Alice in Chains

Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains in September 2007. From left to right: William DuVall, Sean Kinney, and Jerry Cantrell.
Background information
Also known asAlice N' Chains
OriginSeattle, Washington
United States
GenresHeavy metal,[1] hard rock, alternative metal, grunge, alternative rock
Years active1987-2002, 2005-present
LabelsColumbia, Virgin Records/EMI
Associated actsMad Season
Jerry Cantrell
Class of '99
Slash's Snakepit
Jerry Cantrell
Sean Kinney
Mike Inez
William DuVall
Past members
Layne Staley
Mike Starr
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Alice in Chains is a popular alternative rock band that formed in Seattle, Washington in 1987.[2] They have sold an estimated 15 million albums in the US alone. Alice in Chains is sometimes thought of as a heavy metal band, but is mostly considered a grunge band.

The band's first lead singer, Layne Staley, became addicted to drugs. He often wrote about drug addiction in his lyrics.[3] He died in Seattle in April 2002 after a fatal drug overdose.[4] William DuVall took over as the lead singer in 2006.

Band members

Current members

  • William DuVall - lead vocals, rhythm guitar (2006-present)
  • Jerry Cantrell - lead & rhythm guitars, vocals (1987-2002, 2005-present)
  • Mike Inez - bass, backing vocals (1993-2002, 2005-present)
  • Sean Kinney - drums, percussion (1987-2002, 2005-present)

Former members

Touring musicians

  • Patrick Lachman - lead vocals (2005-2006)
  • Scott Olson - acoustic guitar, bass (1996)



  1. Sharpe-Young, Garry (23 April 2007), Hard Rock: Alice in Chains, retrieved July 18, 2007
  2. Alice in Chains info page
  3. Heckman, Candace (April 20, 2002). "Alice in Chains singer died of natural causes or overdose". Retrieved March 29, 2011.
  4. Heckman, Candance (May 7, 2002). "Staley's death was from mix of heroin and cocaine". Retrieved March 29, 2011.

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