Says Heart\'s Ann Wilson
Wilson, who is a friend of the band, told Ultimate Classic Rock that she had visited the band in the studio where they were working on the follow-up to 2009's comeback album Black Gives Way To Blue, which was their first without late frontman Layne Staley.
"I saw those guys just yesterday," she said. "I went over to visit them in the studio where they were working on some new stuff – they sound amazing! How can Jerry [Cantrell] not sound amazing, but I mean, it really does – they're a monster."
Wilson worked with the band in 1992 when she appeared on their Sap EP. She reveals how that unusual collaboration came about.
"Well, it came about from just us all hanging out together in social situations. In Seattle, it's a pretty tight music scene, especially in those years," she said. "We'd all show up at each other's gigs and then come back to usually my house, because my house is central. We'd hang out and I just got to know the Alice guys, especially Jerry the most, at first.
"And then pretty soon, they were working and they had this song that needed a high voice and they wanted a woman, but not just anybody. So they asked me and it was really fun – it was like crossing over some kind of taboo line, you know, because we were considered to be an '80s band, but we weren't — we were really just a band."