Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell reassured fans that the band is not breaking up following the release of its new album, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. After Cantrell told Fuse that he looks at every new record "like it's your last" and that he could "rest happily with this being the last record, if that's what it was," the usual onslaught of hysterical "is this the end of Alice" headlines erupted online. But Cantrell has cleared the air, telling Billboard. "What I said was, I approach every record as if it were my last, trying to make it the best record it can be. That's what I meant."
- Although there are fans who are not interested in hearing anything by this version of Alice In Chains, Cantrell said, "I don't do this for what people tell me I should do with my life, or my band. I do what I want to do and what my band wants to do. And we continue to do that."
- The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is Alice In Chains' second album with William DuVall on board as co-lead singer and guitarist, following 2009's comeback effort, Black Gives Way To Blue.
- Original singer Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002, although the band's last full-length set before Black Gives Way To Blue was a 1995 self-titled effort.
- The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here is due out May 28th and features the singles "Stone" and the chart-topping "Hollow."
- Alice In Chains will kick off a tour to promote the new disc on Thursday (April 25th) in Miami Beach. The band will also headline the Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival later this summer.
JUST OUR OPINION: Does anyone understand anything they read anymore? Didn't anyone ever hear the expression "live each day as if it's your last"? What Cantrell said is simply a variation on that. We find it disturbing that no one understands context or stops to interpret what someone is actually saying -- they just take an immediate surface impression and run screaming with it.
WHAT DO YOU THINK??
- Are you a fan of the current version of Alice In Chains?
- Do you think the band should not have kept going without Layne Staley, or maybe should have changed the name?
- Why should they do that when it's still three members of the group that have played together since 1993?
INTERNET COMMENTS at Billboard and Blabbermouth -- agree or not?
TheSorceressKnight wrote: "Can't wait for The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, should be an awesome record. And 'Stone' is one kick-ass song, much better than 'Hollow' that's for sure."
WillVetterGoodin wrote: "I really like Alice in Chains, but it's just not the same any more Jerry!"
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