[151] The title comes from the ghost town of the same name in Oklahoma, which is the area that Cantrell's father grew up in. The song was about Cantrell's relationship with his younger brother, David. [41] In his mid-teens he bought his first guitar from a swap meet, a Korean-made Fender Stratocaster. [13][14] The title track is a tribute to Layne Staley written and sung by Cantrell, accompanied by Elton John playing piano. [214], On December 9, 2011, Cantrell joined Metallica for their 30th anniversary concert at The Fillmore in San Francisco and performed the songs "For Whom the Bell Tolls", "Nothing Else Matters", "Seek and Destroy" and a cover of Lynyrd Skynyrd's "Tuesday's Gone". However, this album still has not been released. Of course, you know, possibilities..."[169] Cantrell expressed the same sentiment when asked about a new solo album during an interview with Trunk Nation in August 2017, stating that Alice in Chains has always been his number one concern, but that he would not rule out a new solo album in the future. [222], On March 13, 2017, Cantrell made a guest appearance at Steel Panther's concert at The Roxy Theatre in West Hollywood and performed "Man In The Box" with the band joined by Godsmack singer Sully Erna on lead vocals. Studio X was the same studio where the band recorded their self-titled album, Alice in Chains (1995),[137][138] Recording was completed in January 2018. [52], In 1985, Cantrell was going to winter semester of college,[53] but he decided to quit it and moved to Dallas, Texas to join a band with a couple of friends. The metal part will never leave, and I never want it to". The song features Cantrell sharing lead vocals with Damageplan singer Patrick Lachman,[206] and it can be found on that movie's soundtrack, and as a bonus track on the Japanese version of Damageplan's debut album, New Found Power. Jerry Cantrell has stated that his father had the family nickname “Rooster” since childhood due to the way his hair stood up on end as a youth. [337], In 2015, Alice in Chains donated two dollars from every pre-sold ticket of their summer tour to help the family of a fan named Stefan Dayne-Ankle, who passed away after a battle with leukemia. [216], Cantrell performed with Duff McKagan's band The Walking Papers during the band's concert at The Crocodile in Seattle on December 15, 2012. It's a repetitive motion injury from playing. The band reformed in 2005 when drummer Sean Kinney had the idea to reunite the surviving members[103] to perform a benefit concert for the victims of the tsunami disaster that struck South Asia in 2004. [98] Staley rarely left his condo in Seattle,[98] but in 1998 the band reunited to record two new songs, "Get Born Again" and "Died", originally intended for Cantrell's second solo album,[74] the songs were released on the 1999 box set Music Bank. [266], Cantrell is widely considered to be one of the greatest rock guitarists of his generation. [183], Cantrell played guitar in the song "Fallen Ones"[184] from Heart's 2004 album Jupiters Darling. The EP also features Mark Arm of Mudhoney and Chris Cornell of Soundgarden, who appeared together on the song "Right Turn", credited as "Alice Mudgarden" in the liner notes. [46] He noted in an interview that he was "raised on country music" as a youth and that he admires the emotion conveyed in the genre. The title track has a really ominous intro that sets the mood for the rest of the song. [231], On July 19, 2018, Cantrell released the song "Setting Sun" for the soundtrack of DC Comics' graphic novel Dark Nights: Metal. I'm as imperfect as they come. [125], About the pressure being put on DuVall for replacing Staley as lead vocalist, Cantrell said, "To put all that weight on Will's shoulders is unfair. [163] The songs on the album ranged from doom metal to pop-based hard rock. [104] On February 18, 2005, Cantrell, Mike Inez and Sean Kinney reunited to perform for the first time in 10 years as Alice in Chains at the K-Rock Tsunami Continued Care Relief Concert in Seattle. [317][320] He was awarded the 2012 Stevie Ray Vaughan Award from MusiCares, for his work helping other addicts with the recovery process. Cantrell's guitar playing is known for its unique use of wah pedal as well as odd time signatures. Do you take the Led Zeppelin approach and never play again, because the guy was that important? Dyer served as police chief for 18 years. It's completely a reunion because the three of us who're left are back together. 