ALICE IN CHAINS vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell played a solo concert Friday night (December 6) at The Pico Union Project in Los Angeles, California. He was joined at the gig by ex-THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN frontman Greg Puciato, drummer Gil Sharone (ex-MARILYN MANSON, THE DILLINGER ESCAPE PLAN) and bassist James LoMenzo (MEGADETH, BLACK LABEL SOCIETY), among others. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.
Cantrell will play at the same venue tonight (Saturday, December 7).
In a 2018 interview with Billboard, Cantrell admitted that he wasn’t at his best when he recorded “Degradation Trip”, the epic solo album he made in 2002 with future METALLICA bassist Robert Trujillo and FAITH NO MORE drummer Mike Bordin. “I was just really fucked up back then, to be honest with you, and you can totally hear it on that record,” he said. “It was done right before I got sober, and it was also done right when I was dealing with the death of my band, and then the unhappy coincidence of Layne [Staley, ALICE IN CHAINS frontman] passing away right after I released that record. So it was not a good time in my life, and it totally comes across on that record.”
Cantrell added: “It’s a record I don’t listen to a lot anymore because of all those things I mentioned,” revealing that he got sober a year after it was recorded. He continued: “But it’s a record that’s important to me, and I’ll see Robert and Mike every once in a while and they’re like, ‘We should do some fucking shows, man. Some ‘Degradation Trip’ shows.’ [Laughs] I tell ’em we’ll do it someday.”
“Degradation Trip” was Cantrell‘s second solo outing, following 1998’s “Boggy Depot”.
ALICE IN CHAINS regrouped in 2006 with William DuVall joining the band, and released its third LP with DuVall in the lineup, “Rainier Fog”, in August 2018.