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02 November 2006 @ 03:45 pm
Alice in Chains  

They were amazing...absolutely amazing.  They did "Nutshell"...*dies*

I don't know where to begin.  The crowd was made up of true fans.  There were no posers that I could see.  We were all there for the love of the music and at times were louder than the band as we sang along with every song.  They opened with "Again" which was off the last album A in C recorded.  I was a bit apprehensive about how the new lead singer, William DuVall (who bears a resemblance to Jimi Hendrix), would sound, but let me tell you, after the first verse my fears evaporated.  He was incredible.  He didn't have the same grittiness to his voice that Layne had, but he sure had the same growl.  He preformed the song just as they were on the albums, but added his own unique flair at moments and managed to make them his own while still keeping them true to the Alice we all knew and loved.  

They did every song that I loved.  I could not have asked for a better set list.  From the hard-hitting stuff like "Them Bones, Man in the Box, Dam that River, We Die Young, and Bleed the Freak" to more introspective stuff like "No Excuses, Got Me Wrong, and Junkhead" all played brilliantly.  I didn't break down when they did "Nutshell," but it was a special moment for me.  If only I could tell them just how much that song means to me.  Seeing it performed live was truly an experience I will cherish.  Halfway through the show, there was a short video montage in tribute to Layne and it really made me remember why his death was so tragic.  While the crowd was reminiscing, the stage was being changed for an acoustic set.  The highlight of the night for me was when they sang "Brother" acoustic.  The harmonies in that song are off the hook and Jerry and Layne's voice used to blend so perfectly.  William not only recaptured that same feel, but knocked it out of the park with his powerful voice.  It was ethereal.  

But like all good things, the show came to an end with an encore of "Rooster" and "Would?"  This was seriously one of the best concerts I have ever been to.  Actually, this might be in a tie for first with Tool the time I saw them at Radio City Music Hall.  If they are coming to a town near you this tour, I highly, highly recommend you checking them out.  This was the concert I dreamed about going to the first time I saw the video for "Man in the Box" on MTV back in 1991.   Now, if only Jerry would shave of that horrible beard...


I have no clue what is going on with the ficathon over at Club Sion.  No one seems to be contributing their fics.  So, rather than killing myself to finish that Crimson Spell story, I've put it aside and started the next chapter of "P&C."  About time, right?

And here it is....

 
 
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