Alice In Chains have announced their first 2018 concert. The band last performed on October 8, 2016 in Reno, NV, and they have not performed live in 2017.
Alice In Chains will be performing at Tons Of Rock Festival in Norway in June 2018. Tickets are on sale now. Also set to perform are Ozzy Osbourne, Helloween, Kvelertak, At The Gates, Exodus, Marduk, Epica, Alestorm, Skambankt, While She Sleeps, Imperial State Electric, Gaahls Wyrd, Carach Angren, Audrey Horne, Battle Beast, Skeletonwitch, Whoredom Rife, Tusmorke, Sibiir, and Foss.
Jerry Cantrell told Fantasy Live in September that Alice In Chains’ new album will likely be released in 2018, not in 2017 like fans had originally hoped.
“We’ve been working all summer on writing some tunes. We worked a little bit in Seattle over the summer. We’re just kind of taking our time. Hopefully we’ll get something together for you guys next year.”
Jerry Cantrell also discussed Alice In Chains’ next album in an interview on Trunk Nation last month, and he said that ‘hopefully in the near future’ fans will hear new AIC material.
“We’re in the process of cobbling together some tunes, and hopefully in the very near future we’ll have something out for you guys.’
Asked about a possible “target date” for the release of the next Alice In Chains album, Cantrell said: “I don’t know. We’ll see. When we’re ready, we’ll let you know. [Laughs] But we are in the process of working on stuff, yeah.”
Pressed about whether Alice In Chains has actually begun recording the new album or if the songs are still being written, Cantrell replied: “I’m not gonna say.” He laughed before adding: “I will say we’ve got a few things brewing, so it probably won’t be too much longer.”
Asked if there are any Alice In Chains tour dates in the works, Cantrell said: “That’s probably part of the whole package. But, again, one step at a time. We can’t go out and do that until we make a great record, in our opinion, and then hopefully a few other people like it too.”
Alice In Chains bassist Mike Inez revealed in June that the band was scheduled to enter Studio X in Seattle later that month to begin recording its new album. Helming the sessions once again is Nick Raskulinecz, who produced the band’s last two studio efforts, 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue” and the aforementioned “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here”.