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Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell On Pushing Forward: “Layne Staley Is Not Replaceable, Mike Starr Is Not Replaceable.”


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Alice In Chains vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell spoke of the continued criticism the band face, particularly for eventually choosing to continue on without frontman Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose back in 2002. Speaking recently with Eddie Trunk on his podcast, Cantrell stated of their initial return to active duty with William DuVall on vocals/guitars:

“We started off on this with a really pure intent. William and I have some history of touring and playing and making music before Sean, Mike and I started talking about the idea of getting the band back together and maybe doing a tour and just going out and celebrating the music – and maybe leaving the band in a better place than when we left it, and also celebrating our friends; Layne at the time and Mike [Starr] later.”

William was willing to take on that challenge, and we never looked at it as a part of somebody is replaceable, because Layne Staley is not replaceable, Mike Starr is not replaceable. Their period of time with us in the band, on those records is indelible and completely unique. When Mike [Inez] joined the band and when William joined the band, those were new eras and important additions, and equally as important.”

Speaking on certain fans who decry the band for continuing on without Layne, Cantrell responded that he’s aware of it, and finds it frustrating, offering:

“…‘No Layne, no Chains.’ Shit like that. This is our band. It’s just like the troll shit. But this is our band, this is our music, these are our friends, and we’re lucky enough to have worked through those challenges and continue to move forward and create a new chapter for this band. We’ve created three of them, three new chapters in this book that is Alice In Chains.”

A new album from the group is due out later this year with the first single “The One You Know“, available online here.

[via Loudwire]

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