William DuVall and Jerry Cantrell of Alice in Chains perform during the 2013 Rockstar Energy UPROAR Festival at Nikon at Jones Beach Theater.
Axl, Slash and Duff don’t need any introduction, but that doesn’t mean they’re about to enter their first 2016 reunion gigs without a seasoned opener.
Guns N’ Roses announced Wednesday (March 2) via their official website that Alice In Chains will be opening their April 8 and 9 shows at Las Vegas’ T-Mobile Arena.
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Alice In Chains released the album The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here through Capitol Records in 2013, and toured behind it over the next two years. In recent months, they’ve hinted at being in the early stages of working on a follow-up album. Aside from the GNR gigs, they don’t have any other dates in tow.
The Seattle band has been performing and recording with William DuVall as their frontman since 2006. DuVall replaced original singer Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in 2002.
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Duff McKagan played with Alice In Chains during a 2006 tour and expressed interest in writing a biography on them last year. Below, watch McKagan join his friends onstage for a performance of “Nutshell” in Spokane, Wash. in July 2015:
As for Guns N’ Roses. the band has announced four other reunion shows, all in April: the 16th and 23rd at Coachella and the 19th and 20th at Mexico City’s Foro Sol stadium. A more extensive tour is expected to be announced eventually.
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For now, this reunion of the band’s “classic” lineup will include Axl Rose, Slash and Duff McKagan. Yesterday, founding guitarist Izzy Stradlin announced he will not be joining Guns N’ Roses for the April dates and that he has not been present for any rumored studio sessions.