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Alice in Chains - Sludge Factory (Unplugged 1996)

On display at the Hard Rock Cafe Seattle is this DW drumkit, one of the defining instruments of the Seattle scene. It belonged to Alice in Chains drummer Sean Kinney and was used to record their masterpiece - 1992’s Dirt.

That one album absolutely defined the grunge/metal connection and is wildly influential to this day. Sean also used these drums on the 1993 Lollapalooza tour which saw AiC headlining the mainstage along with Primus.

When the group reformed with vocalist William DuVall for 2007’s ReEvolution tour, Sean dusted these old drums off and took them on tour once again. These tubs are like some sort of grunge talisman – they’ve seen more stage dives and flannel-shirted slackers than you can possibly imagine.


You my friend
I will defend
And if we change, well I
Love you anyway

Shit, I love this song so much, it sounds more beautiful every time I listen to it. And those drum patterns, holy shit, so amazing. Sean Kinney is one of the most underrated drummers of all time.


1990. Facelift

is the debut album by the band Alice in Chains. The album was released on August 21.

band formed 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.

‘Facelift’ isn’t a grunge rock album. It’s Sabbath-inspired heavy rock peppered with some fresh originality (the dual-vocals and mixture of many musical styles and genres). To throw Alice in Chains in a bin with Nirvana, Pearl Jam would be criminal. They’re far more than that.

So if you liked dirt you should pick this up as well because it rocks just about as much.