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.
During Breaking Benjamin’s February 29 show at the Reno Events Center in Reno, NV, the band were joined onstage by Bush’s Gavin Rossdale for a cover of Alice In Chains’ “Would?”. You can see footage of that below. In other news, there are also rumors circulating that seem to suggest that Breaking Benjamin, Bush, and Theory Of A Deadman will be touring together this year. A July 17 date at the Veterans United Home Loans Amphitheater in Virginia Beach, VA has already leaked online.
It looks like Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) has been working on a new solo album. He told People TV the following about the record while on the red carpet at the MusiCares Person Of The Year tribute to Aerosmith:
“I’m working on a new record myself, so, generally, when I’m in that sort of a mode, I pretty much don’t listen to anything until I’m done, so nothing creeps in there. I did a couple of shows December 7th and 6th at The Pico Union Project in L.A. with some friends, and I got to play some of my material from my solo records. When I’m with Alice, I’m with Alice, and that takes the majority of my time. This year, we’re taking a little time off, so… If you liked any of the solo work that I did or the work with Alice, I’m sure you might like some of this stuff too.”
During a recent “Soundcheck Live” event at Lucky Strike Live in Los Angeles, CA, Sully Erna (Godsmack) took the stage to perform covers of Alice In Chains’ “Man In The Box” and The Doobie Brothers’ “Long Train Running” with Nuno Bettencourt (Extreme), Glen Sobel, Derek Frank, and Steve Fekete. You can see footage of that in the below video at about the 46:25 mark.