JASON NEWSTED, WILLIAM DUVALL Discuss What It’s Like To Replace Hugely Influential Departed Musicians

JASON NEWSTED, WILLIAM DUVALL Discuss What It's Like To Replace Hugely Influential Departed Musicians

Backstage at last year’s Metal Hammer Golden Gods awards event in London, England, Invade TV bumped into William DuVall (ALICE IN CHAINS) and Jason Newsted (NEWSTED, METALLICA, VOIVOD, ECHOBRAIN). An interesting conversation developed, giving some insight into what it’s like to come into a band that already existed and taking over the role of departed hugely influential musicians. Check out the chat below.

ALICE IN CHAINS‘ fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”, sold 62,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 2 on The Billboard 200 chart. The disc follows up 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue”, which was the group’s first all-new collection of material in 14 years. That CD opened with 126,000 units back in October 2009 to debut at No. 5. 

“The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here” is ALICE IN CHAINS‘ second album with William DuVall on vocals. 

NEWSTED‘s debut album, “Heavy Metal Music”, sold nearly 8,000 copies in the United States in its first week of release to land at position No. 40 on The Billboard 200 chart. The CD was made available on August 6, 2013 in North America via Chophouse Records/Collective Sounds and August 5, 2013 in Europe through Spinefarm Records. Jason told Billboard.com the 11-song album was very similar to the band’s debut EP, “Metal”, which opened with around 6,200 units to debut at No. 62. “The EP was always intended to be the primer, a sampler of what was to come on the LP,” he said. “It’s all metal all the time. It’s not all fast, but it is all heavy.” 


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