Thursday night found Stir Cove packed with a male dominated audience who couldn’t wait to spend the evening with Alice in Chains. The band opened the Cove season last year, and it was a terrific treat to have them back in the house once again.
Alice in Chains was ready to party, and so were the spectators. It was great to see hands raised and heads nodding to the beat during their entire performance. Have you ever watched guys in the crowd at their favorite concert? Once they recognize what song is going to be played, they raise their right hand in a victory salute, and they turn in circles while singing the first notes, just to make sure everyone else in the venue is doing the same thing. This happened 50 times Thursday night, and it was quite entertaining.
Mike Inez’s bass reverberated through your bones, while the vocals of William DuVall and the guitar riffs of Jerry Cantrell kept you begging for more. It was heavy metal heaven. But don’t call Alice in Chains simply a heavy metal band, they cross the spectrum of musical genres, with a bit of rock, a bit of soul, a bit of the blues and a lot of the alternative. You don’t have to be a metal head to appreciate and relish the sound of Alice in Chains.
The group has sold over 35 million albums worldwide and has been nominated for nine Grammys. This isn’t your mama’s garage band – this is the real deal. Alice in Chains needs no opening act, they can carry the night – and they did – with a solid, loud and proud recital.
Well – the weekend is just starting and the lineup is amazing. Friday night sees the likes of Dawes and Hozier, and a sold-out crowd is expected. Alabama Shakes takes the platform on Saturday, and that, too, promises to be an amazing show. Don’t miss your chance to hang in the Cove with the best audiences in the world. This is an all-ages venue, so bring the family and shake your wild thing with the rest of us. Just visit www.stircove.com for tickets for this weekend, or any of the wonderful remaining shows. It will be a night to remember, and I hope to see you there!