Alice In Chains

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2015 (The 2016 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2016 (ranked #157) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Facelift (1990)
Dirt (1992)
Jar of Flies (1994)
Black Gives Way To Blue (2009)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Man In The Box (1990)
Rooster (1992)
Would? (1992)
Them Bones (1992)
Down In A Hole (1992)
No Excuses (1994)
Heaven Beside You (1995)
Check My Brain (2009)

Alice In Chains @ Wikipedia

Alice In Chains Videos

Will Alice In Chains be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


111 comments so far (post your own)

Layne ruled the 90's!

Posted by Danny on Monday, 08.21.06 @ 20:03pm

Layne... one of the best voices of Rock music

Posted by pixie_alice on Thursday, 10.26.06 @ 14:44pm

One of they most influential bands of the 90's. They definitely should be inducted

Posted by RJ on Monday, 03.12.07 @ 20:13pm

THIS IS ONE HELL OF A BAND!!! Think about the albums and songs they made. Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, I hope you induct Alice In Chains to the Hall Of Fame.

Posted by fg2fg on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 15:13pm

if they arent inducted, thats bullshit..if influence is a key factor, there a shoe many artists today mimic laynes vocal style..shit, they even have a rip-off band..ala God Smack..

Posted by je_ssi e on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 05:00am

Alice must be inducted, influence and innovation were just 2 of their qualities...

Posted by Slask on Thursday, 05.24.07 @ 16:40pm

AIC were one of the most innovative and inspirational bands of the 90's. Like em or not they deserve it.

Posted by gerald on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 11:44am

AIC is one of my all time favorite bands, so of course I think they should be inducted. Their influence on the music of today is undeniable. Layne's voice was original for the time, and lets not forget about the amazing Jerry Cantrell. Cantrell's songwriting was amazing. I just have one thing to say though, if AIC gets in, Heart should be in too, they were another Seattle band that influnced AIC in a major way (if you don't believe me, listen to "Brother").

Posted by Tiffany on Thursday, 10.4.07 @ 16:11pm

IMO, they were the best of their generation. There was nothing this band could not do, lyrically, musically and vocally. Excellent band and clearly a 1st year ballot inductee.

Posted by Dameon on Tuesday, 11.27.07 @ 06:37am

AIC was the best of all the Seattle Bands. Man in the Box from the Facelift(1990)was released a year before Smells Like Teen Spirit and IMO, spearheaded the genre.

Posted by Dameon on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 10:51am

Alice should be inducted. Because they were by far the graetest BAND of the 90s and pioneers of grunge and metal music.

Posted by Gio on Tuesday, 02.5.08 @ 18:43pm

"Alice should be inducted. Because they were by far the graetest BAND of the 90s and pioneers of grunge and metal music."-Gio

Skilled? Yes. Good music? Yes. Pioneer of grunge? No. Pioneer of metal? No. Greatest band of the '90s? No.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 02.5.08 @ 20:01pm

Alice In Chains is one of the greatest bands in the history of music. They should have been inducted a long time ago. Layne Staley is a pioneer and one of the greatest rock singers ever. He will always be my favorite. Jerry Cantrell is equally gifted on the guitar and I am so glad that he is still alive and will hopefully be able to see his band be inducted. Thank you AIC for your hard work and dedication. I love you...

Posted by Eshelle on Saturday, 02.9.08 @ 12:37pm

"Layne Staley is a pioneer"

Pioneer in what?

Posted by Liam on Saturday, 02.9.08 @ 12:46pm

Alice In Chains should already be in the hall of fame...The best band since Flyod period...

Posted by kevin on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 21:14pm

"Alice In Chains are better then damocracy"

Posted by Matt on Sunday, 02.10.08 @ 21:15pm

AIC was the best of all the 90's "grunge" bands. Layne and Jerry's vocal harmonies were so amazing. Jerry is one of the best song writers in rock history. They should be in easy.

Posted by Jake on Sunday, 03.16.08 @ 21:07pm

hell yes they should , they were an infulence to other bands and a great band of the 90s if you dont think so listen to man in a box

Posted by ads on Monday, 03.17.08 @ 17:24pm

Godfathers of Sludge! Put in the Chains! Far better than anything that America hating sucko band pearl jam did. Far better than anything cobain ever dreamed of. Far better than any band playing today!

Posted by matt on Friday, 05.9.08 @ 07:50am

Fools! All Fools! The band themselves have stated that they only wore the flannels and tatered jeans to make some cash posing as a grunge band! Grunge was Nirvana, Mud Honey, Pearl Jam, Temple of the Dog. CHAINS is Metal! Toured the monsters of rock with SLAYER for Christ's sake! Would Nirvana have ever toured with friggin' SLAYER? Hell no. Cobain would've been killed.

Posted by matt on Sunday, 05.18.08 @ 16:08pm

Chains for Life

Posted by matt on Thursday, 05.29.08 @ 07:12am

best voice ever! Layne Stayley - R.I.P.

Posted by harrison on Thursday, 05.29.08 @ 07:19am

OK... so out of the big "Seattle" bands of the early 90's, Nirvana and Pearl Jam are definite inductions. I think Soundgarden is a step behind, with Alice In Chains right behind them. Hopefully they'll all make it, but who knows.

Posted by mel on Tuesday, 06.3.08 @ 15:20pm

They had better get into the Hall of Fame. Layne is always the voice for this band, and on his voice alone he was easily one of the best singers of his era if not the best. With Jerry's ripping guitar riffs and solos, Sean and both Mikes very sound backbone this band is sure to get a nod into the hall. RIP LTS!

Posted by That One Guy on Saturday, 06.7.08 @ 12:47pm

AIC need to get in to the hall. VH1 had a thing on Happy metal of the 80's and the rise and fall, Warrant's headman, Janie lane or whatever his name is, said he walked into the record company's main office and their poster of Cherry Pie was taken down for a band called AIC. He went on to say that he knew the hair metal was done. This was in 1990 as someone pointed out earlier, and let me think, before Nirvana's Teen Spirit. Yeah Nirvana was around in about '88 but AIC was grunge to the hilt, just listen to any song from them. They were the dark side and grunge represented that and they captured it perfectly. AIC is a great band. Best bands of the '90s, Pearl Jam, AIC, Nirvana and Soundgarden. Any one who came after these 4 were all crap.

