Alice in ChainsAlice in Chains is one of those '90s radio bands that I thought I'd never get to see growing up. That kind of a show would be way too expensive for my lunch-money-counting butt, and my disco-loving parents wouldn't (and still don't) understand anything rock-related. So when I somehow got into Alice in Chains second show sold out at New York City's Terminal 5 on March 9 I was beyond stoked.

Fortunately, I also got to see the William DuVall version of Alice in Chains at Irving Plaza last September. The intimacy at that show was unreal. Yet, even though I'm all about small shows -- it's the reason why I cover many concerts in basements -- Alice in Chains at Terminal 5 was a much better experience.

The set list was pretty similar. 'Again' early in the set. 'Would' later in the set. 'Rooster' in the encore. The sound and energy was not the same. It's like I was dancing in my bedroom with 'Dirt' blasted at my boombox's maximum volume. Except my room had more than 3,000 people in it.

Those 3,000 or so people chanted "Jerry! Jerry! Jerry! Jerry!" in between every song. It's proof that this Alice in Chains reunion was not a flop. The 14-year wait was well worth it. Thank you for making grunge respectable again!

If you haven't already, you should pick up 'Black Gives Way to Blue,' which is out now on Virgin Records. Alice in Chains are on tour until March 21, when they play the Roy Wilkens Auditorium in St. Paul, Minn.

March 9 set list

'All Secrets Known'

'It Ain't Like That'


'Check My Brain'

'Them Bones'

'Dam That River'

'Rain When I Die'

'Your Decision'

'Got Me Wrong'

'We Die Young'

'A Looking in View'

'Down in a Hole'


'Sludge Factory'

'Acid Bubble'

'No Excuses'



'Black Gives Way to Blue'


'Man in the Box'