Alice in Chains reveal plans for new album, tour

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Grunge rock legends Alice In Chains have revealed plans for a new album and tour this fall. The band will back their first studio alum in more than a decade with an intimate clubt tour that will stop at Boston’s Paradise Rock Club on Monday, September 7. Tickets for the show are $26 and go on sale Saturday at noon through Live Nation.

The new album, Black Gives Way to Blue, is scheduled to hit stores on September 29 via EMI’s Virgin Records. The album is the band’s fourth studio effort and first since their 1996 self-titled album. Black Gives Way to Blue will mark the recording debut of vocalist William DuVall, who took over on vocals during the Alice In Chains’ 2006 reunion tour after original frontman Layne Staley died of a drug overdose in 2002. Guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Mike Inez reunited in 2005 at a benefit for victims of the tsunami in Indonesia. They began touring with DuVall the following year.

"We’re in a good place," Kinney said in a press release. "We’ve made a record that we’re really proud of, we’ve got a team in place that’s passionate about the music and we’re excited for the fans to hear the new songs." The band and producer Nick Raskulinecz (Foo Fighters, Rush) began recording Black Gives Way to Blue last October at Studio 606 in Northridge, California and recently finished mixing at Henson Studios in Hollywood.

Alice in Chain’s new single, the seven-minute-long track "A Looking in View," is now streaming on their MySpace page. "The song basically speaks to any number of things that keep you balled up inside," explained Cantrell in a press release. "A cell of our own making with an unlocked door that we choose to remain in. Focusing our attention inward instead of reaching out to a much larger world. I think this is common to us all. It’s funny how hard we fight to hang on to a bone we can’t pull through a hole in the fence, or how difficult it is to put down the bag of bricks and move on."

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