Alice in Chains guitarist-vocalist talks about punk rock, joining the band and tour plans
Exclusive video interview with FGPO’s Jon Liebman
September 4, 2019
By David Sands
William DuVall certainly has a knack for making hard-hitting rock music. While he’s currently the lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist with Alice in Chains, the D.C. native has also led an extensive and dynamic career that’s taken him all over the rock and roll map. DuVall got his start in the early ‘80s playing with punk bands like AVOC, Neon Christ, Bl’ast and Final Offering. Then in the latter part of the 90’s, he took turn into more pop-friendly terrain forming the glam rock group Madfly with guitarist Nico Constantine, bassist Jeffrey Blount and drummer Bevan Davies. Later members of that band would join with him to form the harder-edged Comes With The Fall.
In 2006, he became a member of Alice in Chains, replacing founding frontman and Layne Staley. In addition to his work with AiC, DuVall also sings lead vocals in Giraffe Tongue Orchestra, a supergroup that also includes Brent Hinds of Mastodon and Ben Weinman of Dillinger Escape Plan. The last year has been a busy one for DuVall, who released the new Alice in Chains album, Rainier Fog, last summer, and plans to release his solo album, One Alone, this fall.
FBPO’s Jon Liebman caught up with DuVall at this year’s Winter NAMM Show in Anaheim, California for a conversation that covers DuVall’s musical origins, thoughts on punk rock, his signature Framus guitar, how he ended up joining Alice in Chains and things to look forward to on the horizon.
Watch our interview with William!
Rainier Fog is available here: