Lily Cornell Silver tweeted a video of the surprise birthday party for Alice In Chains drummer Sean Kinney last night. Sean’s 50th birthday is on May 27th. Happy early birthday Sean!
happy surprise bday to the one and only Sean Kinney 🖕🏻❤️ pic.twitter.com/CTBmOJ5540
— Lily Cornell Silver (@lilyjean_) May 23, 2016
Alice In Chains’ official blogger The Baldy recently wrote about the band opening for Guns N’ Roses last month in Las Vegas.
“Opening the first official show for the reunited Guns N’ Roses is like taking a circus, putting it inside a giant snow globe filled with beautiful and famous people, and then shaking it up so hard that all the clocks get messed up and time becomes a very fluid and malleable thing.
That’s my fancy way of saying that a little GNR rubbed off on AIC, and the guys started their set 25 minutes late on night number one.
I’m not sure if that came at the GNR camp’s request or if we asked for it, but our guys usually start right on schedule, so I think I know the answer to that question.
The guys played and sounded great, but the highlight for me came during Would?.
I was standing out in the crowd, about 20 feet from the stage, when Dave Grohl & Taylor Hawkins strolled by and stopped to watch.
They were rocking out and banging their heads, re-establishing in my mind that they not only have great musical taste, but they’re just normal dudes who aren’t afraid to head out in the heart of the crowd and mix with us regular folks.
So with Alice’s set in the books, it was time to sit back and wait.
Which wasn’t too bad actually, as Guns N’ Roses started right around midnight (they were scheduled for 11:00).
Earlier in the night I was nearly run down in the hallway as crew guys were rolling Dave Grohl’s throne into the venue.
Dave Broke his foot last year on tour and was nice enough to loan his hand made throne to Axl, who had broken his foot the previous week during their surprise show in L.A.
Unfortunately this kind of rock star frontman broken footed technology didn’t exist back in 1992 when Layne broke his foot on tour.
He just did the gigs in a wheelchair, on crutches, and even a couch for a couple songs.
Back to present day though.
Guns N’ Roses were great, even with Axl glued to his seat.
Their show is full of everything that makes a rock show great; fire, bombs, lights, dancing girls, and of course an assload of timeless songs.
However, the real highlight for me came between bands.
A short woman with a bit of a weight issue came into the band’s dressing room after the show. She was decked out in T-Mobile gear, so we knew she was a venue employee.
The room was packed with band and crew and guests at the time.
It’s a bit unusual for venue staff to come into the dressing room area while it’s still being used, but we thought maybe she was there to clean something up or freshen up the food area, since that’s where she was headed.
She slowly made her way across the room, and she just mumbled incoherently when Sean’s tech Curtis and I said hello as she passed by.
He turned to me and said, “Wouldn’t it be funny if she went over there and started eating stuff?”.
And then that’s exactly what she did.
She picked up a cracker, sniffed it, and then stuffed it in her mouth.
Then she looked around a bit before reaching into an open bag of chips, grabbing one out, and dunking it in a bowl of ranch dip.
We were looking at each wondering what in the hell was going on, so Curtis walked over and told her she couldn’t be eating the band’s food.
Then she just looked at him for a second and slowly waddled back out of the room without saying a word.
It’s a bit sad that on an epic night in recent music history, one of the highlights for me was watching a peculiar venue employee eat the band’s food, but it was highly entertaining (to us at least).
Also weirdly entertaining was walking around to the side of the stage during GNR’s set and almost running into famed Las Vegas comedian Carrot Top.
This came only a few hours after nearly running into famed adult film star Ron Jeremy on the floor of the casino we stayed at.
This is somewhat indicative of the downward trajectory of my career running into famous people.
Years ago when Soundgarden played Saturday Night Live I literally ran into Elle Macpherson at the after party. She was very soft and girly and supermodel-y.
Nowadays it’s Carrot Top & Ron Jeremy.
And if you’re not familiar with either of them, do a (safe) google search and then prepare to rinse your eyes out with soap.
I don’t like the direction my encounters with famous people have gone.
But there was still another show to go and a chance that a more palatable collection of famous folks would be backstage.
Show #2 rolled around and Alice played another short yet powerful 50 minute set, which got me thinking:
Alice In Chains and Guns N’ Roses go together like a punch in the neck and a kick to the crotch.
They both have a staggering catalog of songs, they both put on stellar shows, and they both have a ton of loyal fans.
It’d be cool if this could happen again.
But regardless of whether these two amazing bands play more shows together or not, it was an incredible couple of nights in Las Vegas.
Just ask Dave Grohl, Carrot Top, and a hungry T-Mobile Arena staffer…”