Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington
in 1987 by guitarist Jerry Cantrell and vocalist Layne Staley. Although
widely associated with grunge music, the band's sound incorporates
heavy metal and acoustic elements. Since its formation, Alice in Chains
has released three studio albums, three EPs, two live albums, four
compilations, and two DVDs. The band is known for its distinct vocal
style which often included the harmonized vocals of Staley and
Cantrell. Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the
grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with bands such as Nirvana,
Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful
music acts of the 1990s, selling over 17 million albums worldwide,
including 14 million in the United States alone. The band achieved two
number-one Billboard 200 albums (Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains), 11
top ten singles on the Mainstream Rock Tracks charts, and six Grammy
Award nominations. Although never officially disbanding, Alice in
Chains was plagued by extended inactivity due to Layne Staley's
problems with substance abuse, culminating in his death in 2002. Alice
in Chains reunited in 2005 and as of 2009 have finished recording their
first studio album in 14 years with new lead vocalist William DuVall.
The album, Black Gives Way to Blue, is due for release on September 29,
2009, via Virgin/EMI.
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Today's selected anniversaries:
British forces led by William Howe defeated the American Continental
Army under George Washington at the Battle of Long Island in Brooklyn,
New York, the largest battle of the American Revolutionary War.
Four enormous explosions from the volcanic eruption of Krakatoa
generated tsunamis that destroyed many settlements on Java and Sumatra
The Anglo-Zanzibar War set the record for the shortest war in recorded
history when Zanzibar surrendered less than an hour after the conflict
broke out, with British forces destroying the Sultan's Palace and Harem
The Constitution of Malaysia came into force, three days before the
Federation of Malaya achieved formal independence from the United
The planet Mars made its closest approach to Earth in nearly 60,000
years: 55,758,006 kilometres (34,646,419 mi).
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