Hi, it’s Howlin’ Werewolf, music correspondent at the Greenygrey. I’m delighted to announce that the Alice in Chains, Ghost and Walking Papers has won our U.K. Rock Tour of the Year Award. The tour kicks off in London tonight, before also visiting Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham and Glasgow.
Remembering Layne Staley
It is fitting that Alice in Chains should be touring over the military remembrance days, as they lost long-time lead singer Layne Staley to heroin in 2002.
Although Staley was a rock n’ roll warrior rather than a military one, many military veterans, and even serving personnel are lost to drug abuse and suicide, so the divide between soldier and singer isn’t as extreme as it might at first seem.
Both are usually trying to do what they think is right, and serve those they relate with; trying to make a difference in the best way they know how.
Alice in Chains in Poetry
Walking Papers features Duff McKagan, from Marc Latham’s favourite group Guns N’ Roses. While Alice in Chains were never one of Marc’s favourite bands, he loved the Dirt album, and has loved/liked lots of their other material.
It’s great that their two albums since reforming have been such big successes, reaching number 2 in both the U.S.A. and Canada.
In March 2011 Marc wrote a Folding Mirror poem after Mike Starr became the second Alice in Chains member to succumb to heroin abuse, while Charlie Sheen was creating lots of media attention for himself by acting crazy:
Life Reality and Media Publicity
relishing living his dream
within media screen.
Should one criticise
a publicity exercise?
Abyss, Abyss, each time you think you’ll miss
junkhead down under!
lost soul asunder
rock music dreams
social cares fuel nightmares
Alice in Chains in Prose
Alice in Chains also appeared in the Werewolf of Oz: Fantasy Travel by Google Maps. They merged with Alice in Wonderland at the end of the Kerang-Kerrang rock epic time-travel story within a story to pacify the Grunginator. It was posted on this site in July this year. That links to it, and here’s the end part that features Alice in Chains:
Terminator to Blade Runner
With that, the Grunginator seemed to calm down, and called for a time-out coffee break. It made a couple of cappuccinos for itself and Wood and they sat down on the temple steps.
It all seemed to be calming down, but then Alice in Chains fell out of the sky, singing Down In A Hole. Alice looked doomed, but the Grunginator reached out its handles and caught them.
The Grunginator looked into the eyes of Alice, before saying: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Faster Pussycat screeching on stage at the Rainbow Bar and Grill; I’ve watched Seasick Steve die in a dark shared with Love/Hate. A poison-dart-frog glowing in the Italian Job; Janis and Jimi running wild in the 1970s streets. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to fly.’
And with that it released Alice’s chains, and Alice flew over the Sea of Sorrow to Nirvana.
The Grunginator speech is a pastiche of one in the Blade Runner film. In Blade Runner, the replicant Roy Batty delivered the following soliloquy after saving the hero, who was its previous target: ‘I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe: Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion; I’ve watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.’
Captain Hi-Top and Heartshine are Mother Love Bone songs.
Axl Rose is the singer in Guns N’ Roses. He and Kurt Cobain didn’t get along.
Alice in Chains and songs: Down In A Hole, Sea of Sorrow.