ALICE IN CHAINS' WILLIAM DUVALL Discusses 'Challenges' In Stepping In For LAYNE STALEY, 'Chemistry' With Bandmates

February 20, 2019

Eonmusic has spoken to ALICE IN CHAINS singer William DuVall about the iconic Seattle band's resurrection and continued success. DuVall, who joined the band in 2005 also discussed the recording of comeback album, 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue". The singer made the comments while chatting to the site at "Ultimate NAMM Night" in Anaheim.

Speaking about the enormous success that ALICE IN CHAINS has had since he joined the band, DuVall said; "Well, there's no way to predict that kind of thing. We didn't know when we got going; it was just sort of, like, we've really just been making it up as we go along. I think that's the best thing to do, because, what's that old thing about making plans is the best way to make the universe laugh at you? So we just, we kind of take it one at a time, you know?"

William admitted that it hadn't been easy taking the place of former frontman Layne Staley, who passed away in 2002. "Yeah, sure there were challenges," he said. "But we also… we knew what we were doing and we knew what we had. We did about two years of touring before we ever stepped into the studio, so we found our chemistry on stage right away."

DuVall also praised Elton John for the star's contribution to the title track of "Black Gives Way To Blue". The singer said: "We were all fans of his from we were little kids. And he was amazing in the studio. He showed up like a total pro and was there to serve the session, serve the song. He's a great musician."

ALICE IN CHAINS has been touring behind its sixth studio LP, "Rainier Fog", which came out last year. The band's first new studio effort in five years marked a few firsts for ALICE IN CHAINS: it was the group's first album for BMG and its first time recording in their hometown of Seattle in more than 20 years.

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