Alice in Chains today – new singer & lease on life
Dear Alice in Chains, thank you for bringing it to Rogers Arena (the stadium formerly known as GM Place) on Thursday. P.S. We love you Jerry Cantrell, come back and visit us as often as you want!
I had high expectations for Thursday’s show, and they were exceeded. I’ve been waiting a long time to see this Seattle band, and after the ups and downs they’ve experienced in their career, I didn’t think it was ever going to happen.
But it did happen, and the crowd of die-hard fans at the concert went into overdrive with the opening riff of “Them Bones”, and were treated to a testosterone fuelled guitar fest of Alice in Chains classics, including my favourites,”No Excuses”, “Man in the Box” and “Would?”. The new material blended in perfectly and “Check My Brain” felt like it could’ve been released on Dirt—edgy and hard, with wailing soulful vocals.
Touring to support Black Gives Way to Blue, their first studio album in more than a decade, Alice in Chains put on an arena rock show that kept the crowd on their feet, fists pumping in metal bliss. After losing original singer, Layne Staley, to a drug overdose in 2002, the bands future seemed dim. But Cantrell, it turns out, wasn’t done yet, and AIC is enjoying a second act with new front man William DuVall.
DuVall was in fine form and did the earlier material justice, while bringing his own style to the new songs. Of course there was still the odd moment when I wanted to shut my eyes and pretend I was listening to Staley—he’ll always be there in the background—but I think he’d be pleased to see his bandmates carrying on for their fans and ensuring the music gets heard by a whole new generation.
There’s already talk of a next album, and given the reception they received in Vancouver, they’ve still got an audience. And you could tell it wasn’t something they took for granted. They were as pumped to be playing as we were to hear them, and the band and crowd kept feeding off each other’s energy. I couldn’t wipe the grin off my face—and it was the first time in a long time that I saw a legit mosh pit—I must admit, it made me a little nostalgic for the good old days.
Alice in Chains rocked it out, and proved they’re no oldies band. Their music is as fresh and relevant today as it was nearly twenty years ago, and I can’t wait to see what they do next. Oh, and P.P.S. next time you come to town, could you please play “Angry Chair”.
- CityFun post by Kerri