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MEMBERS: Layne Staley (died in 2002) ~ Jerry Cantrell ~ Mike Inez ~ Mike Starr (until 1993) ~ Sean Kinney (until 1994) ~ Scott Olson ~ William DuVall (2006 - present)
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BIRTHDAYS: Layne Staley (August 22, 1967 - April 5, 2002) ~ Jerry Cantrell (March 18, 1966) ~ Mike Starr (April 4, 21966) ~ Sean Kinney (May 27, 1966) _ Mike Inez (May 14, 1966)
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BIGGEST SINGLE: "No Excuses" (1994)
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BIGGEST LP: Dirt (1992)
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GRAMMY AWARDS: 0

 
TIMELINE

Alice In Chainsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains, hailing from Washington, began with the 4some: Layne Staley on lead vocals, Jerry Cantrell on guitar, Sean Kinney on drums, and Mike Starr on bass. Alice In Chains found success with the music scene as 'grunge' music began to take hold in the early 1990s with many 'Seattle bands' hitting the airwaves. Much of the lyrics sang by the band would often focus on death and drugs.

1990...

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Having signed with Columbia Records, Alice In Chains released the EP - We Die Young.

August
Alice In Chains - Faceliftbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released Facelift.

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains toured with Iggy Pop.

1991...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Heavy Metal Performance.
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains began touring with Megadeth in Europe.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains toured with the 'Clash of the Titans' package tour along with Anthrax, Megadeth, and Slayer.

August
Alice In Chains - "Man In The Box" (Single)button.gif (123 bytes) The band began touring as Van Halen's opening act for the remainder of the year.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Facelift was certified gold.
button.gif (123 bytes) The video for "Man In The Box" was nominated for a MTV Video Music Award for Best Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Video.

November
Alice In Chains - SAPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released the EP - Sap.

button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains had hits during the year on rock and alternative radio with "Man In The Box" and "Sea Of Sorrow."

1992...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for an American Music Award for Favorite New Heavy Metal/Hard Rock Artist.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Man In The Box").

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains could be heard on the soundtrack for Singles with "Would?" The band also appeared in the Cameron Crowe film.

September
Alice In Chains - Dirtbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released Dirt and it became the band's first Top 10 LP.
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains began opening for
Ozzy Osbourne's tour. Layne broke his foot but continued with concert dates.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Dirt was certified platinum.

button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains had hits during the year on rock and alternative radio with "Would?" and "Them Bones."

1993... # 143 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Mike Inez replaced Mike Starr on bass.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance (Dirt).

June
The Last Action Hero soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains took part in the Lollapalooza package tour.
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains could be heard on the soundtrack for
The Last Action Hero with the tracks "What The Hell Have I" and "A Little Bitter."

August
button.gif (123 bytes) Facelift was certified platinum.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains won a MTV Video Music Award for Best Video from a Film ("Would?").

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Dirt was certified 2x platinum.

Layne Staleybutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains had hits during the year on rock and alternative radio with "Rooster," "Angry Chair," "What The Hell Have I," and "Down In A Hole."

1994... # 121 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released the EP - Jar Of Flies.
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Sap was certified gold.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Jar Of Flies topped the Billboard Pop Albums chart for a week.

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Jar Of Flies was certified platinum.
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Alice In Chains hit the Top 40 with "No Excuses."
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains topped the Billboard Album Rock Tracks chart for 2 weeks with "No Excuses."

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Turmoil hit the band when Cantrell and Kinney quit over Staley's alleged drug problems. The band is forced to pull out of touring with Metallica a day before opening night.

button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains hit radio airwaves during the year with "I Stay Away" and "Don't Follow."

1995...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Dirt was certified 3x platinum.

March
Mad Season - Abovebutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains topped the Billboard Rock Tracks chart with "No Excuses" for 2 weeks.
button.gif (123 bytes) Staley teamed up with members of
Pearl Jam (Mike McCready) and Screaming Trees (John Baker Saunders and Barrett Martin) to form Mad Season and released the LP, Above.

