Alice in Chains Perform Acoustic Set at MusicCares Event Honoring Jerry Cantrell
Last night (May 31), Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell was honored with the Stevie Ray Vaughan Award at the 8th Annual MusiCares MAP Fund Benefit at Club Nokia in Los Angeles. Cantrell, sporting shorter hair and a moustache (as seen in the photo above), was given the award for “his dedication and support of the MusiCares MAP Fund, and for his commitment to helping other addicts with the addiction and recovery process.”
“I’m honored to be chosen this year,” Cantrell recently told Rolling Stone. Cantrell has supported the program since 2003 when he moved to Los Angeles. The guitarist, although humbled by the award, did say that he has no desire to be a role model.
“I am nobody’s f—ing role model,” said Cantrell. “It’s too much pressure: Everybody’s human, everybody has flaws, everybody falls down. It’s just a f—ing fact of life. And a lot of people stand and get the f— back up after falling. Some people don’t get that chance.” Cantrell even threw Alice in Chains into the equation, saying, “My band’s been a harsh example of that – what happens when you don’t deal with it.”
Speaking of his band, they were on hand for the celebration as well. Cantrell and Alice in Chains performed a five song acoustic set consisting of: ‘Nutshell,’ ‘Your Decision,’ ‘No Excuses,’ ‘Got Me Wrong,’ and ‘Would.’
Although many fans would jump at the chance to see AIC live, drummer Sean Kinney joked shortly into their set with the crowd, saying, “Whatever you do, keep sitting down,” which elicited some laughter from the audience.
The night also featured performances by Duff McKagan, Billy Idol and others.
Cantrell recently updated everyone on the status of the new Alice in Chains disc, saying it will likely be out early next year.