Alice In Chains' William DuVall: 'I Am Not Layne Staley'

August 17, 2015

Alice In Chains frontman William DuVall speaks out in regards to his role as the newest vocalist to the grunge/metal band.

"It's all about doing justice to the material," says DuVall. "I try to get to the root of the songs and make it work. I love those older songs just as much as the fans do. I always respected Alice In Chains. I'm in a unique situation but there have been other musicians, who admired bands and somehow ended up in the group."

In regards to filling in Layne Staley's shoes, "There was no one like Layne," DuVall says. "I'm not Layne, but I'm playing the music of Alice In Chains to the best of my ability and I can't think of anything I would rather do. We've worked very hard together to get to that next level. The bottom line for me in this band is to just be myself. I can't be anybody else. Fortunately the fans have been good about that. They understand and we appreciate their support."

"Alice In Chains is far from a one-note band. There's a lot of different moods in the songs. I love singing the old ones and I'm having a blast with the new ones."

"We're having a great time together," DuVall says. "We're on the same page and we want to continue to create and tour. Why stop now?"

(source: Alternative Nation)