Posted by twah on Saturday, 06.14.08 @ 21:13pm

"Any one who came after these 4 were all crap."-twah

I take it you haven't bought an album since 1994, or even been awake.

Posted by William on Sunday, 06.15.08 @ 03:24am

Alice in Chains is one of the best bands in history, not just of their genre. The are the quintessential "bands" band. All bands respected and admired AIC contributions.

Posted by kevin on Sunday, 06.29.08 @ 18:55pm

A truly awesome band. They started off as a grunge/metal prototype and moved into places few people ever thought they would. Some great harmonies on "Jar of Flies" and the self-titled 95 album, and some laid back blues style tossed in the mix later on. They definitely had some effect on the later metal acts at the beginning of this decade. They should be a shoo in.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Monday, 06.30.08 @ 18:10pm

fore fathers of grunge

Posted by Alonso on Wednesday, 07.9.08 @ 00:08am

Fine band. In same boat as Soundgarden, to me. Wonder if they have enough killer material. Shame Mr. Stayley died young, they could have used him in last few years.

I admit I haven't listened to all their stuff, but if it is as good as what was on their 'Unplugged' album, then they'll get in for sure.

Posted by Paul in KY on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 11:43am

Paul - I would say that it is worth the investment to pick up their music catalogue. I think that you will find them to have been one hell of a band. They are hands down, my favorite band from that era.

Posted by Dameon on Thursday, 07.17.08 @ 11:58am

One of the unique voices in their generation...
worthy of being inducted in the hall of fame...

Posted by Ian on Tuesday, 09.16.08 @ 19:56pm

This site has AIC listed as only a 19% chance of induction, despite 90% YES votes? I know there are differing factors regarding the real Hall, but I'll say that in figuring this out, Seattle is looked upon kindly by RS, and that does factor in. It would seem to me to improve their chances radically. The music speaks for itself, but the other factors are also better than to just rate them at 19%.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 11.25.08 @ 05:37am

19% chance, huh? WTF??? If ANY 90's band belongs in the hall of fame it's either AIC or NIRVANA...or BOTH! Who better represents the zeitgeist of the era? Of course, NIRVANA has to be inducted...even though AIC appears to have been the most influential band to come out of Seattle since the Jimi Hendrix Experience. What a bunch of BS...

Posted by Rocco on Sunday, 12.14.08 @ 18:47pm

I don't think they deserve it but it's probably a "Yes".

It's all because the idea of the "big four" grunge bands has been hot-wired into our heads...even though it's misleading (Pearl Jam didn't actually play grunge music, Alice in Chains wasn't part of the scene and descended from/associated with 80s metal bands, Soundgarden and Nirvana had begun to move away from or had already ditched the sound by 1991.) It's basically an outdated idea that bolsters their status.

I liked Alice in Chains when I was younger and more inclined towards metal music. I figure that's why they're so popular here; the metal/classic rock guys actually like them. They were good hard rock. I personally say "No" because they are the real root of much of the bland alternative metal (also nu metal) and post grunge that litters the radio. I call it "KILO Rock" (Colorado Springs/Pueblo denizens may get that.) This is their primary sphere of influences and it's not very appealing.

Posted by Jonas on Saturday, 12.20.08 @ 23:23pm

It is a shame that although they had a few good songs, their influence has produced so many lousy nu-metal bands. But I notice that a lot of new bands like to say they're influenced by the classics, even though it doesn't in their music at all. I think there's a perception that classic rock is still popular, and people think they can be cool if they try to associate with it.

Posted by Metalsmith on Sunday, 12.21.08 @ 12:03pm

I am in agreement that Nu-metal is boring. However, it doesn't matter if the bands they influenced are shitty in the opinion of some. The point is that they have a direct influence over a genre of RnR. And that means they meet the criteria set forth by this museum.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 12.22.08 @ 14:42pm

AIC is a excellent band that should and probably will be inducted eventually. Layne was one of the most original and talented singers of his time, and has been a big influence on many. Ever noticed how many modern rock and metal singers try to sound like him? Their influence is undeniable. Hell, Metallica's Jame Hetfield has stated them as a favorite of his and an influence on his vocal style in their newest albums.

Posted by Joey on Tuesday, 12.30.08 @ 14:17pm

Definitly a great band .......... great music ...they captured the dark side of life with maturity......think they were never grunge ..... but it was nice to see them share the same stage as soundgarden and nirvana.....

i love to hear soundgarden and alice in chains

if u ask me ..... they should get inducted

Posted by k k on Tuesday, 03.17.09 @ 11:14am

they better or imma protest that sh*t

Posted by that dude on Friday, 06.5.09 @ 23:13pm

One of the best bands of the grunge era and pioneers of alternative rock. My second favorite band from that time(Soundgarden is my favorite). They do have a fair amount if influence, so I think they deserve it.

Posted by Dude Man on Thursday, 07.2.09 @ 13:51pm

There should be no question as to whether or not Alice in Chains is worthy of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: at a time when grunge and alternative rock were dominating the airwaves, Alice in Chains stuck to a heavier, more metal-oriented sound which had largely fallen out of favor with the masses and somehow managed to be successful with it. Of course, Alice in Chains was far different from their glam metal predecessors: their songs contain a vulnerability and sincerity more common to their grunge contemporaries than to their heavy metal influences, and their fondness for techniques such as vocal harmonizing made them unique. Thier records have sold consistently well over the years and they have been cited as an influence by groups such as Creed, Nickelback, and Shinedown, all bands that have achieved substantial commercial success (although I personally detest all three). Although a slightly better repuatation amongst critics would bolster their case (I don't believe "Rolling Stone" included a single Alice in Chains record on their greatest albums list, nor a single song on their greatest songs list), I don't think that would prevent Alice in Chains's induction. Only time will tell, but I think Alice in Chains is a lock to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Posted by AreUExperienced on Monday, 07.13.09 @ 19:16pm

AIC is one of my very favorite bands of all time. I'm not going to repeat everything already written here about how wonderful they were/are.
Important note: Alice in Chains were supposed to be the headlining act at the grand opening ceremonies back in the day. They backed out (another Layne relapse - I think). Bad blood lasts longer than reason.
Dont bet on them getting in any time soon.

