Music by Turner: Expect to hear classics, new tunes from Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains includes vocalist/guitarist William DuVall (from left), drummer Sean Kinney, vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell and bassist Mike Inez.

Just like the weather, things are truly heating up when it comes to major concerts in Augusta.


Promoters from all over are getting the point: Bring big-name entertainers to our city and locals will support them!

Continuing that trend is Alice in Chains, the Seattle-based band that will visit Bell Auditorium at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1.

Tickets are $39.50 and $49.50 and can be bought at or by calling (877) 4AUGTIX.

The band is touring in support of its No. 1 single, the radio-friendly rocker Hollow. It’s the first track released from the band’s fifth studio offering, The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which will be issued May 28. The second single, Stone, is just hitting the airwaves.

Alice in Chains recorded its new disc in Los Angeles with noted producer Nick Raskulinecz, best-known for his work with the Foo Fighters.

Since Alice re-formed in 2005 with its current lead vocalist, Atlanta native William DuVall, the band has toured all over the world, performing new and classic material from the Layne Staley years.

Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002. His voice was featured on such radio staples as Man in the Box, Them Bones, Rooster and the No. 1 smash No Excuses.

Staley’s vocals were often shared by current guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell, who has always been the primary composer of the band’s material. You can hear his vocals on hits such as Check My Brain, Your Decision and Lesson Learned.

The band’s lineup today also includes drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez, the latter of whom joined the group in ’93.

Alice in Chains’ albums have sold 15 million copies in the U.S. The band has been nominated for Grammy Awards eight times and has enjoyed 21 hit singles, three EPs, two live albums and an extremely strong international fan base.

Of course, some fans might take issue with DuVall’s vocals, but his voice is a proven commercial quantity. Sure, Staley’s shoes were very tough to fill but DuVall stepped in admirably and has won over many detractors. It’s a tough gig to replace a legendary singer, and changing singers – for whatever reason – always seems to polarize many fans.

How will fans respond to the new material?

Cantrell recently was quoted in Guitar Player magazine, “In my opinion, that new record stood up to anything else we’ve put out in our career.”


WHO: Alice in Chains

WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 1

WHERE: Bell Auditorium

TICKETS: $39.50 and $49.50;, (877) 4AUGTIX