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Jerry Cantrell recalls singer who auditioned for Alice In Chains


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Alice In Chains guitarist and singer Jerry Cantrell revealed in an interview with Let There Be Talk that just one other vocalist auditioned for the band when it regrouped in 2006 with William DuVall on vocals, following the death of original singer Layne Staley four years earlier. Cantrell recalled, “I think Mike (Inez, bass) and Sean (Kinney, drums) had invited Vinnie (Dombroski) down from Sponge to jam with us. He came down and messed around on a couple of tunes . . . but we didn’t really meld together as far as it sounding or feeling right, then William came in, and bam there he was.”

  • DuVall had previously played in a band called Comes With The Fall that acted as Cantrell’s solo backing group when he toured behind his LP Degradation Trip in 2002.
  • Cantrell had said a while back that Staley was a tough act to follow: “Layne was a very unique, one-of-a-kind guy. There’s, like, a handful of those guys in music, for every generation, that are that unique and that hard to cop, but a lot of people try (laughs). But there’s a lot of people that feel the weight of what that guy brought to music and have been influenced by it.”
  • Cantrell said about DuVall’s entry into the band, “There’s no replacing Layne. William doesn’t sound anything like Layne, but he operated with me in a similar fashion that Layne and I used to operate writing wise and vocal wise. That’s a hallmark of the band that has to be there for this band to continue, he fit in really well.”
  • Alice In Chains has cut two studio albums, 2009’s Black Gives Way To Blue and 2013’s The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, since returning to the scene in 2006, and has a new studio album and live work on its agenda for 2018.


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