The Alice in Chains juggernaut just keeps rolling along: the Seattle rock band has announced a fall mega-tour.
The reunited Seattle rock band, with William DuVall as vocalist, will be joined by Deftones and Mastodon for “BlackDiamondSkye,” a tour opening Sept. 16 in Chicago and playing KeyArena Oct. 8.
Check out this video, which recently appeared on the Internet to stoke rumors about the tour.
Here are a couple of quotes from a statement that went out to media:
“Rather than launch with a traditional tour announcement, we wanted to engage the fans first,” says David Benveniste, founder of Velvet Hammer Music and Management Group, which represents Alice In Chains and Deftones.
“We gave them a cryptic clip featuring video snippets of each band and they lit up the Internet. Now there’s an entire online community talking about the tour and speculating about the bands involved. It’s thrilling to see them communicate and respond so positively to this exciting tour.”
“We’re really looking forward to touring with our friends, Deftones and Mastodon,” says Alice In Chains guitarist and vocalist Jerry Cantrell. “Each band has its own unique flavor and the combination of all three will make for a great show and a good time on the road.”
Alice in Chains are still touring behind the album “Black Gives Way to Blue” on Virgin/EMI.
Fueled by the Grammy-nominated hit song, “Check My Brain,” which soared to No. 1 on the Billboard Rock Songs Chart, “Black Gives Way to Blue” entered Billboard’s Top 200 at No. 5. A followup single, “Your Decision,” also reached No. 1 on the Rock Songs Chart.
Read my review of Alice in Chains’ last Seattle show here.
Here are the concert dates and locations (additional dates to be announced soon):
Sept. 16, Chicago, Ill., Charter One Pavilion at Northerly Island
Sept. 17, Detroit, Mich., DTE Energy Music Theatre
Sept. 18, Toronto, Ont., Molson Canadian Amphitheatre
Sept. 20, Uncasville, Conn., Mohegan Sun Arena
Sept. 22, Boston, Mass., Agannis Arena
Sept. 24 , New York, N.Y., Madison Square Garden
Sept. 28, Atlanta, Ga., Aaron’s Amphitheatre at Lakewood
Oct. 1, St. Louis, Mo., Scottrade Center
Oct. 4, Denver, Colo., Red Rocks Amphitheatre
Oct. 7, Vancouver, B.C., General Motors Place
Oct. 8, Seattle, Wash., Key Arena
Oct. 9, Portland, Ore., Rose Quarter/ Memorial Coliseum
Oct. 16, Las Vegas, Nev., The Joint