Alice In Chains: The Masonic SF

Formed in 1987 in Seattle by Jerry Cantrell and Layne Staley; Alice In Chains one of the forefathers of the Grunge movement are still alive rocking the fans and selling out shows on their latest tour.

The band now comprised of Jerry Cantrell (Guitar/Vocals), Sean Kinney (Drums), Mike Inez (Bass) and William DuVall (vocals) are one of the most successful artists in their genre.  By the 1990s, they sold over 20 million records worldwide and over 14 million records in the US.  The band released their second album, “Dirt”, in 1992 which went certified quadruple platinum.  Overall they have had 14 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and nine Grammy Award nominations.

The band took a break, yet never formally calling it quits after the untimely death of Staley in 2002, the revered voice and original lead vocalist of AIC. After reuniting in 2005 for a benefit show  and performing with a number of guest vocalists, the band toured in 2006 with William DuVall stepping in as lead vocalist.  DuVall took both longtime and new fans by complete surprise when he first arrived in the head position with AIC, bringing an uncanny similar tone and gritty style that matched the uniqueness that Staley embodied, while bringing his own elements to his performance.  The band’s recent years of success has shown how much of a backbone Cantrell continues to be, and that we can expect many more years of music by the beloved Alice In Chains.

Setlist:

Hollow
Them Bone
Dam That River
Again
Check My Brain
Nutshell
Angry Chair
Man in the Box
Your Decision
Down in a Hole
Stone
Last of My Kind
We Die Young
Got Me Wrong
Junkhead
Encore:
Rooster
No Excuses
Would?

The Main supporting act and brainchild of Ilan Rubin, The New Regime, who is known for his contributions to  Lostprophets (2006–2008), Nine Inch Nails (2009–present), Angels & Airwaves (2011–present), Paramore (2012–2013)  opened the night with a high energy performance.

Photos & Review: Jen Cash

Line Edits: Leah Storkson

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