Posted by Loki on Thursday, 12.10.09 @ 17:46pm

"Seattle is looked upon kindly by RS, and that does factor in. It would seem to me to improve their chances radically." Posted by Cheesecrop on Tuesday, 11.25.08 @ 05:37am

Yes, all of the Big 4 of Seattle except for Alice. Here's a list of things working for and against them, working for first:

-They have plenty of critics who like them (Classic Rock and Metal Hammer are two magazines that look kindly on them.)
-They're friends with Metallica, who are very respected by RS (interviewed them many times,) so I'm sure they could throw their weight around and lobby for AIC.) Hell, they thank Metallica in the "Black Gives Way to Blue" liner notes.
-Also in the liner notes, they thank Duff McKagan, Dave Grohl and Tom Morello, all of whom are practically shoo-ins to be inducted with their original bands. Likewise, Jerry thanks Dave Navarro in his liner notes, and DN will probably be inducted with Jane's Addiction. All of these guys could pressure the Hall to induct them.
-Some people have already noted that they originally broke down the doors for Seattle with "Man in the Box".
-I'm not sure if they're the original alternative metal band, but they're one of the first, and definitely have their own style.
-As noted, a massive influence on post-grunge/modern rock. You can hear them in Creed and Nickelback.

Working against them:
-This is big: RS actually hasn't paid much attention to them. Out of them, Soundgarden, PJ and Nirvana, they were the only one not to appear on the 500 Greatest Albums. "Black Gives Way to Blue" was a fine comeback, but got a negative (and poorly written) review, and Layne didn't get a cover when he died, whereas Cobain did.

They're a great band, and logically should go in easily, but we'll have to see.

Posted by Sam on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 13:20pm

Sam - Always glad to hear a new voice on the site. Stick around.

Space Trucker - Glad to see you've taken hold of your own plans for universal domination. I wandered on over to your site and was instantly compelled to seek out White Wizzard & Cauldron. Not bad if I do say so myself. I'll make sure I drop by in the near future & run amuck, providing you don't see my commentary as noxious toxic swill. Even if you do, I'll still drop by, but I'll just remain silent on the page.

Posted by Cheesecrop on Friday, 02.5.10 @ 19:29pm


Thanks so much for the visit to, it means a lot to me. Your comments and participation are always welcome. I have bigger plans for the site in the near future. Did you get a chance to hear my first podcast? What do you think?

There is a great video for the Alice In Chains song 'Your Decision' on my site and a behind the scenes look at the making of it.

My passion for music is in Hard Rock and Heavy Metal and reflects that, check it out everyone, tell me what you think.


Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 13:27pm

Did you get a chance to hear my first podcast? What do you think?

Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 13:27pm
A little Steel Dragon at the end? Did not expect that - great stuff all around. A mix of everything there. I liked the Captain Beyond track at the beginning.

How far out regarding hard rock/metal are you going to go? I can tell the easy part of the boundaries you have - Alice Cooper, Collective Soul, Megadeth, etc. Are you going to lean toward tracks from the Black Keys, the Living Things, perhaps a few of the garage bands that have the odd harder tune? I know certain bands don't fit what you've got going, but would you consider the Doors "Break On Through" or something along that nature as well?

Posted by Cheesecrop on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 18:46pm


Thanks again for the input. My favorite Doors song is 'Waiting for the Sun' and I will definitely be adding it to a future podcast. Please suggest songs for future podcast's on, I would love to hear them.

I like a lot of the commercial (popular) bands and their songs, but I always seem to gravitate towards less popular stuff, you know deeper tracks. The cover bands I was in actually played Captain Beyond, Montrose, Robin Trower, and songs from popular rock bands but not the usual. Like with Aerosmith we played 'Movin On' and 'Lord of the Thighs' or Black Sabbath, 'N.I.B.' or 'Black Sabbath' so my Podcast's will have that same flavor. I have a lot of great off the wall bands and tunes coming up in future shows, so stay tuned. I will try to do a new show at least once a week.


Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 20:03pm

SpaceTrucker...I remember back in the day opening a set "Bridge of Sighs", and how many people came up to us wanting to know where that song came from. They knew Procol Harum...but not Robin Trower. I also remember hearing Ronnie Montrose' version of Gene Pitney's "Town Without Pity" for the first time...blew me away!!! I also can relate to what you say about groups like the Doors...while everyone around here was listening to "Touch Me", I was checking out "Crystal Ships".

Digging deep back then enhanced my playing considerably, and kept me out of the rut called "top forty" in the Denver area.

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 02.7.10 @ 07:47am

Please suggest songs for future podcast's on, I would love to hear them.


Posted by SpaceTrucker on Saturday, 02.6.10 @ 20:03pm
Glad to see you're having a ball playing at being a D.J. Everybody likes to play D.J., and you seem to fit the bill, not only for your own site, but this one as well. We should name you resident D.J. of this site as well.

I'd try it myself, but my computer is like the stock market right now - it keeps crashing and never stops. Plus, I think I'd need a web page or something. Suffice to say, I've never been the master of my own domain...

