ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist Says 'There Are Thoughts' Of A New Album

ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell has told MTV News that the band is contemplating making a new album in the foreseeable future.

"There are thoughts," Cantrell said of heading back into the studio. "We'll see how far we get. Staying in the moment is a good way to live and we certainly hope that that happens. I don't see any reason why it wouldn't [happen]."

When asked if the SOUNDGARDEN and STONE TEMPLE PILOTS reunions and PEARL JAM also being on the road and FOO FIGHTERS returning to the studio means that alternative rock is coming back, Cantrell replied, "I don't think it ever left. Yeah, there's a lot of activity from bands that were slugging it out in the '90s, us being one of them. But I think the thing that gets forgotten is all those guys were doing music all along. ... It's not like anyone quit doing stuff and we just thought, 'Hey, it's a good time to start doing it again.' We just continued to make music. But it's kind of nice because I love all those bands."

ALICE IN CHAINS has extended its current North American tour into mid-May, with a new leg of dates beginning on April 15 in Portland, Maine and ending on May 23 in Camden, New Jersey. The band is touring behind its 2009 comeback effort, "Black Gives Way To Blue", which has sold 407,000 copies in the United States since its September release, according to Nielsen SoundScan.

"Black Gives Way To Blue" is the band's first new studio set in 14 years and features singer William DuVall's recording debut with the group. He began singing with them live in 2006. Original frontman Layne Staley died in April 2002.

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