Alice In Chains’ Jerry Cantrell looks back on “f**ked up” solo album

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Alice In Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell has revealed that he was “fucked up” when he released his second solo album, Degradation Trip, in 2002.

“I was just really fucked up back then to be honest with you, and you can totally hear in on that record,” Cantrell told Billboard. “It was done right before I got sober, and it was also done right when I was dealing with the death of my band, and then the unhappy coincidence of Layne [Staley, original Alice In Chains singer] passing away right after I released that record.”

Despite the circumstances surrounding its creation, Cantrell said he looks back on the album with fondness. He revealed that bassist Robert Trujillo and drummer Mike Bordin, who played on the album, have suggested they revisit the album.

“I'll see Robert and Mike every once in a while and they’re like, ‘We should do some fucking shows, man. Some Degradation Trip shows.’ I tell him we'll do it someday.”

Alice In Chains released their sixth studio album, Rainier Fog, on August 24. Cantrell recently told Classic Rock that the album was among the darkest the band had made.

“There’s just as much dark shit on this record, lyrically, as on any record that we ever did,” he said. “There’s some real deep emotional turf on it.”

Dave Everley

Dave Everley has been writing about and occasionally humming along to music since the early 90s. During that time, he has been Deputy Editor on Kerrang! and Classic Rock, Associate Editor on Q magazine and staff writer/tea boy on Raw, not necessarily in that order. He has written for Metal Hammer, Louder, Prog, the Observer, Select, Mojo, the Evening Standard and the totally legendary Ultrakill. He is still waiting for Billy Gibbons to send him a bottle of hot sauce he was promised several years ago.