Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Alice In Chains working on new album

As we told you about last month (here), Alice In Chains are hitting the studio this year to record a new album.

Rolling Stone now reports guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell confirms the band will be working on the follow-up to 2009’s “Black Gives Way To Blue,” which was their first album featuring new singer William Duvall.

"We started writing last year," Cantrell told the magazine at the recent Dimebash tribute in L.A., the annual show in honor late guitarist "Dimebag" Darrell Abbott.

The band plans to head into the studio early this year, according to Cantrell. The break between records wasn't originally intended to be three years, but Cantrell had to deal with some medical ailments: "I had shoulder surgery. I had to get some bone spurs and torn cartilage taken care of, so that put me back a little bit," he says. "But we’ve been writing through the whole process."

Though the title track of “Black Gives Way To Blue” featured a guest appearance by Elton John, don't expect high-profile guests on the new album.

Cantrell remains blown away by John's appearance on the last record. "That’s just the universe lining up right. I had nothing to do with that other than asking," Cantrell says. "What he is, beyond anything else, is a f**king amazing musician. And he’s the guy who inspired me to start playing music, so to have him play on one of our records – especially such a meaningful record, where we’re restarting our musical careers and saying goodbye and honoring our buddy [the late Layne Staley] – it’s a tremendous thing."

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