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Jerry Cantrell

Jerry Cantrell first came to prominence as a member of Alice in Chains, one of the prototypical Seattle grunge bands. With their 1990 debut Facelift, the quartet scored a surprise hit with the ultra-heavy "Man in the Box." Racking up hit albums like 1992's Dirt and 1995's self-titled release, the band rose to the top of the alterna-metal heap. Lead singer Layne Staley, however, couldn't cope with the pressure of their enormous success; he sank into substance abuse and died in 2002.

Over the course of their career, the group has issued two successful all-acoustic EPs and one unplugged album, which focused primarily on the songwriting and arranging talents of Cantrell, whom fans found out had a very strong voice to boot. With the future of the band up in the air, Cantrell appeared as a solo artist on the soundtrack for the movie The Cable Guy, contributing the track "Leave Me Alone." After AiC opened for the first Kiss reunion show in Detroit in 1996, Cantrell began work on his very first solo album. He enlisted Alice drummer Sean Kinney and a revolving series of bassists -- including Alice's Mike Inez, Les Claypool, Fishbone's Norwood Fisher and Pantera's Rex -- and set out to record Boggy Depot with producer Toby Wright, who had previously worked with Alice in Chains and the Nixons. The record was finished by the end of the year and was released in the spring of 1998 to generally positive reviews. He supported the album as Van Halen's opening act on their summer 1998 tour. A long silence followed after his touring as he helped on a few Alice in Chains releases, including a box set and a greatest hits. He stepped back into the studio to record his second album, this time for Roadrunner Records, in the fall of 2001. He worked with Ozzy Osbourne's touring band on the album, which saw him trying to avoid guest appearances despite the high profile friends he could have counted on. Right before the album was ready to drop in 2002, tragedy struck as Layne Staley's body was found dead in his apartment. The remaining members of Alice in Chains went to a vigil in a Seattle park and released a mournful statement, but the incident did not stop Cantrell from pushing forward and releasing Degradation Trip that summer. ~ Greg Prato
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Degradation Trip Volumes 1 & 2

Disc 1

1. Psychotic Break

2. Bargain Basement Howard Hughes

3. Owned

4. Angel Eyes

5. Solitude

6. Mother's Spinning In Her Grave (Glass Dick Jones)

7. Hellbound

8. Spiderbite

9. Pro False Idol

10. Feel The Void

11. Locked On

12. Gone

Disc 2

1. Castaway

2. Chemical Tribe

3. What It Takes

4. Dying Inside

5. Siddhartha

6. Hurts Don't It?

7. She Was My Girl

8. Pig Charmer

9. Anger Rising

10. S.O.S.

11. Give It A Name

12. Thanks Anyway

13. 31/32

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Track List: Boggy Depot

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

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Track List: Degradation Trip