Three favorites of mine I never hear on radio:

1. Steppenwolf - Jupiter's Child
2. Screaming Trees - Shadow of the Season
3. Melvins - Revolve

Posted by Cheesecrop on Sunday, 02.7.10 @ 16:05pm

Thank you Cheesecrop. I'm interested in the "Your Decision" vid because the new album is great. Personally, I get to hear some rare stuff on "Nights With Alice Cooper", and SpaceTrucker, for 70's and 80's hard rock and metal, try and find The House of Hair. It's broadcast by Dee Snider of Twisted Sister 8-11 Saturday nights; he plays some great stuff. If you can't play it, try and check out the weekly playlist: Later.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 02.8.10 @ 20:55pm

I think this is my second time to show up on this page... Anyways Black Gives Way To Blue (their latest) is a great rebirth for the band and still proves they can ROCK! I hope the RRHOF is NOT stupid to induct ANY 2000s bands (bands AIC stand HEAD AND SHOULDERS OVER) before AIC!

Posted by Antonio on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 03:53am

True. They should get in instantly. My worst fears have been destroyed, as Layne actually DID get a RS cover when he died, and they did give AIC a story in '96, so even though they haven't shown up on any of those lists they are acknowledged (but for the love of God, Jann, fire Christian Hoard. That guy makes Diane Warren look like a poet. If he doesn't like Black Gives Way to Blue, fine, but at least try and explain why you don't like it.) Not a guaranteed induction by any means, but they do have a chance.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 03.7.10 @ 15:55pm

ROlling stone is garbage. In the 70s, they gave 1-star reviews to Zeppelin and Sabbath, and in the 80s, they gave one star reviews to Metallica.

So if they didn't like the new Alice (which has seriously grown on me over the past 6 months), that's a good thing. Rolling Stone would rather blow sunshine up our asses about Massive Attack, Dashboard Confessional, or some other worthless garbage that any real music fan wouldn't even wipe their ass with. Even if you just want to talk about music from the early 90s, Rolling Stone was too busy swinging from the nuts of Smashing Pumpkins - pretentious shit - to notice anybody who was actually any good.

Twenty years from now, they'll have conveniently "reivsed" their opinion of Alice.

Posted by Big Willie on Thursday, 04.15.10 @ 07:47am

"and in the 80s, they gave one star reviews to Metallica." Well they gave Master of Puppets a good review when it came out. I can't find any reviews of Ride the Lightning and Kill 'Em All; perhaps they weren't aware of them at the time. ...Justice got a good review from them when it came out.

"So if they didn't like the new Alice (which has seriously grown on me over the past 6 months), that's a good thing." Sure. Plus they prefer the Disney Channel artists.

"Rolling Stone would rather blow sunshine up our asses about Massive Attack, Dashboard Confessional, or some other worthless garbage that any real music fan wouldn't even wipe their ass with." Now now, be nice to Massive Attack; they make some excellent music, and they are innovative. I'll agree to disagree.

"Even if you just want to talk about music from the early 90s, Rolling Stone was too busy swinging from the nuts of Smashing Pumpkins - pretentious shit - to notice anybody who was actually any good." People who got good reviews from them in the early 90's: Blur (they noticed Parklife), Oasis (Definitely Maybe, WSTMG?), Nirvana, R.E.M. (rightfully so), Pearl Jam. Good bands, I'd say. RS actually didn't review Facelift or Dirt, but they did give Jar of Flies and the self-titled Four Stars so they don't completely hate them. And they did give Layne a cover when he died.

Twenty years from now, they'll have conveniently "reivsed" their opinion of Alice. - Big Willie

Well, they did give Nevermind 3 stars originally and then up it to 5 after Kurt died and made it one of the greatest albums of all time (4 stars IMO), so they could up BGWTB to 5 stars if it changes the world.

Put Alice in the Hall!

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 04.15.10 @ 20:52pm

Alice: 6 Grammy nominations (all in the Best Hard Rock Performance or Best Hard Rock song), 0 wins. I was just about to do a Keltner analysis (even though we have 5 years), but then I accidentally went back to the previous page and everything was erased. Bollocks. I'm not really feeling up to starting again right now, but it is coming, and it will prove that Alice belongs.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 04.18.10 @ 21:14pm

1. Were AIC ever regarded as the best artist in rock (Did anyone ever seriously suggest this?) No, only die-hard fans have suggested it. However, some might call them the best of the early to mid 90's (Dee Snider called them "one of my favorite band from that era,") and I sometimes see Dirt ranked as one of the best albums of the 90's (Acclaimed Music, which has gathered the overall critical rankings, has it ranked as the 96th best album of the 90's and the 9th best of 1992.)

2. Were AIC ever the best artist in rock music in their genre? Where to put them? Not the best Metal, Hard Rock or Alternative band, and probably not the best Grunge band. However, you could call them the best Alternative-Metal band without too much argument from me.

3. Were AIC ever considered the best at their instruments? No. However, Jerry sometimes makes those 100 best guitarists lists, and most of those ahead of him are in or will be in by 2015. If you consider the voice to be an instrument (I don't), then James Hetfield ranking Layne as the 2nd best singer might be relevant to you.

4. Did AIC have an impact on a number of other bands? Yes. I don't know whether these bands were actually influenced by them or were just doing it because it was the cool thing to do, but Creed, Godsmack, Stone Temple Pilots, Puddle of Mudd, Nickleback and Staind all took their formula to great success. Some people feel Metallica were using them as an influence when they did the Load albums, though I don't hear it. Maynard James Keenan and Layne were friends, so they may have influenced each other.

5. Were AIC good enough that they could play after their prime? They're back together, and the new album is solid. I haven't seen them live yet.

6. Are AIC the very best artist in history not in the HOF? I'd say no, and there are more influential and innovative artists who have been snubbed.

7. Are most bands with a comparable recording history + impact in the HOF? See #6, though yes, most of the bands who can top AIC for that are in. How many is most? Acclaimed Music ranks them as the 617th greatest artists of all time, and I'd say there are 137 artists ahead of them who might be ahead in terms of HOF criteria (some of these definitely are.) I'll change that stat later when I've done more research.

8. Is there any evidence to suggest that AIC were any significantly better or worse than suggested by statistical records? No.

