As they gear up for the August 24 release of new album RAINIER FOG (BMG), multi-platinum rock band ALICE IN CHAINS have 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 “Loupe,” the world’s first and only revolving glass floor located 500 feet in the air.
“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 Alice In Chains guitarist/vocalist Jerry 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 6 feet in the air rocking out on a glass floor, we’ll be 50 stories high…slight difference.”
SiriusXM will broadcast Alice In Chains’ acoustic performance exclusively on August 31 at 5 pm ET on Lithium (Ch. 34) via satellite and through the SiriusXM app on smartphones and other connected devices, as well as online at siriusxm.com.
The band’s Space Needle performance is the latest in series of Seattle-based events that kick off 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. For more info, click HERE.
On August 23 and 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 (click HERE for more info), 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” (click HERE to listen), “So Far Under” (click HERE to listen) and “The One You Know – click HERE to watch. All three songs are available as instant downloads by clicking HERE to pre-order 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 HERE.
RAINIER FOG marks a few firsts for the band: in addition to it 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 producer Nick Raskulinecz and engineer Paul Figueroa. The album was mixed by Joe Barresi (Queens of the Stone Age, Tool).
Backstage at the Carolina Rebellion music festival earlier this year, Cantrell talked with SiriusXM host Grant Random about how one of their new singles, “The One You Know”, was inspired by David Bowie.
RAINIER FOG follows 2013’s Grammy-nominated The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here, which entered Billboard’s Top 200 chart at No. 2 and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard’s Alternative Albums, Top Rock Albums, Hard Rock Albums charts and the iTunes Rock Album Chart. Its first two singles, “Stone” and “Hollow,” both shot to No. 1 on Billboard’s Mainstream Rock Tracks chart and “Voices” hit No. 3. All three tracks stayed on the chart for over 20 weeks.
Alice In Chains recently added a third leg to their worldwide headlining tour. Dates are listed below and ticket info can be found HERE.
Over the course of their remarkable career, ALICE IN CHAINS have garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 30 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions. They remain one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.