Jerry Cantrell is organizing a new summer tour for the remaining members of Alice in Chains. Just over a month ago they reunited to headline a benefit show for the tsunami victims. At the show Jerry, bass player Mike Inez, and drummer Sean Kinney joined a number of singers including Pat Lachman from Damageplan and Nancy Wilson of Heart to perform two sets of Chains music, one electric and one acoustic.
The star of the night was Maynard James Keenan of Tool and A Perfect Circle, who joined them onstage to perform "Man in the Box" and "Them Bones." It was clear to everyone in attendance that what was happening onstage was magic.
Alice in Chains had not performed together in over six years, but it was as if they had never left. In addition to being a benefit for the tsunami victims, it was also a heartfelt tribute to their fallen singer, Layne Staley, who died tragically of a heroin overdose.
Jerry Cantrell is now organizing a tour that will feature Maynard Keenan on vocals, much like the Doors tour last year with Ian Astbury of The Cult filling Jim Morrison's shoes. Keenan is taking a break from his duties in A Perfect Circle to go on the tour. "It is an honor to sing Layne's words, he was an amazing singer and writer," Keenan said.
Currently there are no dates scheduled, but more news will be forthcoming regarding shows soon. It also appears that Jerry's good friend, Scott Weiland, has stated his wishes to have Velvet Revolver join the tour as the opening act.