Alice In Chains Member Reveals How He Almost Died


Alice In Chains singer/guitarist William DuVall remembered getting in a near fatal car accident in the 1980’s in a new Framus & Warwick interview. Alternative Nation transcribed his comments.

“In those days, I was using a Dan Armstrong guitar, because it was made of plexiglass, and it could withstand a beating, a real beating. I was in a near fatal car accident with a couple of my Dan Armstrongs in the desert in early 1987. The car was completely totaled, it flipped a bunch of times in the desert. When I got out of the wreckage, one of the Dan Armstrongs was stuck in the ground, like Excalibur, I pulled it out, and I’ll be damned if the thing wasn’t still in tune.”

He also discussed playing guitar with Jerry Cantrell.

“He definitely does some things that are unusual. Like me, he’s a self-taught player, so when you learn your instrument that way, and you develop your style that way, there are going to be ways that you think, ways that you voice things, ways that you finger certain things, that are really going to be unique to you, and if you try to teach them to somebody else, you might have a really hard time doing that.

Luckily for me, I have been surprisingly adept at sort of copying the general idea of whatever it is, if he has something that has weird fingering to it, I’m able to do that or I’m able work around it and do something that fits me. So sometimes, he might finger something a little bit different than I will, but the sum of the parts will be very effective.” He said that “Check My Brain” is an example of this.