Song of the Week – Rooster – 20 April 11

As I was flying across the pond back to the great nation of America I was delighted to read the latest edition of Revolver magazine. The entire issue was dedicated to the “Big Four.”  So where does Alice in Chains factor into this? 

First, about the magazine.  The entire issue was focused on Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax-cover to cover.  There were lot’s of articles and interviews past and present much of which centered around the current state of the “Big Four” and the relationships among the bands.  One part of this issue discussed the Clash of the Titans American tour back in 1991 when Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax co-headlined.  Personally, it was such a great experience to be part of that twice.  Oh, to be young again…

If you don’t know, Alice in Chains opened those historic Clash of the Titans shows.  Why, I don’t think anyone really knows.  If you know your metal history, this is the time when the Seattle grunge movement was taking effect.  I did catch on to that a little, but of all those bands Alice in Chains is the one that stuck out for me and I still enjoy a listen now and then.  I gained a little more respect for them after I saw the open those two shows.  If I remember correctly, they had some stuff thrown at them at the Portland, Maine show. but they played on.  In Mansfield, Mass I think the crowd was a bit more respectful.  Even the “Big Three” band members respected them as musicians and people.

After having read that magazine cover to cover on a long uneventful flight, I felt Alice in Chains was appropriate to carry the song of the week this week with Rooster. If you don’t know what it means, check out the video below.   Enjoy!

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Just a dude writing a heavy metal blog and always on the prowl for a cool metal show. I am also a family man...first and foremost!

Posted on April 21, 2011, in Song of the Week and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Alice in Chains has always been one of my favorite bands since I grew up listening to them. It was a tragedy when Layne Staley passed away. Perhaps the reason they stuck out for you was the fact that they were not entirely grunge. I think they got labeled as that because it was what was popular at the time but have always been more metal. I can’t wait to pick up this issue of Revolver!

    • I think grunge is more of a label of the time and not so much a label for a style of music. Nirvanna and Alice In Chains were two different bands, but got classified the same way probably because of the timeframe. I think being from Seattle had something to do with it as well. Pearl Jam seemed to break free from that timeframe too, but I never listened to them after the album Ten. Lucky for Alice they kept going and separated themselves from that era.

  2. Great SotW!!! I love me some AIC. Being the “Metal Hippie” that I am, “Rooster” is one of my favorite anti-war songs.
    I finally got to see them a couple years ago in Milan with their new singer, and he really does a damn fine job(and his version of “Love, Hate, Love” live, just wow!! and “Black Gives Way to Blue” is a top notch release). I’m happy that they are continuing forward.
    I don’t know if I would consider AIC a pure metal band, nor a pure “grunge” band(anyways, what constitutes being a grunge band? Wearing flannels and being from Seattle? Some of the bands that get labled as “grunge” really don’t have similar qualities, ie. Nirvana, Soundgarden, AIC, Mudhoney) but in the end, they are just a great f’n band. My favorite stuff by them is more their mellow songs,(the “Sap” and “Jar of Flies” EPs, the “Unplugged” album, and my favorite album by them is the highly under rated self titled album).
    It’s a shame that AIC has been plagued by hard drug use, but in the end what a lot of songs gave was a real intimate and truthful look into how the life of an addict really sucked. RIP Layne and Mike.

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