Alice in Chains’ Jerry Cantrell: How Dimebag’s Death Changed Live Concerts for Me

By: Jomatami

“Something you never really had to think about a whole lot; after that, it’s in the back of your head when things get a little bit crazy.”

Alice in Chains guitar mastermind Jerry Cantrell discussed how Dimebag Darrell’s death impacted the way he sees live shows, telling Eagles of Death Metal manager Marc Pollack (via Alternative Nation):

“I’ve never really thought about it, but what happened to Dimebag with Damageplan in Columbus… Something you never really had to think about a whole lot; after that, it’s in the back of your head when things get a little bit crazy.”

Back in 2014, Jerry told Billboard about Dime’s death:

“I don’t remember that exact moment [when I heard that Dimebag was murdered], but I know I got on a plane immediately. All of us, Sean [Kinney, drums], Mike [Inez, bass] and me went straight to Dallas to be with Vinnie [Paul] and support him.

“We’d been through losing somebody – losing Layne – two years earlier, so we had kinda been there. It was one of the most godawful things you’ve ever heard of happening to somebody who was one of the nicest people you ever knew in your life and your friend. It’s still unbelievable.”

Back to the first chat, the rest of the chat saw Jerry and Pollack discussing the Bataclan shooting and the “Eagles of Death Metal: Nos Amis (Our Friends)” documentary. Jerry said:

“That was a good film. Tom Hanks’ son made it right? He did a great job.”

Pollack replied:

“Colin directed it. It was cathartic for everyone to do it. Josh Homme, and Jesse [Hughes], and everyone.

“We invited everyone that was at the original show to come to that show [in Paris three months after the shooting]. We gave back the best we could, it was very cathartic for the band to do that.

“What U2 did was amazing, they flew us back for their show. If they hadn’t done that as soon as they did, I don’t know if my band would have continued. They got us back onstage so quick, I don’t know if we would have done it. What U2 did for us was completely amazing.”

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