Alice in Chains at Vina Robles Amphitheatre 

Opening the evening was The Pink Slips, an up-and-coming pop-punk band lead by the daughter of Gun’s N ‘Roses bassist Michael Andrew “Duff” McKagan – Grace Elizabeth McKagan aka GRAVE.

Next, all the way from Atlanta, Ga., the Starbenders, featuring Kimi Shelter, Katie Herron, Aaronoius Monk, and Chris Tokaji, with an awesome set that lies somewhere between rock, punk and psychedelic.

At 9 p.m., the much-anticipated Alice In Chains walked on in front of a highly charged audience opening with “Check My Brain”, the first single from 2009, the beginning of the William DuVall era in which the band made a huge return following the tragic passing of Layne Staley, their original vocalist. DuVall continues to show off his vocal talents as he sings some of the band’s earliest work, including “Down In A Hole,” “Dam That River,” “Nutshell,” “We Die Young,” and “Them Bones.”

The band is as good as ever with bassist Mike Inez and drummer Sean Kinney giving DuVall a solid foundation to vocally transcend, and complimenting the lead guitar by Jerry Cantrell.

Alice In Chains put on an awesome set full of their most popular songs like “No Excuses” and “Heaven Beside You,” as well as the newer songs from The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here. Their show was amazing, leaving fans elated.

All in all, it was one of those magic music nights, making it crystal clear that Alice In Chains not only has a great past but also a brilliant future ahead.

Photos by Amy Joseph

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