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Backstage With Baldy

Joensuu – July 13th

Who knows where Thomas Edison was when he invented the phonograph? Or where Leonard Rivkin was when he invented the child safety seat? All I know is that Sean Kinney & Jerry Cantrell were backstage at the Ilosaarirock Festival in...

Warsaw – July 11th

Echoes are cool if you’re a little kid standing on the edge of the Grand Canyon screaming your lungs out. If you’re a grown man in a rock band on a stage in Warsaw, Poland? Not so much. Stadion Narodowy...

Vienna – July 9th

I’m fascinated by the human brain, and for the sake of this write-up, the subconscious stuff in particular. What got me thinking about this was a dream I had last night, and what might have caused it. Since things got...

Prague – July 8th

Every day, regardless of who you are or what you do, you’re faced with choices to make. They can be small and relatively inconsequential, huge and life changing, or somewhere in between. We had a night off in Prague, and...

Knebworth – July 6th

Way back in 1991 when Alice In Chains was opening for Van Halen, they played a show in Toronto. We were hanging out in Van Halen’s dressing room after the show and I somehow got in a conversation with one...

Basel – July 4th

It’s Metallica’s world, and we just live in it. Alice In Chains played their second Sonisphere show with Metallica on Friday. It was held at St. Jakobs Park, a football stadium in Basel, Switzerland, and if black t-shirts and beer...

Arras – July 3rd

When you generally get to sleep around 3:00 A.M. each morning, a surefire way to start your day off poorly is to be awakened at 6:12 A.M. by a flurry of text messages from Jerry Cantrell. But that’s how my...

Rome – July 2nd

Although we spent the first half of the day in airports and on a plane getting there, we technically had a day off in Rome. I hadn’t been in my room more than 10 minutes after we arrived when the...

Graspop – June 29th

Any festival with the word metal in its name is bound to pack a punch. And with a line-up that included Black Sabbath, Soundgarden, Rob Zombie, Anthrax, and Alice In Chains, there was a lot of punching going on at...

Luxembourg – June 28th

Funny thing about water; people love to drink it, swim in it, bathe in it, and cook with it. Folks enjoy using all types of devices to travel on top of it, filling balloons with it to throw at each...