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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Alice in Chains without Layne is like Nirvana without Kurt
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Anger is our enemy.
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tommyshelleb e l l a
Got to meet Jerry in an alley behind Slim's in San Francisco. Totally cool and low key dude. His supporting cast that night was Mike
Bordin, and Robert Trujillo. One of the best nights of my life. Just wish Layne could have been there, but at least I got to meet some rock royalty.
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Love and miss you Layne <3 love hate love <3 Facelift, Dirt, Jar of Flies etc.. One of my favorite bands .. Still get goosebumps.. Frogs oh how I love that song....
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Not least Layne Staley, who wrote thought provoking songs and tragedy after tragedy still continued until he overdosed and died. So in conclusion they all played a big part. RIP Layne Staley and Mike Starr.
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@witmonger and you realize the song that got them famous, Man in a box, was written by, yep you guessed it Layne. I personally think each member was a huge contribution , (RIP)mike starr's amazing bass (he wrote a few if their songs); jerry's nicely structured lyrics, guitar playing, and back up vocals; sean's awesome drumming; mike inez's bass as well after he replaced starr; william duVall for allowing the band to resurrect after Layne's death and bring more amazing songs; and last but certain
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Layne was about 10% of AIC at best. Cantrell is nearly the entire reason they had such a unique sound, all his vocal harmonies with Layne included.
Why bother mentioning that? Because apparently no one here can talk about Cantrell's solo material without bringing up Layne Staley. And I like pissing off fangirls. Don't do drugs, kids.
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Love Layne...love Jerry
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christelleem a n u e l
Cantrell is in a league of his own. I miss Layne as much as any true A I C fan, but Cantrell had to be true to the music, because thats what he does. Writes ands plays guitar as only he can. The man is one of the best in my opinion. I hope he continues with AIC and i can't wait for another solo project. NUMBER 1 FAN TO THE END.
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christelleem a n u e l
Cantrell is in a league of his own. I miss Layne as much as any true A I C fan, but Cantrell had to be true to the music, because thats what he does. Writes ands plays guitar as only he can. The man is one of the best in my opinion. I hope he continues with AIC and i can't wait for another solo project. NUMBER 1 FAN TO THE END.
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christelleem a n u e l
Cantrell is in a league of his own. I miss Layne as much as any true A I C fan, but Cantrell had to be true to the music, because thats what he does. Writes ands plays guitar as only he can. The man is one of the best in my opinion. I hope he continues with AIC and i can't wait for another solo project. NUMBER 1 FAN TO THE END.
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Saw Jerry Cantrell in '98 the touring band included Sean Kinney and Mike Inez and they played Alice in Chains songs
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My idol... I absolutely adore that man, he is truly the greatest man in my eyes.
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He's smokin hot
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Goosebumps
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Talented guy.
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Jerry is such a phenomenal guitarist and a great song writer. Cantrell and Layne's voice complemented each other so well there will never be anything ever like it. RIP LAYNE ��
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Love rockin wid dees guyz !!
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f**king brilliant!!
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Omg...I have listen to jerry from the beginning phenomenal doesn't describe him..and he and Layne together..ou t of this effin world. AIC forever:)
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Cantrell was way more than half.
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In the end we are what we pretend to be
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Chido. Jerry.....de s d e Monterrey. Mexico
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Jerry Cantrell has soul everybody forgets he is half of the sound he and Layne developed I consider the past two Alice in Chains records to be his version of AIC not the same but still them
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a guitar legend in my eyes and musical genious
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Like I said before the dumb f**k who writes these bios doesn't know s**t! Layne and Jerry bros forever, RIP Layne
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Jerry was best with Layne, he's an amazing guitarist, but together they had something you can't define with words. AIC still has Layne there in spirit, no one can replace his vocals and the feeling that went into them. But Layne's persona got the band to this point even dead. Read lots of people's comments about their shows now, they all seem to say that you can still feel him there. RIP Layne, Jerry keep the music alive.
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Sounds like they have a few tainted scrotes w/ rashes itching profusely. I think they need a group hug, ready 1, 2, 3 ah all better not quit whining and go watch Sesame Street and gather some knowledge. F**k sticks yeah I said it
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Amazing man. Cantrell really can make things right off the bat. Simply amazing. Not just amazing. More than amazing by far.
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I hate to be off topic, but I think it's stupid that bios of dead rock sars blame "inability to cope with their tremendous success" as a cause of their demise..path e t i c that sooo many are so clueless about addiction ,even though our culture is absolutely plagued by it..shame
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Absolutely love this album, Jerry kicks so much a**. I still wish he had his hair though.
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Very talented guy right hurr
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It's Jerry's b-day, he's 47 today B) Nice job man for keeping the music alive, same goes for the rest of the band. their music has helped me through a lot and i love them from the bottom of my heart; im sure that lots of other AIC fans would say the same.
-ARC
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dont read this because it actually works. You will get kissed on the nearest possible friday by the love of your life. tommorrow will be the best day of your life. however if you do not post this comment to at least 3 songs you will die in 2 days. now youve started reading this so dont stop. this is so scary put this on at least 5 songs in at least 143 minutes when if done press f6 and your lovers name will appear on the screen in big letters this is scary cuz it actually works
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I completely love and admire this guy, such a musical genius. I've never seen anyone as talented as he is; as a lyricist, songwriter, guitarist and a person. He claims that he's not a role model, but he absolutely, undoubtedly is a true inspiration: for his music and for leaving the drugs behind. Credit is also due to Sean Kinney, Mike Inez, William Duvall (for stepping up to the plate despite alot of hate from some), and of course beloved Layne Staley and Mike Starr. All of them are MORE th
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l'm 300 jejej3jeje :'(
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kruegerfalls
Jerry Cantrell Rules! Love his solo stuff...mood y , heavy, ultra-cool!
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cheshirecatb a n
you gotta hang your balls out there like him to be a real rock artist...... . . b a l l s
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loveisevol81 is a f**king dumbshit whoever you are stfu and f**k yourself.
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alice in chains is my favorite band and every time i listen to layne or jerry sing i begin to love them more and more. theyre my heroin
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mistycara13
Love his voice. He harmonized so well with Layne!
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never knew that cantrell embarked on his own solo work. great stuff, reminds me of the AIC melodies and blusey elements that made me love AIC
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Truly an amazing artist and AIC was an amazing band atleast we have there music.
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great jam's that don't come around everyday!!!! !
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AIC forever!
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Jerry is the man!
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Mr.Frenchy, truer words have not bees spoken sir.
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badmanrules
This guy is Amazing ! nuff said
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Lost Art
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Listening to "Anger Rising" and realizing Jerry was and is the soul behind what Alice in Chains was. So glad he is continuing to crank out music.
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