Khemmis have shared their cover of Alice In Chains‘ “Down In A Hole.” This track is from Magnetic Eye Records‘ upcoming tribute to Alice In Chains‘ “Dirt.” That effort, which is titled “Dirt (Redux),” is set to be released on September 18.
Khemmis’ Ben Hutcherson commented:
“I’ve loved this band since I discovered grunge and hard rock in my early teens. When we were presented with the opportunity to cover my favorite song from one of my favorite bands, I checked a pretty big item off of my bucket list. It’s an honor to take such a powerful piece of music and reimagine it through the creative lens of this band. We knew we wanted to stay true to parts of the song, particularly the chorus, but that we also needed to make it our own.
Alice In Chains has long been one of the most important bands in my life. Though they’re (understandably) associated with the Seattle grunge scene, their music carries a visceral heft that, for me, wasn’t present for the other bands of that music world. ‘Dirt‘ was, and remains, a landmark album of bleakness paired with incredible songwriting, and ‘Down In A Hole‘ was one of the first songs I learned to play on my dad’s old Takamine acoustic guitar back in ’98 or ’99.
The fact that a song like that works as well, if not better, on an acoustic guitar as on a distorted electric guitar is a testament to the power of what those four guys created together.”
Consequence Of Sound and Gibson will be celebrating the 40th anniversary of AC/DC’s “Back In Black” with a special livestream on July 24 at 5:00 p.m. ET. The virtual event, which will be hosted by Jared James Nichols, will find members of Guns N’ Roses, Alice In Chains, Anthrax, Trivium, Lamb Of God, Refused, Airbourne, GWAR, and more paying tribute to the iconic album. Fans can watch the livestream on Consequence Of Sound’s Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and Twitch channels.
Breaking Benjamin have shared official footage of themselves performing a cover of Alice In Chains‘ “Would?“ with Bush’s Gavin Rossdale during their February 29 show in Reno, NV. The band commented:
“In an alternate universe, we’re on stage in New Jersey on our Summer tour with Bush, Theory of a Deadman, Saint Asonia and Cory Marks, but in reality, your health and safety comes first. We’re aching to get back on stage, but we know that together, we’ll make it through this and come out stronger than ever. Thanks to Gavin Rossdale of Bush for joining us on stage earlier this year to cover a classic, and thanks to all of you for your unending dedication and support. We can’t wait to see you on the road again 🤘”
Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) is featured on the latest episode of GibsonTV‘s “Icons” Series. The following was said about the episode:
“In the latest episode of “Icons”, Gibson TV sits down with one of the most iconic rock musicians of our generation, Jerry Cantrell to learn about his early years in Spanaway, Washington and the birth of the Seattle sound. The show takes a deep dive into his 30-plus year career in music as the guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter of Alice In Chains, and as a solo artist.”
Consequence Of Sound have shared a new piece by journalist Liz Ramanand in which members of Alice In Chains, Body Count, Nonpoint, Fire From The Gods, Zeal & Ardor, Skunk Anansie, and more open up about their experiences with racism. You can read the full article HERE and an excerpt below:
“In this installment of “Heavy Culture”, rock and metal artists recount their experiences of racism. Some musicians expressed intense memories of facing bigotry as young children, some as teenagers, and for others, there were too many instances to count.”
William DuVall (Alice In Chains) has announced the rescheduled dates for his European/UK tour. This news comes after the trek was previously postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.
03/03 Dublin, IRE – Whelans
03/04 Liverpool, UK – Arts Club
03/06 Newcastle, UK – O2 Academy 2
03/07 Glasgow, UK – King Tut’s
03/09 Birmingham, UK – O2 Academy 3
03/10 London, UK – 100 Club
03/12 Tilburg, NET – 013 (Small Hall)
03/13 Paris, FRA – Les Etoiles
03/16 Cologne, GER – Gebäude 9
03/17 Zurich, SWi – Komplex Klub
03/18 Milan, ITA – Santeria
03/20 Zagreb, CRO – Culture Factory
03/21 Budapest, HUN – Room 041 Durer Kert
03/22 Vienna, AUT – The Chelsea
03/24 Warsaw, POL – Klub Stodola
03/26 Berlin, GER – Privatclub
03/28 Hamburg, GER – Nochtspeicher
03/29 Odense, DEN – Dexter
03/31 Copenhagen, DEN – Hotel Cecil
04/03 Stockholm, SWE – Sodra Theater
04/04 Helsinki, FIN – Konapaja-Sali
04/06 Tallinn, EST – Kinomaja Bar & Stage
04/08 Moscow, RUS – 16 Tons
Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head) has shared a quarantine performance of Thin Lizzy’s “Bad Reputation.” The cover finds the guitarist joined by Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), Lzzy Hale (Halestorm), Richie Faulkner (Judas Priest), and Mike Inez (Alice In Chains). Demmel commented:
“First in a series. After Marta and I had so much fun covering [Alice In Chains’] “No Excuses”, I invited my buds Dave McClain, Richie Faulkner, Mike Inez and resident Bad-Ass Lzzy Hale to hang on one of my favorite songs by one of my favorite bands. Mixed by Paul Fig, Vid Edit by Todd Shuss. More “Collab-A-Jams” coming soon and look for a Guitar Breakdown/Playthrough show coming as soon as the Shelter in Place rules allow.”
Phil Demmel (Vio-lence, ex-Machine Head), Marta Demmel (Bleeding Through), Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, ex-Machine Head), and Eric Bass (Shinedown) have shared footage of themselves covering Alice In Chains‘ “No Excuses” in quarantine. You can check that out below:
Phil Demmel commented:
“No Excuses is song I had been wanting to cover with our cover band “The Merkins“. On the anniversary of Layne‘s passing (April 5th), I asked Marta if she would want to record it in our home studio where it would be the 1st vocals I’ve recorded there and her 1st time recording a lead vocal track.
It was a fun learning experience so we asked our friends, Dave McClain (Sacred Reich, MH) and Eric Bass (Shinedown) to help complete the track. We’ve decided to share that experience with you all knowing that its far from perfect, as we all as humans are.
I’ll be adding a ton of video content in the coming weeks. LOTS of cool things on the docket.
Thanks to Scott Kirkeeng for the Vid edit and to Juan Urteaga for the quick mix.
Much love and respect to Jerry, Mike, Sean and Layne for creating such a beautiful song. RIP LS.”
William DuVall (Alice In Chains) has cancelled his European/UK tour due to the coronavirus pandemic. The frontman is hoping to reschedule at a later date.
“It is with an extremely heavy heart that I announce I am forced to cancel my UK/European tour due to the governmental restrictions being imposed by various countries in reaction to the corona virus outbreak. My team and I have monitored this situation closely for the past several weeks hoping for a positive turnaround. Unfortunately, current developments have rendered such a turnaround impossible. To say I am deeply saddened by this turn of events would be an understatement. I was so looking forward to seeing all of you.
For now, all I can say is that I am already looking into every possibility for rescheduling. My team is also working with the promoters in each country to honor the tickets that have been purchased in any city and venue that will allow it for the rescheduled shows. For the cities where this is not possible, refunds will be issued.
Again, I am so sorry. My most heartfelt thanks to all of you who bought tickets. I look forward to seeing all of you as soon as possible. Please continue to monitor my website and my social media pages for updates. Until then, I wish all of you safety and good health as we navigate this madness together with our families and friends.