ALICE IN CHAINS Confirm Japanese Tour Dates

The reunited ALICE IN CHAINS are scheduled to take part in one of Japan's biggest music festivals — the Udo Music Festival. Set over two days in two different locations, the Udo Music Festival features dozens of acts and about 50,000 concert-goers. And for the first time ever, AIC will be part of the madness. On July 22, the band will play at the Fuji International Speedway and then on July 23 they will perform at the Festival's other location, the Osaka Izumi Otsu Phoenix.

As previously reported, ALICE IN CHAINS have confirmed the five dates and cities for its U.S. mini-tour next month, beginning on May 18 in Los Angeles and ending on the 23 in New York City. The shows will all take place in either small clubs or theatres. These gigs and a previously announced date at the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in August are the only announced North American shows for the reunited group so far, with European festival dates on tap for June and July. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney will be joined on vocals by COMES WITH THE FALL frontman William DuVall. However, surprise guest vocalists and musicians are expected to show up at each of the five U.S. dates, with bassist Duff McKagan (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES) already rumored to be coming along as a second guitarist.

It's been 10 years since the last official performance by ALICE IN CHAINS before the 2002 death of singer Layne Staley, and Mike Inez told Launch Radio Networks that the group's fans have waited long enough for them to play again. "Not to put a time limit on it, but if it was 10 years, you know, I think we needed that time to put some space in between it," he said. "It just feels right, and we're coming from a pure spot, and it's just more of a celebration of our music we created. Just one more time around the world. We're gonna bring it to the people and everyone's invited."

The surviving members of the band played together for the first time since 1996 at a Seattle tsunami benefit in February of 2005. They regrouped again in March for a taping of the VH1 Classic series "Decades Rock Live!", at which plans for more touring and a possible new album were first revealed.

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Upcoming ALICE IN CHAINS shows:

May 18 - The Roxy - Los Angeles, CA
May 19 - House of Blues - San Diego, CA
May 21 - Cabaret Metro - Chicago, IL
May 22 - Avalon Ballroom - Boston, MA
May 23 - The Bowery Ballroom - New York, NY
May 26 - Super Bock Super Rock - Lisbon, POR
May 27 - Copera - Granada, SPA
May 28 - Madrid Festimad - Madrid, SPA
May 30 - Santana 27 - Bilbao, SPA
Jun. 02 - Rock am Ring - GER
Jun. 03 - Rock im Park - Nurburg, GER
Jun. 04 - Milan Gods of Metal - Milan, ITA
Jun. 06 - Novesta Hall - Zlin, CZR
Jun. 07 - Spodek - Katowice, POL
Jun. 08 - Petõfi Csarnok Open Air - Budapest, HUN
Jun. 10 - Download Festival - Donington, UK
Jun. 11 - RDS Download Festival - Dublin, IRE
Jun. 13 - Volkshaus - Zurich, SWI
Jun. 15 - Novarock Festival - Nickelsdorf, AUT
Jun. 16 - Provinssirock Festival - Seinäjoki, FIN
Jun. 17 - Hultsfred Festival - Hultsfred, SWE
Jun. 19 - Vega - Copenhagen, DEN
Jun. 20 - Rockefeller - Oslo, NOR
Jun. 22 - Bataclan - Paris, FRA
Jun. 23 - Hellfest - Clisson, FRA
Jun. 24 - Graspop Metal Meeting - Dessel, BEL
Jun. 26 - Razzmatazz - Barcelona, SPA
Jun. 30 - TopVar Rock Fest - Nove Mesto nad Vahom, SK
Jul. 01 - Waldrock - Burgum, NETH
Jul. 02 - Goffert Park - Nijmegen, NETH
Jul. 22 - Udo Music Festival - Fuji International Speedway, JPN
Jul. 23 - Udo Music Festival - Osaka, JPN
Aug. 11 - 2006 Sturgis Motorcycle Rally - Sturgus, SD

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