9. Are AIC the best artist in it's genre eligible for the HOF? No.

10. How many #1 singles/gold records did AIC have? Any Grammy wins or nominations? 1 Gold album in the UK, 2 in the US (2 plat. 4 multi-plat.) 1 Gold in Canada, plus some platinum. Grammy stuff already mentioned.

11. How many Grammy-level songs/albums did AIC have? For how long of a period did AIC dominate the music scene? Any Rolling Stone covers? Did most bands with this type of impact go to the HOF? They did produce work that in my opinion trumps some Grammy-winning work. They came close to dominating for about 3 years. Layne appeared on RS when he died, but beyond that I don't know.

12. If AIC were the best band at a concert, would the concert rock? Yes.

13. What impact did AIC have on rock history? Were they responsible for any stylistic changes? Did they introduce any new equipment? Did AIC change history in any way? "Man in the Box" was released and in MTV rotation a year before "Smells Like Teen Spirit", so they could be credited with helping to put Seattle on the map. I would consider them innovative, as combining metal riffing and post-punk was not really being done, and their style rubbed off on some bands. They're often considered one of the pillars of alt-metal. No new equipment. I don't know how Seattle would've played out if not for AIC getting early exposure, so you could maybe say they changed history.

14. Did AIC uphold the standards of sportsmanship and character? Everyone aside from Layne kicked their addictions, and the guys are all lifers and they're well-respected within the industry by other musicians.

Okay, some parts of this are debatable and they might be at best a B-level band in terms of impact, but I'd say there's room for them, particularly as the classes will probably be weaker by then.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 04.19.10 @ 20:19pm

Good work Sam! Also you would hope by 2015 that there would be some new young blood on the nominating committee that may be more favorable to Alice In Chains. I agree with you that they are right their on the edge of whether they are worthy enough. The problem they have is that they are usually seen as the 4 best band in the Grunge scene (I agree that they are not exactly Grunge but most out there generalize them with that scene) behind Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Soundgarden. So they will have that going against them. Yet at the same time they had their front man die and the band is able to come back at almost the same level. It seems like the Hall of Fame likes these kind of stories of a comeback in the face of adversity. It almost as an AC/DC or Aerosmith type feel to it. I know that they won't get in on the first try, but it would not surprise me to see them get in by at least the early 2020's.

Posted by Gassman on Monday, 04.19.10 @ 22:31pm

I agree. Tragedy is a good story; inspiring comebacks from tragedy are even better stories (VH1 knew that when they began behind the music,) and part of Nirvana's acclaim is due to so many people viewing Cobain as a talented but troubled hero (two out of three.) The new album is solid, and is close to going Gold, so if they performed at the ceremony it could draw some attention. Nirvana's a lock, and is likely to get in first try, so that monkey will be likely out the way by then. If for whatever reason Green Day and Nine Inch Nails don't get in first try, they will second try, which will take up spots in 2015. It's possible Soundgarden will have to wait until Nirvana and Pearl Jam will get in, but I'm hoping that's not the case because that's the opposite of how it should work. I cannot see any real likely first-ballot inductees in 2015 except The Smashing Pumpkins. Mariah Carey and Celine Dion may hang around due to their popularity, but do they have the street cred to be seriously considered? Blur should get in, but they'll probably have no chance until Radiohead and Oasis get in, unless the Commitee's attitude changes (it would help if The Smiths get in soon.) If Alice doesn't get in first try, then they could second try, as the only real likely induction from 2016 is Pearl Jam (lock.) 2017 is more problematic; their desecendants Stone Temple Pilots could beat them for popularity reasons, Radiohead are a lock, and Rage Against the Machine will likely get in within a few years.) Suede and Tool also have legitimate cases for induction, but the latter will have a tough time because of the anti-prog and anti-metal stances, and the former probably will have no chance until Oasis, Blur, The Smiths and The Stone Roses are all in (TSR have a tough road as well), and even then... Outside chance in 2017. 2018: Dave Matthews Band will likely be inducted. Sheryl Crow and Shania Twain could also snag spots due to their popularity, though neither deserve it. Beyond that, there's nobody with a real chance, so they could get it that year. 2019: The only people with a good chance at this point are Oasis and Weezer. Outkast might (their chances will improve if they return), Korn will have a tough road because of the anti-metal stances, and Marilyn Manson for the same reasons plus he's going into irrelevance. So, you're right. Probably not first try, maybe in the late 2010's (some spots will also be taken by the backlog), but in the 2020's most of the artists becoming eligible have such small cases that the Hall will become even less credible if AIC doesn't get inducted. I mean, The Backstreet Boys, Creed or Britney getting in first? Due to the imitators (who can't hold a candle to them), the fact that they are somewhat original and a branch of alternative-metal, and the importance of "Man in the Box" to popularizing Seattle, I feel they deserve a spot.

Posted by Sam on Tuesday, 04.20.10 @ 21:22pm

@matt you must have been dropped on your head as a small child, Alice In Chains is the Seattle Sound, that shit you said about flannel shirts you just made up, and flannel shirts is a stereo type anyway, what the hell does that have to do with song? nothing! half of you kids that run around on the internet all day praising "grunge" don't even know what it is, Grunge is the use of WA Peddles and Distortion, along side of that there is the subject matters, Alice In Chains was the most metal of the Grunge bands, but no Band was just "Grunge" Nirvana was Punk - Grunge, and Alice In Chains Released their 1990 album and had a single in rotation on MTV a year before Kurt put out Nevermind, And the only reason Alice In Chains was on the Clash of The Titans Tour in '91 was because Pantera dropped out at the last minute, they endured a Slayer crowd for about 51 days, I read in an interview that Layne Staley would jump in the crowd and punch people in the face for throwing shit at the stage, now that I straightened you but on that issue, back to the music, Facelift Sap, Jar of Flies, Alice in Chains, timeless classics, listen to Nutshell or Am I Inside and tell me if you still think they're just a metal band.. idiot

Posted by SAP on Saturday, 05.15.10 @ 16:47pm

"One of the best bands of the grunge era and pioneers of alternative rock." - Dude Man

I love AIC as much as the next person, but I don't think that's true (the alternative bit.) I'd suggest you listen to Joy Division, any of the early post-punk bands (early stuff from U2, The Cure, New Order and R.E.M. included.) You might even be going back to Bowie for that. There's even a bit of post-punk in AIC's sound.

