Alice in Chains checks in

Driving home the yesterday I heard “Check My Brain,” the new Alice in Chains song.

It rocked my world. Vocalist William DuVall, the man who replaced AiC’s late frontman, Layne Staley, has brought new life to the band. And while DuVall (formerly of Comes With the Fall) will never fully replace Staley in many fans’ hearts, he does bring the band into the here and now.

And after hearing the new track, which is taken from the band’s new album “Black Gives Way to Blue” (in stores Sept. 29), I hungered for some vintage AiC.

Album art courtesy Virgin Records

So I went home and grabbed the band’s 1999 four-CD box set “Music Bank” and downloaded those songs into my iPod.

After cranking up “Lying Season,” I remembered the first time I saw AiC live. The band opened for the Clash of the Titans tour in 1991, at what is now the Rocky Mountain Speedway.

Alice in Chains opened the show, which also featured Anthrax, Megadeth and headliners Slayer. It rained during Megadeth and Slayer’s sets, but we didn’t care. We stood there drenched to the bone screaming, “Peace Sells, but Who’s Buying” and the fitting “Raining Blood.”

The next day I bought AiC’s “Facelift,” which featured the hit “Man in the Box.” I wore that CD out. You can bet I’ll be doing the same thing with “Black Gives Way to Blue.”

By the way, you can download “Check My Brain” for free at the band’s official Web site, www.aliceinchains.com

Peace.

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