Alice In Chains will not be going the way of the dinosaur following the release of their upcoming album, so says band leader Jerry Cantrell, responding to a smattering of headlines of late. The group’s fifth studio album, “The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here,” will be released May 28. It’s their second with William DuVall, who replaced Layne Staley after his death in 2002 of an overdose.
Cantrell told Fuse TV recently that he likes to “look at every record like it’s your last” and that he can “rest happily with this being the last record, if that’s what it was.”
The “RIP Alice?”-reports ensued, and at last week’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony, the guitarist looked to sew up any confusion. “What I said was, I approach every record as if it were my last, trying to make it the best record it can be,” he told us. “That’s what I meant.”
He did acknowledge that “Dinosaurs,” the band’s first since 2009, could be a tough sale to some hardened fans who remain skeptical of anything the band has done since Staley’s death.
“It sure seems like some people want it to be” the band’s final release. “But, I don’t do this for what people tell me I should do with my life, or my band.”
He went on, “I do what I want to do and what my band wants to do. And we continue to do that. And… we’ll continue to do that as long as we fucking want to!” he said with a laugh.
Cantrell and company will launch their tour in support of “Dinosaurs” on Thursday, in Miami. Earlier this week it was announced the grunge veterans will be headlining the fourth annual Uproar Festival, alongside Jane’s Addiction, beginning in August.
Reporting by Keith Caulfield in Los Angeles.