Wednesday, May 24, 2006

AIC Wraps Up String Of U.S. Club Dates

NEW YORK — The spirit of grunge rock was alive and well inside the Bowery Ballroom on Tuesday night as the surviving members of Alice in Chains took the cramped club's begrimed stage for the fifth and final stop on the iconic band'sbrief U.S. club run.

The concert was preceded by days of speculation about what "special guests" would join the rockers to sub for late frontman Layne Staley. The most popular of the rumors had been Guns N' Roses frontman Axl Rose, who was in New York for four gigs at the Hammerstein Ballroom. There was also talk of Velvet Revolver's Scott Weiland, Type O Negative's Peter Steele or ex-Pantera mainman Phil Anselmo joining the band.

Alas, there were no surprise guests Tuesday. Even Velvet Revolver bassist Duff McKagan, who'd been touring with the group on this trek as a second guitarist, was missing. But that didn't seem to distract the hundreds who congested the Bowery's beer-sodden floor to witness the Chains revival.

Continue to full article at MTV News


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