For what it's worth in the "are they grunge or metal" thing, they came onto the Seattle scene fairly late, though they were drawing just as much from first wave grunge as they were Sabbath and thrash/speed metal, with maybe a bit of Classic Rock thrown in (I believe they've cited KISS.) They have at least some chance of being inducted since the competition might be weaker by then.

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 05.16.10 @ 15:34pm

Alice in chains was easily the best band of the 90's. No one from that era could touch Staley's vocals and stage presence. IMO, one of the best front-men of all time. It's not a question of whether or not they'll make it to the hall of fame, it's a question of when.

Posted by Andyp on Thursday, 07.1.10 @ 01:57am

Big fan of AIC so I will not try and give a biased opinion, but I will say this. To those who say they are a metal band and not a grunge band, please tell me how many metal bands you know that walked into a studio with acoustic guitars and recorded a number 1 album (jar of flies) off the top of their heads? I can't think of one. They are a grunge band like it or not. How many bands can produce a great album today after losing their front man? Not to many. If their music doesn't get them in, I think that alone should get them in or at least be looked at with great respect.

Posted by Mike on Thursday, 08.26.10 @ 00:43am

one of the greatest ever. nirvana and pearl jam aint got shit on them. and god only knows how many bands rip off their music. they kick ass now and back in the day. very few bands can put out a kick ass new album after the loss of their front man especially someone like layne

Posted by andrew on Monday, 09.13.10 @ 09:01am

Yes, they've had a big impact, they'll make it in. They've inspired a lot of good bands, which one of them is my favorite; Green Day. Yes, I don't see why they wouldn't...

Posted by Brittany on Thursday, 10.28.10 @ 08:00am

Hell yes AiC should be in the Hall.

Posted by Ryan on Thursday, 10.28.10 @ 19:22pm

No Doubt, they are very influential band.

Even that i dont like Godsmack, they are successful thanks for AiC.

Even Metallicas Death Magnetic!


Posted by Elias on Monday, 11.1.10 @ 21:08pm

Metallica's Load and Reload, if anything.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 11.8.10 @ 03:17am

"Warrant's headman, Janie lane or whatever his name is, said he walked into the record company's main office and their poster of Cherry Pie was taken down for a band called AIC."

Having watched part of the documentary in question, that isn't entirely accurate. The quote in question: "When we released the record 'Cherry Pie', in the office at Columbia in New York, there was a huge poster of 'Cherry Pie' and that was a big ego boost. Then when we released the next record I did the exact same trip to New York to talk with Donnie, and over his secretary's desk there was a huge poster again, only this time it was Alice in Chains, 'Dirt'. I was thinking 'Hmmm, I think we've slipped down the priority ladder a bit here.'" Right church, wrong pew, as that incident would've been while Nevermind and "Teen Spirit" were blowing up. Still, the idea that Facelift and "Man in the Box" didn't contribute to that scene getting on the map is ridiculous.

The irony of people complaining about grunge pushing metal* to the side might be lost on the whiners in question, but I just find it amusing.

*It's worth noting that quite a few of the bands that couldn't keep up in the 90's weren't metal. Poison, Warrant... nothing wrong with them, they're just not metal.

Posted by Sam on Monday, 11.8.10 @ 06:09am

18% chance of getting in? What's a point in music if Alice doesn't get in? I always thought music was about being orginal. Alice's sound has defined music better than any band that's come along. Their harmonies are as beautiful today as they were when the came out in 90. Stick your album sales up your ass and get it through head Alice In Chains is by rule the defintion of music.

Posted by K on Wednesday, 12.1.10 @ 06:13am

AIC should get in EASILY, layne was one of, if not THE greatest rock vocalist, and the band as a whole had a sound completely thier own, no one has ever matched them and no one ever will

Posted by Jeff on Wednesday, 12.15.10 @ 19:05pm

Anything less than a first-ballot induction requires an apology.

Posted by Jim on Saturday, 02.12.11 @ 18:42pm

RIP Mike Starr.

Posted by Jim on Tuesday, 03.8.11 @ 17:26pm

Greatest Band Ever. RIP Layne Staley and Mike Starr. I'm surprised they haven't been inducted already.

Posted by Turd on Friday, 06.10.11 @ 13:50pm

Not eligible yet. If they're not inducted by this time in 2016 I'll join you in protest

Posted by Sam on Sunday, 06.12.11 @ 12:08pm

18% chance when the voter say 90% i dont get it. Anyway AIC no question is first ballot Hall of Famers. Nirvana was the most popular AIC was the most influential in modern rock. While the bands that were influenced by AIC do suck, thats not AIC fault.Layne is the most influential singer in the past 2 decades. Examples staind, seether, stone sour, godsmack, theaory of a dead man, shine down,three days grace, even metallica just ask james heffield.i could go on but im not i dont feel like it but you get my point. Not only his voice but his fashion. for example the braided beard you see every other band have, his hair styles Layne is an iconic front man. They definately have been one of the most influential bands period.They been nominated for a grammy for every album they made.One of only two in the history of music to have an ep debut at number one ever. they were the first. The other was Linkin park with Jay z so technilay thats two artist one ep but whatever. And theire longevity there still touring and had according to most the best album of 2010 or 2009 not sure, After a 16 year hiatus that alone shows how great of a band AIC is. If they dont get in it that would just be ridiculous.(Biggest understatement ever)

Posted by Rush on Monday, 08.15.11 @ 21:43pm

Without Alice In Chains metal wouldn't have gotten out of that 80's theme. Alice In Chains had "Man In The Box" in 1990. Guess who comes along with a similar style to AIC the following year, METALLICA! So good they influenced one of the greatest metal bands of all time. I pray they make it in. They so deserve it.

