ALICE IN CHAINS Guitarist On Hypothetical ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME Induction: 'That's A Nice Thought'
May 14, 2018
ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell says that it is "nice" to think that his band could eventually be inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.
The Seattle-based group, which has been eligible to be inducted into the Rock Hall since 2015, has yet to be nominated, even though two other "grunge bands" from the same scene — NIRVANA and PEARL JAM — have already gotten the nod.
Asked by 105.7 The Point's Donny Fandango if they think they have a good chance of entering the Rock Hall, Cantrell said (see below): "Well, that's a nice thought, man. We appreciate that. We're technically eligible, for sure. There's only five or six people that get inducted every year, so it's really hard. I started to have a little bit more of an appreciation [for how it works].
"I get that people, including ourselves, [sometimes ask] like, why isn't so and so in? Or why does one guy get in and another act not? But there's only a handful every year or so [that get to go in]," he continued. "To actually be able to partake in a couple [of those events in the past] and see [how it works]… like the year that HEART got inducted, and to see THE CARS go in this year, and to see BON JOVI… They've been an incredibly strong band for many years, sold 130 million records. They've weathered a flavor change or two within their career, and every band has to do that, when maybe whatever kind of brought you to prominence, music just naturally changes. So to have the longevity, the songwriting and the dedication those guys have put in — all of those inductees: THE MOODY BLUES, DIRE STRAITS, Nina Simone — it's just amazing to see. And when you get to see it, when you get to see RUSH and HEART, you get to see these bands go in… It's not something that really makes your career — your career is made before you're ever inducted to do that — but it is a nice thing. It's always nice to be recognized for your work."
Rock Hall rules state that artists become eligible a quarter century after their first records were released, but the Hall also claims that other "criteria include the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock 'n' roll," which is, of course, open to interpretation.
ALICE IN CHAINS' debut album, "Facelift", came out in 1990.
Eligible for induction since 1999, KISS didn't get its first nomination until 2009, and was finally inducted in 2014.
DEEP PURPLE was eligible for the Rock Hall since 1993 but didn't get inducted until 2016.
ALICE IN CHAINS recently released a new single and video titled "The One You Know". The track is the first new music issued from ALICE IN CHAINS' upcoming sixth full-length studio LP, which is due out in August and will follow up 2013's "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here".