ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently told Anne Erickson of Gannett that he knew the band had something special “right off the bat.”
“The cool thing about our band is knowing that you are a band, not just in a musical sense, but you’re a band of people,” Cantrell said. “We all lived for each other and helped each other out. Our primary purpose was always to make music and take care of each other. We banded together. So, I knew early on. Things happened quickly for us, and I’m really proud of what we’ve done. I’m extremely proud of all my friends who made music around the same time we did — NIRVANA, PEARL JAM, SOUNDGARDEN. We’ve made great music and touched a lot of people.”
When asked if ALICE IN CHAINS will follow in the footsteps of “Pearl Jam Twenty” and “Foo Fighters: Back and Forth” and possibly have a documentary come out about the band’s legacy, Cantrell was open to the idea. “Yeah, I could see that happening somewhere along the way,” Cantrell said.
ALICE IN CHAINS is currently touring North America with MONSTER TRUCK, and Cantrell says his must-have on the road is “lately, my golf clubs, although my game doesn’t show it. They’ve been out with me last couple of tours, and I definitely miss them when I don’t have them with me.”
ALICE IN CHAINS will hit the festival circuit in June and July, mostly appearing at the big shows in Europe.
Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio not long ago that putting together a setlist these days is a quality problem for ALICE IN CHAINS. “There’s always somebody that’s bummed out,” he said. “We’ve got 90 minutes to play. We could play every one of our top radio songs and there would still be songs that we can’t play because we’re gonna run out of tunes. [laughs] There’s a lot of songs that people like to hear that are deeper cuts, and that we like to play, so you know, you end up playing a lot of your bigger tunes and that’s what people want to hear.”
ALICE IN CHAINS is touring in support of its fifth studio effort, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, which features the rock hits “Hollow”, “Stone” and “Voices”.