A reformed Alice In Chains played a free show in its Seattle hometown yesterday (May 16) with help from such local heroes as former Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Heart principal Ann Wilson.

A reformed Alice In Chains played a free show in its Seattle hometown yesterday (May 16) with help from such local heroes as former Soundgarden guitarist Kim Thayil and Heart principal Ann Wilson.

The 75-minute performance at the Moore Theater was billed as an "open rehearsal" for a five-city club tour that begins tomorrow at the Roxy Theater in Los Angeles. After that, the band heads to Europe for a slate of festival dates that stretches through July.

The tour marks the band's first since it opened four shows for Kiss in June-July 1996. Subbing for vocalist Layne Staley, who died of a drug overdose in April 2002, is William Duvall, an one-time collaborator with Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell.

Other guest performers at the Moore show included Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan and former Queensryche guitarist Chris DeGarmo.

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