So Tara, as she has a tendency to do, purchased tickets for Jacob and I to see Alice in Chains. We attended this full featured event on Saturday, the 2nd, the year of our lord 2010.
Two groups, chocked full O’ bearded lads opened the show. The first band was Mastodon. Once I got over the lame ass name, I really enjoyed their music. They lacked a bit of energy, but they were a solid band.
The next band was the Deftone, aka linken311againstthemachine. This band I was less impressed with, although the last half of their set was pretty good. I was informed it was their older stuff.
The weather was nice although the air was cold, the beer was warn, and there was an odd smell, like someone was burning yard clippings???
Holding with tradition I drunk dialed Mr. VonNieda to shout obscenities at him. We spoke briefly then bid each other a good night.
Alice in Chains took the stage about 10:15pm. I was really curious as to how their new lead singer would hold up against Layne. I was pleasantly impressed with his vocals. Between his singing and Cantrell’s back ups the songs were clean and spot on. The new singer, William DuVall be thy name, sported a leather jacket and pants. He struck me as a really skinny Lenny Kravitz or a really tall Prince. He moved around the stage like he was in a Broadway production (I swear I caught him skipping several times).
Musically, they were very tight. However, the music was missing a gritty and dark core it used to have. There was no doubt that Cantrell had control of the show. His was a commanding presence in a kind and welcoming way. He was smoking while playing and appeared very relaxed and in his element, reminded me of Mr. Lacey.
Here is, what I am sure, is a more reputable review of the show: