Alice In Chains have revealed the details for their “Facelift” 30th anniversary deluxe vinyl box set. The set will be released on January 29, 2021 and it will feature a remastered version of the album. Here’s what it will include: an acrylic deluxe box with gel transparencies, 2XLP vinyl, an exclusive cassette, a custom hard cover photo book, a two-sided poster, a 12” slipmat, a sticker sheet, a tour laminate, and four art prints. You can pre-order that and a standalone vinyl release (out November 13) HERE.
Duff McKagan (Guns N’ Roses) and Jerry Cantrell (Alice In Chains) have shared an acoustic performance of “A Satisfied Mind.” That track was originally written by Joe “Red” Hayes and Jack Rhodes and later covered by Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson, and more. The following statement was issued:
“Duff McKagan & Jerry Cantrell would like to wish former president Jimmy Carter a happy 96th Birthday and highlight all he’s done to help create a sustainable future for mankind! From putting solar panels on the roof of the White House to pioneering the growing of Empress (Paulownia) trees…which happens to be the wood Duff‘s guitar is made from in the video. Enjoy!”
The full list of special releases for this year’s Black Friday Record Store Day event (November 27) has been posted. You can find a list of various rock/metal releases below. The full list can also be viewed HERE.
Alice In Chains – “Sap” (Legacy) (12″ vinyl) (limited to 8,500)
Anthrax – “Soldiers Of Metal” (Megaforce) (black in orange vinyl) (limited to 1,000)
Baroness – “Live At Maida Vale BBC Vol. II” (Abraxan Hymns) (limited to 3,500)
Beastie Boys – “Some Old Bullshit” (Capitol/UME) (limited to 1,000)
Blue Öyster Cult – “Live In Pasadena July ’83” (Real Gone Music) (2xLP) (limited to 1,300)
Buckcherry – “Buckcherry” (Real Gone Music) (limited to 1,500)
The Chariot – “Long Live” (Good Fight Music) (limited to 2,000)
Chris Cornell – “Patience” (Guns N’ Roses cover) (IGA) (7″) (limited to 6,000) [Features his cover of Prince‘s “Nothing Compares 2 U” live at SiriusXM as the b-side]
Crown The Empire – “7102010” (Rise Records) (12″) (limited to 1,500)
Dio – “Dream Evil Live ’87” (Niji/BMG) (12″ picture disc) (limited to 2,500)
“This one-night-only benefit will feature performances by ALICE IN CHAINS, as well as an acclaimed lineup of guest and youth musicians who will put their own twist on some of the band’s most iconic songs.
For the first time ever, this annual event will be moving from MoPOP’s Sky Church to an online platform where it will be accessible and open for all, giving pop culture lovers across the world an opportunity to connect and become a part of its creative community.
While this year’s Founders Award will stream for free and be open to all, like many arts organizations around the country, MoPOP has been hit hard by the COVID-19 crisis. As a community supported non-profit museum and in-person gathering space, closing its doors was especially difficult.
All proceeds raised through Founders Award will provide relief by allowing MoPOP to continue to serve its community, reach young people, and preserve its shared pop culture history during this difficult time.”
The band also tweeted the following:
We’re excited to announce that we are being honored at this year’s @MoPOP Founders Award on December 1, 2020. The nonprofit museum’s annual fundraiser will be streamed free to the public, featuring special performances by us, & many more. https://t.co/qLEuMQX7R6 for more info. pic.twitter.com/6yFRM1toi5
“Two Minutes To Late Night” have shared footage of their host Jordan “Gwarsenio Hall” Olds performing a quarantine cover of Alice In Chains’ “Rain When I Die” with Justin Suitor (Painted Wives), Brann Dailor (Mastodon, Arcadea), Mike Sullivan (Russian Circles) and Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man). You can check that out below. “Two Minutes To Late Night” commented:
“Martin Scorsese’s Alice in Chains doesn’t live here anymore. We covered “Rain When I Die” and we did it with some added panache! This is our 23rd bedroom cover made with the support of Patreon. With so many musicians stuck at home with no outlets, we’re going to keep producing these style videos and use the Patreon to give some money to everyone who has a part in them. Please support our friends by donating to our newly redone Patreon at http://www.honorableswords.com“
Thou have released their cover of Alice In Chains‘ “Them Bones.” This track is from Magnetic Eye Records‘ new tribute to Alice In Chains‘ “Dirt.” That effort is titled “Dirt (Redux)” and it will be released on September 18. Bryan Funck commented:
“It seemed inevitable that we’d do another AIC song since their music was such a big part of Matthew‘s [Thudium, Thou guitarist] and my formative years. We had covered ‘No Excuses‘ some years ago, but it never quite got the reaction I thought it deserved, and our arrangement was a slowed-down and kind of left-field take on the song. With ‘Them Bones‘, we had a chance to tackle a song that more directly translated to our style. The song had been on my mind anyway — I had recently listened to a podcast that dissected all the tracks on ‘Dirt‘ and it really dawned on me that opening the album with ‘Them Bones‘ was such a bold and cool move. No count off, no intro, just straight into the insanity.”
These Beasts have released their cover of Alice In Chains‘ “Sickman.” This track features Pelican’s Dallas Thomas and it will appear on 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.
These Beasts commented:
“We have never really played a cover song as a band in the first place, much less recorded one to go an album. So listening to what might be one of Alice in Chains‘ most unconventional songs musically, ‘Sickman,’ at first we were a bit apprehensive, and we spent a couple of months just talking about how we should approach it before we even started learning it. We are proud of what we came up with to keep it sounding like These Beasts while still being able to deliver a version that hardcore Alice in Chains fans might enjoy.
‘Dirt‘ came out when I was a kid. I was really into ‘Facelift‘ and ‘Dirt‘ when they came out and enjoyed some Alice in Chains stuff after those albums, but I didn’t really keep up with them. Fast forward to new Alice in Chains and I really like what they are doing.
As a guitar player, I have always respected and admired what Jerry Cantrell has been doing. He is a great guitarist, much more than I am and that is the reason is why I asked my friend Dallas Thomas (Pelican, The Swan King, Asschapel), another guitar player who’s playing I admire, to come in and play some leads on the recording. He blasted out within a couple of hours what would have taken me days or weeks to figure out.
Going back to ‘Dirt‘ though, it had been many years since I had put on the album. So, as a band, we started taking in the whole album again. I didn’t realize as a kid how dark Layne‘s lyrics really were and after spending a lot of time digging into ‘Sickman‘ it did occasionally get me in a weird headspace sometimes trying to interpret those lyrics over and over in my head.”
Alice In Chains are planning to celebrate the 30th anniversary of “Facelift” with a deluxe box set. The band said the following about that:
“Over the next 30 days we will be celebrating 30 years of Facelift, our debut album released August 21, 1990. Follow along each day to see exclusive interview clips, live performances, and first peeks at our forthcoming Facelift vinyl reissue deluxe anniversary box set, which will be announced and available for pre-sale soon. We are looking forward to sharing memories with you over these next 30 days. To start, featured here is an original Facelift promotional poster from 1990.”
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.”