Alice In Chains has announced a headlining U.S. summer tour, set to kick off on July 17th at the Starlight Theatre at Pala Casino Spa & Resort in San Diego, California. Ticket pre-sales begin tomorrow (Tuesday, March 10th). Also, the band will donate two dollars for every pre-sold ticket to a fundraiser in memory of a fan, who recently passed away. Check out the dates and see if you can make it!
Alice In Chains have premiered not one but two new videos simultaneously from their new album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Go big or go home, they say. The first video, for the song "Voices", shows a series of neon signs lighting up various locations around their home-town of Seattle while the second video for the title track "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" shows what happens when a lesson about the devil and dinosaurs goes horribly wrong on the classic TV show, Uncle Sal and Pals. You can watch both of the videos here.
Alice In Chains have released a brand new official lyric video for the song "Stone" which has made its premiere online and can be seen below. This is your chance to listen to another song from the upcoming The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, scheduled for release on May 28th.
Alice In Chains have lifted the curtain on their new album and revealed the cover artwork that will grace it. Their fifth opus will be titled The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here and the release date is set for May 28th via Virgin/EMI. After Black Gives Way To Blue, this will be the second album with vocalist William DuVall. Nick Raskulinecz is working with the band again and producing the record.
Alice In Chains have uploaded the official music video for the song "Hollow" off their upcoming new album set to be released on spring this year through Virgin Records. The video was directed by Robert Schober (Metallica, Mastodon) and you can enjoy it below.
New Alice In Chains music? Yes. "Hollow", a brand new song from the band has been made available online and can now be streamed in the YouTube clip below. The lyric video was created by fans and features images submitted through Instagram. The digital single "Hollow" will be available for download on January 8th while the new yet-untitled album and follow-up to 2009's Black Gives Way To Blue is expected to come out in the spring of 2013.
Former Alice In Chains bass player Mike Starr has passed away. His body was found on Tuesday March 8th in a Salt Lake City home. Starr was 44 years old.
Starr was Alice In Chains' first bass player and was a part of the line-up from 1987 till 1993. He appeared on the band's first two albums, Facelift and Dirt, but left in the middle of the "Dirt Tour" and was replaced by current bassist Mike Inez.
Back in April 1994, Starr was sentenced to 30 days in the Houston jail for misdemeanor drug possession. More recently in 2009, Starr appeared on the third season of "Celebrity Rehab With Dr. Drew" - one of VH1's bizarre reality series. Last month, he was arrested for felony possession of a controlled substance. Salt Lake City cops said he had 6 Xanax pills and 6 Opana (painkiller) pills when he was busted.
After a week of rumors, the official announcement was made that Alice In Chains, Deftones and Mastodon will join forces in an already legendary North American tour this autumn. A first string of dates can be found below (with additional dates to be announced soon).
Quoted AIC guitarist Jerry Cantrell: "We're really looking forward to touring with our friends, Deftones and Mastodon. Each band has its own unique flavor and the combination of all three will make for a great show and a good time on the road."
Commented David Benveniste (Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group): "BlackDiamondSkye spotlights three distinctly different and influential artists and fuses their individual fanbases into a single entity. This is the poster kids will want to have on their walls, and ten years from now people will look back at this as a timeless and important tour."
An EPK (Electronic Press Kit) for Alice In Chains' forthcoming album, "Black Gives Way To Blue", can be viewed at this location.
Due on September 29, the album was recorded with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) at Studio 606 in Northridge, California and Henson Studios in Hollywood.
"Black Gives Way To Blue" cover art] tracklist:
01. All Secrets Known
02. Check My Brain
03. Last Of My Kind
04. Your Decision
05. A Looking In View
06. When The Sun Rose Again
07. Acid Bubble
08. Lessons Learned
09. Take Her Out
10. Private Hell
11. Black Gives Way To Blue
"Check My Brain", the newest single from Alice In Chains, has been made available online over at the band's MySpace. Also the band's other new single "A Looking In View" can be found there. The video for "A Looking In View" can be found at this location.
Both singles come off the band's forthcoming album "Black Gives Way To Blue", which will be released on 29 September. The record marks the band's first new studio album in over 10 years.
Alice In Chains have posted the following band update on their MySpace:
"As most of you who have been paying attention have already figured out, the new Alice In Chains album is finally complete. We've been in the studio since October, and since it all began we celebrated 6 major holidays, elected a new President of the United States, crowned new World Series and Super Bowl champs, endured fires, earthquakes, & blackouts in and around Los Angeles, took a 2 1/2 week break to go to Australia, and to cap it all off, William & Jerry finally euthanized their beards.
This long, arduous process is complete, and although there's still a lot of work to be done, the songs are in the can and that's the most important thing. So what can I tell you when I look back on the last six months? I can tell you that the monotony of 12 to 16 hour days in the studio can be broken up by multiple costumes & hair styles, hours and hours of dice games, any sort of dialogue delivered in a heavily accentuated southern drawl, and a slew of special guests dropping by the studio.
Alice In Chains will team up for some dates in Australia. Next to shows as part of the Soundwave festival, Alice In Chains'll also do two headlining shows. These'll be Alice in Chains' first headline performances in Australia in over a decade.
All dates are as follows:
Feb. 21 - Brisbane, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Feb. 22 - Sydney, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Feb. 25 - Sydney, AUS - Enmore Theatre *
Feb. 26 - Melbourne, AUS - Palais Theatre *
Feb. 27 - Melbourne, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Feb. 28 - Adelaide, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Mar. 02 - Perth, AUS - Soundwave Festival
Suffocation's new full-length album "Suffocation" is available in its entirety for online listening courtesy of AOL Music's 'Full CD Listening Party.' Click here to listen. The album will be released today, on 19 September.
You can also hear Alice In Chains' "The Essential" (released 5 September) here, and Janes Addiction's "Best Of..." CD (release date today (19 September) here.