Alice in Chains comes from a rather bizarre history. Their current incarnation is bookended by two very distinctive stylistic shifts, ripped apart by the nearly fifteen year gap between their self-titled album recorded with Layne Staley as frontman in 1995 and their reinvention in 2009 with William Duvall and the heavy metal progressive sound of Black Gives Way to Blue.
The group knows what fans want to hear, so they build their set around the placement of their incredible 90’s grunge masterpieces. The group plays the heavy metal track “Man in the Box” after a new song, “Voices,” and they play the absolutely stunning “No Excuses” from arguably one of the best 90’s albums of all time- Jar of Flies.
For better or worse, the band hardly ever changes the setlist. Small changes include switching the criminally underappreciated “A Little Bitter” with the equally overlooked “Sludge Factory.” Tonally, the songs are very similar so it does little to change the set. The most noticeable switch is the removal of “Last of My Kind” in place of “Acid Bubble,” which offers a rather substantial song change. Thankfully for all fans, the group keeps the riveting masterpiece “Nutshell” in the setlist. It is a gorgeous song, and its placement next to “No Excuses” marks the best part of the entire show- bar none.
Fortunately, the group does not entirely avoid material from 2009’s aforementioned record and the equally impressive epic from 2013, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Though the songs on these albums lack that nostalgic power, they come across well live and help set the pace between the big crowd pleasers. The group plays lead track “Hollow” from the The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here as well as the rather ambitious “Stone” which comes very late in the set.
Black Gives Way To Blue provides lead single “Check My Brain” and the reflective “Last of My Kind” which is a serious tonal shift preceding “Rooster,” their acclaimed mainstream breakthrough that closes the show. The group closes nearly every show with their most popular song, “Would?”
Dam That River
Check My Brain
Man in the Box
We Die Young
Last of My Kind
Got Me Wrong
Does frontman William Duvall hold his own now after being in the band for eight years?
Alice in Chains are more than familiar with the original vocalist Layne Staley and his massive approach to some of the best material the band has put out. His subsequent death forced the group to rebrand with vocalist William Duvall in 2006 amidst controversy. But fans would be surprised to hear that William Duvall has been in Alice in Chains for almost as long as Layne Staley was part of the group. Staley passed away in 2002, but the band hardly played together or recorded anything since the self-titled in 1995.
William Duvall feels like he is finally coming to his own in 2014, and he borrows some influence from Staley while managing to capture his own organic performance. The group released two albums with Duvall as frontman, and both times he has been a sizable presence without necessarily stealing the show.
How long is an Alice in Chains concert?
Alice in Chains are not known for their modestly. The group’s 2013 album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is a 75 minute monstrous epic, and their live show follows suit. The group plays about two hours.
Who is Alice in Chains’ publicist and press contact?
When looking for a general inquiry response, the official Alice in Chains website directs you to the following email, firstname.lastname@example.org
The management company, Velvet Hammer, works with other notable hard rock acts such as Coheed and Cambria, System of a Down, and Deftones. You can also contact the group’s main manager, David Benveniste, by specifying his name in the main inquiry contact.
How do I get access to presale tickets for Alice in Chains’ tour?
The band officially announces presales on their website, but you do not need to access the official Alice in Chains fan club to gain entry to some generous presale ticket offers. The group works with the presale service Artist Arena to make sure fans get accurate and reliable presales.
You can also visit Presale Passwords Info as an alternative. The website gathers presales for a wide number of shows, but you need an account with them and TicketMaster for purchase.
“[Frontman] DuVall sounded uncannily like his predecessor, although much of his singing was shrouded in reverb effects. He did a fine job of holding up the band’s signature dual-harmony vocals that Staley and Cantrell had made the band’s trademark since their earlier releases. He carried with aplomb tunes such as It Ain’t Like That, an early single from the band’s 1990 debut EP We Die Young.” – Eddino Abdul Hadi of the Straits Times Communities Entertainment
“The set was nothing shot of spectacular. There’s no frills with this band; what you see is what you get. They come out, the rock hard, and they leave. Pure and simple. The band sported a setlist spanning their entire career, including some rare fan favorites and one track off the new record. As a whole, the band is focused and tight as hell when they play live.” – Matt of The Rock Revival
“Fans filled the venue and the band was in fine form a day after postponing a show in Charlotte, N.C., due to guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell coming down with the flu. Though he might have been a little less animated than usual (and wore sunglasses all night), his performance did not suffer, as he extended many of his solos in his customary unassuming manner.” – Greg Maki of The Star Democrat
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