The jury’s still out on how Alice in Chains will do with new frontman William DuVall.
But according to Spin magazine’s review of their D.C. show, which launched the band’s world tour, fans may soon forget that DuVall wasn’t there all along.
The Washington state rockers were part of the grunge movement that swept through the music world, led by Nirvana, Pearl Jam and Soundgarden. But Alice kinda did its own thing.
Founded by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and singer Layne Staley, Alice in Chains recorded three albums through 1995, but was largely plagued by inconsistent performing and recording schedules due to Staley’s ongoing problems with substance abuse.
The band took an extended hiatus in 1996. Staley withdrew to his Seattle home and, after completing material for his second solo album, was found from an overdose in 2002.
In 2005, the band performing reunion shows here and there, and ultimately fell in with DuVall on vocals. They released their fourth studio album this year, and are now touring behind it.
And if Spin is on the mark, it’ll be some show when Alice makes its way to Irving Plaza in the Big Apple on Tuesday, where they’re scheduled to play a sold out show.
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