"Who the fuck is Alice?"

 

Jerry Cantrell

 

Jerry Fulton Cantrell Jr. (born March 18, 1966 in Tacoma, Washington) is an American guitarist, singer, and songwriter best known for his work with the grunge band Alice in Chains, as guitarist and co-lyricist. He performs lead vocals on his solo projects, and was part of Alice in Chains' harmonizing dual-vocal style. He currently resides in Los Angeles and spends time on his family ranch in Oklahoma.

 

 

Cantrell's career outside Alice in Chains has consisted of three solo albums, as well as many appearances with other musicians and on film soundtracks.

 

Solo albums

Following his tenure with Alice in Chains, Cantrell released the song "Leave Me Alone," featured on the Cable Guy soundtrack in 1996 featuring Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney and bassist Les Claypool of Primus. Boggy Depot contains several odd time signatures, something Cantrell is well known for.

In June 2002, Cantrell issued his second album Degradation Trip with Ozzy Osbourne's then live rhythm section, Faith No More's Mike Bordin (drums) and Robert Trujillo (bass); it was followed in November of that year by a re-release as a double album on the same label, featuring eleven additional tracks. The release of Degradation Trip was soon after Staley's death, and the album is dedicated to him. The "She Was My Girl" was also included on the soundtrack for the 2002 film Spider-Man.

Cantrell said of the experience of writing Degradation Trip:

"In '98, I locked myself in my house, went out of my mind and wrote 25 songs. I rarely bathed during that period of writing; I sent out for food, I didn't really venture out of my house in three or four months. It was a hell of an experience. The album is an overview of birth to now."

He is rumoured to have been working on his third full solo album for quite some time, and this album was to have been released in 2006, but subsequent work with the revamped Alice in Chains may have stalled the release of that record.

 

Collaborations

Cantrell has appeared as guest guitarist on several albums and projects, including the Danzig album Blackacidevil and the Metallica album Garage Inc. He also guested on Circus of Power's album Magic & Madness in 1993 for the song "Heaven 'N Hell". In early 2004, Jerry Cantrell collaborated with The Cult guitarist Billy Duffy to form the rock supergroup, Cardboard Vampyres. The group performed mostly cover songs at several venues across the nation (but mostly the west coast), and continues to exist, though no formal albums have been released.

In 2002, Cantrell played a series of summer dates with alternative rock band Nickelback. The tour kicked off May 13, 2002. Cantrell can be seen playing "It Ain't Like That" with the band on their first DVD release, Live at Home. Cantrell was also asked by Nickelback's frontman, Chad Kroeger, to contribute to the song "Hero" for the 2002 film, Spider-Man. Cantrell was unable to attend the recording session and was replaced by Saliva's Josey Scott.

 

 In film

Cantrell is featured in the movie Singles along with the rest of Alice in Chains performing the songs "It Ain't Like That" and "Would?". He is also featured as an actor in the movie Jerry Maguire. He also wrote the song "Leave Me Alone" for the 1996 dark comedy The Cable Guy, which can be found on that movie's soundtrack. Cantrell returned to the movie scene in 2004 to write, with the newly-formed metal band Damageplan, the song "Ashes to Ashes" for the movie The Punisher. That song can be found on that movie's soundtrack, and as a bonus track on the Japanese version of the Damageplan album New Found Power. He also appears briefly with Warren Haynes in the documentary "Rising Low" which documents the work of the band Gov't Mule following the death of bassist Allen Woody.

Recognition

In July 2006, British hard rock magazine Metal Hammer awarded Cantrell the title of Riff Lord, at its annual Golden Gods Awards show, held last year at the London Astoria. He was apparently thrilled at winning the title, over several famous artists such as Slash, James Hetfield, and Jimmy Page.

Personal life

Cantrell's father, Jerry Sr., is a combat veteran of the Vietnam War. He was the main subject in the song "Rooster" which Cantrell wrote as a tribute to his father. His mother Gloria died in 1990, the very same year that his close friend Andrew Wood (of Mother Love Bone) died, leading Jerry to pen the song "Would?" for AIC's second album Dirt in Wood's memory. He also dedicated AIC's debut album Facelift to his late mother. An ex-girlfriend of Cantrell's has been the main subject of many Alice in Chains songs written by Cantrell.

Cantrell's Oklahoma ranch was featured on the 34th episode of MTV Cribs.

 

Source: Jerry Cantrell. Wikipedia : The free encyclopedia [online]. 2008 [cit. 2008-10-11]. Dostupný z WWW: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerry_Cantrell

 

 Discography

 

BOGGY DEPOT

1998 - Columbia Records

Tracklist


1. Dickeye
2. Cut You In
3. My Song
4. Settling Down
5. Breaks My Back
6. Jesus Hands
7. Devil By His Side
8. Keep The Light On
9. Satisfy
10. Hurt A Long Time
11. Between
12. Cold Piece

 

 

DEGRADATION TRIP

2002 - Roadrunner Records

Tracklist


1. Psychotic Break
2. Bargain Basement Howard Hughes
3. Anger Rising
4. Angel Eyes
5. Solitude
6. Mother's Spinning In Her Grave (Glass Dick Jones)
7. Hellbound
8. Give It A Name
9. Castaway
10. She Was My Girl
11. Chemical Tribe
12. Spiderbite
13. Locked On
14. Gone

 

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