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains regrouped again to record new material.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Jar Of Flies was certified 2x platinum.

November
Alice In Chains - Alice In Chains LPbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released Alice In Chains.
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Alice In Chains topped the Billboard Pop Albums chart for a week.

button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains hit radio airwaves during the year with "Got Me Wrong" and "Grind."

1996... # 179 Singles Artist of the Year

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains was certified platinum.

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Staley appeared on the cover of Rolling Stone. He talked in the magazine about drugs: "I wrote about drugs and I didn't think I was being unsafe or careless by writing about them. Here's how my thinking pattern went: When I tried drugs, they were... great and they worked for me for years, and now they're turning against me... and now I'm walking through hell, and this sucks."
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a
Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Grind").

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains taped their performance of MTV Unplugged in New York City.

May
The Cable Guy soundtrackbutton.gif (123 bytes) Cantrell could be heard with the track "Leave Me Alone" on the soundtrack for The Cable Guy.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains opened for Kiss.

June
Alice In Chains - MTV Unpluggedbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released MTV Unplugged.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) MTV Unplugged was certified platinum.
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a
MTV Video Music Award for Best Hard Rock Video ("Again").

November
button.gif (123 bytes) Staley's girlfriend died of a reported drug overdose.

button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains hit radio airwaves during the year with "Heaven Beside You," "Again," and the unplugged versions of "Over Now" and "Would?"
button.gif (123 bytes) By year's end, Alice In Chains had broken up.

1997...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Again.").

March
Jerry Cantrell - Boggy Depotbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains and Facelift were certified 2x platinum.

1998...

button.gif (123 bytes) Cantrell released a solo LP - Boggy Depot.

1999...

June
Alice In Chains - Nothing Safe: The Best Of The Boxbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released Nothing's Safe: The Best Of The Box.

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Nothing's Safe: The Best Of The Box was certified gold.

October
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released the box set with additional enhanced CD - Music Bank.

Alice In Chains - Music Bankbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains could be heard with the tracks "Get Born Again" and "Fear The Voices."

2000...

February
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a Grammy Awards for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Get Born Again").

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Dirt was certified 4x platinum.

November
Alice In Chains - Livebutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains ranked # 34 on VH1: 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

December
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released Live - a collection of tracks recorded in the early 1990s. A live version of "Man In The Box" hit the airwaves.

2001...

June
Alice In Chains - Alice In Chain's Greatest Hitsbutton.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released Alice In Chain's Greatest Hits.

2002...

April
button.gif (123 bytes) Layne Staley was found dead in Seattle at the age of 34. It was believed that the death was related to a drug overdose and the day of Staley's death was unclear. The remaining members of the group issued a statement a few days after Staley's death: "On April 19, 2002, our friend Layne Staley was found dead in his home. The official cause of death is still unknown. Yesterday, we all managed to come together in Seattle; it's good to be with friends and family as we struggle to deal with this immense loss … and try to celebrate this immense life. We are looking for all the usual things: comfort, purpose, answers, something to hold on to, a way to let him go in peace. Mostly, we are feeling heartbroken over the death of our beautiful friend. He was a sweet man with a keen sense of humor and a deep sense of humanity. He was an amazing musician and an inspiration and comfort to so many. He made great music and gifted it to the world. We are proud to have known him, to be his friend, and to create music with him. Layne struggled greatly for the past decade. We can only hope that he has at last found some peace. We love you, Layne. Dearly. And we will miss you … endlessly."

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Staley's death was officially confirmed to be a drug overdose from heroin and cocaine - injected as what is know as a 'speedball.' Although his body wasn't found for 2 weeks, Staley's death date was determined to be April 5th.

June
Jerry Cantrell - Degradation Tripbutton.gif (123 bytes) Jerry Cantrell released his 2nd solo LP - Degradation Trip.

