Alice in Chains is an American rock band formed in Seattle, Washington, in 1987 by guitarist and songwriter Jerry Cantrell and original lead vocalist Layne Staley. The initial lineup was rounded out by drummer Sean Kinney, and bassist Mike Starr (who was replaced in 1993 by Mike Inez). Inez was an official member of Ozzy Osbourne’s band during their recording of the No More Tears album. Alice in Chains was added as openers to Ozzy’s No More Tears / No More Tours tour. While on tour, Starr left the band, and was replaced by Mike Inez. He also briefly rejoined Ozzy’s band on the Retirement Sucks tour after Geezer Butler resigned due to the pressures of touring. In 1999, Mike played on the bonus track to Black Label Society’s debut album Sonic Brew, a reworked heavy metal cover version of the Osbourne track “No More Tears”. In mid- August, 2001, Inez temporarily replaced Black Label Society bassist Steve Gibb, who was sent home in the middle of their Ozzfest tour. In 2003, Black Label Society’s Robert Trujillo joined Metallica and Inez replaced him in Black Label Society, joining for a short two week west coast tour of the United States and a short tour of Japan for their The Blessed Hellride album. In 2004, Inez recorded the track “Crazy or High” with Black Label Society for their studio album release Hangover Music Vol. VI. In June of 2002, Alice in Chains guitarist Jerry Cantrell issued his second solo album, Degradation Trip, with Ozzy Osbourne’s then live rhythm section of Mike Bordin (drums) formerly of Faith No More and Robert Trujillo (bass) formerly of Suicidal Tendencies. Cantrell appeared as guest guitarist on the Danzig album Blackacidevil where they recorded a version of the Black Sabbath song Hand of Doom.He also performed most of the guitars on the Ozzy Osbourne album Under Cover.
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