Down In A Hole, Losin’ My Soul

250px-Alice_in_chains_band_photo.jpgI’m just going to say it: KROQ’s Inland Invasion lineup is terrible this year. This is a very subjective statement, because I have never been into metal, so I’m sure that there are those of you out there that are thinking, “Guns’n’Roses? Papa Roach? ROCK ON!” and then proceeding to do the goat horns in happiness. I, myself, was more concerned with how Alice in Chains are headlining festivals in 2006. (That’s AiC, at right, one of the much beloved bands of my teenage grunge years)

Now, before you can point out, “well, Jillian, it’s a big corporate radio station rock festival!”, Inland Invasion the last couple years has, well, not sucked. In fact, it’s been actually worth schlepping out to Devore for.

I went in 2004 and saw a lot of really fantastic band, including Muse, the Killers, and Franz Ferdinand. And because the theme that year was 80s’ Retro, I also saw Tears for Fears, Devo (!), Billy Idol (who was way hotter live than we’d expected), and Siouxsie Sioux performing solo (both Creatures and Banshees material). Siouxsie is my hero, and I was so happy to see her sing a remixed version of “Kiss Them For Me” that I didn’t even get disappointed at Morrissey being too sick to headline. Even last year, the theme was 90s Retro, and, while I chose to see Tori Amos at the Greek instead of going out to Devore again, my friends that went were able to see a lot more fantastic classic alternative and new indie bands: Beck, Bloc Party, The Bravery, Cake, Garbage, Jet, Live, Madness, Oasis, 311, Arcade Fire, and Weezer.

So this year’s lineup, Guns and Roses, Papa Roach, Avenged Sevenfold, Rise Against, Atreyu…none of those bands interest me. The only two on the bill that did were Muse (if you do not have their new album, run, do not walk, to get it) and Alice in Chains. I was a huge AiC fan as a teenager. I still occasionally drag out my beat-up copy of Dirt and remember what a killer album it really is. My next question though, was how the hell Alice in Chains can play a festival when Layne Staley’s been dead for over four years. It seems that Alice in Chains have a new lead singer, and are performing their old material on a US tour this summer. This bodes better than I originally thought, because I was concerned that a zombie Layne Stayley would be inadvertently loosed on the Inland Empire. Still, I’m more likely to see Jerry Cantrell putting his guitar skills to use with the Starfuckers at the Cat Club than I am to go to an Alice in Chains resurrection concert – something in me just doesn’t want to see Alice in Chains if it doesn’t have the original lead singer, and his unique voice, in front of it.

If you are a metal person, I’m sure kroq.com has more info; if you are not, well, this saves you having to drive to Devore this year.

5 Replies to “Down In A Hole, Losin’ My Soul”

  1. i was at the 2004 inland invasion, and also thought this year’s lineup was pretty different. admittedly, the lineup is not my taste, but even so, there are only nine acts listed? last year there were 12 acts billed, the year before, they rocked two stages with 14 acts.

  2. Preface: Please use your inside “I hate my job” sarcastic tone when reading this. Thank you.

    I’m so excited about the fact that Alice In Chains; also one of my favorite bands from my youth, is bringing Layne back from the dead! Or did they get that asshat from Godsmack to come sing for them? Who better to replace your dead singer than a guy who started off singing your covers and was somehow deemed talented enough to create original music? Well sure it would! But wait, what’s that you say? He’s NOT the singer? BLASPHEMY!

    end sarcasm.

    I whole heartedly agree with the idiocracy that KROQ has put in place. It’s an overabundant surfacing of “ear pleasing, pop prince and princess, mtv/2 planned musical choreography”

    Bring back music. For the love of all things good in the world. Bring back music!

  3. Mmmmmmm…Cornrow Axel. I can hardly wait. I’m glad I listen to KCRW. I don’t think I handle a block GnR, Papa Roach, and other burnouts five times every hour.

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