Alice In Chains Reveal How They Piss Off Fans When Snubbing Layne Staley Classic


Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell discussed the power of “Man in the Box” and how fans get pissed whenever they snub it from the setlist, dating back to the early 90’s.

Cantrell told Vice, “We were out touring that record for a good period of time. We opened for Extreme for a month and then we went out with Iggy Pop for a month on the Brick By Brick tour. Sometime after that we joined Clash of the Titans—we were opening that tour, which was a revolving headliner of Slayer, Anthrax, and Megadeth.

Talk about not really fitting in. [Laughs] In the middle of that tour is when ‘Man In the Box’ dropped and got into heavy rotation on MTV, and overnight we sold half a million records. To this day it’s one of our most recognizable songs. If we don’t play that in the set, a lot of people are going to be pissed. [Laughs]”

He also discussed The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

“It’s a trippy record. There are kind of some parallels—in a weird way—to the self-titled. It’s a little more exploratory, too. It goes to some trippy places.”

He was also asked if his writing process had changed over the years.

“I think it’s exactly the same. I’m a kind of a bury-myself-in-a-cabin-in-the-woods writer, where I prefer to go out there and have everybody leave me alone until I’m done. It’s a little bit of a trek into yourself. Which can be fucking scary, man—your head is not a neighborhood you should always travel in alone.”

  • Dysnomia

    Now do another Facelift 😆

    • IrregularJohn

      They can’t.

      • Dysnomia

        They can do anything. Their versatility is off the charts.

    • Eddie Yarler

      Facelift is probably the closest AiC has come to not being AiC. Its a great record, and an absolute classic but Jerry himself defines most of those tracks as “heavy metal Guns N’ Roses” songs. Its long gone out of their system

      • Dysnomia

        They still have facets of it. Like Check My Brain. I know there are some 80s-ish stuff (sexual chocolate baby), but I’m talking about more upbeat things.

        The Devil… was just do downbeat. The song they’ve released from the new album is already more Facelift-ish, with the faster tempo and all.

        That is what I mean by that, not necessarily the 80 type of sound. Just not pure sludge and srone sounding like the last album.

        Jerry’s last solo album still had the uptempo type of music. They absolutely still can do it.

  • Eric Radziewicz

    I’d enjoy a setlist that excluded hits like Man in the Box. The mandatory crowd pleaser. I want them to play what they want.