How Rocketman Elton John Paid Tribute to Alice in Chains Vocalist Layne Staley!

Elton John Played on The Band’s First Album Since Layne Staley’s Death

In 2009 Alice in Chains returned after a long hiatus with their album Black Gives Way To Blue. It would be the band’s first studio record since the 2002 death of frontman Layne Staley. The album paid tribute to the deceased singer with the title track and also guest starred Sir Elton John on piano. It turns out Elton John was Layne Staley’s first concert as a kid and John was a fan of Alice in Chains. Jerry also talked in past interviews about how Elton John was the reason he wanted to become a musician. We examine how the Elton John and Alice in Chains collaboration in 2009 came about in today’s video. Unfortunately John would never join the band on stage, but I guess there’s still time. Check it out below!

Matt Sorum’s New Band Covers “Slither” By Velvet Revolver

Matt Sorum’s new supergroup Deadland Ritual played their first gig at the legendary Troubadour la. They covered the Velvet Revolver song “Slither” in addition to a few other classics including songs from Black Sabbath and Billy Idol. You can watch the rest of their videos here.

Deadland Ritual, features Black Sabbath bassist Geezer Butler, Billy Idol guitarist Steve Stevens, former Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver drummer Matt Sorum and Apocalyptica vocalist Franky Perez, played their first-ever show on May 28 at the Troubadour in West Hollywood.

In addition to originals like their just-released debut single, “Down in Flames,” the band played a setlist loaded with tunes from their other outfits. You can check out their version of Black Sabbath’s “Sweet Leaf” above, as well as Velvet revolver’s “Slither” and Billy Idol’s “Rebel Yell,”

I doubt they will be rehearsing and playing any Guns N’ Roses songs but who knows we’ll have to see what happens in the future.