MzHollyw00d conducted an interview with ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez at the 2012 NAMM (National Association Of Music Merchants) show, a massive music-products convention which took place January 19-22 at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, California. You can now watch the chat below.
ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell told Rolling Stone magazine at this past December’s Dimebash tribute in Los Angeles, the annual show in honor late guitarist “Dimebag” Darrell Abbott, that the band is working on the follow-up to 2009’s gold-certified “Black Gives Way To Blue”, which debuted in the Top 10 of The Billboard 200 and scored multiple Grammy nominations.
“We started writing [in 2010],” Cantrell said. “[Then] I had shoulder surgery. I had to get some bone spurs and torn cartilage taken care of, so that put me back a little bit. But we’ve been writing through the whole process.”
Following its self-titled record in 1995, the once-mighty Seattle-based act went into a long period of inactivity, partially due to the drug problems of singer Layne Staley. Staley died in 2002, but it was another four years until the three remaining members of the band, Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney, first regrouped for a benefit show and then officially returned with new frontman William DuVall.
ALICE IN CHAINS recruited pop legend Elton John to contribute piano to “Black Gives Way To Blue”‘s title track, which is written in tribute to Staley.
ALICE IN CHAINS released “Black Gives Way To Blue” after a 14-year hiatus between full-length albums.