2003...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) The book Layne Staley: Angry Chair - A Look Inside The Heart And Soul Of An Incredible Musician by Adriana Rubio was released and included Staley's last interview along with his sketches and diary entries.

2005...

November
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Alice In Chain's Greatest Hits was certified gold.

2007..

December
Alice In Chains - 'Black Gives Way To Blue'button.gif (123 bytes) Nothing's Safe: The Best Of The Box was certified platinum.
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VH1: 100 Greatest Songs of the 90's included "Man In The Box" at # 50.

2009...

September
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains topped the Billboard Top Rock Songs chart with "Check My Brain."
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains reunited with a new lead singer, William DuVall, for the LP
Black Gives Way To Blue.

2010...

January
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("Check My Brain").

March
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains topped the Billboard Top Rock Songs chart with "Your Decision."

May
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Black Gives Way To Blue was certified gold.

2011...

February
Alice In Chains - 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains were nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance ("A Looking In View").

2013...

May
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains released
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.

June
button.gif (123 bytes) Alice In Chains topped the Billboard Rock Albums chart, Alternative Albums chart, and Hard Rock Albums chart with
The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here.



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Alice In Chains - 'Facelift'
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Facelift
Released: August, 1990
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 42
Tracks: "We Die Young" - "Man In The Box" - "Sea Of Sorrow" - "Bleed The Freak" - "I Can't Remember" - "Love, Hate, Love" - "It Ain't Like That" - "Sunshine" - "Put You Down" - "Confusion" - "I Know Something (About You)" - "Real Thing"
Alice In Chains - 'SAP'
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Sap (EP)
Released: February, 1992
US: Gold
Tracks: "Brother" - "Got Me Wrong" - "Right Turn" - "Am I Inside"
Alice In Chains - 'Dirt'
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Dirt
Released: September, 1992
US: 4x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 6
Tracks: "Them Bones" - "Dam That River" - "Rain When I Die" - "Down In A Hole" - "Sikman" - "Rooster" - "Junkhead" - "Dirt" - "God Smack" - "(Untitled)" - "Hate To Feel" - "Angry Chair" - "Would?"
Alice In Chains - 'Jar Of Flies'
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Jar Of Flies (EP)
Released: January, 1994
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Rotten Apple" - "Nutshell" - "I Stay Away" - "No Excuses" - "Whale And Wasp" - "Don't Follow" - "Swing On This"
Alice In Chains - 'Alice In Chains'
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Alice In Chains
Released: November, 1995
US: 2x Platinum
Billboard peak: # 1 (for 1 week)
Rolling Stone review: 4 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "Grind" - "Brush Away" - "Sludge Factory" - "Heaven Beside You" - "Head Creeps" - "Again" - "Shame In You" - "God Am" - "So Close" - "Nothin' Song" - "Frogs" - "Over Now"
Alice In Chains - 'MTV Unplugged'
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MTV Unplugged
Released: July, 1996
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 3
Rolling Stone review: 3 stars from Rolling Stone
Live Tracks: "Nutshell" - "Brother" - "No Excuses" - "Sludge Factory" - "Down In A Hole" - "Angry Chair" - "Rooster" - "Got Me Wrong" - "Heaven Beside You" - "Would?" - "Frogs" - "Over Now" - "Killer Is Me"
Alice In Chains - 'Nothing Safe: The Best Of The Box'
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Nothing's Safe: The Best Of The Box
Released: June, 1999
US: Platinum
Billboard peak: # 20
Tracks: "Get Born Again" - "We Die Young" - "Man In The Box" - "Them Bones" - "Iron Gland" - "Angry Chair" - "Down In A Hole" - "Rooster" - "Got Me Wrong" - "No Excuses" - "I Stay Away" - "What The Hell Have I" - "Grind" - "Again" - "Would?"
