Before the lights went down and revered Seattle rockers Alice in Chains took the stage Tuesday night at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, a cavernous and sparse emptiness filled
The band opened with muscular versions of "Bleed the Freak" and “Check My Brain,” two songs serving as righteous and heavy re-introductions to the venerable alternative band. Not that any was necessary to those in attendance.
Alice in Chains exploded onto the national alternative scene in the '90s alongside hall-of-fame acts like Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. There has always been a contingent of fans who argue that Alice in Chains at its peak was better than any of those bands. Albums such as Dirt,
"New" vocalist DuVall has grown into his role nicely since officially joining the band in 2008. Since then, Alice in Chains has released two records: Black Gives Way to Blue (2008) and The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here (2013). Although he sounds
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After giving shoutouts to all the band members, Cantrell dedicated "Nutshell" to his missing friends and bandmates, Staley and Starr. Even after all these years, the standout cut from the critically acclaimed Jar of Flies EP is able to breaks hearts with its dark lyrics of desperation and isolation. One would like to think that Staley would have been proud of the way Alice in Chains has preserved the spirit of the song long after his death.
As for the audience, with a band this beloved, that has so much history, fan expectations were impossibly high. More than two decades since its debut, the angst, the fervor, the rock ’n’ roll rage is still there, and judging from the standing ovation at the conclusion of the night, South Florida seemed equally pleased.