1 on the Billboard 200 chart,[92] and has been certified double platinum. [57] The band started playing concerts in Tacoma and Seattle with the goal of getting a record deal. [74] Cantrell's guitar contribution gave a heavy metal edge to the band's unique grunge style. After Staley's death in 2002, Cantrell took the role of Alice in Chains' lead singer on most of the songs from the band's post-Staley albums, Black Gives Way to Blue (2009), The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013) and Rainier Fog (2018),[13][14] with DuVall harmonizing with him in the new songs and singing Staley's vocals in the old songs in live concerts.[15][16]. [181], Cantrell provided background vocals for the track "Effigy" on Gov't Mule's 2001 album, The Deep End, Volume 1. [99] Cantrell stated that he was ill during the performance as a result of food poisoning from a hot dog consumed before the gig. [309][310] While Cantrell was running full speed, his guitar player at the time, Bryan Kehoe, was also running full speed towards him and Cantrell got his pinky finger caught in Kehoe's T-shirt sleeve. [citation needed], Cantrell explained the band's reunion saying, "We want to celebrate what we did and the memory of our friend. [Singles Blu Ray Rip]", "2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Chris Cornell Tribute BLACK HOLE SUN by Ann Wilson/Jerry Cantrell", "Jerry Cantrell's Gibson Les Paul Studio (Duplicate)", "Interview: Jerry Cantrell - Playing Dumb", "Man in the Box with Jerry Cantrell playing a Gibson SG. Dyer was born in Fresno, and moved to Fowler, California, in 1964.He graduated from Fowler High School in 1977. [210] No formal albums were released by the band. [309] Cantrell reported that breaking his hand was the worst physical pain he ever had. [105][106] A few months after that concert, the band called their former manager Susan Silver and Cantrell's manager Bill Siddons and said they wanted to tour as Alice in Chains again. [327], In 2007, Cantrell auctioned off some of his favorite clothes from key moments in his career to benefit MusiCares and the Layne Staley Fund,[328][329] which provides support and treatment for heroin recovery in the Seattle music community. Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. (born March 18, 1966)[1] is an American musician and singer-songwriter. [157], In 1998, Layne Staley almost performed live again since Alice in Chains' last concert in July 1996,[158] when Cantrell went to Seattle on his solo tour for Boggy Depot. Cantrell's early influences made Alice in Chains' heavy metal tones stand out among their fellow grunge/alternative rock-oriented bands of the Seattle music scene. The only reason I ever did anything by my own was because my band wasn't really doing anything. Silver was also Alice in Chains' manager. [114][120][121], By April 2007, Alice in Chains had been writing and demoing songs for a new album with DuVall,[122] but the band did not show further signs of progress until October 2008, when they announced that they had begun recording with producer Nick Raskulinecz in the studio. [319], Cantrell is a recovering addict and alcoholic and has been sober since 2003. Obituary: Billy Fay Norton Real, died in Sanctuary Hospice House in Tupelo, Lee County, Mississippi, Sunday, October 4, 2020 at the age of 93. He also contributed to the soundtrack of The Cable Guy (1996), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and Dark Nights: Metal (2018), and has made cameos in films such as Jerry Maguire (1996), Rock Slyde (2009) and Deadwood: The Movie. He is the mayor of Fresno, California. Cantrell was unable to attend the recording session and was replaced by Saliva's Josey Scott. I rarely bathed during that period of writing; I sent out for food, I didn't really venture out of my house in three or four months. My band's been a harsh example of that – what happens when you don't deal with it." It's overwhelming. [339], Cantrell also supports Music for Relief,[340] Autism Speaks,[341][315] Rock Against MS Foundation,[224][342] and the Los Angeles Police Memorial Foundation. [101] "She Was My Girl" from Degradation Trip was included on the Spider-Man (2002) soundtrack. [44] However, hard rock music caught Cantrell's interest