Alice in Chains Information
With a catalog of mostly heavy metal and acoustic rock that incorporated the harmonizing vocals of the late Layne Staley and Jerry Cantrell, Alice in Chains was one of the most successful bands of the 1990s, selling 35 million albums worldwide, releasing two no. 1 albums and earning seven Grammy nominations. The Seattle group was originally formed by Cantrell and Staley in the late 80s, the latter passing away in 2002 from substance abuse at age 34. The bandâ€™s debut album Facelift (1990) sparked the bandâ€™s first critical success, being called â€œone of the most important records in establishing an audience for grunge and alternative rockâ€. The bandâ€™s third studio album Jar of Flies (1993) occurred out of mere happenstance, the band picking up acoustic guitars with no intention of creating an album, let alone a no. 1 Billboard EP.
While never officially disbanding, Alice in Chains went on hiatus from 1996 to 2002, simultaneous with the infliction of Staleyâ€™s drug problem and death. Following the reunion of the band in 2005, William DuVall of Comes with the Fall took over lead vocals in 2008. 2009 proved to be a major comeback year for Alice in Chains, with the gold album Black Gives Way to Blue, several festival performances (Soundwaves, Rock on the Range) and a follow-up headlining tour come 2010 with Mastodon and Deftones. The Blackdiamondskye tour featuring the three band will be coming to the Agganis Arena on September 22nd.