ALICE IN CHAINS recently spoke to Fuse about how lead singer William DuVall landed the gig after original frontman Layne Staley's passing in 2002 and the political meaning behind the band's new album title, "The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here". Check out the report below.
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is likely to sell between 60,000 and 65,000 copies in the U.S. in its first week of release, according to industry web site Hits Daily Double. The estimate is based on one-day sales reports compiled after the record arrived in stores on Tuesday (May 28). The new disc follows up 2009's "Black Gives Way To Blue", the group's first all-new collection of material in 14 years, which racked up first-week sales of 126,000 units back in October 2009 to land at No. 5 on The Billboard 200 chart.
ALICE IN CHAINS guitarist Jerry Cantrell told The Pulse Of Radio that he feels confident in the new album's chances for success. "I think this record is as good as, if not better than, the last one, and I think that last record stands up to anything that we've put out, so we're doing what we're supposed to be doing," he said. "We're hitting a highwater mark that we hit before, for us personally, and you know, now it's time to let it go and that's the thing you don't have any control over. But we've had pretty good luck with people that have supported us for a lot of years, and I think they'll like this record too."
"The Devil Put Dinosaurs Here" is ALICE IN CHAINS' second album with William DuVall on vocals.
DuVall began touring with the group in 2006, four years after the death of Staley from a drug overdose.
ALICE IN CHAINS heads to Europe next month and Canada in July before co-headlining the fourth annual Rockstar Energy Uproar Festival with JANE'S ADDICTION, kicking off on August 9 in Scranton, Pennsylvania.