As ALICE IN CHAINS gears up for the release of its new album "Rainier Fog", the band has announced a historic August 21 performance with SiriusXM atop Seattle's iconic Space Needle.
The quartet — vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, vocalist/guitarist William DuVall, bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney — will be the first band ever to perform on the Space Needle's brand-new "The Loupe," the world's first and only revolving glass floor located 500 feet in the air. It's powered by 12 motors and offers 360-degree views over the largest city in the Pacific Northwest. The Space Needle has been a defining landmark of Seattle's skyline since 1962 and The Loupe is part of its recent $100 million renovation.
SiriusXM will broadcast ALICE IN CHAINS' acoustic performance exclusively on Friday, August 31 at 5 p.m. ET and PT via satellite and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
"I've visited the Space Needle many times in my life and it's going to be a real honor and a total trip for us to play there," says Cantrell. "We're so proud of this album and to be able to celebrate its release with a performance at one of our town's most iconic landmarks is really special. It sorta reminds me of the time we did the 'Again' video, but instead of being six feet in the air rocking out on a glass floor, we'll be 50 stories high… slight difference.”
The band's Space Needle performance is the latest in series of Seattle-based events that kick off Monday, August 20 with the Seattle Mariners hosting an "Alice In Chains Night" at Safeco Field. The game, which sees Seattle taking on the world champion Houston Astros, will include a pre-game listening event, a "Rainier Fog" CD and an ALICE IN CHAINS t-shirt.
On August 23 and August 24, limited-edition merchandise, rare photos, memorabilia, music gear and more will be on display at the ALICE IN CHAINS Pop-Up Shop And Retrospective at The Crocodile, to be followed by the band's August 25 performance at KISW's "Pain In The Grass" at the White River Amphitheatre.
Over the course of the past several weeks, the band has given fans a few sneak previews of "Rainier Fog", releasing "Never Fade", "So Far Under" and "The One You Know". All three songs are available as instant downloads by clicking pre-ordering "Rainier Fog" ahead of its August 24 release date.
The album will be available digitally, as well as on CD and limited-edition double 180-gram clear LP with white and black splatter available only from the band's online store.
"Rainier Fog" marks a few firsts for ALICE IN CHAINS: in addition to being their first album in five years, it's their first album for BMG and their first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years (worth noting that the album title is a tribute to Seattle). They recorded at Studio X, the same facility where they tracked 1995's self-titled "Alice In Chains" album (back when the studio was known as Bad Animals). The "Rainier Fog" recording process also saw the band spend time at Henson Recording Studios in Los Angeles and at the Nashville studio of producer Nick Raskulinecz. "Rainier Fog" is the third straight ALICE IN CHAINS album recorded with Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. The album was mixed by Joe Barresi (QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE, TOOL).
Photo credit: Pamela Littky