While talking to Gibson about his recent addition to its artist roster, Cantrell outlines his plans for more solo activity, saying that “there’s gonna be some cool things happening this year. I’ve already done a couple of shows in L.A. in December with a great group of friends. My friend helped me put together a really cool group of people, and we did a couple of solo shows.
“I’ve been in this band, in Alice In Chains, since 1987, so 33 years. And that’s always been my first love and my commitment, but I did have the opportunity to make a couple of solo records, and since we started the band back up, I really didn’t have the opportunity to revisit that.”
“We just finished touring in September off of Rainier Fog, and we generally take about a year off when we’re done touring anyway – just give it a rest for a second and then get it reinvigorated and focus on what’s new. So we’re gonna take a year off, so I thought I’d maybe do some shows and I’m working on some music as well. And there’s gonna be some exciting things. I don’t wanna say just yet what’s happening, but I can tell you that there’s gonna be some cool shit happening this year.”
In a more recent interview with People TV, Cantrell also explained the timing of the new release: “When I’m with Alice, I’m with Alice, and that takes the majority of my time. This year, we’re taking a little time off, so… If you liked any of the solo work that I did or the work with Alice, I’m sure you might like some of this stuff too.”
What “group of people” we can expect Cantrell to work with is yet to be seen, but if it’s anything like the group he took on board for 2002’s Degradation Trip (Metallica and Suicidal Tendencies’ Robert Trujillo and Faith No More’s Mike Bordin) it’ll contain some serious talent. The as-yet-untitled work will be Cantrell’s third solo record, following both 1998’s Boggy Depot and 2002’s Degradation Trip.
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