predominantly. I love him and have to move on. [308], During his independent tour for Degradation Trip before the album was released, Cantrell broke his left hand while playing football after a concert at the Kentucky Derby on May 3, 2001. Before that, he had never gone on tour without it. Off-time stuff is just more exciting – it takes people by surprise when you shift gears like that before they even know what the hell hit 'em. [336][337][338], Cantrell and his Alice in Chains bandmates offer special seating at their concerts for veterans from Operation Ward 57, a fund for wounded soldiers. [208] Under the moniker of the Jerry Cantrell-Billy Duffy Band, they debuted during the three-concert series for Sweet Relief Musicians Fund at The Troubadour in April 2004. 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Cantrell wrote the lyrics from the perspective of Keanu Reeves' title character. [64], Cantrell wanted to form a new band and Staley gave him the phone number of Melinda Starr, the girlfriend of drummer Sean Kinney, so that Cantrell could talk to him. [29] In a 1998 Q&A, Cantrell revealed that acting has always been an interest to him. [162] He had to sell his Seattle house to fund the album and produced it himself. I felt I was puking up all this undigested grief in losing Layne." [330], Since 2009, Cantrell has hosted the Alice in Chains & Friends Charity Fantasy Football League. [208] "This band is really just about having fun and playing tunes that we were fans of growing up," Cantrell stated. [261] In 2013, a limited edition of the pedal was released in black and red featuring the cover artwork for the album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, and the lyrics to "Stone" on the bottom. Cantrell went to the emergency room but they could not do anything for him there, since the bone had slipped back in his hand and he would need a reconstructive surgery, but he had to wait for a couple of weeks for that to happen. I can't quantify it really in words. The only reason I did those two records is because we weren't working as a band. [7] Dyer is the second former Fresno police chief to run for mayor and be elected after Mayor Truman G. Hart. [65] The band had names like "Mothra", "Fuck" and "Diamond Lie",[9][67] the latter being the name of Cantrell's previous band. Cantrell mentioned that they needed a bass player to jam with them and he had someone in mind: Mike Starr, with whom Cantrell had played in a band in Burien called Gypsy Rose. [263] The lyrics to "Black Gives Way to Blue" are printed on the base plate of the pedal. There were times on stage—there was one show in Charlotte where it was just so heavy. [59][124] The writing and recording process was completed on March 18, 2009 – Cantrell's 43rd birthday and also the same day that DuVall's son was born. He also departed from Columbia Records during this time and had trouble finding a new label. 98 on the list of the "Top 100 Most Complete Guitar Players of All Time" by Envision Radio Networks' "Chop Shop" guitar show in December 2008. [309] The injury caused the remainder of Cantrell's solo tour to be postponed. Luckily they caught me because I couldn't go anywhere, I was kind of stuck in a bush at the bottom of a cliff bleeding, and I ended up here. [152] The tracks "Cut You In", "My Song" and "Dickeye" were released as singles to promote the album. [58], When Cantrell was 20 years old, he was working several part-time jobs to pay his rent, one of which involved throwing boxes of frozen fish in a warehouse. [43], The first album that Cantrell owned was Elton John Greatest Hits (1974),[45] which was a gift he received from his father when he was 10 years old. 77 on its list of "100 Greatest Guitar Solos". 14 on Billboard's Mainstream Rock Tracks. It's always been my first love, and always will be, but the situation being what it is... we've been together for a long time, and right now it's kinda played out. [101][40], Alice in Chains performed four shows supporting Kiss on their Alive/Worldwide Tour in 1996, including the final live appearance of Layne Staley on July 3, 1996 in Kansas City, Missouri. But fuck, I guess we're going to be talking about this for awhile". He served as a police officer in the Fresno Police Department for 21 years before being named chief of police in 2001. 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