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Friday, May 5, 2006

Nostalgia Trip Part III: Grave spinning.

Posted By on Fri, May 5, 2006 at 7:29 PM

So, I found out earlier in the week that a reunited Alice in Chains might be making an appearance at Club Metronome, of all places. Today it was confirmed.

Wait, you say: Didn't they find AIC frontman Layne Staley's partially decomposed body in his Seattle condo back in 2002?

Indeed, they did.

But after coming together to play an Asian Tsunami benefit and a Dimebag Darrell tribute concert, surviving members decided it just felt too damn good to stop.

I think it's more than a little silly for them to carry on. Like 'em or not, you have to admit that Staley was the most important member. Without his peculiar, necromantic croon, AIC would've been just another hair band with slightly heavier riffs.

Guitarist Jerry Cantrell claims they're doing it in tribute to their fallen comrade. They also want to bring the tunes to audiences that missed them the first time around.

I saw them in '91. Thought they sucked. Staley looked pretty rough even then, like a stiff wind might snap him in half.

Still, I admit to rocking out to Dirt on occasion, particularly "Them Bones," which I think has aged fairly well.

Fuck it, I'm going.

The band will play a couple of their tunes on a VH1 Classic "Tribute to Heart," which airs tonight.

In addition to their barely-known new singer, Phil Anselmo (ex-Pantera) will guest. He's kept a pretty low profile since Dime's onstage murder. I hear he's into the hard stuff, too.

Man, this is becoming a dirtbag metal forum!

Oh, check out a shitty bootleg of Tool's Maynard James Keenan sitting in on "Them Bones."

And "Man in the Box."

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Casey Rea

Casey Rea

Casey Rea was the Seven Days music editor from 2004 until 2007. He won the 2005 John D. Donoghue award for arts criticism from the Vermont Press Association.

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