ALT-METAL BAND ALICE IN CHAINS TO PLAY THE ST. AUGUSTINE AMPHITHEATRE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 26, 2018
St. Augustine, Fla. (June 18, 2018) – On Friday, October 26, 2018, the St. Augustine Amphitheatre will present alt-metal group Alice In Chains live in concert. Tickets for Alice In Chains go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 22 at 10 a.m.
Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice In Chains has garnered multiple Grammy nominations, sold more than 20 million albums worldwide and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions. Alongside Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden, Alice In Chains was one of the Big Four to emerge from Seattle in the 1990s and went on to change the sound of modern rock. Alice In Chains remain one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time and are currently gearing up for the release of a much-anticipated new album.
In many ways, Alice In Chains was the definitive heavy metal band of the early ’90s. Drawing equally from the heavy riffing of post-Van Halen metal and the gloomy strains of post-punk, the band developed a bleak, nihilistic sound that balanced grinding hard rock with subtly textured acoustic numbers. They were hard enough for metal fans, yet their dark subject matter and punky attack placed them among the front ranks of the Seattle-based grunge bands. This dichotomy helped the group soar to multi-platinum status with their second album, 1992’s Dirt. The low-key EP Jar of Flies followed Dirt and the band’s eponymous third album was released in 1995 and debuted at No. 1 on the American charts. In 1999, Sony put together a three-disc Alice In Chains box set, Music Bank, divided between the group’s best work and assorted rarities. At the turn of the new millennium, Columbia Records issued Live, which plucked material from bootlegs, demos, and festival shows covering the years 1990, 1993, and 1996 and a 10-track, best-of Greatest Hits set was released in 2001. In 2002, Alice In Chains’ founding member and vocalist Layne Staley succumbed to a long battle with addiction and the group spent the few years in limbo.
On September 15, 2009, Alice In Chains reappeared with the single “Check My Brain” which shot to No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Chart and which Spin magazine hailed as “one of the catchiest songs of Alice In Chains’ history.” The track, featuring Comes with the Fall vocalist William DuVall, appeared on Black Gives Way To Blue and became the 12th Top 10 hit for this iconic rock band. While it’s always gratifying to top the charts, what made this particular achievement extra special was the fact that it was Alice In Chains’ first new single and album in more than 10 years. “This feels like a new beginning,” said guitarist/vocalist Jerry Cantrell at the time. “It takes a lot to face up to your past and even more to face up to your future. We didn’t have to do this. Our legacy is intact. There’s a bigger motivation at work here, and that’s all of us coming to terms with how things were and how they can still be.”
In the months that followed, Cantrell and bandmates William DuVall (vocals/guitar), Mike Inez (bass) and Sean Kinney (drums) garnered two Grammy nominations, scored a second No. 1 hit with the song “Your Decision,” debuted Top 5 on the Billboard Top 200 Album Chart, played a plethora of sold-out shows around the world, saw their album certified Gold for selling more than a half-million copies, and drew critical acclaim from critics and fans alike. In other words, Alice In Chains had picked up right where they left off.
Tickets for Alice In Chains will go on sale to the general public this Friday, June 22 at 10am at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre and Ponte Vedra Concert Hall Box Offices. Save on fees by purchasing tickets at the St. Augustine Amphitheatre Box Office and have first pick when the tickets go on sale at 10am. Tickets also will be available at ticketmaster.com or by phone at 800-745-3000.
SHOW: Alice In Chains VENUE: St. Augustine Amphitheatre DATE: Friday, October 26, 2018 TIME: Doors 6:00pm / Show 7:30pm TICKET PRICES: $104.00 – General Admission Pit