John said he was moved by the track, was a fan of Alice's and Layne's and would be glad to play on it. DuVall was an old friend of Cantrell's. And also it took a lot of that to get through this process and to even take the chance, and to stand-up and risk. The writing and recording process was completed on March 18, 2009, Jerry Cantrell's 43rd birthday. A piano mix of the song is a bonus track on.
DuVall also wrote the lyrics and the melody of the song. In February 18, 2005, guitarist Jerry Cantrell, bassist , and drummer reunited to perform a in for victims of the that struck. Archived from on July 14, 2014. I went through this mystery illness for about three weeks immediately following that where I really thought I was gonna f—ing die. In addition, appears on the album's title track.
We had done it privately, but if we were going to do this, we had to do it publicly. In the months before writing the song, Cantrell had been suffering from an unexplained illness. I'm proud of it for a lot of reasons. It's basically what's happened in life, but a lot has happened since the last record. They never could find anything wrong with me. But he thought writing the song was going to kill him. The band didn't have a record label at the time and the album was funded by Jerry Cantrell and Sean Kinney.
Kinney said that there are lyrics on the album that deal with original vocalist. The album debuted at No. And there's a lot to address, with all of that stuff coming to the forefront. Cantrell said of the collaboration: Elton is a very important musical influence to all of us in varying degrees, and especially to me. Archived from on October 19, 2010. Archived from on September 30, 2007. It's not really that hard, actually.
Cantrell left his burger sitting on the plate and rushed back. The music video for the song premiered on on September 22, 2010. The band followed the concert with a short United States club tour, several festival dates in Europe, and a brief tour in Japan. When I heard the song I really wanted to do it. Archived from on November 16, 2016. We're willing to take a chance on it.
We were just trying to be cool: 'Oh, yeah, no big deal. By April 2007, Alice in Chains had been writing and demoing songs for the album, but the band did not show further signs of progress until October 2008, when they announced that they had begun recording with producer in the studio. Archived from on November 2, 2008. I don't know how long it will go or where it will take us. The song is a tribute to the band's late lead singer, , who died in 2002.
Archived from on September 8, 2008. They had a great idea of what they wanted me to do on it and it turned out great. Archived from on May 30, 2010. I liked the fact that it was so beautiful and very simple. Archived from on September 23, 2009.
On March 10, 2006, the surviving members performed at 's concert, honoring fellow Seattle musicians and of. It is beyond jarring, and I found myself turning the car stereo down to half the usual volume level just to listen at all. But it's not about separating and forgetting — it's about remembering and moving on. To me, we had our hearts broken by losing Layne and losing ourselves. In April 2009, Cantrell told at the that Alice in Chains had finished recording the album on March 18, 2009 his 43rd birthday and also the same day that William DuVall's son was born , and were in the process of mixing it for a September release.
In the studio he was really relaxed and gracious, and he's got a great sense of humor. And it's on this record. Cantrell described the song as the band's goodbye to Staley. It's a beautiful song and it's still really tough for me to listen to. It's all about facing up, owning your s—t, owning your good stuff and your bad stuff, and continuing to walk forward and live a life. But Cantrell also pointed out that there's a lot of things in the song that aren't specifically about that and other people can relate to. Archived from on July 3, 2009.
Archived from on May 25, 2009. Black Gives Way to Blue is the band's first album to feature William DuVall pictured. . It's completely a reunion because the three of us who're left are back together. That's the approach we've taken for a lot of years.