That Time James Hetfield Performed 'Would' Live with Alice In Chains

October 2, 2019

The year was 2006. Ten years since Alice In Chains' final show with Layne Staley and four years since his untimely death. The previous year the band's surviving members (Jerry Cantrell, Mike Inez, Sean Kinney) had reunited to perform at a benefit concert to support the victims of the deathly tsunami that struck South East Asia in December 2004. From there, they recruited William DuVall of Comes with the Fall to take on the singing duties for their reunion concerts.

By June of that year, Alice In Chains took the stage at Germany's Rock am Ring festival and surprised the crowd with another new vocalist... James Hetfield of Metallica. Subbing in for DuVall, Hetfield joined in on the vocals with Cantrell for a live rendition of their song "Would."

Metallica later revealed that Staley and his death served as inspiration for their 2008 album, Death Magnetic.