Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Alice In Chains : "Illegal Downloads Like Prison Rape"

Rock Radio is reporting Alice in Chains haven't released a new album in 14 years, so the online leaking of their comeback LP before its release is their first experience of the downloading problem.

Black Gives Way to Blue, featuring singer William DuVall in place of Layne Staley, was available on the web two weeks ago, while its official publication date was yesterday, September 29.

And drummer Sean Kinney says that while they knew it would be a painful episode, they didn't expect how painful it would be - and he goes further, comparing the ordeal to prison rape.

He tells Chicago's Q101 radio station: "You know it's going to happen, but you just hope it doesn't happen too far in advance. We hadn't been through it before so we've had an initial shock.

"It's like going to prison - you know you're going to get raped but you're not ready for it. You think you are, but you're not prepared for how violent that rape is. 'Wow - he's really giving it to me'."

Black Gives Way to Blue is in part a tribute to Staley, who died of a drugs overdose in 2002. The title track is written about and dedicated to him, and last week in a homecoming show guitarist Jerry Cantrell performed an acoustic version of the song with the spotlight on an empty stool behind a mic stand.

While the band have cleaned up, Kinney says he continued to take drugs after Staley died. He tells Faceculture: "I stopped a few years ago. To do this reunion, I couldn't be toxic. It wouldn't make sense. Half the reason I'm doing this is to take Layne's legacy forward.

"I had to make a choice. I didn't want to be false, to be out here bringing our legacy forward and be f'ked up. So I made the choice. What's more important? Music is more important.

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