Although ALICE IN CHAINS officially ceased to exist following the death of singer Layne Staley in April of 2002, guitarist Jerry Cantrell has recently jammed separately with drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez. Cantrell also told Launch that the idea of the band reforming with a new vocalist is not outside the realm of possibility. "Maybe some day, at some point, you know, if it worked out, and if it was something that everybody was into doing, and we found the guy that could cut it, as far as being his own personality and also honoring the memory of what the music is before without trying to be Layne Junior... who knows?" Jerry said. "Stranger things have happened."
As previously reported, Cantrell is touring with his new "covers" band, the CARDBOARD VAMPYRES, which also features ex-THE CULT guitarist Billy Duffy and former MÖTLEY CRÜE frontman John Corabi. The group plays songs from both ALICE IN CHAINS and THE CULT, as well as covers of tunes by artists like BLACK SABBATH, LED ZEPPELIN, METALLICA, and others. As of yet, there are no plans for the group to write or record any original material. Cantrell is currently writing his third solo album.
Upcoming CARDBOARD VAMPYRES tour dates:
Jul. 10 - Justin, TX - Texas Lil's Dude Ranch
Jul. 16 - West Hollywood, CA - Roxy Theatre
Aug. 14 - Oklahoma City, OK - Zoo Amphitheatre (w/ ZZ TOP)
Sep. 11 - Austin, TX - Carlos 'N Charlie's Bar & Grill