ALICE IN CHAINS has tapped Alex Courtes (U2, KAISER CHIEFS, SNOW PATROL) to direct the video for the band's new single, "Check My Brain".Courtes studied graphic art at one of the best European schools, Penninghen. Very soon, he started to become noticed by the various bands within the "French touch" scene in Paris and has worked with CASSIUS, DAFT PUNK and AIR. This in turn opened the door to the international market, where he has worked with some of the biggest rock and pop artists in the world — U2, THE WHITE STRIPES, KYLIE MINOGUE, JAMIROQUAI and FRANZ FERDINAND — and has landed all the most prestigious awards in the music video industry, in the U.S. as well as in the U.K. and France. For a list of videos Courtes has worked on, go to this location. "Check My Brain" is the lead single off ALICE IN CHAINS' first collection of all-new studio material in 14 years, "Black Gives Way To Blue", which is set for release on September 29 through EMI Music's Virgin Records label. The disc will feature the recording debut with the group of singer William DuVall, who first got behind the mic for the band's 2006 reunion tour after original vocalist Layne Staley died in 2002. Guitarist Jerry Cantrell recently told The Pulse of Radio that ALICE IN CHAINS was "really proud" of the new record, adding, "Regardless of how it does, it's a win already for us, 'cause we really dig it and we stand behind it, and each other." ALICE IN CHAINS will play a small, intimate gig at London, England's Scala on August 4 — two days after playing the second stage at the METALLICA-headlined inaugural Sonisphere festival, set to take place on August 1-2 at the legendary Knebworth Park, United Kingdom. ALICE IN CHAINS will next perform on July 18 at Comerica Park in Detroit with KID ROCK.
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