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Alice In Chains Rattles Sold Out Tabernacle

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Thursday night, the Tabernacle hosted the first of two sold out shows by Alice in Chains, with Middle Class Rut opening up.

Alice in Chains rose to international fame as part of the grunge movement of the early 1990s, along with other Seattle bands such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. The band was one of the most successful music acts of the 1990s, selling over 17 million albums worldwide. The foursome achieved two number-one Billboard 200 albums (Jar of Flies and Alice in Chains), 14 top ten songs on the Mainstream Rock Tracks chart, and seven Grammy nominations. Following the death of singer Layne Staley in 2002, Alice in Chains reunited in 2005 with new lead vocalist and Atlanta native William DuVall and released Black Gives Way to Blue, their first studio album in 14 years, in September, 2009.

And while we weren’t there to cover it, Robb Cohen was handy with his camera. Were you there? Tell us about what you saw at the show.

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(Middle Class Rut, from Sacramento, CA, opened the show.)

(Photo Credit: Robb Cohen/ www.robbsphotos.com)  For other concert photography linked to Access Atlanta, please visit for Atlanta Concert Photography Galleries. by Atlanta Photographer Robb Cohen www.RobbsPhotos.com

(Project 9-6-1’s Chris Williams introduces the band.)

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15 comments Add your comment

C.T.F. (controversial type feller)

February 26th, 2010
11:33 am

alice fan

February 26th, 2010
12:51 pm

alice was solid but not as rocking as i thought. im hoping they are more rocking tonight. the crowd was loud but pretty tame and rather boring for a rock show. i thought the place would be hoppin from the get-go. seemed like a bunch of older dudes that hadn’t seen a show since 1992. however, im thinking the setlist and crowd will be much better tonight. MUSE ON SATURDAY!

concert goer

February 26th, 2010
1:06 pm

Either way this photog took nice shots of the band and crowd!

majordawg

February 26th, 2010
1:16 pm

The band sounded GREAT. I was very impressed with how clean the sound was and how they stayed so true to the studio recordings. DuVall did a great job with the old numbers and deserves a lot of credit for honoring Layne’s approach to the vocals on those numbers. The stuff from the new album (particularly Last of My Kind and Brain Check) was also incredible! DuVall does a great job making the new music his and still managing to bridge the gap between past and present. Cantrell was very gracious to the audience about our support of the band and was appreciative of the crowds involvement in the show as he said he was under the weather. One of the best shows I’ve ever seen in terms of the sound of the band. It was just what I was hoping to hear.

And oh yeah, the guy in the green hat in the crowd shot was a total jerk!

Jar of Flies

February 26th, 2010
1:49 pm

The show was outstanding, especially considering that Jerry Cantrell was clearly sick. No one will EVER be Layne Staley and I think William DuVall does a great job of filling in but not trying to be Layne. Great great show.
For those bent out of shape about the crowd…ummm…not sure you realize this but Alice In Chains has been around for a while so they have A LOT of fans that are in their late 30s/early 40s. The fact that the crowd had an age range that big is a testament to Alice In Chains’ greatness! Also, there was nothing wrong with the setlist…they played all the ‘big’ hits and did something from every CD they’ve released. If you’re a real Alice In Chains fan, you will not be disappointed!

I also agree with majordawg above…dude in the green hat was a giant douche.

last of my kind

February 27th, 2010
12:26 pm

I’m 27, and was thoroughly pleased to be in a front row of a crowd that didn’t feel the need to have a mosh pit going the entire time. It was an incredible concert, and I’m glad I was able to enjoy it without having to worry about idiots slamming into me and getting beer dumped down my back by some idiot who couldn’t name 3 AIC songs. Incredible show. Excellent set. They busted out ‘Sickman’ for cryin out loud! That alone was worth the admission!!!

djbonnie

February 27th, 2010
2:58 pm

I totally agree with Majordawg. I did go to the Friday night show and talked to alot of people who went to both. The entire show could not have been better. I loved the sound, them staying true to studio sound was amazing ,the venue is perfect, I can simply describe it as a tight, well tweeked performance. One of the best, if not the best I’ve seen. LOVED IT!!!!!! and for the guy who commented about the “oldie” crowd. I took my 16 yr old daughter and we are fans of the band eqaully. It was a welcome sight for me to see alot of others with their kids as well.

JEM

February 27th, 2010
4:57 pm

Friday’s show rocked! Set list was awesome! Crowd a little stiff. Can’t blame age. My 35 year old a$$ rocked it. Saw twenty somethings just standing there in a stupor. Jerks near the back bar complaining about me being in their way but when I offered to trade places they didn’t want to give up their place at the bar. Can’t have it both ways, chumps!

SaintAnger

February 28th, 2010
4:30 pm

I went to the Friday show. I don’t know about thursday nights show but Friday was incredible! Entire 1st floor was a mosh pit, and the place was packed to the rafters. AiC put on an incredible show, very high energy. I am sure after Friday night that they will be back in the ATL and hopefully do 2 shows again. Next time I will be sure to get tickets to both! btw I am in my early 30s and saw a good mix of crowd, many older and younger people. Dont know what the reviewer was talking about but as I was not there thursday I cannot comment on the crowd that night. Friday night was a total rock fest! Tabernacle is awesome too, incredible sound quality. I would much rather see a show there than at the philips arena (sound quality and acoustics there sucks!!!)

Awesome!

February 28th, 2010
6:25 pm

I went to the friday night show. Even though the crowd was not as energetic as it would be at a lame punk show. The room was obviously filled with musical enthusiast that was there to hear Alice in Chains. They rocked! the sound quality was excellent and I so agree with Saintanger on this one. I hope they will come back soon. I am 25 and appreciated the awesomeness of this band. The show actually made me like the last album more.

Long time Rock Fan

February 28th, 2010
7:20 pm

Alice in Chains was EXCELLLEN! (saw them last night at the House of Blues in Myrtle Beach, SC), but the opening act – Middle Aged Run – STUNK! They were a screamer, head banger duo, and seemed no one could get into them. Also, really ruined out ears, not a good prelude to the WONDERFUL AIC! thought William Duval and Jerry’s voice blended beautifully as well as individually. They very much rocked the house, and am so glad I could see them! Great Show!

Taylor

February 28th, 2010
11:23 pm

Would have gone to love to this. Where are the crazy people telling us we will all go to hell?

LEAH

March 1st, 2010
10:29 am

THE BEST SHOW I EVER SEEN!!!!WE WENT FRIDAY HAD A BLAST IVE BEEN A FAN SINCE MY DAD ITRO TO ME WHEN I WAS 11 IM 28 NOW AND THEY SOUNDED AWSOME WILLIAM ROCKED VERY SUPRIZING!!!!!!TAT ON MY BACK FROM DIRT CD THA BIG SUN OH YEAH HARD CORE FAN

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Ivan Magallon

April 17th, 2010
5:07 pm

I was fortunate enough to see my favorite band Alice in Chains live at the Tabernacle on Friday Feb. 26, 2010. I had been to two other concerts prior to seeing Alice in Chains, and I must say Alice in Chains is the best show so far. They had an awesome twenty song set list and played very well. William DuVall makes me real proud to be from Atlanta, Georgia. After the show I waited outside the parking lot and saw Will with what appeared to be his wife and kid as well as family/friends. Will went back on the bus though, then Jerry Cantrell came out to sign autographs. Getting my Black Gives Way to Blue CD signed by my favorite guitarist is something I will never ever forget.