Alice In Chains - 'Music Bank'
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Music Bank
Released: October, 1999
Billboard peak: # 123
Tracks: "Get Born Again" - "I Can't Have You Blues" (Demo) - "Whatcha Gonna Do" (Demo) - "Social Parasite" (Demo) - "Queen Of The Rodeo" (Live) - "Bleed The Freak" (Demo) - "Killing Yourself" (Demo) - "We Die Young" - "Man In The Box" - "Sea Of Sorrow" (Demo) - "I Can't Remember" - "Love, Hate, Love" - "It Ain't Like That" - "Confusion" - "Rooster" (Demo) - "Right Turn" - "Got Me Wrong" - "Rain When I Die" - "Fear The Voices" - "Them Bones" - "Dam That River" - "Sickman" - "Rooster" - "Junkhead" (Demo) - "Dirt" - "God Smack" - "Iron Gland" - "Angry Chair" - "Lying Season" - "Would?" - "Brother" - "Am I Inside" - "I Stay Away" - "No Excuses" - "Down In A Hole" - "Hate To Feel" - "What The Hell Have I" (Remix) - "A Little Bitter" (Remix) - "Grind" - "Again" (Tattoo Of Pain Mix) - "Head Creeps" - "God Am" - "Frogs" - "Heaven Beside You" - "Nutshell" (unplugged) - "The Killer Is Me" (unplugged) - "Over Now" (unplugged) - "Died"
Alice In Chains - 'Live'
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Live
Released: December, 2000
Billboard peak: # 142
Live Tracks: "Bleed The Freak" - "Queen Of The Rodeo" - "Angry Chair" - "Man In The Box" - "Love, Hate, Love" - "Rooster" - "Would?" - "Junkhead" - "Dirt" - "Them Bones" - "God Am" - "Again" - "A Little Bitter" - "Dam That River"
Alice In Chains -'Alice In Chain's Greatest Hits'
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Alice In Chain's Greatest Hits
Released: July, 2001
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 112
Tracks: "Man In The Box" - "Them Bones" - "Rooster" - "Angry Chair" - "Would?" - "No Excuses" - "I Stay Away" - "Grind" - "Heaven Beside You" - "Again"
Alice In Chains - 'Black Gives Way To Blue'
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Black Gives Way To Blue
Released: September, 2009
US: Gold
Billboard peak: # 5
Rolling Stone: 2 and 1/2 stars from Rolling Stone
Tracks: "All Secrets Known" - "Check My Brain" - "Last Of My Kind" - "Your Decision" - "A Looking In View" - "When The Sun Rose Again" - "Acid Bubble" - "Lesson Learned" - "Take Her Out" - "Private Hell" - "Black Gives Way To Blue"
Alice In Chains - 'The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here'
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The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here
Released: March 28, 2013
Billboard peak: # 2
Tracks: "Hollow" - "Pretty Done" - "Stone" - "Voices" - "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" - "Lab Monkey" - "Low Ceiling" - "Breath On A Window" - "Scalpel" - "Phantom Limb" - "Hung On A Hook" - "Choke"
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1 No Excuses
Jar Of Flies
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Facelift
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  Sea Of Sorrow
Facelift
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  Would?
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  Them Bones
Dirt
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  Rooster
Dirt
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  What The Hell Have I
The Last Action Hero soundtrack and Nothing Safe: The Best Of The Box
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  Down In A Hole
Dirt
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  I Stay Away
Jar Of Flies
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  Don't Follow
Jar Of Flies
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  Got Me Wrong
Sap
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  Grind
Alice In Chains
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  Heaven Beside You
Alice In Chains
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  Again
Alice In Chains
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  Over Now (unplugged)
MTV Unplugged
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  Get Born Again
Nothing Safe: The Best Of The Box
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  A Looking In View
Black Gives Way To Blue
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  Check My Brain
Black Gives Way To Blue
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  Your Decision
Black Gives Way To Blue
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