Alice in Chains: the grunge group from Seattle
Six studio albums, 31 singles, 10 Grammy Award nominations, over 20 million sold records as well as countless tours and concerts are just a few of the accolades attributed to the grunge band Alice in Chains. They emerged in the late 1980s in Seattle, Washington at the start of the grunge movement that virtually stormed the scene a few years later with bands such as Nirvana, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam. Alice in Chains particularly stood out from the crowd with their own style of grunge music by blending in heavy metal elements. Buy or sell your Alice in Chains tickets now at StubHub.
The heydays of grunge music
The roots of grunge music go back to the Seattle region in the late 1980s when heavy metal and punk rock bands blended their tracks into a mix with alternative and indie rock. Especially the introverted and brooding angst-filled lyrics defined the new subculture that went on to have its heydays in the 1990s. Alice in Chains was part of the initial wave of the grunge movement that saw it spreading to the south of the US and as far as Australia, making it the most successful form of rock music of the era. The four founding members – lead singer Layne Staley, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Starr – formed the band in 1988 and were soon signed by the label Columbia Records. The release of their first full studio album "Facelift" followed in 1990, which after initial struggles went on to become a double-platinum record for selling over 2 million copies in the US. It earned them opening gigs with famous rock bands such as Van Halen and Poison. Their final rise to stardom came in 1991 when they performed as opening act on the Clash of Titans tour with Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax, exposing them to a large audience in the US and beyond. Their next two albums, "Dirt" and "Alice in Chains" stormed the charts in 1992 and 1995, ending up being certified quadruple and double-platinum. It all came to an abrupt halt just two years later due to Staley’s substance abuse which led to his early death in 2002 at the age of just 34 years. Get your Alice in Chains tickets now at StubHub.
The revival of Alice in Chains
Nearly four years after Staley’s tragic demise, Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney started a revival of the band with Mike Inez as bassist and William DuVall as new lead singer. They reemerged for the first time on Sean’s initiative at a benefit concert for victims of the devastating 2004 tsunami in Thailand. A few months later and to the delight of their huge fan base, the band officially started touring again and recorded three more albums until 2018. Other authentic grunge music bands are Mudhoney and Stone Temple Pilots. Find Alice in Chains tickets right here at StubHub.