Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Sir Elton Collaborates with Alice in Chains
Alice in Chains thought only a miracle would get Elton John to play on the tribute to Layne Staley.
But one listen to the song was all that John needed.
"He got up and gave us a couple of hugs," Alice in Chains co-founder Jerry Cantrell said of John, "and said: 'Well, Jerry, I just wanted to tell you that I think it's a beautiful song. . . . I really dig the sentiment of what it's about and who it's for, and . . . I'm going to play on the song.' "
John plays piano on Black Gives Way to Blue, a poignant ode to Staley, the lead singer who died of a drug overdose in 2002. The song is the title track for the band's first studio album in 14 years.
Cantrell, who wrote the tune, had already made a demo when someone suggested John for piano.
"I didn't think that would happen. He's a pretty busy guy," Cantrell said.
But both acts were recording at a studio complex at the same time when the band got word that John wanted to meet with them.
The compact disc is set for release Sept. 29.
- Columbus Dispatch