According to The Pulse Of Radio, ALICE IN CHAINS ended a nearly 10-month break from the stage on August 13 with a sold-out, semi-acoustic show at the Winstar Casino in Thackerville, Oklahoma. The show one of just two that ALICE IN CHAINS performed this month featured a rendition of "Right Turn", a track from the 1992 EP "Sap" that has not only never been played live by this version of the group, but may not have been performed in concert before ever. The original studio version featured guest vocals from SOUNDGARDEN's Chris Cornell.
The show's finale featured guitarist Jerry Cantrell's father and a number of fans pulled onstage to sit on two couches and watch the band play "Rooster", a song written about the elder Cantrell's experiences in the Vietnam war.
ALICE IN CHAINS was also scheduled to play this past Saturday (August 20) in Winnipeg, Canada.
The band has been laying low and reportedly working on a new record since completing the touring cycle behind 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue".
"Black Gives Way To Blue" was the first all-new ALICE IN CHAINS record in 14 years and Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio at the time that it represented a rebirth for the group. "You know, the possibilities are limitless," he said. "The cool thing is, this band is alive, and we're alive. And we've had an amazing life. And we've lost some people along the way, and we've had to change, and we've had to dig within ourselves to answer some very serious questions about life. It's been a real meaningful journey, and we're really dedicated to going through the process, you know, and seeing what life has to offer."
ALICE IN CHAINS went into hibernation in 1996, mostly due to vocalist Layne Staley's long struggle with drug addiction.
Staley died in April 2002 and the band appeared to have died with him. But the group returned in 2006 with singer/guitarist William DuVall introduced into the lineup.
The group did several tours through 2008 before finally committing itself to writing and recording "Black Gives Way To Blue".