Alice In Chains Member Reveals ‘Challenges’ Replacing Layne Staley


Alice In Chains singer/guitarist William DuVall discussed replacing Layne Staley in a new EonMusic interview.

Well, you’re a man who can certainly handle a song.

Well yeah, Actually, I’m not even going perform tonight. I’m just here to watch and be a total civilian. I want to just enjoy the performances and join some old friends. I’m not working, and I just came here with my old friend! That’s all I’m here for; old friends and good music.

You’re now three albums into a career with Alice in Chains; did you know that it was going to last this long when you joined?

Well, there’s no way to predict that kind of thing. We didn’t know when we got going; it was just sort of like, we’ve really just been making it up as we go along. I think that’s the best thing to do, because, what’s that old thing about making plans is the best way to make the universe laugh at you? So we just, we kind of take it one at a time, you know?

You must have felt immense pressure stepping up to take that job.

Right. Yeah, sure there were challenges, but, we also, we knew what we were doing and we knew what we had. We did about two years of touring before we ever stepped into the studio, so we found our chemistry on stage right away.