29 years; and even though Layne Staley and Mike Starr are no longer with us, we continue to hear them in the older songs, as we listen to our CD’s, vinyl and even digital downloads. Those songs are never forgotten; who can forget Mike Starr singing in the back ground in ”Confusion”? Or Ann Wilson singing background vocals for “Am I Inside”, and Sir Elton John, playing the piano in Jerry Cantrell’s tribute to Layne Staley, in “Black Gives Way to Blue”.

These days, William DuVall has taken over the lead singing of Alice in Chains, and although he is never expected to fill Layne’s shoes, he’s now a welcome addition to Seattle’s favorite Grunge band.  More stories are being written as we speak, and soon those subliminal messages will be coming to us again, and we’ll be waiting.

Chris Cornell On Layne Staley’s Death: ‘It’s Harder To Find A Silver Lining’

Chris Cornell discussed Mad Season and how listening to Above in preparation for his performance with the band’s surviving members earlier this year at Benayora Hall in January.  Read the quote below from an interview with WMMR, as transcribed by Alternative Nation.

“When I was asked to do that, what came next was listening to the original recordings, which was listening to Layne sing in headphones over and over to learn it, and feel like I really knew it. That was kind of unexpected, I don’t want to say dark, but it was tough, because I hadn’t really done that. Listening to his voice intimately, and sing those words and sing those songs, it definitely sort of forced me to reckon with what happened in his life, and the fact that he’s not around anymore. I think that’s tough for everybody that knew him, as it is for anyone that loses someone who is a friend that is young, or that affects your life, just fans of his even.

I think that sometimes almost the bigger tragedy in a weird way is all of the future imagined creative projects that could have happened that didn’t. I feel the same way about lots of brilliant people who die young, kind of senselessly especially. If it’s an accident you feel like it’s an act of God, but if you feel like they did it somehow, it’s sort of harder to reconcile. It’s hard to find a silver lining, but it doesn’t change what he did at all.”

He was also asked if he would do more with Mad Season after the Benayora Hall performance earlier this year. “It’s not really something that we talked about, no. We might do something else some day (laughs), who knows?”