Tool & Alice In Chains Team Up For Emotional Performance

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Tool and Alice In Chains have a long history together, dating back to Layne Staley joining the band onstage in 1993. Maynard James Keenan later fronted the band at their first reunion show in 2005, as they paid tribute to Staley, who died in 2002. Tool and Alice In Chains recently played some European festivals together, and bassists Mike Inez and Justin Chancellor shared a touching backstage photo as they held each other’s arms.

Mike Inez wrote on Instagram, “A bass tech and 2 bassists walk into a bar…#aliceinchains #toolband #inautonomy #rainierfogtour.”

Jerry Cantrell wrote, “Krakow, what a great crowd and beautiful city. Got to share the stage with our friends Tool and BRMC . Great night , thank you for having us.”

Cantrell also recently posted, “Interesting show in Hamburg tonight. Sean demonstrates the layout in pic 3. I don’t think I’ve ever played a brick stage before. There was also a pretty big angled lawn between us and the audience so they were too far away for my taste. There was a DB limit on the show of around 90-95 and between the first 4 songs the crowd was yelling for us to turn it up.

Funny thing is, they were probably over the DB limit as well. Sean’s snare drum unmiked is about 105 DB. Luckily we had a great audience and I think the band played pretty well for our garden party gig. Haha! Thank you all for coming out . We will try and play a different venue where we can melt your face while getting right in it next trip to Hamburg.”