Alice In Chains has announced the first leg of a U.S. tour that will begin on July 6th in Portland, Oregon and end on July 25th in New York City, with 11 additional dates in between. The band will also be one of the two headliners of the Monster Energy Rock Allegiance Festival taking place the weekend of September 7th in Chester, Pennsylvania. Tickets start going on sale this week.

Alice In Chains has reportedly been working on a new studio album, but there have been virtually no details revealed yet about the project. Guitarist/singer Jerry Cantrell told us a while back that the band starts from scratch every time it makes a new record: [“You should start from a zero every time. You’ve got a blank canvas, and you and your band are in the room and there’s the canvas and there’s no other pictures of the old albums hanging up. You know, those are put away in a closet somewhere, so you’re not thinking about them or drawing from them or trying to repeat them or whatever. It’s impossible to do that. That is what it was, now what do we do?”] SOUNDCUE (:17 OC: . . . do we do?)

  • Alice In Chains’ last album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, came out in 2013 and sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release.
  • The disc was the band’s second with singer/guitarist William DuVall, who joined in 2006 following the 2002 death of original vocalist Layne Staley.
  • Newly confirmed Alice In Chains tour dates (subject to change):
    July 6 – Schnitzer Hall – Portland, OR
    July 8 – Paramount Theater – Seattle, WA
    July 9 – INB Performing Arts Center – Spokane, WA
    July 11 – The Depot – Salt Lake City, UT
    July 12 – Paramount Theater – Denver, CO
    July 15 – Rock Fest – Cadott, WI
    July 16 – Rock USA – Oshkosh, WI
    July 17 – Freedom Hill – Detroit, MI
    July 19 – Packard Music Hall – Warren, OH
    July 20 – Sands Events Center – Bethlehem, PA
    July 22 – Turning Stone Casino – Verona, NY
    July 23 – The Taj Mahal – Atlantic City, NJ
    July 25 – Beacon Theater – New York, NY
    September 17 – Rock Allegiance – Chester, PA

DAILY INQUIRY:

  • What would you like to hear from a new Alice In Chains record?
  • Are you satisfied with this lineup of the band after a decade and a couple of studio albums together?
  • Are you glad the band didn’t call it quits completely after Layne passed away?

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INTERNET COMMENTS at Blabbermouth — agree or not?

Freshly Jacked wrote: “Since Layne has passed, this band has put out two albums that are nothing short of fantastic and they still put on one hell of a show live. The ‘No Layne, No AIC’ crowd are entitled to their opinion, but they’re missing out. Oh well, more room for me each time they come through town.”

Nick Bratis wrote: “let the new dude sing some lead vocals and get away from the double harmony vocal on every song.”

Jason Quiett wrote: “You do realize that even back when Layne was alive and fronting the band that Jerry backed and harmonized most all of the songs, right? It’s not like it’s anything new for this band.”

Brian Porter wrote: “They did a lot of harmonizing back then yes, but not like now. Every song is like that now.”

STFW wrote: “No Layne, no Alice in Chains.”