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Live: Alice In Chains

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Venue: Pala Resort & Casino, California

Sorrowful Seattleites rock the West Coast

Ensconced in the rough, crumbling mountains east of San Diego sits the paradisiacal Pala casino – a lush, palm-tree-lined oasis where the legendary Alice In Chains are kicking off their summer tour.

The open-air stage is flanked by the casino’s 10-storey hotel to one side and cyclopean rust-coloured mountains on the other, with rows of white plastic chairs set out for the punters, making it feel more like a wedding than a metal show – that is until the band walk out and explode into the otherwordly roar of Junkhead. Jerry Cantrell’s callus-inducing bends reverberate with dark ferocity and William DuVall effortlessly explores the heroic vocal range that song requires, the crowd gleefully joining him for its tunefully amoral verse, ’Be high, convince them to buy!

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