Alice In Chains singer/guitarist Jerry Cantrell revealed in a new interview with Kerrang! that the band’s new song “Never Fade” was inspired by his grandmother, late Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, and late Alice In Chains vocalist Layne Staley.
Cantrell explained, “I think there was some residue from the past lingering, but the ghosts were benevolent, they were there to help, not hinder. I wrote the lyrics to the song ‘Never Fade’ right there in Studio X. I thought, ‘I’m not leaving this room until I chase this song down.’ I sang about the history, all the songs that had been written, all the arguments among bands and discussions about the future.”
Studio X, formerly known as Bad Animals, was where Alice In Chains recorded its last album with Staley on vocals in 1995 and where the group returned to work on its new LP, Rainier Fog. Cantrell continued, “I was thinking about my grandmother, who’d just died a few months earlier; thinking about Layne Staley, thinking about Chris Cornell, who’d just passed a month before — just letting it wash over, and at the end, I walked out into the dawn and felt I’d had a significant spiritual experience. It couldn’t have happened anywhere else.”
Rainier Fog, Alice In Chains’ sixth studio album, arrives on Friday (August 24th). The band’s first new studio effort in five years, it contains the tracks “The One You Know” and “So Far Under” in addition to “Never Fade.”