Former ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell spoke to the Seattle Post-Intelligencer last week about how the death of AIC frontman Layne Staley has affected him on the eve of the release of his sophomore solo effort, Degradation Trip, which is due through Roadrunner Records on June 18th.
"I think getting right back on the horse is the best thing I can do right now," Cantrell said in a phone interview from Big Bear Lake in California's San Bernardino Mountains, where he was hanging out and commiserating with ALICE IN CHAINS bassist Mike Inez.
"The shows I played between the time I got the word about Layne and Layne's funeral were very important to me in terms of being able to continue on. It's one of those things where if you take a break and allow things to settle in, it might be harder to get up again.
"If anything can be learned from losing somebody, it's that you become really appreciative of what you have left and who you have left. And you make sure that you keep those relationships intact and healthy."
Cantrell also spoke of the possibility of someday collaborating with his two surviving bandmates.
"It's probably going to happen. In fact, I'm sure it will," he said. "And I'm sure if Layne were still around, we would have gotten together someday. He was one of my favorite guys to play with."