Corey Taylor sang the praises of Alice in Chains during a recent in-person Q&A session with fans, calling the grunge goliaths “one of the greatest rock bands” of all time.
The Slipknot frontman was asked to name his favorite band from Seattle’s “Big Four” – Nirvana, Alice in Chains, Soundgarden and Pearl Jam – and was quick to choose AIC, praising the band and their his late singer Layne Staley.
“Alice in Chains, to me, is one of the greatest rock bands that ever existed,” Taylor said during the Q&A portion of a theater appearance in Columbus, Ohio last Monday (Dec. 13). ). “And I’m not just talking from a grunge or metal perspective or anything like that. They revolutionized music so much and they inspired me to change the way I write music.
Taylor went on to call Staley “still one of the greatest f-king singers of all time” and picked out soulful tracks like “Nutshell” and “Would?” among his favorites.
“Now it’s not a reflection of the demons he had to fight, obviously, and it’s all to do with his talent,” Taylor clarified. “He just made it sound so easy, and he could sing anything, he could write anything, and the shit he was writing about was killing him, and yet we loved it. To me, that was the greatest soul-baring I’ve ever heard.
He continued: “But the great thing is that we can listen to their music and it can help us work through our own pain. And probably not a day goes by that I don’t listen to Alice in Chains. It’s still going strong. And the fact that I know these guys now is just the icing on the cake. It’s great to be able to hang out with your favorite band.
After Staley’s tragic death in 2002, Alice in Chains reformed with singer William DuVall and released the triumphant comeback album Black gives way to blue. The band has since released two more LPs. Singer-guitarist Jerry Cantrell remains the band’s driving force as songwriter, with DuVall admirably sharing lead vocal duties.
Cantrell released his third solo album, enlighten, earlier this year. The LP recently landed in our list of the 30 best metal and hard rock albums of 2021, and Cantrell will support the new solo effort on tour in 2022. You can get tickets here.
Slipknot, meanwhile, recently dropped new song “The Chapeltown Rag” ahead of their as-yet-untitled next studio album, due out in 2022.
Watch Corey Taylor discuss Alice in Chains in the clip below (from 6:20).