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New "What's In My Bag?" Episode with Jerry Cantrell of Alice In Chains

Posted by Amoebite, October 24, 2018 12:44pm | Post a Comment

Jerry Cantrell - What's in My Bag? - Amoeba Music

Alice In Chains songwriter, vocalist, and guitar player Jerry Cantrell went shopping at Amoeba Hollywood recently and shared some of the records that shaped his musical tastes for our latest What's In My Bag? episode. Cantrell found a healthy stack of vinyl reissues of some of his favorite records and illuminated what made each one special in his life. "I love everything that Elton John does," he told us, "but Madman Across The Water, there's something really magical about this record to me." Cantrell went on to say the British legend was "the artist that kinda made me want to be a musician."

Jerry Cantrell is best known for his work with Alice In Chains. Cantrell and drummer Sean Kinney founded the grunge/heavy metal band in 1987, taking the Alice In Chains - Rainier Fogname from lead vocalist Layne Staley's previous project, the glam metal band Alice N' Chains. Cantrell has been designated a "Riff Lord" by the UK's Metal Hammer magazine and ranked #38 on Guitar World's "100 Greatest Heavy Metal Guitarists of All Time" list. 

Alice In Chains has had two #1 records (Jar of Flies, Alice in Chains) and six albums within the top ten on the Billboard Top 200. They have received ten Grammy nominations. As a solo artist, Cantrell has released Boggy Depot (1998) and Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2 (2002). He has collaborated and performed with Ozzy Osbourne, Metallica, Pantera, Pearl Jam, The Cult, Danzig, and Deftones, to name just a few. He has contributed to the soundtracks for The Cable Guy (1996), John Wick: Chapter 2 (2017) and Dark Nights: Metal (2018) and made a cameo appearance in Jerry Maguire (1996). His most recent release is Alice In Chains' 2018 LP Ranier Fog.

Cantrell's first pick was ZZ Top's "awesome record" Tres Hombres. Speaking about the band's trademark sound, Cantrell said, "nobody really has quite the tone that (Billy) Gibbons has." Another important guitarist for Cantrell was Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi, who he called "one of my biggest influences." He then recounted how lead singer Ozzy Osbourne gave Alice In Chains an early break, bringing them on his No More Tours Tour tour in 1992. Cantrell picked up two "masterpieces" of classic rock: The Beatles' Abbey Road and Fleetwood Mac's Rumours. Talking about the turmoil the latter band experienced while recording their album, he said, "it's so alive; and while the band maybe, personally, is kind of falling apart, at the same time, it's the peak artistic acheivement."

But which coffee mug reminded Jerry Cantrell of his old pal Dimebag Darrell? And just what band is his "favorite straight-up rock n roll band of all-time?" You'l have to watch the video to find out!

Jerry Cantrell - What's In My Bag?
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