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									                             ALICE IN CHAINS
                                 (Biography)




After a long hiatus the members of ALICE IN CHAINS have decided to
honor their musical legacy by taking their beloved songs to the road this
spring/summer. JERRY CANTRELL, MIKE INEZ and SEAN KINNEY will be
joined by WILLIAM DUVALL (Comes With The Fall), who will handle lead
vocals for the group’s five U.S. club shows and overseas festival
performances in Europe and Southeast Asia.


CANTRELL says, “We're gonna take it like we always did, and we've always
kind of made it up as we've gone along. If you were looking at how to really
capitalize on this experience and really make dough and make it a profitable
thing, a band might, you know, would come out with a singer, have a record
ready and all that. But that's not where we're coming from with this thing.
We're coming from the place of ‘It feels good, and we're having a good time,
so we'd like people to be a part of that.’” KINNEY told Reuters, "We're not
trying to replace Layne…We want to play these songs one more time, and if it
seems like the right thing to do, it'll happen. I don't know how long it will go
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or where it will take us. It's kind of a tribute to Layne and our fans, t
people who love these songs.”


The ALICE IN CHAINS legacy dates back to 1987 when the tight-knit group
began a riotous ride that saw them escorted from their illegal rehearsal space
by Seattle’s finest to a 1989 record deal with Columbia Records.          Their
instantly recognizable brand of dark, moody rock would become a signature
sound and a major influence on later rock bands.


ALICE IN CHAINS released their debut EP WE DIE YOUNG (July 1990) and
the title track went on to be their first of many rock radio hits. The gold-
certified FACELIFT followed in August of 1990 and the video for the grinding
hit "Man in the Box” went into regular rotation on MTV. In 1992 ALICE IN
CHAINS began recording the DIRT EP with Dave Jerden producing. DIRT--
which debuted at #6 on the Billboard charts in September 1992 and went
platinum in less than two months--was their darkest release to that point
with a heavy, guitar-driven sound and lyrics exploring a sense of alienation
and addiction. It was Cameron Crowe’s 1992 film Singles, about the lives of
20-somethings in Seattle that transformed the song “Would?” into an anthem
for the brooding angst of Generation X.       While the band was touring to
promote DIRT, MIKE STARR left the group to be replaced by former Ozzy
Osbourne bassist MIKE INEZ. JAR OF FLIES--released in January 1994--
marked a return to more mellow acoustic arrangements, punctuated by
CANTRELL's signature electric guitar riffs and STALEY's bracing vocal
intensity. It would be the first EP in Billboard chart history to debut at #1. A
year later the band released ALICE IN CHAINS, commonly known as “Three”
or “Tripod” because it was the band’s third full album and of the image of a
three legged dog on the cover. ALICE IN CHAINS also debuted at #1 on the
Billboard album charts and launched a handful of hard rock singles that
would cement the band’s place in the pantheon of metal legends.


Throughout their recording career, ALICE IN CHAINS toured the world and
played with Megadeth, the Clash of the Titans tour (Slayer and Anthrax), Van
Halen, Screaming Trees, Gruntruck and KISS. In the summer of 1993, ALICE
IN CHAINS headlined Lollapalooza with Primus, Tool, Rage Against the
Machine and Babes in Toyland.      Sadly, their last live concert as ALICE IN
CHAINS with Layne Staley was on July 3, 1996 in Kansas City, MO.


Over the next few years, CANTRELL, KINNEY and INEZ would go onto
different projects. And on April 20, 2002, LAYNE STALEY was found dead of
a drug overdose in his Seattle home. The other band members were
devastated by the loss of their friend and bandmate. Jerry Cantrell dedicated
Degradation Trip , his sophomore solo album, to STALEY. The 25-song double
album was a stunning emotional tour-de-force, written before STALEY’s
passing but often cited for the prophetic mournfulness of its lyrics.


Overwhelmed by the Tsunami, they were moved to put together a charity
show for CARE. It was the first time the band performed together in 8 years.
5 months later, SEAN posed the question, “Should we go round the world
and play these songs one more time--and finish what we started?”


Their March 2006 performance on the “VH1 Decades Rock Live” tribute to
Heart in Atlantic City confirmed that their fans still wanted to hear them live.
This year, JERRY CANTRELL, SEAN KINNEY and MIKE INEZ are thrilled to be
reunited and returning to the music they created and the legacy that is ALICE
IN CHAINS. They are also looking forward to 2006 as a watershed moment
for all of them and a chance to move into the future with the project that has
meant so much to all of them.


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