In a brand new interview with Riff X ‘s “Steel XS”, ALICE IN CHAINS frontman William DuVall mirrored on the checklist of estimable Seattle singers who’ve died prematurely in latest many years, together with SOUNDGARDEN‘s Chris Cornell, whose 2017 dying was dominated a suicide by hanging; NIRVANA‘s Kurt Cobain, who dedicated suicide in 1994; ALICE IN CHAINS‘ Layne Staley, who died of drug abuse in 2002; and MOTHER LOVE BONE‘s Andrew Wooden, who overdosed in 1990.
“Fame is hard,” William mentioned (as transcribed by Phoosi). “It could actually take a toll on anybody, regardless of how robust you may be, in some methods. It is very taxing. Definitely a excessive value to pay for an enormous reward that I believe these bands cumulatively gave to rock tradition. It is very unhappy.
“You take care of no matter you are coping with so far as your public persona, however you then are also only a individual beneath that,” he continued. “That is the place it will get difficult, as a result of negotiating all of that… The extremes will be actually jarring, between what you are coping with out on the planet and what you are coping with in personal; these extremes will be very jarring.”
Again in 2018, DuVall spoke to NME about ALICE IN CHAINS‘ resolution to mark the primary anniversary of Cornell‘s passing by overlaying SOUNDGARDEN‘s “Hunted Down” and “Boot Camp” on the Rock On The Vary pageant in Columbus, Ohio. “That was a really transferring and poignant expertise,” he mentioned. “We did not say a lot about it beforehand, and we did not say a lot about it afterward, as a result of we thought the music mentioned sufficient.
“I wished to do ‘Boot Camp’, as a result of that was my favourite tune on [SOUNDGARDEN‘s 1996 album] ‘Down On The Upside’, so I went and realized it, however the factor with Chris is, he would tune the guitar to his voice, so it is kinda difficult to be taught from following YouTube,” he defined. “In the long run, and within the spirit of Chris, I simply made up my very own model and we practiced it in a lodge room in Chicago. [ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist/vocalist Jerry] Cantrell wished to do ‘Hunted Down’, as a result of he already knew it and it is a rad tune. However what I actually appreciated about it’s it ended up being these very nice bookends to the primary tune on the primary SOUNDGARDEN EP [1987’s ‘Screaming Life’], and the final tune on the final report SOUNDGARDEN made throughout their first section.”
A few weeks after the SOUNDGARDEN frontman’s suicide, Cantrell instructed Rolling Stone journal that Cornell was “the final man on the planet I assumed that might occur to. That is not the best way that e book was supposed to finish. And it was not the best way that e book was going.”
Cantrell mentioned that Cornell, represented “a powerful pressure operating via [Seattle] — he was at all times so sincere, from the second I met him. I share lots of the problems Chris communicated” in his songwriting. “And there is a energy in sharing your weak point with the individuals who want to listen to that, to allow them to contemplate, ‘Fuck, that man’s coping with it.’ You do not really feel so alone.”
Cornell “at all times had it, the identical factor as once I noticed Layne for the primary time — the dedication to take that trip,” Cantrell added. “There was one thing that I acknowledged and aspired to — to have your personal voice and sound. No one else feels like that man. No one will.
“There’s a area now and endlessly empty due to that,” Cantrell mentioned of Cornell‘s dying. “It is by no means going to make sense. It is by no means going to really feel proper. And it is at all times going to harm.”
Cornell died on Might 18, 2017 on the age of 52. The legendary musician was in Detroit the place he had carried out with SOUNDGARDEN on the Fox Theatre earlier within the night.
Previous to becoming a member of ALICE IN CHAINS in 2006, DuVall was a member of punk rock bands AWARENESS VOID OF CHAOS, NEON CHRIST, BL’AST! and FINAL OFFERING. DuVall‘s lengthy musical historical past additionally contains COMES WITH THE FALL and Cantrell‘s solo work.
Cantrell befriended the members of COMES WITH THE FALL within the early 2000s, enjoying exhibits with the band on the West Coast, then enlisting the musicians to tour with him as each opening act and backing group in help of his album “Degradation Journey”.
DuVall seems on the final three ALICE IN CHAINS albums: 2009’s “Black Provides Manner To Blue”, 2013’s “The Satan Put Dinosaurs Right here” and 2018’s “Rainier Fog”.