Concert Reports


Alice In Chains

10/07/2023, Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Paso Robles

Seminal rock band Alice in Chains returns to a Sold Out Vina Robles Amphitheatre, Saturday, October 7 

All Photos: Ray Soto / Central Coast Rocks


Alice In Chains recently toured in support of Rainier Fog, which hit No. 1 across Billboard’s Rock, Alternative and Hard Music Charts and earned them a Grammy® nomination for Best Rock Album. They also joined Guns N’ Roses for some of their 2023 North American tour dates.


During their return to a Sold Out Vina Robles Amphitheatre, the band ran through their vast catalog of hits including classics “Check My Brain,” “Man In The Box,” “Down In a Hole.” As well as newer favorites such as “Ranier Fog,” which was the title track to their last studio album, released in 2018.


Over the course of their remarkable career, Alice In Chains (vocalist/guitarist Jerry Cantrell, drummer Sean Kinney, bassist Mike Inez and vocalist/guitarist William DuVall) have garnered multiple Grammy® nominations, sold more than 30 million albums worldwide, and amassed a diehard international fanbase whose members number in the millions.


In a recent interview with Terrie Carr of the Morristown, New Jersey radio station 105.5 WDHA, ALICE IN CHAINS singer William DuVall was asked about a possible follow-up to the band's "Rainier Fog" album, which came out in August 2018. He said: "I would suppose [there will be new music coming soon]. There's no plans in the offing right now, because we're all kind of doing other things. But inevitably it seems to kind of circle back. [Laughs]" 

DuVall also reflected on his 17-year stint as the ALICE IN CHAINS frontman, saying: "In some ways it feels like seven minutes, and in other ways it feels like 37 years. [Laughs] It's really interesting — time, your perceptions of time. But, yeah, there are certain memories that feel like three lifetimes ago, and then there are certain things that happened maybe 15 years ago but it feels like yesterday. It's really weird. But it's great. And I'm really proud of everything that we've been able to accomplish in that time."


William's critically acclaimed debut solo effort, "One Alone", arrived in October 2019. The 11-track album showed DuVall's powerful voice with nothing but an acoustic guitar to back it. A follow-up effort, "11.12.21 Live-In-Studio Nashville", came out in June 2022 via DVL Recordings. The LP captured a power trio performance recorded live direct-to-disc at the famed Welcome To 1979 Studio in Nashville on November 12, 2021.


Prior to joining ALICE IN CHAINS in 2006, DuVall was a member of punk rock bands AWARENESS VOID OF CHAOS, NEON CHRIST, BL'AST! and FINAL OFFERING. DuVall's long musical history also includes COMES WITH THE FALL and ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell's solo work.




Alice In Chain’s discography features some of the biggest and most important albums in rock history, including 1992’s quadruple-platinum-certified Dirt, 1994’s triple-platinum-certified EP Jar of Flies, which was the first EP in music history to debut at No. 1 on the Billboard Top 200, and 1995’s self-titled double-platinum-certified Alice In Chains, which also entered the Billboard Top 200 at No. 1. They returned in grand style in 2009 with the critically acclaimed Black Gives Way To Blue, which hit No. 1 across the rock and alternative charts, earned a Grammy® nomination, was certified Gold, and was hailed by Vice as “a record that’s as powerful as anything the band has done.” Alice In Chains remains one of the most successful and influential American rock bands of all time.

Alice in Chains are keeping busy this year. The legendary grunge rock band supported Guns N’ Roses on their 2023 North American run. In addition, their recent handful of new Alice in Chains tour dates have been selling out across the country.


Alice in Chains are touring in support of their latest studio album, 2018’s “Rainier Fog.” Also, the band celebrated the 30th anniversary of their legendary “Dirt” album in 2022, and the anniversary pushed the album back on the chart. Of course, “Dirt” featured Alice in Chains classics as “Them Bones,” “Would?,” “Rooster” and more. It’s considered one of the defining albums of the grunge movement.


Additionally, in other news, Alice in Chains recently landed at No. 4 on Audio Ink Radio’s list of the best grunge bands of all time.




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The 3,300 seat boutique amphitheatre is nestled on a picturesque, oak-dotted hillside in Paso Robles on California's Central Coast. With its opening in the summer of 2013, the Vina Robles Amphitheatre became one of the largest outdoor venues for arts and entertainment in San Luis Obispo County. Featuring a style reminiscent of the California missions, guests are able to immerse themselves in a unique and intimate concert adventure as they enjoy modern amenities and first class hospitality. The concert season runs from May through November and features top tier acts from around the world in all genres. Various seating options all within 150 feet from the stage, including regular, VIP and general admission lawn seating, make events accessible to anyone in the community. We look forward to sharing our love of wine and the arts with you soon. For more information about the Vina Robles Winery, Click Here


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