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Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell talks sobriety and creativity

William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains attend the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)
William DuVall, Jerry Cantrell and Mike Inez of Alice In Chains attend the 61st Annual Grammy Awards at Staples Center on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by David Crotty/Patrick McMullan via Getty Images)

Alice In Chains guitarist and singer Jerry Cantrell recently spoke with Grammy.com about continuing to be creative while also staying sober. Cantrell responded, “I’ve been super-creative f**ked up. I’ve been super-creative not f**ked up. It’s been so many years for me that I just don’t really think about that anymore. I think, at some point it becomes an impediment. It works until it doesn’t. Let’s put it that way.”

Cantrell continued, “It worked for a while. And I think that’s the case probably for most people. Maybe takes you and puts you in a different mind space, and kind of maybe opens your perception to some stuff, but the costs are so f**king high. You know what I mean?”

Cantrell has lost a number of friends to drug and alcohol abuse, including Alice In Chains singer Layne Staley. He told us a while back that he thinks it’s sad that the story of Staley’s life and career is always associated with drugs: “It’s unfortunate that that seems to be the only headline that gets equated with him, because there was so much more to him than that. Not taking away the fact of the reality of what that is, and how it ended, everybody knows that too. But there’s a whole lot more to the story.”

Cantrell has been sober for years now but went through his own struggles. He remarked, “Hopefully, being on the other side of that, I don’t miss it at all. But I’m also not ashamed of it. Nobody’s perfect, and I certainly am not. You just kind of figure it out as you go. Life’s pretty good right now. And has been for some time.”

Alice In Chains has been touring behind its sixth studio LP, Rainier Fog, which came out last year.

Story source: Grammy.com

FAST FACTS:

  • Rainier Fog is Alice In Chains’ first full-length LP since 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.
  • The album was nominated for a Grammy last week for Best Rock Album, making it the ninth time the Seattle act has been up for the music industry’s highest honor, but lost to Greta Van Fleet.

CHECK IT OUT: Watch the video for the recent Alice In Chains single “Never Fade”:

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