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Someone Found a Full Alice in Chains Concert from 1989

Long before they broke through with the Grunge Explosion, Alice in Chains was a working band in the Seattle area trying to find a sound and image that worked. By 1989, they were getting close but not quite there yet.

A video of the band performing at Washington State on December 1, 1989 (“$5 in advance, $6 at the door) illustrates one part of their evolution.  Let’s start with a radio commercial for the gig.


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One thought on “Someone Found a Full Alice in Chains Concert from 1989

  • Yes. Back when they still considered themselves a metal band. Before the ridiculous grunge tag got plastered on them. I remember this era well. Caught them in Edmonton opening for Van Halen in around 91-92, right before the grunge explosion. Other than me, I don’t think anyone in attendance gave a shit, and I think their merch guy was stoked to see me. His booth was pretty lonely!


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