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Alice in Chains
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Alice in Chains in September 2007. From left to right: William DuVall, Sean Kinney, and Jerry Cantrell.
Background information
Also known asAlice N' Chains
OriginSeattle, Washington
United States
GenresHeavy metal,[1] hard rock, alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock
Years active1987-2002, 2005-present
LabelsColumbia, Virgin Records/EMI
Associated actsMad Season
Jerry Cantrell
Class of '99
Slash's Snakepit
MembersJerry Cantrell
Sean Kinney
Mike Inez
William DuVall
Past membersLayne Staley
Mike Starr

Alice in Chains is a popular alternative rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987.[2] They have sold an estimated 15 million albums in the US alone. Alice in Chains is sometimes thought of as a heavy metal band, but is mostly considered a grunge band.

The band's first lead singer, Layne Staley, became addicted to drugs. He often wrote about drug addiction in his lyrics.[3] He died in Seattle in April 2002 after a fatal drug overdose.[4] William DuVall took over as the lead singer in 2006.

Band members

Current members

  • William DuVall - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2006-present)
  • Jerry Cantrell - lead & rhythm guitars, vocals (1987-2002, 2005-present)
  • Mike Inez - bass, backing vocals (1993-2002, 2005-present)
  • Sean Kinney - drums, percussion (1987-2002, 2005-present)

Former members

Touring musicians

  • Patrick Lachman - lead vocals (2005-2006)
  • Scott Olson - acoustic guitar, bass (1996)



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