Alice in Chains announces album “Black Gives Way To Blue”

Alice in Chains have revealed the title of their highly anticipated upcoming album and confirmed its release date. The record, titled “Black Gives Way To Blue” (Virgin/EMI) will arrive in stores on September 29th. “Black Gives Way To Blue” is the band’s first new studio release in more than 10 years. The quartet (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall) recorded the album with producer Nick Raskulinecz (Rush, Foo Fighters) at Studio 606 in Northridge, CA and Henson Studios in Hollywood.

On July 18th, Alice In Chains will be sharing the stage with Kid Rock at Comerica Park in Detroit, to be followed by festival shows with Metallica overseas, including an August 1 date at Marlay Park in Dublin and an August 2 show at the Sonisphere Festival at Knebworth. They’ll wrap up the European trip with a string of headlining shows (dates listed below). This marks the band’s first appearance in Europe since the summer of ’06.

Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice In Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 17 million albums worldwide, wrote and recorded 11 top 10 hit singles and stood atop Billboard’s Top 200 Album Chart with two No. 1 records.

The headlining shows in Europe are as follows:

Date City Venue
August 6 Cologne, GR Essigfabrik
August 8 Berlin, GR Columbia Club
August 10 Hamburg, GR Grunspan
August 11 Amsterdam, NE Melkweg

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  1. Hey, Cantrell show some respect and class have the professionalism, and courtesy to change the bands name. After all, Alice in Chains of the name Layne T. Staley gave the band, not you. Staley was the “Voice” and the “Face” of AIC. Sorry, to burst your bubble their buddy.

    If James from Metallica died would Metallica find a new singer and continue to call it “METALLICA”? I thing NOT!!!

  2. I can not stand everyone ripping on Jerry for his bands choice. Its not your choice, did you play in a band with Layne for ten years? Jerry has and I think he knows what Layne would have wanted more than you. Laynes mom gave them the blessing they dont need your selfish opinion. I could not picture this line up with anyother name. This album will be the best thing to happen to rock music in years. Jerry is not your buddy he may not have been the face of the band but he was the soul of it and he will do there legacy justice. Just because you liked Layne’s music does not mean you knew him.

  3. Cut the purist crap. AC/DC moved on when Bon died and did pretty well for themselves. A band is a collective entity, not one person. If the remaining memebers agree to keep the name and continue on, it goes on. Duvall is more than a brilliant replacement, but if you see them live, he’s very humble about it. If you don’t like it, don’t buy it… go listen to Godsmack or something.

  4. Mary, you are a moron. Since when does the name of the god damn band mean anything. I was under the impression that it was all about the music, not the name. The name of the band did not write the music, the musicians did. The name of the band could be called buttcrack for all I care, if its good, i’ll listen to it. Besides, Layne has been dead for seven years. Time to move on!

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