ALICE IN CHAINS singer/guitarist William DuVall was interviewed earlier this week by the Flint, Michigan radio station Banana 101.5. You can now listen to the chat in two parts below.
Speaking about ALICE IN CHAINS' current tour, which includes several dates as the support act for GUNS N' ROSES, William said: "This kind of strikes me as more of like an interim, rev-up-the-engine tour. We do those every so often where it's not necessarily part of an album cycle, but we just like to get out there on the road and play. And especially when unique opportunities like this one with GN'R arrive, you've gotta do that. But in this case, this time we were gonna do our own tour anyhow, so we'll be going straight from the GUNS N' ROSES tour right into our own headlining tour. And that tour will actually be divided into two parts — one being the summer leg and another one being more of an autumn leg. And then after that, I suppose we'll talk about what it's time to do next. Maybe that might entail new music or some sort of pre-production or something. That's historically kind of how it's gone over the last ten years. So we'll just have to see."
DuVall told the WRIF radio station a few days ago that it's "too early" to talk about ALICE IN CHAINS' new music, despite the fact that it's been more than three years since the release of their last studio album.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" came out in 2013 was the band's second disc with DuVall, who joined in 2006 following the 2002 death of original vocalist Layne Staley.
William also talked about ALICE IN CHAINS' songwriting process and how it has evolved over the years. He said: "We make a habit of kind of starting pretty much with a clean slate every time we've gone in. And that challenges you, so we'll have to see how it manifests this time. But we're not there yet."
ALICE IN CHAINS recently announced the second leg of their North American headlining tour, adding Austin, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, San Antonio and more to a run that begins with five arena shows with GUNS N' ROSES. The tour includes a second New York City date on July 26 following the immediate sell-out of their July 25 show at the Beacon Theatre.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" sold 62,000 copies in its first week of release.
DuVall is also part of a new band called GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA alongside members of MASTODON and THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN.
GIRAFFE TONGUE ORCHESTRA's debut album, "Broken Lines", will be released on September 23 via Party Smasher Inc./ Cooking Vinyl.