Posted by BradTheBluefish on Thursday, 02.23.12 @ 12:17pm

anyone who thinks alice in chains doesnt deserve to be in the HOF needs sucker punched

Posted by Joe on Wednesday, 03.28.12 @ 15:33pm

Without AIC, the hall of fame will turn into the hall of shame.

Posted by Someone on Wednesday, 01.16.13 @ 04:40am

They are one of the greatest rock bands of all-time, and there is going to be a significant effort to get them in there. But, I don't know if the types who vote on these things respect AIC enough. But, Sabbath, Skynyrd, GNR (on the first ballot), and a few others all snuck in, so AIC deserves to be in their company, no questions asked. Can't wait to hear The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here!

Posted by Sunking278 on Wednesday, 04.24.13 @ 04:01am

One of the greatest bands of all time.... Still no one that replicates AIC! RIP Layne!!!

Posted by firefly on Sunday, 07.14.13 @ 01:23am

Alice In Chains has always been one of my FAV bands. I think they have many things working in their favor for RRHOF.

I think they have great Innovation with the Staley-Cantrell double vocals which could change even from verse to verse. The outstanding Jar Of Flies & SAP mini CDs shows their acoustical talents & songwriting ability.

Alice In Chains will remain visible linked with Seattle greats Nirvana,Pearl Jam who will most likely be 1st ballot RRHOFers.

Throw in the outstanding comeback CD & Alice In Chains is definitely Hall worthy. I find myself humming Your Decision a few times a week. KING

Posted by KING on Friday, 01.24.14 @ 14:43pm

Since they innovate Nu-Metal how about Doom Metal?

Posted by Ginno on Friday, 02.7.14 @ 07:07am

If Madonna is in the HOF than AIC should totaly be in! Madonna is not even rock!WTH were they thinking! r.i.p Layne & Mike

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 02.15.14 @ 03:56am

Nirvana is being inducted in april of this year. So im guessing by 2015 or 2016 Alice in Chains will get their chance to be in the Hall of fame. They are very inspirational. I listend to 100s bands and their is no other band like Alice in Chains. Man in the box is a masterpiece. That song alone shows the power of Layne's voice. My opinion best metal song of the 90s. R.I.P. Lanye Staley, Mike Starr, and Kurt Cobain. Your music changed my life.

Posted by SoAd x Nirvana on Saturday, 02.15.14 @ 04:28am

No other human being has, or ever will, possess a voice quite like the legendary Layne Thomas Staley. I believe he has never got the right amount of recognition for his incredible talent, and to have Alice In Chains inducted would be one of the best ways possible to show the world's love and respect for the music and inspiration he has left behind. From time to time, I bow my head and thank god for blessing the world with such an enchanting soul who's simple, yet so powerful words are enough to keep me going when I feel as if nothing else could. R.I.P Layne & Mike.

Posted by LayneLivesOn on Friday, 03.21.14 @ 23:08pm

Layne Staley
Mike Starr
Sean Kinney
Jerry Cantrell
the influence they had on just about every new band, at that time, was undeniable. they were extremely original. people still get confused trying to catagorize them. i believe they helped change music history forever. definitely hall of famers.
r.i.p. mike & layne <3

Posted by seattle sister on Wednesday, 03.26.14 @ 03:08am

How about just asking the other 90's Seattle Band members if they think Alice In Chains deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame....they have all said at one time or another that AIC should have received Grammy's and other acknowledgments of their musical body of work all along...this was actually evidenced by an award given to SoundGarden where it was said by the recipient that Alice In Chains should be up there getting the award instead!! Check it out - it's on tape! They deserve what has long been denied the right thing NOW!!

They are still playing 'live' around the world, with huge audiences turning out...and now playing to a second generation of rockers....they are proud men who play their hearts out for their fans - so step up and do the right thing NOW!!

Hey Seattle - start the ball rolling - We Are All 4 Alice. Let's do it!

Posted by YoMomma on Wednesday, 03.26.14 @ 21:55pm

AiC? As far as influence goes, any band in the sludge metal and the post-grunge genre have no doubt been influenced by them.

Originality: I have yet to hear anyone sound quite like Staley, and Jerry's guitar creativity and his song writing abilities, in my opinion, have yet to be met since he began.

Quality of music: In my opinion, they have a very wide range of music, everything from "We Die Young", to "Nutshell", and still to "Voices". Each very different from one another, but each one of them is truly great and expresses fantastic emotion.

Were they the best of their genre? In Alternative Metal, I don't see a lot of competition.
Were they awesome live? From everything I've heard, and from personal experience, heck yeah!
Should they be inducted? Yeah, but probably once the Hall wraps their mind around the fact that Iron Maiden, SRV, and Soundgarden.

Posted by Democracy on Monday, 05.19.14 @ 15:15pm

Its sad that Layne is gone. Such a great man with amazing talent. Music today is lost without you. I miss you Layne. May you rest in peace my brother.

Posted by PUNKrocker87 on Thursday, 05.22.14 @ 21:49pm

Alice is by far one of the best bands of the 90s..and undoubtedly the best vocalist there is/was...Layne.. They are also completely underrated..and ignored. That is a tragedy..but introducing upcoming generations to their music is a job all who love them must do. My 9 yo grandson knows about Alice and loves Laynes voice..keeping them alive and heard...

Posted by cn on Friday, 05.30.14 @ 16:24pm

Induct aic and Layne Staley, they are so deserving and have saved so many souls with their music and lyrics

Posted by Janet Ward on Sunday, 06.1.14 @ 15:23pm

Induct aic and Layne Staley, they are so deserving and have saved so many souls with their music and lyrics

Posted by Janet Ward on Sunday, 06.1.14 @ 15:23pm

Induct aic and Layne Staley, they are so deserving and have saved so many souls with their music and lyrics

Posted by Janet Ward on Sunday, 06.1.14 @ 15:25pm

Induct aic and Layne Staley, they are so deserving and have saved so many souls with their music and lyrics

Posted by Janet Ward on Sunday, 06.1.14 @ 15:25pm

Aic and Layne Staley deserve this so much! They have saved so many lives with their music and lyrics. I know they saved me.

