SMASHING PUMPKINS frontman Billy Corgan, former SCREAMING TREES vocalist Mark Lanegan and VELVET REVOLVER bassist Duff McKagan (ex-GUNS N' ROSES) were among the guest musicians performing with ALICE IN CHAINS at the official kick-off date of their first tour since 1996 in Los Angeles on Thursday (May 18), according to Reuters.

The sold-out show at the 450-capacity Roxy Theater venue was the first of five that will take the band to clubs in San Diego (May 19), Chicago (May 21), Boston (May 22) and New York (May 23). The band played a last-minute "open rehearsal" in Seattle on Tuesday. A European jaunt begins on May 26 in Lisbon.

The economical 70-minute performance centered on tunes from the band's breakthrough 1992 album "Dirt", including "Down in a Hole" (sung by Corgan), "Rooster" (Lanegan), "Junkhead", "Angry Chair", "Would?" and the final song "Them Bones". Others included "Man in the Box" and "We Die Young" from 1990's "Facelift", and "Again" and show opener "Sludge Factory" from the band's final studio release, the self-titled 1995 "three-legged dog" album.

Read more at Reuters.


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