Posted by Janet Ward on Monday, 06.2.14 @ 20:09pm

Aic and Layne Staley deserve this so much! They have saved so many lives with their music and lyrics. I know they saved me.

Posted by Janet Ward on Monday, 06.2.14 @ 20:09pm

plain and simple-


of course they deserve it! more than ever. they really changed and influenced music in general together.. they deserve it, layne deserves it.

Posted by ja on Thursday, 06.19.14 @ 10:32am

Absolutelly YES!!!!

Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 23:51pm

Alice in Chains deserves to be in the Hall. Every album they made had some absolute gems of music on it.

Posted by Rita on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 09:01am

RIP, Rick Parashar

Posted by Aaron O'Donnell on Sunday, 08.17.14 @ 14:14pm

When my musically inclined nephew asked me what the 90's were like, I dug out the Dirt album and JoF LP. They perfectly capture the mood of a generation. Who would have thought that songs about opiate detoxing would be so transcendent? Those of you who doubt must have only heard Would and Man in the Box. They are the 90's and should be in. RIP Layne

Posted by Early on Thursday, 12.4.14 @ 13:49pm

Black Gives Way To Blue isn't even close to being "essential" AIC. Jar of Flies or their self-titled disc from 1996 are far more important.

Posted by Joe Cogan on Thursday, 04.16.15 @ 12:48pm

It would be wonderful if Alice In Chains make RRHOF first time eligible. Would be a nice headliner although Smashing Pumpkins or Mariah Carey could be 1 of the 1st time eligibles chosen. Nothing can really be said about Alice In Chains that already has been said. Layne Staley was a vocalist of the highest order. Songs like Don't Follow, Man In The Box, Rooster show his brilliant range. Jerry Cantrell boosts Alice In Chains to RRHOF. His great singing song writing and guitar playing as well as bringing back the band after Layne's death demonstrate his many talents. Alice In Chains one of the best groups I have heard. A KING salute to Alice In Chains and RRHOF soon. KING

Posted by KING on Tuesday, 05.12.15 @ 22:28pm

Alice in Chains must be inducted in to the RRHOF. I can not think of a single reason to justify not having them in the Hall. Layne's vocals, that driving, powerful, punch you in your mouth sound, and what incredible harmonies. Layne and Jerry are like the Simon And Garfunkel of grunge. Their voices matched perfectly. And then the way they were able to bring it down, so far down. When listening you feel the pain, rage. and sorrow that the Alice in Chains produced with that sound , that incredible sound. Vote Them In.

Posted by August on Saturday, 05.30.15 @ 23:34pm


You are right about Alice In Chains. They really were one of the greats. You could feel Layne's power and his pain in the songs. I've never heard anything like Man In The Box before or since. Alice In Chains made so many classic songs...Tough to pick a FAV. Probably 3 of my FAV Sea Of Sorrow, Down In A Hole, Heaven Beside You. I'll add Your Decision to the list. Loved the Sap & Jar Of Flies EPs.

Trying to get Duran Duran nominated this year and Moody Blues. Will make more of a push for Def Leppard and Alice In Chains in 2016. No doubt Alice In Chains will be inducted next 5 years. Pearl Jam like Nirvana will be 1st ballot in 2016-2017. Then, it should be Alice In Chains turn. KING

Posted by KING on Sunday, 06.28.15 @ 23:52pm

I really don't think Roch and Roll Hall of Fame should just put all of these names of musicians who are not important in music industry. I do believe ALICE IN CHAINS deserve to be inducted not only because they sold millions of records, but also because of the quality of musicians AIC members are, and in this case Layne was. You will never find that powerful voice and lyrics anywhere, there was only one Layne Staley, please consider all these facts to be inducted, not only because you had a one hit wonder, and then it should be considered to be inducted, such a big mistake for the music industry.

Posted by Gissela on Friday, 09.18.15 @ 12:26pm

Although their influence is felt throughout alt-metal (Godsmack, Disturbed, Earshot, Breaking Benjamin, countless others), the voters for the Hall of Fame will see AIC, along with Soundgarden as a secondary band behind Nirvana and Pearl Jam. I fully support the idea of AIC making it into the HOF, if only for their sheer innovative songwriting. Minor chord progressions, unusual vocal harmonies, difficult lyrical subject matter, Layne's amazing voice, Cantrell's underrated guitar skills, and a solid bottom end for nearly three decades. Even DuVall kills as a singer, handling Staley's parts with aplomb on live performances. As much as it pains me to say it, though, it's unlikely.

Posted by Kwietman on Thursday, 02.25.16 @ 07:42am

Im Suprised that people think AiC is grunge forefather. Aic is a combination of genres put into one band, Folk, post punk, punk, funk metal, heavy metal, doom metal, grunge, indie, country, jazz and blues. They are one of the greatest bands of all time imo, but they are not forefathers or revolutionaries (well, you can call them one of the godfathers of sludge, alongside Celtic Frost, Neurosis, Die Kreuzen, The Melvins, Carnivore and Acid Bath) But yes, they should be in the Hall of Fame.

Posted by Joaquin Regala on Wednesday, 03.30.16 @ 09:48am

I have been a HUGE fan of the Beatles and John Lennon since I was a teenager, so I never thought there could ever be another group of such talented musicians/lyricists. In my opinion, Alice In Chains is the greatest band since the Beatles. Hopefully, someday they will be recognized for their contributions to music history, not just rock history.

Posted by Maura on Sunday, 07.17.16 @ 12:58pm

AIC kicks ass even after hardship the group kept it going and that's what it's all about 🤘🍻

Posted by Ian on Saturday, 07.1.17 @ 04:50am

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